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Good to (not) know

June27

Check out this tweet form Mr. Edward Snowden.  Interesting indeed.  PGP still looks intact in its raw form.  This is good news.  Assuming the end point device has not been compromised of course and the password and private key snarfed.

That said, that is something really only a state player or well financed operative will have a shot at.  For the regular folk using PGP means always having your thoughts and ideas protected.

 

If somebody gets access to your mail server, as per Hillary Clinton, at least the attacker will have squigabytes worth of nothing and nobody finds out about your involvement with Saudi, mis-handling classified documents, Libya and the Clinton Foundation.

Your email was intercepted.  Two words.  “Shit” and “Jack”.

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Patching software

June20

Here’s an interesting one.  I did not know that the term ‘patch’ as used to mean “apply an update to software” comes from the first computers.

In the days of punched paper tape, where binary commands were loaded into memory from tape, instead of recreating an entire punched paper tape to correct the software, a piece of sticky tape was applied to the paper tape to cover the hole in the paper and change the command, thus literally patching the software.

 

Moar info from wikipedia..

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Useful backup advice..

June5

It’s always a good time to remind yourself of the advantages of having a backup of your files.  Have a read of the Tao of Backup, before it’s too late!

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Stack overflow gem

May29

I was looking for some info on the right way to use a regex to parse a small piece of html which had me stumped.

I found this gem on stack overflow with 4426 positive replies.  This guy gets it.

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Technology and nostalgia

May17

I saw this the other day while looking at the TV series “Mad Men”.  Everybody deserves to do a presentation to clients once in their lives and smash it this hard.  A demonstration of the killer Don Draper pitch.  TV perfection.

From Mad Men, Series 1, episode 13.

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Tips and Tricks

May17

I’ve been working with PIC micro-controllers lately and found this great document from Microchip with a collection of tips and tricks that people have used with micro-controllers. That’s the first time I’ve seen a multinational publish a ‘notes-from-the-field’ document about their technologies and how to do clever stuff with them. Check the format out too; each tip is half a paragraph and gets everything summarised in a nutshell. Great document.

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