Houston 2600

Computer security, hacking, coding and mayhem

Houston 2600 Meeting: Friday, March 1, 2013

Houston 2600/HAQR Meeting Join computer enthusiasts to talk about programming, operating systems, computer security topics, hacking and geek culture. When: Friday, March 1 6-9 PM Where: Ninfa’s Express seating area, Galleria IV Directions Take Post Oak South past Westheimer. Turn right on Hidalgo. Turn right on McCue. On your left is a parking garage. Turn left into the first entrance to the parking garage. Inside the parking garage, you will take a right.. Read More

Six months without Adobe Flash, and I feel fine

As documented on /., six months ago I de-installed the Adobe FlashTM player on all my browsers. This provoked some shock and incredulity from others. After all, Flash has been an essential content interpreter for over a decade. It filled the gap between an underdeveloped JavaScript and the need for media content like animation, video and so on. It also fit a nice political niche. It allowed browser manufacturers to avoid the complexities.. Read More

Using relativity to encrypt data

Bob Way has a great post up about his brainstorm for a file-sharing system that technically does not include the actual data it shares, but can reconstruct it from a relative measurement of it, which is stored. This is much like coming up with a mold for a part and using relative vectors to describe it, so that when needed, it can be re-created using some seed data and thus used to create.. Read More

Architecture versus pattern recognition

Most programming is a variant of “cut and paste” programming. You find the archetype you’re looking for, adapt it, and then paste it into the program from a mixture of sample code and blog posts. It works; you move on. Some programmers are even more experienced. Their pattern recognition and Pavlovian syntax response is all in their heads. They see a situation, and dump code from their fingers in response. Others even have.. Read More

Houston Indie Book Festival: Sunday, April 20, 2013

Books are knowledge hacking. They are also social engineering. The very best writers invent philosophies that circumvent existing restrictions and get us closer to the mysteries of the universe, its order and our own minds. The Houston Indie Book Festival is hosted by Gulf Coast and the Menil Community Arts Festival through a collaboration with The Menil Collection and the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. The 2013 festival will be on Saturday,.. Read More