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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/

Code

December 8th, 2005
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Super Simple Code Encryptor

Occasionly, I have found that a simple encryption is useful.

One of the easiest methods is a simple letter shift.
For example, a ‘Shift by 2? would render

“abc”

as

“cde”

Type in your Sentence in the middle box, then at the bottom left choose your shift amount. It will display both a + shift and a – shift.

The “Seek” button will allow to to seek through the combinations at a certain rate (Default: 1250 ms) to try and decode something that has been shift encoded, but the amount is not known. Press the seek button again to stop the seek.

Color Picker

December 6th, 2005
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Color Picker

I found myself in need of a simple color chooser when I first started learning HTML.

I had looked around and found lots of choosers, but I did not like any of them. Several were bloated, a couple had a full Installshield routine (Why?!?), and a few were so complicated, it was stressful.

This program is very simple, and runs anywhere you place it. Simply double-click on the colored square on the bottom of the program and it will present a standard windows color chooser pallette.

Hit Okay, and you will be presented with the color choice as:
– individual RGB components,
– R G B selectable,
– Radiant compliant (Red 0-1 Green o-1 Blue 0-1)
– Hex string, formated with the #.

Screenshot:

Color Pallettes

December 4th, 2005
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One of the hardest things in picking colors is picking colors that work with each other.

While designing this site, I had come across a tool made by SitePro Central.

I thought the tool was so helpful, I decided to place a copy here on the site for my use, as well as anyone else that is a little color-handicapped.

You can check it out Here

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