IoT Hacking and Rickrolling My High School District

How cross signing works with X509 certificates

Interface ergonomics: automation isn't just about time saved

Issue #106

10/13/2021

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IoT Hacking and Rickrolling My High School District

Published: 4 October 2021
Tags: security


I don't know if you ever messed with your school's computer system, but I doubt it was to this extent. In this article, the author describes how they and a group of people broke into their school district's network and commenced a mass Rick Rolling.

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How cross signing works with X509 certificates

Published: 30 September 2021
Tags: certificates


Software engineering is packed full of things that appear fairly complicated on the surface, but are pretty simple once you break it (on the other hand, there are a ton of things that appear simple, but are extremely complicated). In this conicse article, Ayende Rahien translates the ASN.1 format for certificates used in signing, then goes on to explain how the signing process itself works.

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Interface ergonomics: automation isn't just about time saved

Published: 12 OCtober 2021
Tags: cakelisp, philosophy


Although more philosophical in nature (it has code too though!), this article by Macoy Madson focuses on exploring an important question all programmers have to face; at what point should you automate a task? Macoy uses an example of having to keep the user interface responsive during a full system file scan to justify the use of macros with Cakelisp.

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