A quick hop into OpenSSL…

Fun with cryptography…

Got to look into some hashing for work stuff and I really do want to get rolling on some file management tools for home (too many photos and other bits lying around and not sure which are archived) and OpenSSL meets both needs.

Going to pull it to windows and play a bit. I’ve messed with it a bit in the past, but that was aimed at implementing TLS on an HTTP connection and several years back. Handy library and worth keeping handy on the shelf.

Finally located my OpenSSL book on the shelf so that helps 🙂

Some interesting OpenSSL information at feisty duck (thought they have one feisty duck while I have nine crows 🙂 ).

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Disney Imagineering laying off significant staff

According to the LA Times the Disney corporation is significantly trimming down their imagineering staff in Glendale, CA. Suggestions are that the teams were bulked up for work on Shanghai Disney and now that the park is complete the imagineering team is being pared down to its usual size.

Given the challenges and opportunities ahead for the Disney parks with expansions ongoing in Orlando and digital media and new technologies coming into play, I’m hoping that they’re right.

The Disney parks have been a place of wonder and magic for my family for the last two decades and I’m very much hoping that they can remain at the top of their form for my daughter’s children (should she have any).

Replacement Pixel-C is almost ready for action…

The replacement for my original Pixel-C is now just about ready to use. Application are reloaded and updates applied.

Kindle books are on it. There was some sort of hiccup when loading the books initially. A handful came up with a ‘!’ on them and would not load or reload. I found that the only thing that helped was going to the ‘carousel’ and tapping to load the affected books from there. Once I did that they seemed to work properly. As this is a WiFi only tablet, I need to have everything I’m likely to want pre-loaded before I leave home.

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PC Kindle viewer has been throwing errors with some books…

I have become more and more dependent on kindle books for both technical material and relaxation reading. I mostly read them using the app on my android phone and tablets. Lately I have been trying to use the windows application to read technical documents while working on my computer at home.

I’ve found that some books that display perfectly on my android devices give persist ‘delete and download again’ messages on the PC. No matter how often I try the process suggested by the app, I continue to get the error.

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JSON doesn’t support comments…

The things you don’t notice

I recently ran into a chunk of JSON data that kept being rejected by JSON.parse but worked as expected if I used eval (nasty, but this is local data so livable-ish).

I had looked at the raw data and saw nothing out of the ordinary. At first I suspected the quickly tossed together code I was working with. When I finally pasted the document into a JSON validator it immediately pointer to the ‘//’ comments that someone had inserted. Continue reading JSON doesn’t support comments…

Disappointed – My Pixel-C tablet is not working right

I’ve had a Pixel-C tablet since they were released and until the last week or so have been very happy with it. Over the last week it has taken to having one half of the screen freeze and refusing to come out of sleep mode without a hard reset. The frozen screen even occurs at boot (when half the screen is pixel snow). As of this morning, the failure is there at boot and never goes away and even when I just press the button to put it to sleep it refuses to start up again. Continue reading Disappointed – My Pixel-C tablet is not working right