Author Archives: samurai

About samurai

I like computers... A lot. So I tend to spend a lot of time doing varied things with them. Often you'll find me playing with Python or PHP, fighting with operating systems, ranting about some off-the-wall concept, or preparing for zombies.

Taking back your mobile phone

Remember 10 years ago when you were happy if your phone had the Snake game[0] or a color screen?  Now we’ve got all sorts of smart phones loaded with applications, media and functionality.  Recent news has shown these apps aren’t … Continue reading

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A couple bugfixes in ii v1.4

Since I discovered ii, I’ve been putting it through its paces and have come across a couple bugs in version 1.4.  The first bug is a slow file descriptor leak whenever messages are sent to channels or users with capital … Continue reading

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IRC battlebotz – open beta

For the last few months I’ve been running a closed beta with a few frequent IRC users testing a user-driven programming competition, that I am now opening up to the public.  Before I get into the details of the concept, … Continue reading

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A “hacker” Christmas carol

Tired of singing the regular 12 days of Christmas? Then this year as you’re stuck doing the rounds, try and slip this one into the mix: The 12 hacker days of Christmas – brought to you by Hollywood.  Movie references … Continue reading

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Writing IRC bots using ii

I recently read about ii, a file-system based IRC client, over at IRC-Junkie which really sparked my interest.  ii provides a clean interface of FIFOs organized under a directory structure for users to communicate with an IRC network.  After playing … Continue reading

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Review of Surviving Cyberwar by Richard Stiennon

If you’re looking for depictions of “cyber-Katrina” or “cyber-9/11″, this book isn’t for you. Richard Stiennon’s[1] new book “Surviving Cyberwar”[2] points out as early as in the introduction that it’s not trying to scare people with scenarios of “cybergeddon,” but … Continue reading

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