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June 21, 2009

on reverse engineering

I've had it in my mind to write something, anything about this
subject since the semester ended. I took a class in it, at UNO
with Professor Golden Richard (here's the flyer) and it ate up
volumes of mine and everyone else's time.

It was a blast. We disassembled and commented the hell out of old,
slightly old, and fairly new viruses. I didn't know that I ever
liked viruses, having "grown up" a complete Unix snob - I only
started developing for windows after Katrina, but they are cool.
Mind you, the writers of them are alternatingly smart and idiotic,
often within the same hundred lines of assembler.

Malware is, actually, one of the last things the ordinary person
sees (or doesn't see) on a computer that is handwritten (and copy
pasted together) in assembler. Had I stuck around in the Unix
ivory tower I might never have found this out, and learned that
mad ninja debugging skills are excellent for tearing apart viruses.

Where we go from here, I do not know, but it's gotten me interested
in security again for the first time in ages. I got so burnt out
by people who loved policy work and secured systems to make money.

Maybe I'll find some time to squeeze this in between school and
wedding planning in the next year.

candice at 22:09 | link to post

June 08, 2009

shiny beach cars

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Porsche 356 and someone was carting around a preschooler in it. Awesome.

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Alfa Romeo Spyder. So adorable.

Talk about posts I've been late with. Went to 24 Hours of Lemons New Orleans this past weekend and have been covering it (slowly) on rust chronicles. Many more cars after that as well.

candice at 23:04 | link to post

June 02, 2009

moving with patches


truck at new house, originally uploaded by candice quates.

In order to get all of our stuff from one house to the other, we had to put the truck back together. Basically, we signed the lease on a Friday and spent Saturday reassembling things.

We put back on the driver's door, set onto new hinges, aligned it so that the locks would catch. Put the missing quarterpanel on that you have to take off to get at the hinges. Cleaned up and installed the new bench seat. Found and put in a seatbelt. Put the engine fan back on. Got a new battery for it, and drove it home.

Here's Clay's post on the reassembly. It's still on the street, probably at least until after we source a washer and dryer.

candice at 10:08 | link to post

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