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 …
In the last part, I implemented a couple of primitive functions so that they can be applied in the following chapters. The second chapter of the book, is titled “Do it again, and again, and again…”. The title already hints that readers will deal with repetitions throughout the chapter.
After publishing the previous note on setting up my development environment, I find myself spending more time in the CLI (usually via SSH from host). Then I find myself not needing all the GUI apps in a standard Ubuntu desktop environment so I went ahead and set up a new environment based on Ubuntu Quantal server edition beta-1. For some reason my network stopped working and didn’t really want to spend time finding out the cause, so I reinstalled everything again today using the final installer, as well as the updated Virtualbox 4.2.6.
After delaying for quite some time, I think I should start the project before I get bored with it. The project will be either hosted on this current domain (coolsilon.com) at least for now and will probably move to another domain if needed. The site will be either a blog aggregator or just a simple article submission site that works kinda like digg / reddit, however, to be promoted to the frontpage the submission would have to impress the opposite group.
It is very much expected that there will be endless stream of new (and often times better) tools introduced to solve the same set of problems. While I am slowly resuming my programming work, and in the process of reviving my very much dead postgrad project, I found some alternative to the tools I had used in the past. I suppose I shall just jot them down here so that there’s a reference for later use.
I didn’t realize that I have been working for 3 weeks until the Labour Day which was a public holiday. Many things happened in these few weeks and I am still struggling to catch up with it. My superior and colleagues have been very helpful and offered me some helpful tutorials and books. I was instructed to build a event scheduler application using codeigniter in the first week and then work on a side project that extends a form using DOM methods and properties.