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Archive for November 2007

Switch to Google Reader?

I’m seriously thinking of switching to Google Reader (from Feedreader).


  • Ability to check feeds on other computers, instead of pile up a large chunk of feeds to check at night.
  • Ability to quickly mark favorite posts so my readers (you) can get them, instead of having to write a separate post for every post I like.

Cons: Not having a popup on a new item (which can be a boon during movies).

I think I’m switching 馃檪

In the meantime, here’s the crappy graph of the day:

Future GUI

Watch Bump Top, a really cool (though useless, for me at least) replacement for a desktop. Also, it seems holograms are getting really good.

(All this from
this article

10 Psychology Experiments

Take a look at these 10 psychology studies. I liked Prisoners and Guards and Obedience.

Crappy Graphs

My creation:

Look like it’s graph number 874. Not bad.

Seminar Appeal

Using Google to reverse MD5 and how I almost revealed my password to the world

In this article Steven explains how he used Google to find the password for a given MD5 hash for a user that hacked into his site.

In one of the comments a reader points to this website that offers a direct database of md5 hashes. You enter a string and get its MD5, you enter an MD5 and (if it’s known) you get the original string.

The database only works on known (text, MD5) pairs. If I ask for the text of an MD5 the db hasn’t seen before, it won’t give an answer.

I use a single password to all my internet activities, because I’m lazy. So I almost went ahead and entered that password into the md5 database in order to check if the md5 is known. Then I realized how stupid this would be – it would actually add the information to the db, and actually reveal to the world my password.

Instead I privately checked what my MD5 is (using this C# code), then entered the MD5 into the DB to check if it knows the original password.

The result? No it doesn’t 馃檪

Very Nice XKCD

Fitting into molds

(Credit to Eran for forwarding this to me).

Fwd: 诪讝诪讬

讟讜讘 砖讛诐 诇讗 谞住讞驻讬诐 馃檪

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