Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Lions free kidnapped girl

Another CNN article, this one about Ethopia and a sensational story. A 12yr old girl was kidnapped and beaten to force her into marriage. Some lions chased off her abductors and guarder her until Police and family came. While it's quite cool that the lions did this (kinda like the Brookfield Zoo incident) there's a much bigger problem at hand.
"The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where the majority of the country's 71 million people live."
Take a moment to think of that, and wonder how frightening it must be for not only the women but the families. While I'm not trying to say it's wrong, as that's not really the point, it is a pretty sad state of affairs.

Saddam is eating well

CNN is running an article about Saddam and his treatment in camp, and some of Saddam's thoughts. Maybe I'm meant to be a dictator, but I also like Doritos and Raisin Bran but not Fruit Loops (glad he's eating well)

I never really admired Reagan, and I did think Clinton was ok (actually, better than that... human) while I also don't like either President Bush. Just in case Jeb gets elected, I also wouldn't like him. Just not a fan of the whole family.

Anyway, it's interesting to hear what Saddam thinks of his life at the moment. Seems to be getting along just fine. Hang in there!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

MD5 Collisions

Oh the world of hash. Many people get hashing and encrypting mixed up. My employer, though I've told him the difference, still refers to the practice of hashing as encrypting. A hash is basically a one-way transformation of an item to a fixed length string. MD5 and AES are 2 popular ones. It's pretty much impossible to guess the original content of a hashed item, and it's also pretty much impossible to find 2 items that have the same hash.

Well, that's what we'd like to think, but it's not entirely true. "The Story of Alice and her Boss" is a short read on MD5 collisions. It's nice they actually gave 2 files that have the same md5 sum (a25f7f0b29ee0b3968c860738533a4b9 done with MD5summer)

Cartoon Math

A little better than it sounds. Guide to Mathematics and Mathematicians on The Simpsons and A Futurama Math Conversation with David X Cohen

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Jobdango

Went and did some work for them today. Tried to play a joke on my boss but I'm such a bad liar I gave in.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Good: kB!3ccsiiz_8 or 4*4zbmn-BXY

Another article on writing down your passwords, this time by Netgear. In addition, Password Gorilla has worked out well for me. I still haven't worked on the batch file(s) for upload/download to a server via FTP, but it'll happen soon. The tip I'm looking for is how to make a batch file wait for the executed program to terminate before continuing with commands. I'm sure it's something simple, and I should just look for it.

For those out there looking for other password management solutions, check out the article on NewsForge.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Networking can be tricky

Well, I'm trying to hook up a private/public wifi/lan network at work and it's not easy. The network is split public wifi/lan and private lan by a D-Link DSA-3200 and a DI-824VUP but I've been told by tech support those 2 items won't work. I wish pre-sales product support would have told me that...

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Ha, get this...

So I hadn't heard back from iRiver and was about to send them a certified letter and get all agro. I got an email saying they had internal server problems and they suggested I plug my player into the charger, let it charge, then turn it on. Of course I had tried this before, but it didn't work... until now. So, my player is working again. If I have any problems after this I'll send an email, give it 5 business days, then move on to the certified letter. Sucks I even have to think about this.

Millennium Simulation - the largest ever model of the Universe

the Millennium Simulation is an ambitious project with some really cool results. Using a supercomputer, the Max Planck Society in Germany came up with some spectacular images and videos of the simulated expansion of the universe from *I think* 400,000 years after the *possible* big bang. Good stuff. Check out the images here.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Microsoft turns to XML

Microsoft's next version of Office to use XML technology is a good thing. This sounds kinda lame, but this will open up much more flexibility for alternative office suites such as OpenOffice.Org, etc. M$'s new format will also implement the ZIP compression algorithm, so developers will basically have immediate access to do cool stuff. Isn't that what we all want?

Now we can ONLY hope that IE7 will be standards friendly and maybe M$ will be on its way to not pissing me off.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Frickin' Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush was less enthusiastic... "You heard what Bill Clinton said?" the former first lady asked. "When -- when I jokingly referred to him as 'son,' and he said, a good Democrat friend of his said, 'Those Bushes will do anything to get another president in the family.'"

what, and they won't? They're already talking about Jeb running and she can't take the joke? And all Clinton said was what his friend said... so... freaaaaaaaaaaaaak. I can't stand politics.