Trumpet Your Successes

March 24, 2009

Some while back I read an interesting article by Mary K. Pratt on the ComputerWorld Web site entitled “Five things you should always tell your boss“.  As a software manager myself for more than a decade, I agree with the list of items in the article.  Item number 5, entitled “Your Successes”, triggered a memory. Read the rest of this entry »

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My “Best Technical Article Opening Paragraph” Award

March 16, 2009

We’ve all read great articles written by talented authors.  You may have even written some articles yourself.  We are well aware of the holy grail of article writing: capturing the reader’s interesting in the opening paragraph.  It’s the difference between a forgettable article and one that will live forever in your readers’ minds. Read the rest of this entry »


Cryptographically-Challenged Cryptographers

March 5, 2009

In a recent posting on the Cipher Mysteries blog, Nick Pelling provides a list of contemporary cipher challenges he collected from the Web.  One of those listed is by one Andrew Fergus, who posted his own supposedly unbreakable cipher which apparently uses a pseudo-random number generator for encryption.  As Mr. Fergus proclaims, “I have spent some time developing a cipher, which I genuinely believe is unbreakable”.

What left me in a state of disbelief was the following gem found on Mr. Fergus’s site: Read the rest of this entry »