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Wildcard TLS Certificates for Your LAN

for the impatient, skip to the how-to This article explains how to get a TLS Certificate for your LAN so you can use https:// and not have to ignore these “⚠️ Your connection is not secure” errors: The reason that the browser throws this error is that TLS (and SSL before it) were designed to perform two functions: Authenticate the website to the user (prove it is really that site, and not a MITM) and Secure the contents of the data that flows between the user and the website When you ignore this https error you are forgoing function #1, authentication, but you still get #2.

ENS, DNS and the future of internet names

Today a DAO just distributed 1.5 billion dollars worth of ENS tokens. They were distributed to owners of .eth domains. DAO is short for “Decentralized Autonomous Organization”. What is a DAO? A DAO is sort of like a corporation, but it’s stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Wyoming passed a DAO law that links on-chain DAOs to real corporations. The corporation that currently manages the Domain Name Service (DNS) is ICANN.

History of Domain Names

In trying to understand DNS better, I stumbled upon this little bit of history in RFC 1034: RFC 1034 Domain Concepts and Facilities November 1987 2.1. The history of domain names The impetus for the development of the domain system was growth in the Internet: Host name to address mappings were maintained by the Network Information Center (NIC) in a single file (HOSTS.TXT) which was FTPed by all hosts [RFC-952, RFC-953].