Author Archives: DocDock

safe computing – weak case for weakening encryption

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. William J. H. Boetcker This quote has been often misattributed to Abraham Lincoln.  This is actually a very relevant thought with the respect to economics.  Indeed you cannot improve everybody’s lot … Continue reading

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just making it – revisiting my cube

Some time back, I had a fair amount lot of free time.  I spent the time working with a friend Mikhail in the evenings to create my own LED cube from scratch.  It was actually quite a bit of fun, the … Continue reading

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interrogating your code – dipping your toes into java’s reflection

Perhaps the coolest programming language ability that I was never allowed to use was reflection in Java. Why? Well, thats another story. What exactly is reflection? Well, reflection is a set of low level methods that can be used to … Continue reading

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Security in homogeneous systems

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been quite industrious in creating a new way[1] of tracking documents that could be “borrowed” from a person, business or government against the will of of that entity. This new document protection is the … Continue reading

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The power of mathematics in government

DEBT This is a word that you rarely hear mentioned much by politicians especially if they are campaigning for office.  Oh, sure you might hear something about how they will fix the deficit.  The deficit that the other guys have allowed … Continue reading

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… and because perception matters

“I am from the government and i am here to help”                                             Ronald Reagan It has certainly been a while … Continue reading

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professionalism in IT … at the movies

My first boss was a real ball-breaker.  He had a very good idea of what was possible with computers, what the users might need and how to achieve that.   He could have literally done it all himself except there were … Continue reading

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Is Agile development the Emperors new clothes

I had the opportunity to take a class on Agile development recently, Scrum, and it was a fascinating way of doing development. I have been pretty lucky over my career that I have not been dragged through a lot of … Continue reading

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Restful services in Java – 360 degree of restful client

Always try and use the most appropriate tool for the task.  The Apache HTTP server or web server is a program for serving the html web pages to the client who requests them. Tomcat is a application server that is actually … Continue reading

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Restful services in Java – 360 degree of restful server

This is the blog final entry for a restful service web server.  I have attempted to create more than your typical “foo” “bar” type example program. My final blog on restful services will be a fairly complete service that could … Continue reading

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