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Taiwan's Employment Gold Card: FAQ

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Straightforward security enhancements for your apache2 webserver

If, like me, you've got a scrappy Linux host lying around to run a few websites you're probably interested in taking its security up a notch from the standard install. Assuming you're running the highly common apache2 and iptables, see the links below for some surprisingly straightforward configuration tweaks to improve the security of your webserver. Add HTTPS with Let's Encrypt If it's been a while since you've looked into certificates, you may be surprised to learn you can get them for free from Let's Encrypt. There are many guides around, but it is well and truly time to join the HTTPS-only movement: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-secure-apache-with-let-s-encrypt-on-ubuntu-18-04 SSH Cipher gardening You're probably already using SSH keys, have disabled password login and are using denyhosts or failtoban. However, have you ever considered reducing the number of ciphers your server accepts to just the most secure? Te

How to Order Masks using your Digital Citizen Certificate

 Taiwan offers a smart card to adult foreign residents that can be used to verify their identity online. This allows some government services previously only available in person to be provided online, including: Tax return submission Applying for credit reports Accessing healthcare data from the NHI Requesting a police check Certificate of Entry and Exit dates from the NIA Ordering Face Masks Sounds great! However, the system relies on some ironically insecure/outdated technology, a mishmash of different browser plugins and very few support staff know about its existence. Here's a tip on how to use yours... How to Order Masks using your Digital Citizen Certificate During epidemics, Taiwan has a system where you can order surgical face masks online for delivery to your local convenience store. It's very straightforward and takes only a few minutes to order Get a Digital Citizen Certificate and set it up in your card reader Login to the eMask Ordering Syst

The Story of LLRP2HRP - Part 2

So, this brash American dude who ran a relay race event decided to go fancy. None of this using phones to manually scan NFC chips for race timing. He was going to have chips in bibs. He convinced another organisation that also ran races to chip in some funding ... and then went online. He found an RFID reader system. The kind of ground mats that you run over, that connects to a box that goes beep. It was from China. It was insanely cheap. Like fall-off-the-back-of-a-truck cheap. It was delivered, hardware checks out. It came with no software. Last time , we'd figured out that it also provided RFID tag information using a proprietary binary protocol and were trying to lock down exactly what that was. It was one of the most arduous Google sessions I've had for a while. Trawling the entire web for some document or code that probably only existed inside an office in Shenzhen. But I found something! It was amazing, because of the source, and how perfectly it fit my n

The Story of LLRP2HRP - Part 1

So, this brash American dude who ran a relay race event decided to go fancy. None of this using phones to manually scan NFC chips for race timing. He was going to have chips in bibs. He convinced another organisation that also ran races to chip in some funding ... and then went online. He found an RFID reader system. The kind of ground mats that you run over, that connects to a box that goes beep. It was from China. It was insanely cheap. Like fall-off-the-back-of-a-truck cheap. It was delivered, hardware checks out. It came with no software. Commence epic yak shaving side project! The reader is a Hopeland (previously Clou) CL7206C4 . Basically an ARM9 box running (amazingly) Familiar Linux v0.8.3 with a 2 2-port UHF transceivers . The transceivers are based on the Impinj R2000 platform, which is a popular platform for race timing. I pulled a venerable Thinkpad out of a draw and plugged it into the ethernet jack and fired up wireshark. No DHCP requests, but some documentat

Marriage in Taiwan: Document Requirements - Registration

For most foreign residents, the process of getting married in Taiwan is a simple trip to the local household registration agency. If you have the right documents, you can be married in as little as fifteen minutes. This post is the most comprehensive list around of what you need to prepare. This post is part of a series on Marriage in Taiwan: Marriage in Taiwan: Document Requirements - the laws Marriage in Taiwan: Acquiring a Single Status Certificate from Australia Marriage in Taiwan: Document Requirements - Registration Documents required for a Foreign National and Taiwanese National to Register Marriage in Taiwan Original Single Status Certificate/Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage/Affidavit of Single Status, Authenticated and Legalised for use in Taiwan Certified Chinese Translation of the above certificate Passport (unconfirmed) Normally, the most recent entry stamp in your passport is checked. If you use eGate to enter the country, you may require a Certif

Marriage in Taiwan: Document Requirements - the laws

For most foreign residents, the process of getting married in Taiwan is a simple trip to the local household registration agency. If you have the right documents, you can be married in as little as fifteen minutes. As a foreign resident, the key document you probably don't have but need is a document that proves you are unmarried. This document must come from an foreign authority (most likely where your passport is from), but must be recognised in Taiwan. This post explores the laws that set out what can be accepted. Here's hoping you don't need to throw the book at someone! This post is part of a series on Marriage in Taiwan: Marriage in Taiwan: Document Requirements - the laws Marriage in Taiwan: Acquiring a Single Status Certificate from Australia Marriage in Taiwan: Document Requirements - Registration The Laws The top-level legislation governing documents for marriage is the Household Registration Act , which is owned by the Ministry of the Interior. The Ac