Notes on codes, projects and everything
To test our understanding in RSA public key cryptosystem, we were being asked to develop a computer program to demonstrate the cryptosystem. The whole system consists of a random number generator, an encoding module that is able to encode characters into numbers, an encryption module as well as decryption module and finally an RSA cryptosystem cracking module.
The program is written in Microsoft® Visual C6, the reason why Visual C6 is being selected is because we wanted to do something simple. There is no GUI being implemented as we wanted to spend more time in enhancing the program.
To generate random number, we used Blum-Blum-Shub random number generator as we found it to be the easiest to implement.
I happened to find a general solution suggestion on a Wikipedia entry when I was browsing the internet around to find a solution to modular exponential problem. The code snippet posted on the wikipedia entry claimed that it came from …
RSA is a cryptosystem …
Been trying my best to stick to the well-known UNIX Philosophy – “Do one thing and do it well”, so I have been breaking down my projects into numerous pieces of small tasks and rely on existing tools whenever possible. One of the existing tool that I use a lot is the GNU sort tool. Generally sort utility is really doing fine and dandy without having to configure anything, at least not until I realize the problem that leads to this post.
Call me a cheapskate, as I still have not subscribe to a mobile data plan after purchasing my second smartphone, namely Nokia N9. There’s this ‘allow background connections’ option but it doesn’t care whether the connected network is a WLAN network or mobile data network. After finding out that Nokia has no interest in creating another separate option so that each type of network has their respective ‘allow background connections’ switch, I decided to make one for my own.
I really don’t know how to start explaining what is a Dragon Curve. However, I find it is interesting enough after finding out that there’s actually a fixed pattern of occurrence. Therefore I spent some time writing a series of scripts to plot the generated fractal into a graph. What I didn’t expect is, the series get really complicated after a while.
The making of this plugin was completely a random act of hand-itchiness. A friend of mine (@cornguo) published a fun app online. There is a name for this kind of app, but I can’t recall at the moment. It typically displays some buttons (usually in a grid), and clicking them causes some sound to be played. The interesting part in cornguo’s app is that there’s a text-input field where the name of the buttons can be typed-in for replaying.