Monthly Archives: June 2012

RSA Explained

Barry Steyn over at I'm Still Learning has a nice post on RSA and how it works. Steyn explains the needed mathematical background in small pieces that should be accessible to everyone. At each step he works through a small … Continue reading

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The Emacs CL Controversy

The other day I was griping to Xah Lee off-line about the refusal of the Emacs maintainers to add the CL package functionality to the core Elisp distribution. Lee pointed me at several threads on the emacs-devel mailing list that … Continue reading

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Flame Malware Uses New MD5 Collision Attack

Much has been written lately about the provenance of the Flame malware. Recent reports suggest that it was a joint project of the United States and Israel. Now comes the startling revelation that Flame used a hitherto unknown MD5 collision … Continue reading

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Installing Aspell

As I posted yesterday, it turns out that I have some old 32 bit software left over from Fink installs on my machines. As far as I know, none of it was being used except for Ispell. Once I got … Continue reading

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Building Emacs 24 on OS X Lion

Now that Emacs 24.1 was officially released it was time to stop messing around and actually get it installed. I tried that last year but had problems with configure not finding tputs in any of the curses libraries. This time … Continue reading

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Hashing Passwords

Patrick Nielsen over at Throwing Fire has an excellent post on Storing Passwords Securely that serves as a nice coda to my previous post on Password Advice. One of the problems that I pointed out in that post was the … Continue reading

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Replacing a Region With the Last Kill

I learned a another neat trick from Aaron Hawley's Giant Emacs Reference Sheet. This is another of those tricks, like the revert buffer shortcut, that uses keystrokes intended to do something else in a novel way to accomplish something unexpected. … Continue reading

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A Page on Emacs 24's New Features

Xah Lee has started a page on New Features in Emacs 24. He's promising to add to it every few days so it might be a good place to go to get familiar with some of Emacs 24's new goodies … Continue reading

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Muscle Memory

I can so empathize.

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Living Without Flash

Let's face it: Flash is a mess. Hardly a week goes by without a new exploit and its performance problems are legion. Steve Jobs famously hated Flash and refused to allow its use in iOS. My Linux distribution strongly recommends … Continue reading

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