Phantomjs fails to load HTTPS issue as switching to tlsv1

I had an apps to use phantomjs to generate a report by using Google Charts.

The apps will spawn a child process to execute phantomjs command, to load a web page that contains the charts, and then take a screenshots saving into JPG, which later convert into PDF for archive.

In the code, it needs to load the following JS URL from Google:, which is HTTPS based.

Suddenly it is stopped working since last month.

By checking the log and found that PhantomJS encountered JavaScript error: “ReferenceError, can’t find Google”. Hey, I tried to open the web page in my local Chrome browser, and it still working. I tried to CuRL from my server, still can download the page. So I suspected might be SSL issues on PhantomJS.

Tried googling and found a solution. As Google had already deprecated the old version of SSL (SSLv3) and use TLSv1.

In the command line, we need to add one more option: –ssl-protocol=tlsv1, to bypass the HTTPS error, and it turns out it is working now.

phantomjs --ssl-protocol=tlsv1 your-code.js



安全曾让Java蒙羞,安全也让Java重获新生。在2014 Pwn20wn黑客大会上,Java成为唯一没有被攻破的平台。而在2015的会议中,Pwn20wn甚至没有把Java列在攻击名单上。


另一Java受惠者是Twitter。一开始Twitter是用Ruby on Rails编写的,但是随着用户数的增长RoR逐渐显得力不从心。Fail Whale(失败鲸)的宕机画面预示着瓶颈问题亟需解决。在2012年,Twitter从RoR转向了Java和Scala,而失败鲸从此灭绝了。


ReSnap – A Smart Automated Photo Book Creation Platform

ReSnap – A Smart Automated Photo Book Creation Platform

ReSnap, a company that automatically creates a book of photographs from a range of sources, has announced an update for its beta platform, with a revamped platform that allows you to upload photos from local storage – it will then automatically pick the best images from the selection without you having to do anything.

Hello world on HomeKit

I just setup a HomeKit apps on my home, using Apple Siri to control my television.

First, need a smart home device, for example Sony Bravia TV which connected to a home WIFI. Second, requires a HomeKit Server talking HomeKit Protocol. This server will interact with other smart home device registered as accessories. Third, requires a HomeKit client installed on mobile, which talking to HomeKit Server, adding any accessories available from HomeKit server. In usual setup, HomeKit server can installed on Raspberry PI, but I don’t have, use my Mac to host it.

The following procedures will help to setup.

1) Get a Mac with Node JS installed. Get a Apple licensed developer program.

2) Download a HomeKit Demo Swift based project, run it on your mobile. Download at

3) Download a HomeKit Server, I am homebridge. It is a Node.JS based server. Download at

4) Download Bravia Controlled library which is also Node.JS based. Download at

5) Follow instruction on how to control Bravia TV by using the library. And then, you may build a HTTP based interface around the Bravia library. And then, you may program HomeKit server apps, add a new accessories, and then send the command requests to Bravia Server via HTTP (Turn on/off TV). The last part is much more tricky, to setup HomeKit client talks to HomeKit server.

6) Important note, once you had HomeKit client installed, navigate to one of accessories, look for the service name, this is the name Siri will look and map into. Name it as “television”, or some fancy name, which you will tell Siri to look for and do the action.

7) After that, if everything goes well, you can turn on your Siri, and say “Siri, turn on television”. Then your television magically turned on. Enjoy.

Tutorial on setup OpenCV on iOS

This tutorial is to setup OpenCV on iOS. To include opencv2.framework to iOS8 Objective C Project.

By following this tutorial:

1) to download prebuilt opencv2.framework, the fine working version is 2.4.9.

2) to create new XCode Project, target iOS8.0 if you are under XCode 6.0.1 as this version not yet support iOS8.1

3) link opencv2.framework to XCode Project. Go to project build phase, and link following frameworks:

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4) Create <NameOfProject>-Prefix.pch, with following snippets of code add between ifdef / endif block.

#ifdef __cplusplus
#import <opencv2/opencv.hpp>

5) in ViewController.h, add the following to header
#import <opencv2/highgui/cap_ios.h>
#include <opencv2/opencv.hpp>

Note, the most important line is #include <opencv2/opencv.hpp>, this is important to make the stuffs works. I spent few hours and found this solve my problems, which unable to recognize cvtColor function, OK, will introduce in next steps.

6) To do some testing, by adding a video camera, reading 30 frames per second, process the images by inverting the color…

7) Rename ViewController.m to as we are going to put C PlusPlus Code. Extension mm allows coexist of Objective C and C PlusPlus.

8) In ViewController.h, add following line
@property (nonatomic, retain) CvVideoCamera* videoCamera;

9) In, we initialize videoCamera and starts it.

self.videoCamera = [[CvVideoCamera alloc] initWithParentView:_ImageView];
self.videoCamera.delegate = self;
self.videoCamera.defaultAVCaptureDevicePosition = AVCaptureDevicePositionFront;
self.videoCamera.defaultAVCaptureSessionPreset = AVCaptureSessionPreset352x288;
self.videoCamera.defaultAVCaptureVideoOrientation = AVCaptureVideoOrientationPortrait;
self.videoCamera.defaultFPS = 30;
[self.videoCamera start];

10) In ViewController.h, add CvVideoCameraDelegate

Like this

@interface ViewController : UIViewController

11) In, add following snippets of code before @end.

