Browser Benchmarks

Back in December, I predicted that Microsoft wouldn’t release the Project Spartan beta until it bested all of its competitors on the major benchmarks: SunSpider, Kraken, and Octane. I was wrong—the first beta was released with only minor script performance improvements. That changed with build 10061 of Windows 10, and Spartan now does beat everyoneContinue reading “Browser Benchmarks”

Velocity Conference – 2015 Santa Clara

I’ll be speaking at my third (or fourth?) Velocity Conference in Santa Clara California one month from now. I’m always excited to go to Velocity; it’s a conference full of great talks, and more importantly, smart people working on important problems. My talk, HTTPS in 2015, delivers a whirlwind overview of HTTPS, from how itContinue reading “Velocity Conference – 2015 Santa Clara”

Security UI

Over a decade ago, Windows started checking the signature of downloaded executables. When invoked, Attachment Execute Services’ (AES) UI displays the publisher’s information for signed executables; unsigned executables instead show a security prompt with a red shield and a bolded warning that the publisher of the file is unknown: In contrast, signed executables show aContinue reading “Security UI”