Miscellania


Banana Oatmeal Bread

I made some very good banana bread tonight:

Cream 1 cup of sugar and a half cup of butter and a healthy tablespoon of honey. To that, add two eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 3 ripe bananas, a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Drop in 4 tablespoons of sour cream. Beat it silly. While that is mixing, in another bowl mix 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 2/3 a cup of AP flour and a cup of [...]

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Salting Passwords in plain sight

Interesting method of creating a unique salt that can only be derived from the password being encrypted. If you used a salt created by an algorithm based on something known, an attacked who had access to the DB and the salting method could devise a cracking mechanism.

But with this, even if you have both of those you would still not be able to crack the password without trying every possible password against itself – a feat that approaches [...]

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The true keys to success in business…

are a borderline personality disorder and a learning disability.

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confusion

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The honeymoon is over

I don’t think the dog has gotten a decent nights sleep in a week. The cat thinks it’s tail is an excellent toy that moves in such an enticing manner. She’s remarkably mature about it. The dog just gets up and moves with a look of tired irritation. Poor thing.

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Mark All As Read

You know you’ve been busy when google reader stops estimating how many unread items you have left. I think it’s time to declare rss bankruptcy.

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Simple Rule #2

Generally, email sent marked as urgent, is not.

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Simple Rule #1

Software releases do not require a blog post. Also, using an exclamation point to declare “PHP 5.2.10 Released!” is just silly.

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Protip for the bilingual

If you speak spanish, always choose the spanish language option when calling customer service lines. It’s a smaller market and you’re likely to face less waiting time before speaking to a CSR.

If you aren’t – try it anyway. The CSR probably speaks English too.

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The New Kitten

If I had to guess my dogs reaction to bringing a new kitten into the house, I would have many ideas. One I wouldn’t have is that the dog would be as thrilled as a five year old on christmas. Abbie was instantly fascinated by this little creature. She didn’t act aggressive or worried. She just wanted to sniff the thing all night. We put the kitten upstairs behind closed doors. The dog sat at the door sniffing and crying for [...]

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