Friday, November 03, 2017


I've been doing a lot of crypto stuff lately.
When I say 'a lot' I do mean literally hours upon hours of internet research and reading which then turns into hours of practical experimentation. Sometimes I just get it and sometimes what I'm reading makes no sense at all so I have to break things down and take baby steps.
The latest problem I've been working on is how to, without an air-gapped machine, write a text file, encrypt it and then send it to a desktop machine for further processing. So far I can do that. The vulnerabilities are plain to see. I could be hacked on any network. There could be a key-logger installed on the first machine which compromises everything. Or maybe my end machine could be monitored. Where there's a will there's a way.
Unless someone is actually on my case I've come up with a reasonably secure method which involves the use of SSH. I can switch my Android phone into Aeroplane Mode, write and encrypt and then send by SSH to a machine anywhere in the world once back on the network.
Of course there's still work to do. I can build upon my security which at the moment is OK but not great. The nice thing is that having started this I know where to look and I'm a little wiser to the terminology.
I'm not quite there yet.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

All Day Cat

It's been an interesting day.
I spent the morning in Nottingham City Hospital taking part in medical research. There's lots I could say about what happened, but as the research isn't published I think that on this public forum I shouldn't say much. What I can say is that my heart monitor kept reporting me as dead and that I had a CAT scan. The conclusion of my taking part is that I maybe a dead cat.
You can call me Schrodinger if you like.
The afternoon was spent writing not one but two shell scripts. They'll be useful to me in the coming months and years. I used the 'cat' command quite a lot.
It's been a cat kind of day.