14 Jun 2011 dangermaus   » (Journeyer)

fall to the dark side

as Khan stopped feeding me with exercises, I fell into the dark side of the power, and my wife virus too. to date, we solved together 92 quests. Some highlights until now were: we disassembled Java to retrieve passphrases, compiled ADA, uncompressed strange files and brought the JVM to throw exceptions were nobody could think of it. we wrote crawlers to get answer to the One Minute Man oracle (two lines in bash cronjobbed) and wrote a Conway's game of life in Freepascal to compute the maximum number of cells for a particular cell pattern. we heard pictures and morse code, each time extracting the signal out of an amazing amount of noise. we digged into Pi until we found the patterns we wanted. virus solved, among others, the CipherQuest D exercise, which is a substitute cipher with errors and at least 15 meaningless characters. exercices vary in difficulty: we found messages in newspapers as the Simpsons did and we took the natural logarithm of the 150 000 000 000 Fibonacci number... but still, we face another 178 challenges
and we do not know if we are up to it... we feel like a newbie climber in front of the Everest...

deltasql 1.3.7

at least, the fall to the dark side produced something powerful in form of a new release of deltasql: it features salted MD5 hashed passwords with a password reset mechanism. Sure enough for most people around... but not for them.

Latest blog entries     Older blog entries

New Advogato Features

New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.

Keep up with the latest Advogato features by reading the Advogato status blog.

If you're a C programmer with some spare time, take a look at the mod_virgule project page and help us with one of the tasks on the ToDo list!