Before I moved to Florida from Maryland in 2005, I had an E-ZPass in Maryland which we used for the Bay Bridge toll payments. We got it in about 2000, and it was wonderful. It was a time when electronic toll systems were just getting started in the US. The big benefit was bypassing the […]
“The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.” — Steven Harris As a software developer, it is sometimes difficult for me to watch technology evolve into the current direction it has taken: Software as a Service (SaaS). I have been programming both […]
10 Nov 2015
The Beale Ciphers Solved! … or not?
When I was about 14 years old, I encountered one of the most fascinating puzzles in history: the Beale Ciphers. The Beale Ciphers are widely-known among treasure hunters. What are the Beale Ciphers? It is a collection of three documents, each of which contained an encrypted message as a sequence of numbers. The story goes that they were left by a […]
I was lucky to be in the United States Air Force and stationed at Tempelhof Central Air Base in Berlin, on the day the Berlin Wall fell: Nov 9, 1989. It occurred only one month after I married my wife, so the event is strongly etched in both of our minds. I am occasionally asked where I was when […]