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 »
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 »
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 »