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 …
It is very difficult to like the way vim handle plugins by default, so I was really thrilled to find out about pathogen when a geek I followed tweeted about it. It took me some time to actually re-organize my current configuration to this new format. Then I thought why not reorganize my .vimrc as well, as my current version looks a bit cryptic after a while.
Another day, another programming assessment test. This time I was asked to generate some random data, then examine them to get their data type. Practically it is not a very difficult thing to do and I could probably complete it in fewer lines. I am pretty sure there are better ways to do this, as usual though.
While JSON is a fine data-interchange format, however it does have some limitations. It is well-known for its simplicity, that even a non-programmer can easily compose a JSON file
(but humanity will surprise you IRL). Therefore, it is found almost everywhere, from numerous web APIs, to geospatial data (GeoJSON), and even semantic web (RDF/JSON).
I just failed a programming assessment test miserably yesterday and thought I should at least document it down. However, the problem with this is that the questions are copyrighted, so I guess I would write it from another point of view. So the main reason I failed was because I chose the wrong strategy to the problem, thinking it should be solution but as I put in time to that I ended up creating more problems.
This post is purely based on my own speculation as there’s no experiment on real-life data to actually back the arguments. I am currently trying to document down a plan for my experiment(s) on recommender system (this reminds me that I have not release the Flickr data collection tool :/) and my supervisor advised to write a paragraph or two on some of the key things. Since he is not going to read it, so I might as well just post it here as a note.