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Aaron's Homepage is the personal website of Aaron Cake. It contains a wide variety of information related to my various interests. You'll find a massive electronic circuits archive as well as other electronics information, Mazda rotary (including my highly modified 2nd Gen RX-7), crazy and non-crazy projects, antique electronics, potato guns, assorted ramblings, auto show pictures a little about myself, an active community forum and everything in between. Aaron's Homepage undergoes major updates about twice a year and has been in operation since 1995 (25 years).

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can mail me here.

Latest News

Site SSL Cert Renewed
Saturday, August 29, 2020, 11:19:17 AM
Just finished renewing the SSL certificate for the site. Not a big deal right? Well, just two interesting points. One is that Apple has decided that any SSL cert good for more than a year is somehow insecure and will begin showing warnings on iOS devices that the site is "insecure". This is stupid. All it does is force earlier renewals and thus site owners to spend more money and time (as cert authorities usually offer multi year certs as a discount). The second is that I made a mistake configuring NGINX a few months ago and accidentally include the full certificate chain in my SSL configuration. So some browsers (Firefox!) may have showed the site as "Not Secure" even though, well, it was fully secure. Fixed this.

2020 Canadian Auto Show and AutoRama Pictures Posted
Sunday, August 23, 2020, 11:27:48 AM
Pictures from the only two auto shows I will attend this year have been posted. AutoRama 2020 and the 2020 Canadian International Auto Show are now online.

Now TLS 1.2 and HTTPS Enforced!
Saturday, July 04, 2020, 3:39:00 PM
Users of some browsers may have noticed that even though this website was being accessed by HTTPS, the browser still reported it as "Not Secure" (thanks Chrome!). Though the certificate is valid, the site is hosted on IIS6 running on Server 2003 (if it ain't broke, don't change it) which does not support TLS 1.2 that Google decided is the only secure version. Thus they've deprecated TLS 1.0/1.1 and started showing warnings in the address bar, which later this year would turn into a full browser red screen advising the user of the "danger" of visiting the site. So to prevent this, I've placed the site behind an nginx reverse proxy which is capable of negotiating TLS 1.2 on Server 2003. And I've also configured it to redirect all HTTP URLs to HTTPS, enforcing HTTPS across the entire site (as is the style nowadays). So any old links, bookmarks or hand typed access to the site will now be secure. At least until Google decides to arbitrarily force another decision across the entire Web via browser monopoly. Everything should work as before, but if there are any issues, please let me know.

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Last Update: Sunday, August 23, 2020