On Password Manager Security

Recently an article was published by ISE detailing security vulnerabilities in most password managers, specifically, the ability for an attacker with access to a computer's memory to read sensitive information contained in the password vault, if the password manager is running. This spewed a heated debate over at 1Password . I commented there twice, but I think most people are not looking at the birds eye view here. In the end I believe it all boils down to the following:

From a security perspective, consider the use of a computer as comparable to a house. The computer is congruent to a house.

Assume our house has a high fence around it with locked gates. The fence is similar to a firewall. It prevents most people from gaining casual entry to the house. It is layer 1 in the security sandwich.

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Project #6: Vise Jaws

This is more of an unanticipated side project, since I recently purchased an upgraded bench vise and was required to make a new apron and front jaw since the vise's mechanism did not fit the existing vise jaws.

Project is made out of Maple:

Veritas Vise Jaws
Veritas Vise Jaws

I Beat My Brother At Chess!

So this is kind of a great achievement for me. One year ago I swore I would not stop playing chess with my brother until I beat him. Since he is about 500-600 ELO higher than me, that was a tall order to accomplish. So, exactly 1 year after we started playing correspondence chess on Chess.com, a game that we started 1 January 2019 and ended today 8 February 2019 (3 days per move), I finally beat him. And that with a Bishop + Knight endgame.

I must admit, there are few things more beautiful that seeing the move sequence of a well orchestrated mating net performed with the Bishop and Knight and King in chess - it is like a prima ballerina moving gracefully across the stage. I did have to study hard to get it done, and my play was far from perfect, or good even for that matter. I made many big mistakes and blunders. But in chess that does not matter, the 1 for me and the 0 for him is all that does. (I will not speak of the 3 draws and 54 losses). What I am proud of, is that I managed the best case mate-in-26 from move 91, in 30 moves. That is just 4 moves worse than the best you can do with perfect play.

Chess Game - Checkmate, Move 121
Chess Game - Checkmate, Move 121
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Project #5: Sushi Mold (Oshizushihako)

I needed a large wooden sushi press (oshizushihako) for a meal I wanted to make, and ordering one from Amazon would have taken 2-3 weeks. So I decided one night after work to make one from some pine offcuts I had lying around. I was in a hurry so I did not do a very good job, but it works great and did not cost me anything.

Custom made sushi press (Oshizushihako)
Custom made sushi press (Oshizushihako)

500px and Licensing Your Images

I recently was approached by 500px that one of my photomicrographs was picked by a potential customer for purchase, and they asked me if I would mind licensing it for sale through their distribution partners. I read the terms and agreed. After uploading the full version, it was ready for sale. About two months later I received an email notification from 500px that my image sold:

500px Commission
500px Commission

I was elated. Now I could finally put my keyboard down and retire - buy a house and see the world. Oh wait what?! I guess the denomination USD does help - it is 1.34 times more in Canadian Rupees.

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