How I Learned to Stop Worrying about AES and Love the Chacha

Way back in the 1800’s, the Irish thought that they had solved the problem of feeding an ever growing population. They started planting Lumper potatoes; since potatoes are propagated vegetatively, all of the subsequent lumper ‘taters were genetic clones – identical to one another. This seemed like a good idea, a starving population is surely… Continue reading How I Learned to Stop Worrying about AES and Love the Chacha

People, Places, and Things 2019

2019 was the first year that I successfully collected and analyzed data all year. I had flirted with it for a couple of years but 2018 was the year that I created something good enough to use throughout the entire year of 2019.

Google Pixel 4 is Excellent

You know how sometimes you buy the latest gadget and you instantly have buyers remorse and techno let-down syndrome? I have had the exact opposite experience with my new Pixel 4.

YouTube Premium – The Best Streaming Value

First, if you don’t know me, I think that it’s only fair to say right up front that I love Google.  I realize that loving a soulless corporate entity is silly – but you have to remember what the Internet was like before Google.   We scrolled through lists of topical sites Yahoo had collected for… Continue reading YouTube Premium – The Best Streaming Value

Create a static website from a Google Storage Bucket

Back in the day all the websites I created were static websites.  I’m talking about like 1995-ish.  Back then I was super  excited when I figured out how to get an html form to use Perl and the cgi-bin to send an email… These days even with PHP, Django, Rails, etc. there are times when… Continue reading Create a static website from a Google Storage Bucket

Where Its At May 1st 2019

If it’s May, then it’s time for a new version of my on-going series where I track what places are being mentioned the most in the news and on social media. The criteria for being a place in this context is that I can generate longitude and latitude for it. Even if those co-ordinates don’t… Continue reading Where Its At May 1st 2019

Be Brave – Download Brave

Over the last few years I’ve spent some time thinking about and completing some courses in information security and Cryptography.  Privacy is an overlapping issue that I am also interested in. So when the the inventor of JavaScript and co-founder of Mozilla offers to provide “a deep level of security and privacy protection” it gets… Continue reading Be Brave – Download Brave