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Geocaching

April 23rd, 2006
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We had some rain and some snow yesterday, so when we woke up to a beautifully blue sky and nice temperature, we decided to make today an outside day.

Its not exactly a +20 celcius kind of day, so something like frisbee was out of the question, and I’m still working some long shifts at work, so an energy limited activity was desired.

It had been a while since we had done any Geocaching, so we decided to go for it today.

We looked up a cache called Sandy Beach. We had been to this park a couple of times before, so we knew it was a nice place to visit, and well within our current fitness limitations. After we got home, we Logged our visit.

This is a picture of the cache after we found it:
Geocache

And this is a shot of the Calgary Skyline, from the park.
Calgary City Skyline

Day at the Lake

April 9th, 2006
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Its been a longish 2 weeks, so we decided to take the hour an a half drive west to the mountains today.

It was nice to get out of the city, at least for a little while. The fresh air is always welcome, and seeing some wildlife always makes you appreciate that not every facet of life revolves around money, and that happiness is a state of mind, not an accumulation of wealth.

That being said, if I was wealthy, I’d like to think I could spend more time exploring nature and taking many more trips like this one instead of paving over the parks to make way for a mega mall discount outlet store.

Mind you, that would be a lot easier if it didn’t cost us $18 for a day pass to the park.

Anyways, here are some photo’s of the day, each one links to a 1024×768 that if anyone wishes to use as a wallpaper, feel free.

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Locknote

April 2nd, 2006
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It has been one long week here.

72 hour work weeks present some interesting challenges. Ever try to remember a padlock combination on 5 hours of sleep? On the forth day it gets a little straining.

Now imagine being a sys admin in a small company of about 20 people. Imagine on top of following several newsfeeds using Google’s Reader, you have about 12 different merchant accounts on the web, all with their own passwords, which you do not get to choose.

I have never been a fan of “Password Files.” As you have a single file incorporating everyone’s passwords, if the “wrong” person got the information it could be a catastrophe.

Locknote, however, changed my mind.

A little application that does not get installed. At All.

Interesting.

Locknote encrypts your files into a self-executing program using AES 256bit. This means decently strong encryption, so long as you choose a better master password than “dog”.

Okay.. sounds good, but what do you mean “Doesn’t get installed”?

Download the Locknote application. Create a small text file, type a sentence or two, then save it. Now drag it on top of the Locknote file you downloaded. It will then ask you for the master password to use in encrypting the file, then it will save a new .exe file in the same folder. Now run the new file, it will ask you for the password. Once the correct password is entered, the built in text editor will let you view the contents, and even allow you to change/modify and save the contents.

Interesting.

Lose the original file? No need to go download it again. Simply drag any text file onto any Locknote encrypted file, and it will convert it for you.

Very Interesting.

Go Read more, and check it out here; http://locknote.steganos.com/

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