Author Archives: Tim
Problem: You are trying to to crack Base64 encoded password hashes and failing. Possibly a simple program to Base64-decode the hashes is trying to print unprintable characters and/or making beeping noises. I’ve never seen an answer that explains this relatively … Continue reading
Read and learn as Firefox developers discuss how they reduced our favorite browser’s memory footprint. Problem: Giant pages of images can lock up recent versions of Firefox. In recent versions, when Firefox receives a page, it uncompresses all the image … Continue reading
I’ve been trying to understand passive aggressive behavior and so this post is basically a review of the “literature” available on the internet. I am alarmed because I recognize myself in a lot of the descriptions. Now that I’m aware … Continue reading
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin D. Mitnick My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a fascinating book. The first fascination is his way with technology. The second was his way … Continue reading
This perfectly sums up the logical fallacies of the gun lobby.
Man of the House: The Life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip O’Neill . by
The Four Stages of Cruelty: A Novel by Keith Hollihan My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was reluctant to read this book because I thought it was going to be a sad story without much action about a young … Continue reading
It caused real physical pain to read this. But also some pleasure at the pure fly-in-the-face-of-facts attitude and pulling in Nazis and Soviets as the ones smart enough to figure out that oil comes by magic. If I could choose … Continue reading
I was fortunate to be able to chaperon a weeklong field trip to Wolf Ridge environmental learning center with my son’s sixth grade class. I was in charge of a dorm room full of eleven year old boys and accompanied … Continue reading
Charlie is my Darling is a documentary film of the 1965 Rolling Stones tour in Ireland. I saw it last night at Pepito’s Parkway Theatre. I think portions of it are available online, but this version features unreleased material and … Continue reading
Train: A Novel by Pete Dexter My rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked this book because it has great characters and allows them to build little worlds for themselves. In addition to the main character, Train, there is a … Continue reading
I bought a beat-up old Marushi Roadace 505 bicycle at a yard sale. $50.00 It is equipped with a mish-mash of parts including a bmx handlebars, a gigantic sofa of a seat, one shifter on the handlebar and one really … Continue reading
Purely by accident I picked up LIFE by Kieth Richards and was instantly, irredeemably hooked. Looking at it on the shelf, it had to be some kind of joke, but this book is amazingly well written and thoughtful. Keith Richards … Continue reading
This is from someone who was taking care of Frank: My favorite Frank line: Me to Frank: Are you sure you can eat that whole thing? Frank: I can eat the whole anything.
As a long time Security Now listener, I find almost nothing stranger and funnier than Steve Gibson describing the day he achieved Ketosis as if it were his first orgasm.
I noticed that conservatives with nothing better to do are taking to the internet to blame Obama for the fires out west. In that spirit, I provide this: State and federal officials have outlawed fires and fireworks on all public … Continue reading
I took my kids and some others to the new pool on our side of town. I have to say it was fun and that the climbing wall and zip line were great for the novelty factor. We saw lots … Continue reading
I want to record the shit I put up with around here. Four times yesterday, I was treated like a criminal: At 9:00 AM, I got notice that my dependents will lose their health insurance in 9 days if I … Continue reading
this was a group project with some clay and a webcam