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Posts by Byron Voorbach


10,9,8, the countdown to Mars has started…

April 22nd, 2013 by

logo_marsoneA big congratulations to one of our customers Mars One who this afternoon announced the start of their astronaut selection program at a press conference in New York.

For those of you who have not heard heard of them, Mars One is a not-for-profit organization that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars in 2023 through the integration of existing, readily available technologies from industry leaders world-wide. Unique in its approach, Mars One intends to fund this decade-long endeavor by involving the whole world as the audience of an interactive, televised broadcast of every aspect of this mission, from launch to landing to living on Mars.

Over the last few months Trifork has been working together with the team at Mars One to build a global platform that will support Astronaut Selection Program. A scalable site has been developed which expects applications from hundreds, perhaps thousands more likely even millions of applicants in the coming months from all across the world.

Using the services from SoftLayer, MongoDB, Bits on the Run and a lot of other cool technologies and services, we’ve been able to create a very robust website which will make everyone across the world  able to participate in this great journey.

You can watch the press conference on Youtube:

Web security; a haven for hackers if you’re not careful!

December 4th, 2012 by
Web security is becoming more of more of an issue. In the Netherlands alone it’s at the heart of the daily news. For example the recent final report from a security company commissioned to investigate the DigiNotar attack shows that the compromise of the now-bankrupt certificate authority was much deeper than initially thought. Or the instance where a Dutch hospital reported a security breach whereby almost 50 confidential patient files were downloaded by a hacker. It’s important to bear in mind it’s not just bigger cases that get coverage in the press, but the threat is also (perhaps even more so!) to smaller companies and systems too. This is also because more often than not, in these cases there is limited access to expert advise or that the third party tools implemented do not cover all the security risks that are exposed to many of these web applications.
The question is what happens if you simply don’t know what the risks are, and more importantly how to take action to prevent a security breach? Luckily there are a number of open source tools that can help web applications manage the standard exploits. In fact we have been looking into this and will cover this in more detail in our next tech meeting, this Thursday 6th December. In this session we give some background information into some of the solutions available such as OWASP’s ‘Zed Attack Proxy’ (ZAP) and show how easy it is to apply these checks to your own website.
Register now and don’t let web security keep you awake at night and give you nightmares!

Ysis Mobiel – an iPhone app in Healthcare

September 20th, 2012 by

Hi! My name is Byron Voorbach. I am an intern at Orange11 as a software developer since february 2012. During my time at Orange11 I have been given the opportunity to work at some great applications. Ysis Mobiel for our client Gerimedica is one of those applications. Since I am fairly new to the company this will hopefully be my first (of many) blog posts.

Ysis Mobiel is an iPhone application for one of our customers in the Heathcare sector, GeriMedica. Please check out the case study to read more about the application and what it does.

The Mobile team at Orange11 have already developed a lot of pretty cool apps. Two of which I’ve been involved with from the sidelines are The New Motion & Learning to Write with Tracy. But with the Ysis Mobiel app, I was properly involved from day one, and I really gained insight as to how to integrate cool features such as:

  • providing security by logging in users with a simple pin code
  • give the users the ability to work without an active internet connection
  • figure out ways to optimise the user interaction within the application, trying to come up with a way to have users interact as quickly, easily and effectively as possible

But next to those challenges, I had a real drive to make the application a success, because first of all, it is part of a bigger project the Electronic Health Records (EHR) that Orange11 develops and on the other hand because as part of my studies I created something similar to this application, so could really relate back to its purpose. Anyway, the app is in the App Store and the feedback we have from GeriMedica to date from the first customer demos are really positive. I am already exciting about working on more mobile apps and I look forward to sharing more of my experiences on the Orange11 blog too. For now, you can read more about Ysis Mobiel in the Gerimedica / Ysis Mobiel case study on our website.