Self-signed certs with secure WebSockets in Node.js

First generate your self-signed certs:

Then create your httpsServer from an express app using node’s built-in https server:

Then setup your websocket server (ironically this will use the same port as the http server, I didn’t know this but I guess protocols can share ports? — this had me going for awhile).

Now browse to server and accept the self-signed cert in Chrome. Then websockets should now work isnide the browser.

Open a chrome devtools console and type:

Fibonacci generator using EcmaScript 6 (es6)

I took my first stab at the --harmony flag on node 11 to play with generators.

Thanks to this video:

Here’s a simple example of using an ES6 generator to generate the first 10 numbers in the Fibonnaci sequence:

What wasn’t clear to me before watching this video by Netflix UI Architect Jafar Husain was that a generator returns an “iterator”….and on that iterator you call “.next()” to get the next yield. A generator can yield infinite times, so in this case we loop over the call 10 times to get the first 10 numbers.

A gentle introduction to bitcoin

I recently (2 years ago) discovered Bitcoin and started researching and following it back then. The price was about $14 when I seriously considered buying some. The technology posed a bit of a hurdle in the learning curve, so here are a few thoughts on how to go about buying bitcoins, managing wallets, and spending your BTC.

First, I live in the USA. So transferring money from a bank account is pretty well supported on popular money sites (PayPal, Dwolla, Coinbase).

If you live outside the US, try a site like which has many ways to buy and sell Bitcoins person-to-person.

Example of $resource in Angular.js with update and save using a resolver.

I had some issues trying to understand how to use a resolver (for edit view) and $resource to do both a POST (save) and a PUT (update) method call to an API.

Here is an example plurk:

Here is the route, the edit path uses a resolver to pass ‘thing’ object/promise back to the edit.html view before the page loads — this is to prepopulate the form:

Setup email forwarding with Postfix on Debian

As you are probably aware, setting up a fully functional email server is a daunting task to say the least.

On my dedicated server I wanted to have simple email forwarding for email aliases on my domain. For example would forward to my Gmail account. I didn’t want to jump through the hoops to setup a fully functional SMTP/Inbox/Imap email server when all I needed was a forwarding address at my custom domain.

Here are the steps, which takes around 10 minutes.

More info can be found here: