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22 July 2014
Android programming: connect to an HTTPS server with self-signed certificate

In a previous post I described my frustration with the fact that it’s so difficult to find documentation about how to connect to a server using HTTPS if the certificate for that server is self-signed (not from a paid-for certificate authority). After a while I found that someone at Google noticed that because of their […] Read more

19 July 2014
Why hate self-signed public key certificates?

There are times when the most of the world goes into a frenzied argument for something without thinking it through. This happens with many kinds of issues from (recent news) geopolitical to (since the beginning of time) religious to (what this post is about) technical issues. Effective means of reason and deduction are forgotten, research […] Read more

10 May 2014
Who’s screwing up GTK?

For many years I’ve been a fan of GTK. I started using linux with GTK1 was dominant, as I became a developer GTK2 took over, with beautiful themes and very usable widgets. I used GTK software, feeling that the philosophy of the people who write GTK apps matches my own: less fluff and more stability. […] Read more

Who is Andrew Smith?

And what's a solutions engineer? My goal in life is to design and develop solutions for people - to make them less frustrated, to give them better tools, to let them concentrate on more important things.

I'm an engineer specializing in Linux and open source software: I use it as a platform to create desktop, server, and embedded device applications, libraries, and services.

If you have a question about my work - by all means contact me, I'll be happy to talk to you about it.

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