24 Nov 2010 ingvar   » (Master)

Long while of not posting. Nothing (much) programming- related to mention, but...

New job. Turns out I am not emigrating right at the moment (bit of a last-minute surprise, there, as it happens). New employer seems to be a sensible multi-national corp, though.

Managed to score a (small) writing contract. That reminds me, need to poke the editor-in-chief that I haven't seen the paper copies of the contract yet. The task is to write an article about the BESK machine, a piece of hardware I have only seen the console of, but it is nonetheless a machine that warms the cockles of my heart.

Also noticed that there's been a bit of movement in the SHA1-cracking. Apparently Amazon EC2 GPU instances are real good for SHA1-based password hashes. I don't know, exactly, what this means for SHA1-based HMACs, but I am pretty sure it's not entirely pleasant. So, need to go back to the drawing board and switch out SHA1 and switch in something else for NOCtool's network protocol.

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