Subject: Round 19: Beware of the spooks.
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Thanks to Facebook NYC for hosting us! I always give Facebook a lot of crap, but they were very gracious hosts and even invited us back!
A fun way to spend some time...
Implement RC4 in your favorite language. It's not incredibly complicated, and it has many known weaknesses, but it's a fun exercise in crytographic meanderings. Then, you should of course share it on the list.
(See my implementation in Guile Scheme. It took 27 minutes to write and debug (at 5:30 in the morning). See? Quick.)
Projects Presented (in random-pseudo order)
Jay hates GMail and most webmail clients, but is attempting to rectify that situation with Hipflask, an MUA over the web that can connect to multiple IMAP accounts.
[ I'm very excited about this and would love to have the free time to help out. If you have some free time and hate your mail situation please, please, contribute! -- ed]
Bjorne wrote a basic command line guitar tuner so you can be even more nerdy when playing ukelele. We were then treated to an impromptu concert, in which the singer was a little flat...
[Last minute weather substitution] Jay Goel
[ Round 19 was Jay's first Hack and Tell, and was very excited about presenting--he submitted 3 proposals! He got the chance to talk again after bad weather made a presenter cancel. Thanks Jay -- ed]
For Jay's second act, he showed us his version of most people's shoddy management of resumes. The punchline is bootstrap, and the setup is JSON. The climax though, is a very useful tool that could save many people a lot of frustration when writing a resume.
[Braindump] Zachary Kanfer
[ What apartment did the pirate live in? 2RRRRRRRRRRRRRR! -- ed]
Aditya is a data guy, and he and a few friends hacked together a way to collect real time sentiment on the presidential debates. [ Personally, it'd be more interesting to see it hooked up to someone undergoing Ludovico therapy -- ed]
Announcements and Things to Watch out for...
Round 20 - Coming Soon
We've got two potential spaces lined up, so look for us again right before the holiday rush!
Coder Weekly [recycled from last time, but still great!]
I don't get much time to read the web these days, so I've been relying more and more on a weekly mailing list called Coder Weekly. It gets sent every weekend and has a good mix of interesting articles.
Clouds in many shapes and sizes...
Until next time!
Andrew and James
: Oh just kidding. I too have a ukelele, though I have no musical talent. On my ever long list of things to do is to learn to play punk rock covers on it.