Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Get new keys, Politics of Security and lack of intention

Can you trust your keys? In case you missed the whole OpenSSL shabackle with Debian, have a read of this and/or this. It describes how some developers made a change to the OpenSSL package in Debian. This change reduced the randomness of generated keys, which wouldn't be a good thing. Here are some links where an OpenSSL developer initates the blame game.

Something that I pops into my mind a lot but I don't allow the thoughts to progress, is the nature of the intention of source code. Something that I see, often, is source code that does not specify its intention, either directly or indirectly. This makes it more difficult for people to make changes to the software later on, as they have to investigate what the software was supposed to do, as opposed to what it does, which takes a lot of time. So please be explicit and communicate your intention.

Monday, 26 May 2008

random chatter

I had lots to write about last week but when the blank text window appeared on my screen, my motivation wilted almost immediately to a lethargic state. I am sure I was going to rant about stuff but obviously it wasn't important enough to remember, then again I do remember wondering how insects's eyes manage with bright lights when they cannot blink. Perhaps my importance priority mechanism is messed up.

Technical Revenue has an interesting article on why he works at Google and also a couple of articles about business and start ups. I somehow found the blog via another Google blogger's article on Java performance. Some more Google bloggers can be found here.

I should at some stage try some of the recipes from the Limerick Italian Foodies. I hear some good things about them. Hopefully, I will get a chance to enjoy lots of Italian food next week in Italy, looking forward to it already.

Well done to the Munster team for a near perfect professional performance on Saturday. And a major acknowledgement must go to the fans, it is amazing the passion that most Limerick people have for the Munster team and for the game of rugby, very impressive.

Thursday, 22 May 2008