• Projects

    Below are projects that I have my eye on, ones I plan on following through on in my free time. If you have any comments, or are interested in working on one of them with or without me, or just giving me some ideas, let me know. Also let me know if you know of such a project already in the works, started by someone else; I hate to duplicate effort.
  • Select Quotes

    Lawrence Lessig, in the future of ideas RCA From the beginning of chapter 13: In the 1970’s RCA was experimenting with a new technology for distributing film on magnetic tape — what we would come to call video. Researchers were keen not only to find a technology that could reproduce film with high fidelity; they were also keen to find a way to control the use of the technology.
  • Software Release Process Checks

    Introduction Having botched releases is a software developer’s nightmare. One spends a lot of work designing, coding, and publicizing, only to have it so that users who download the just-released package can’t use it at all. This destroys users’ faith in the software and developer, and may not even come back to it when the problem is fixed. Even worse, often the users will not even report the problems to the author, so the developer is left in the dark as to the fact users are having problems!
  • Surviving in the Age of Free, Open Information

    Initially this writing was going to talk about surviving as a programmer in the age of Open Source. However, as I thought more about it, what I’m really trying to cover is the entire, broad spectrum of issues that have and will continue to arise as long as information becomes more and more free to reproduce, modify, and share. This writing will discuss the implications of the new movements, and suggest how to survive among them.
  • The problem with S/Key's keyinit together together with sudo

    Introduction On 2001-09-02, I posted on BugTraq a problem with the combination of using S/Key’s keyinit and the program sudo on a system. This article is a re-phrasing of that message, with some clarifications based upon mail I received in response. Background S/Key’s keyinit(1) S/Key is a one-time password (OTP scheme that is available on many systems, and comes default in FreeBSD 4.x and earlier. It uses program called keyinit to allow a user to re-initialize a sequence.
  • UCITA Problems

    Introduction Recently RedHat’s Open Source advocacy effort, Open Source Now, sent out a notice about concerns it has over the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). Three issues were of primary concern about the UCITA: Recognition of open source by reference and or definition. Exemption of open source software from mandatory warranties. Exceptions to permit reverse engineering of software. What follows is what I submitted to RedHat, expressing my views on these issues.