Archive for December, 2007

Compelling evidence that I am not insane

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

The UK Daily Star confirms that I am not wasting my time with my fruitless pursuits of the Zodiac killer's unsolved mysteries: But that’s if [Britney Spears] can tear herself away from the internet where she has been indulging her latest obsession – trying to solve crime. The star has become fascinated ...

Zodiac webtoy: flip & rotate

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Another quick update to the Zodiac webtoy: now there are links to flip and rotate the ciphertext. This was a popular feature request that I finally got around to implementing. Enjoy! (Zodiac webtoy)

Zodiac webtoy: Another update

Friday, December 7th, 2007

I've finally made some more updates to the Zodiac webtoy! The biggest change is the addition of simple letter-frequency statistics. Remember when Ralphie cracked the "secret code" in A Christmas Story? Ralphie: [Reading his decoding]: "Be... sure... to... drink... your... Ovaltine. Ovaltine? A crummy commercial?!? Son of a bitch!!" Here is the ...

Reality is what you can get away with

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

I enjoyed this brief glimpse of the underbelly of Apple's product marketing. An interviewer asks a touchy question about iTunes acting as a monopoly, and Apple's PR folks start to freak out: (video link) Such is the ugly reality of companies attempting to control expectations.

Silicon heaven

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

From Microsoft's Help and Support pages: Computer Randomly Plays Classical Music View products that this article applies to. Article ID : 261186 Last Review : March 27, 2007 Revision : 3.3 This article was previously published under Q261186 SUMMARY During normal operation or in Safe mode, your computer may play "Fur Elise" or "It's a Small, Small World" seemingly at random. This is an ...