#pragma mark – Protocol CvVideoCameraDelegate

#ifdef __cplusplus
– (void)processImage:(Mat&)image;
// Do some OpenCV stuff with the image
Mat image_copy;
cvtColor(image, image_copy, CV_BGRA2BGR);
bitwise_not(image_copy, image_copy);
cvtColor(image_copy, image, CV_BGR2BGRA);

12) Run the project. Cheers.

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Install CMake on Mac

CMake, the cross-platform, open-source build system. CMake is a family of tools designed to build, test and package software. CMake is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files. CMake generates native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of your choice.

To install CMake on Mac, you can download the precompiled binaries here. Under platforms Mac OSX 10.6 or later, I chose cmake-3.1.0-Darwin64.dmg at the time of writing.

Once downloaded, run open cmake-3.1.0-Darvin64.dmg on terminal.

A finder view shown. Drag cmake-3.1.0-Darvin64.dmg to Applications shortcut, it will copy the binary to Applications folder.

Open the applications by sudo.

Do sudo /Applications/

Click on menu Tools, Install for Command line use.

You shall see the result, then you are done.

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Titanium Mobile Geolocation fix after upgrading to iOS8

My Titanium Mobile apps geolocation function was broken, after deployed a release target to iOS8.

The iOS8 introduces new privacy and restriction settings. We are required to include some flags in plist settings in order to make it work.

You can open tiapp.xml, and add the following flags under ios plist dict

<string>Test NSLocationAlwaysUsageDescription</string><key>NSLocationWhenInUseUsageDescription</key>
<string>Test NSLocationWhenInUseUsageDescription</string>

Save and deploy. Cheers.

Swift Tutorial to add GCDWebServer into XCode Project

GCDWebServer is a former Objective-C project that embeds a web server in iOS / OSX application. This tutorial explains how to add GCDWebServer into Swift based iOS project.

Step 1:

Navigate to empty directory, run the following

git clone

Step 2:

Go into GCDWebServer directory, you will see there are GCDWebServer, GCDWebDAVServer, GCDWebUploader…. In this case, we just need GCDWebServer to build a simple HTTP Server. Copy this folder to your application root folder. Looks like this.

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Step 3:

Add a bridging header if it is not exist.

Right click your project navigator, add a new “header file” under iOS source tab. Name it as <YourApplicationName>-Bridging-Header.h.

In this file, put the following

#import "GCDWebServer.h"
#import "GCDWebServerDataResponse.h"

Step 4:

Go to your project navigator, build settings, Swift compiler – Code Generation, Objective-C Bridging Header, enter the path to the <YourApplicationName>-Bridging-Header.h

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Step 5:

Go to your project navigator, build phases, under Link Binary with Libraries, click to add “libz.dylib”.

Step 6:

At the time of writing, the current GCDWebServer not working properly and have to change something make it to work.

Find GCDWebServer.h and locate addDefaultHandlerForMethod, set the second one as addDefaultAsyncHandlerForMethod.

Find GCDWebServer.m and locate addDefaultHandlerForMethod, set the second one as addDefaultAsyncHandlerForMethod. Under first addDefaultHandlerForMethod, change the second line of the occurrence to addDefaultAsyncHandlerForMethod instead.

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Step 7:

Put following test code and run.

// http server

        let webServer = GCDWebServer()


        webServer.addDefaultHandlerForMethod(“GET”, requestClass: GCDWebServerRequest.self) { request in

            return GCDWebServerDataResponse(HTML:“<html><body><p>Hello World</p></body></html>”)


        webServer.startWithPort(8080, bonjourName: nil)

        println(“Visit \(webServer.serverURL) in your web browser”)

Step 8:

Open your desktop browser, and open the link shown in debug console. You should be able to see Hello World displayed in the web page.


Swift Tutorial to add library framework from Github

This tutorial explains how to add library framework from Github.

Imagine you refer to this page that having list of frameworks, and you would like to install one of the library, such as SwiftHTTP.

Step 1:

Go to the root folder of your application.

Run git submodule add <Github URL>

E.g. git submodule add

Step 2:

Open SwiftHTTP folder under the root folder of your application.

Drag SwiftHTTP.xcodeproj to your XCode Project.

Refer to below picture, drag SwiftHTTP.xcodeproj to Chats, the top level hierarchy of project.

Step 1 Drag xcodeproj to Project hierarchy


Step 3:

Click on SwiftHTTP.xcodeproj that added to your project hierarchy.

Check Deployment Target under General Tab.

Make sure it is the same with your application’s deployment target.

Step 3 Check Deployment Target


Step 4:

Click on your main application, under Build Phases Tab, click “+” under target dependencies section.

The end result is something like this.

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Step 5:

Add a new phase by clicking “+”  under Build Phases Tab, and choose “New Copy File Phase”, change the name to “Copy Frameworks”.

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Step 6:

Under the new phase “Copy Frameworks” added in last step, destination choose “Framework”, and add the frameworks.

The end result something like this

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Then test your code with the library:


var request = HTTPTask()
var params = ["k": "q:name=currency,stat=swift", "api" : "1", "server_host" : "swift"]
request.requestSerializer.headers["X-Mashape-Key"] = "Ri4j5gX4ORmshweHbjBSUUMevXWIp1i0xRujsnjCz7wW9w5zLB"
request.GET("", parameters: params, success: {(response: HTTPResponse) in
if let data = response.responseObject as? NSData {
let str = NSString(data: data, encoding: NSUTF8StringEncoding)
println("response: \(str)") //prints the HTML of the page
},failure: {(error: NSError, response: HTTPResponse?) in
println("error: \(error)")