Summer Holiday in Deauville, France 
30.7.12, 10:48 - Dies und Das
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Back home from Deauville

Nach den Regenfällen und dem äußerst miesen Wetter im Juni und im halben Juli haben wir mit dem Schlimmsten gerechnet, Gummistiefel und Friesennerze eingepackt. Aber: nur Sonne \o/ Danke lieber Wettergott.
Das beschauliche Dorf Deauville gilt als die Badewanne der betuchten Pariser, dementsprechend voll ist es dort an den Wochenenden, aber ebenso leer wieder am Montag :D
Die Gastronomie orientiert sich am Publikum, also fiel für uns das Essen gehen aus... wie schrieb es der Reiseführer so schön "Menschen am Strand, die aussehen als ob sie gleich zum Golfen gehen". Das trifft es ganz gut.
Um es noch ein wenig auszuschmücken: Beim joggen wurde ich von einem Püppchen mit Handtäschle stehengelassen, ein Bild für Götter (also nicht ich beim joggen,...).
Ach so: ich habe Angelina und Brad nicht getroffen, deren Anwesen nur 1500 m entfernt ist.
Das Appartment, welches wir von einem Freund mieten durften ist direkt an den Strand gebaut (*), man konnte in den Sand spucken. Die Sonnenuntergänge waren unbeschreiblich.
*) in Deauville selbst ist der Strand unverbaut, ein paar Meter weiter in Benerville sur Mer ist das möglich ;)

aber genug geredet: ein paar bilder!

using staroffice2 (1993) on modern systems  
1.7.12, 19:30 - retro & C64
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years ago i bought a little computer on ebay including a bunch of disks of "Office Pack 2.0", which is nothing less than

Star Office 2.0

from 1993 (i.e. the grandgrandgrandfather of libreoffice and openoffice). the computer was also from 1993 and more or less unusable except as a disk drive emulator for my atari800xl ;) ...

to preserve the programm for the rest of the world, I decided to copy the floppies to images, but never used it and forget about them.

today i was thinking (just for fun purpose) if i could use this tiny but powerfull office siute on a modern computer.

i chose not to install it on dosbox, but direct on my dualcore windoze pc.. . but what if this modern kind of pc does not have a disk drive to insert disks? the solution is a little tool called VFD - virtual floppy drive. the installation of VFD is simple and so i installed star office 2 in less then 1 minute.

a first check was perfect. its unbvelievable fast (yes modern computers are 1000 times faster than in 93 )
but what is a office suite worth w/o printer? the suite only supports a bunch of really old printers and they have to be connected to your pc ... no networking back then :(

so i installed a HP postscript printer driver, which is still a popular printer protocol. and the program allows to output to a file, which can be opened (& printed) with the unique UI and program "gsview" and "ghostscript"...

fast, powerful office suite on modern systems, with less then 4 MB (!)

your retro webdoktor

p.s. contact me to get a copy of staroffice2 ;)

StarWriter compact 2.0

p.s. also in this package were StarDraw 2.0 and StarBase 2.0

If you need images of the Floppies, use the contact link pleaase
Daniel Bleichenbachers Padding Oracle Attack optimized  
26.6.12, 15:59 - Dies und Das
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Ever thought of using a small USB RSA Credential for logging in your secure areas?
bad idea
Romain Bardou, Riccardo Focardi, Yusuke Kawamoto, Lorenzo Simionato, Graham Steel, Joe-Kai Tsay describe fast a way to hack the secret key out of many of those little devices. The security issue was discovered by Daniel Bleichenbacher in 98 (=known for a long time), but never fixed. The new discoveries speed up the attack, so a key can be hacked in 13 minutes [source]

as always in the history of cryptography, it's just a bad implementation of a good idea (called RSA-PKCS#1v1.5 ).

To get a detailed (understandable) description, read M. Greens blog ... aphic.html

brandnew C64 game "soulless" review 
23.6.12, 18:10 - retro & C64
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i've made some pictures of unboxing soulless, if you want you can take a closer look at my g+ account (link at the bottom or here )

the game is of middle to hard difficulty, especially jumping is tricky (and thus jumping is the major part of the game ....). thats my only point of critique, other than Andy

The gameplay reminds of "impossible mission": you have to move your character around rooms in a labyrinth and search the inside for parts of a puzzle. the artwork is of course totally different. the story is placed in a mistery/fantasy world rather than a futuristic underground cave system (a bit like in antiraid).

a lot of gimmicks are in the box: stickers, a CDROM with bonus material like maps an an interview with the authors,, the disk / tape / crt images and so on...) The Cartridge is violett (!) which glows when plugged in, another point for atmosphere. All Parts are professionally produced with high quality printings.

I still need to get better and find more time for training. Btw: at every single start the puzzle tiles are hidden somewhere else, which makes the game playable even after the first run.

Amazing to get a high quality c64 game for a computer after such a long time.
All in all:
90 / 100 %

TPM TC UEFI and Richards rants, part 2, Linus answers 
12.6.12, 11:22 - Linux
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Remember what i said half a year ago?
If UEFI is implemented the right way, there is no need to fear anything, and no need to trouble over microsofts call to make computers more save. even i do admit to use TMP n some cases. ... 019-095156

now I am reading an interesting debate about just this with Linus Torvalds, and he is exactly saying this:
I’m certainly not a huge UEFI fan, but at the same time I see why you might want to have signed bootup etc.[...] Yes, yes, the sky is falling, and I should be running around like a headless chicken in despair over signing keys. But as long as you can disable the key checking in order for kernel developers to be able to do their job, signed binaries really can be a (small) part of good security. I could see myself installing a key of my own in a machine that supports it.

Even the he Linux foundation suggests how Secure Boot should be used with Linux:
Some observers have expressed concerns that secure boot could be used to exclude open systems from the market, but, as we have shown above, there is no need for things to be that way. [...] ... -platforms

It's so nice to know I'm not the only one that thinks this way :-D


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