Archive for May 2016

Friday Fun: Classic Programmer Paintings

Painters and Hackers: typically people think they have nothing in common whatsoever – but some can see programming as art. Classic Programmer Paintings page shows software engineering as depicted by artists through history: classical paintings with suitable software engineering subtitles (technically, might not be all classical). Here is one example from Classic Programmer Paintings page:

RSA SecurID older model teardown

The RSA SecurID authentication mechanism consists of a “token” — either hardware (e.g. a USB dongle) or software (a soft token) — which is assigned to a computer user and which generates an authentication code at fixed intervals (usually 60 seconds) using a built-in clock and the card’s factory-encoded random key (known as the “seed”).

RSA SecurID teardown

RSA SecurID is a  two-factor authentication device. It gives out number that change depending on the time, and correct number is needed to log-in to sensitive systems (=one-time password functionality).  RSA SecurID 700 is a small key fob that connects easily to any key ring. Here is  front panel of RSA SecurID 700. There is

Sonera building a big data center

Telecom operator Sonera rents equipment locations, equipment space and related services in Sonera-managed data centers. Sonera has already a countrywide network of data centers. Sonera is building the biggest open data center in Finland to this location to Pitäjänmäki in Helsinki where they have mined 75 000 cubic meters of rock (4000 truck loads). Sonera