Friday, June 26, 2009

My TRON Question

Anyone ever wonder how much real time elapsed in the movie TRON through the whole computer portion of the film? I was thinking that the events probably don't take that long.

Consider the events that occur in the film are just programs being executed. Since those programs are just performing a list of tasks, it would seem that the amount of time that Flynn takes defeating the MCP is probably not that much time in the human world. It's like the whole computer world part of the film is occurring in very slow motion.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Excellent Read: The first few milliseconds of an HTTPS transaction

There is a very nice explanation of how an HTTPS connection is initiated at Moserware.

All too often, software developers work in an abstracted world and the details of what happens below the working abstraction layers is a complete mystery. Moser's explanation of the HTTPS connection initiation is a very clear and clean explanation of the process of establishing a trusted connection. It is well worth reading.

Editorial note: I'm hoping to find an opportunity in my schedule to resume writing more frequently.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Psychic Powers, Mystery, Old Timey Cars Chasing Vans; This Show Has It All

Fact: all great televisions shows have great theme songs: Dallas, Welcome Back Kotter, Knight Rider.
Fact: Baffled has the best theme song.

Nimoy is the opposite of fail. He is pass.