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Programming
“Hobby programmer” for a while, with lots of languages. Some graphics and game programming, but more of a “support programmer” (libraries, tools, utilities, and smaller specific-use programs).

Hardware
Into hardware and electronics, but I prefer software because it’s cheaper to experiment with and fix. I’ve designed and built a couple of pieces of hardware (computer peripheral “toys”) and written drivers and software for them.

Security
Very into programming and software security. Regularly reading texts on secure programming and always researching the latest threats and learning ways to really harden computers.

Repair
I like fixing computers (especially software), but I don’t like taking the lazy, easy way (no re-installs!) I prefer to dig in and find a way to fix the problem. I actually repair broken things, I don’t just replace them.

Teaching
I’m fairly good at figuring out what people are trying to ask, even if they don’t communicate well (why I’ve been teaching since eighth grade). I try to read the whole question or comment before responding, but I’m a painfully slow reader, so occasionally I may only read part of a post and end up embarrassed. (I once posted an agreement to a comment, only to realize that the original comment was my own—could’ve been worse; I could’ve disagreed with it!)

SE
My accept-rate is a bit low because I don’t ask questions I can fix myself. If I absolutely can’t, then I resort to asking others, but the questions I tend to ask are such that others usually have not seen/heard of/thought of/or even considered. As such, there usually are no answers to my questions at the time I ask them.

Images
As a visual-learner myself, I often add images to my posts to make them more effective. Sometimes I take photos, sometimes I create them with software, and sometimes I find them through Google Images or WikiPedia.

Avatar
My avatar is a logo I created based on an emoticon I saw and liked years ago on a now defunct game-server site. The original icon rotated and was tiny and low-res, so I made a larger, vecotrized, static version and have been using it since at least Nov.14.2002.

Mod
I’ve been asked hey bro, y u no do mod? get you POWR!. I’ve considered it, but I simply have too much to do already, so I (currently) can’t take on that kind of commitment when I know I won’t be able to do as good a job as I would demand. (I couldn’t be a mod anyway because I don’t agree with all of SE’s policies and would not be able to pretend I do and “shut up and do the job” and tow the company line.)


Feb
8
comment File format of encrypted file
@Dennis, you’re the one missing the point. Nobody is using an 81-permutation algorithm; I am just trying to simplify it so that you can understand the speciousness of your argument. You keep saying that there is a large pool of passwords, thus making it time-consuming to reverse the password from a hash, but in this case (the question is about this software, not a generic encryption question), the pool is much smaller, making cracking quite feasible.
Feb
8
comment File format of encrypted file
@bpqaoozhoohjfpn, I don’t know. You’d have to check their site to see what claims they make.
Feb
8
comment File format of encrypted file
> A password is whatever I choose it to be. 11 randomly selected alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) already achieve over 64 bit @Dennis, a password is whatever the algorithm limits to. The size of the password depends on the alphabet. If I only allow the characters {abc}, then a four-character password does not mean 32,768 permutations (32-bit), it is only 81 permutations. Much easier (and faster) to crack.
Feb
8
comment File format of encrypted file
> The only way of knowing whether you entered the right password when you try to decrypt is by using its hash to decrypt the key, then use the key to decrypt the data, then see if the results look sane. Which is why when you decompress an encrypted archive, it doesn’t tell you if the password is correct or not until it finishes extracting one of the files and compares the hash to the one stored for that file.
Feb
8
comment File format of encrypted file
Considering that collisions with MD5 (true 128-bit) can be found in seconds on an average contemporary system, I would imagine a 16-char hashing algorithm could be fully cracked too without much effort.
Feb
8
comment File format of encrypted file
It also has a mere 16-character alphabet (only uppercase hex digits), so it’s not 64-bit. Either way, it’s not a hash, it’s the password itself. I didn’t test, but I would imagine it also limits the characters that can be used in the password.
Feb
8
revised File format of encrypted file
Added test results.
Feb
8
comment File format of encrypted file
Probably a hash. Even that is inadvisable. It’s not hard to encrypt a small file with different passwords to derive the hashing function (especially if it is a standard one like MD5, SHA-1, etc.), then reverse the password via brute-force.
Feb
8
answered File format of encrypted file
Feb
8
answered How do you disconnect a USB drive when getting a “this device is currently in use”?
Feb
7
revised Windows 7 asus p5b audio driver
Added more information.
Feb
7
answered Notepad++ regex Replace, using match variables
Feb
7
comment Windows 7 asus p5b audio driver
There are several variations of the P5B; what’s the exact model of your board?
Feb
7
comment Windows 7 asus p5b audio driver
Because that’s the same one listed in the forum.
Feb
7
comment Can I safely use a PSU with an ATX 12v 4-pin for a board that has a EPS 12v 8-pin?
Which one? The 1x/2x Molex to 8-pin? You can get them on eBay for <$2 including shipping.
Feb
7
revised Windows 7 asus p5b audio driver
Cropped screenshot.
Feb
7
revised Windows 7 asus p5b audio driver
Added new suggestion.
Feb
7
revised Windows 7 asus p5b audio driver
Added more options.
Feb
7
comment Windows 7 asus p5b audio driver
Your edit links to the page that is not loading. Try the one in the forum (it is from 2009, so check if it is a different version from the one you have).
Feb
7
answered Windows 7 asus p5b audio driver