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Now Using miniLock

I have been a long proponent of OpenPGP keys for a way to communicate securely. I have used my personal key for signing emails since ~ 2005. I have used my key at dozens and dozens of keysigning parties. I have used my key to store account passwords and credentials with vim(1), Python, and so […]

The Chaocipher With Playing Cards

As you know, I am a cryptography hobbyist. More specifically, I have an interest in pencil and paper ciphers, also referred to as "hand ciphers" or "field ciphers". Since Bruce Schneier released his Solitaire Cipher for Neal Stephenson's book "Cryptonomicon" (known in the book as "Pontifex"), I have had a real desire to learn hand […]

The Outrageous Fares Of The Utah Transit Authority

I hope my readers don't mind, but I'm going to break from the standard geekery for a second, and type up a personal post about something that has been bugging me for the past few years. For those that don't know, I live in Utah, and work in Salt Lake City for the best local […]

Going Google Free

On June 25, 2004 I received the following email: To: Aaron Toponce From: Gmail Team Subject: Gmail is different. Here's what you need to know. Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit First off, welcome. And thanksfor agreeing to help us test Gmail. By now you probably know the key ways in which Gmail differs from traditional […] Is Now SSL Enabled

Just a quick update to say that I have enabled SSL, and forced it by default, for this blog. Given all the revelations about the NSA, the straw finally broke the camel's back, and we are now live with SSL. There may be some growing pains, seeing as though this will cost me a bit […]

Please Consider A Donation

I just received an anonymous $5 donation via PayPal for my series on ZFS. Thank you, whomever you are! I've received other donations in the past, and never once have I had a donation page or ads on the site or asked for money. It's awesome to know that some people will financially support your […]

Ramadan, Take Two

Two years ago, I participated in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. I blogged about my experiences, and you can read them here: Looking forward to Ramadan, Ramadan - Week One, Ramadan - Week Two, Ramadan - Week Three, An Open Letter to Pastor Terry Jones, and Ramadan - Week Four. Well, I intend to […]

Why I Cryptographically Sign My Email

Yesterday, I received a disturbing phone call. Someone very close to me, call him John, might lose his job, because a slanderous, offensive email was sent with forged headers, claiming to be John. John certainly did not send the mail, and those close to John know that the tone of the mail does not seem […]


DISCLAIMER: By sending me email, you agree to the following: I am, by definition, "the intended recipient". All information in the email is mine to do with as I see fit and make such financial profit, political mileage, or good joke as it lends itself to. In particular, I may quote it where I please. […]

Protesting SOPA/PIPA

Starting Jan 18, 2011 at 00:00 UTC, this blog will be joining many others to protest SOPA and PIPA. I strongly oppose the views outlined in the bill, and with a Google Pagerank of 4/10, with almost 650 RSS readers, and about 1,500 hits to my site per day, I'll be taking advantage of these […]

My Google Voice Rant

So, I've been a Google Voice subscriber for about 2 years. I have one of the most awesome phone numbers you can get: 686-8086 (it has an inside geek reference to x86-based CPU architectures, and also to my PGP key ID of 0x8086060F. Awesome, eh?!). I've used it for SMS text messaging, receiving calls, and […]

Boycott GoDaddy

I generally don't jump on boycotting bandwagons, usually because they are severely misguided and misinformed, and they're usually interested in spreading FUD more than just reporting the issue at hand. However, on December 29th, 2011, I will be transferring all of my 15 domains away from GoDaddy, because they support the SOPA and Protect IP […]

Unknown Scheduled Downtime

Someone is purchasing our house, and we have to be out by the 28th of November. We will not be in our new house until Dec 3rd, at the earliest. During that week, I don't know where to host my server to maintain a constant connection. Hopefully, I can find a solution, but worst case […]

Fully Mobile

This blog is now fully mobile. If you visit with your mobile browser, you should be taken to a mobile version of the site. It's only using browser detection, rather than domain mapping, as I'm not in the mood to create A records for, which only ends up making the URL longer anyway. […]


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