Booger Security

"It's like flicking a booger at…spam" is the motto of Mailinator.  The idea is to make up a mailinator e-mail address when a website ask you for an e-mail address.  Mailinator will create the account on-demand (i.e. website sends a confirmation message) and self-destruct after a few hours.  Cute except it is a self-destructing idea, the kind that gets killed by its popularity.  I'll leave it up to you to work it out.

The idea is similar in a way to IBE (Identity-based Encryption) so I mixed the two ideas to get…you guess it, Booger Security.  IBE protected data that self-destructs.  Actually, I neglected to mention a brain storming session I had on my way back from a client today.  I thought about IBE and how it might be used in non-email applications.  By the time I passed University Avenue on 101, I had one.

IBE can be used to protect all or parts of webpage contents, extending security envelope beyond web server farms, all the way to application server and, for some applications, even to the databases.

Web servers are where the security battle is raged most furiously, not the firewall.  Crazily enough, all kinds of passwords and private keys are still routinely stored on those web servers.  Web servers are also where the SSL tunnel usually ends.  Are you getting the picture?  It's like a AD&D game where you fight through a level to find a key into the next level.

IBE could solve some of that problem by encrypting sensitive user information to and from the user.  There is also some caching opportunity also if user information changes slowly.  Anyway, the idea is not mature yet so allow me to concentrate on the Booger Security idea.

Imagine a Wiki, Booger Wiki (BK) if you will, where users post encrypted messages to individuals or groups of friends and collegues.  It could be IRC, IM, or even USENET posts.  Anway, a smart IBE-client should be able to monitor all these incoming protocols and decrypt messages it can.  Voila.  Secure messaging webpages in one fell swoop.  There is a horde of UI issues that needs to be solved, but the idea is effective enough to give Department of Homeland Security and NSA excuses to increase their budget.

Between University Avenue and Redwood City, I was too busy flicking to think.

Tomato Mail Icon

I wished for a 'tomato mail' icon and, voila!, Gary Secondino created .  Thanks Gary!  Isn't blogging great?  You can find .png, .jpg, and .gif versions here.
After a bit of resizing and fussing over, I got this .  Woohoo!

Why the tomato?  It means I don't mind if you throw tomatos at me.  I love tomatos!

Battle in Boo-Ahn reports that residents of Boo-Ahn are fighting in the street (Korean) to prevent Korean government's plan to build a nuclear waste processing plant there.

Weapons used in protests like this have recently escalated from sticks and occasional Molotov cocktails to more effective tools to keep police at bay or push them out of the way.

I don't exactly know where it started, but I think it was when ex-members of a secret military commandos clashed with the police while demanding that government compensate properly for their sacrifices.

They used their training to make deadly weapons out of everyday things and other citizens learned from them.  Boo-Ahn residents are using propane gas, burning tires, and bamboo sticks against clueless police who has sticks and shields.

Darker side of progress, I guess.

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Sushi for Birthday

Yesterday was my wife's 34th birthday.  She is 7 years younger than me.  I was too busy with work so I took her to Isobune, our favorite sushi place.  We don't care about the fancy restaurants.  We just like good food served fast.  That's Isobune.  I don't think I ever spent more than 45 minutes there.  Wham-Bam-Fish-Swam!

You want sushi?  We got sushi!

I had to choose from a good picture of my wife
and a good picture of my son.  My wife won.

One of my favorites: Sweet Shrimp Sushi.  I like Hotate (scallop) more, but
my wife and I ate them all off the boats before I could take a picture.
What does Sweet Shrimp taste like?  It's like fresh squid sashimi.
Does it help?;-p

Welcome to North Korea

My father called today to tell me that he will be leaving South Korea tommorrow to visit North Korea.  I assumed he is going via China.  Who knows?  He might have made arrangements to just walk across.  He has been there a couple of times more than ten years ago, but this is the first visit since he was allowed into South Korea.  Why wasn't he allowed into South Korea?  Well, he exercised his Righteous Might a few years ago and former President didn't want him in the country.

My father is one crazy guy.  I mean crazy in a good way.  Frankly, I never saw a more naive person than my father.  When I was young, I used to notice my father going out wearing a good looking jacket and coming back home without a jacket.  He would literally give his shirt off his back to his friends.  His friends weren't taking advantage of him either.  They would accidentally say nice things about his jacket and he would demand that they take his jacket or stop being friend with him.  Yup.  Definitely crazy.

Anyway, North Korea is about to get another taste of my pop.  I am not too worried.  If I remember correctly, I think Kim Jong-Il said some nice things about my father a few years ago.  At least they won't be able to make him disappear.  I have deep sympathy for whoever it is that end up as his guide while he is there.  Last time, he stopped and blocked a major bridge in Pyungyang so he can enjoy the view and take a few snapshots.

I am proud of him, but I instinctively look for a bombshelter when I am around him.  Have you ever met a person who appear to be three sizes larger in person and turns the very air as thick as soup on a dime?  I have met a lot of famous people, but there is only one person who can do that, my dad.  Come back home safely Dad.  We love you very much.

When Bloggers Meet

It is trouble when bloggers meet.  It's like a convention for spinsters.  Uh, can I blog that?  Blah blah, oh, don't blog about this stuff.  Hey, I am getting a headache!

So I propose some rules for bloggers and non-bloggers.  If you are not a blogger and you are talking to a blogger, make it clear what is off-the-record.  If you are a blogger and you are talking to another blogger, everything is off-the-record unless you say it is on-the-record.  Why?  Because the blogger whose blab you are gonna blog about could have blogged about it himself when and if he wants to.

DHTML Grunt Resting

I finally finished the DHTML stuff I was working on.  Of course, the work is never over when it comes to DHTML.  One thing I discovered was that Firebird is definitely not Mozilla.  I mean, both uses same code base, but Firebird mimicks much of what IE does.   Where Mozilla fails with a thumb up its a** by doing it differently or not doing it at all like a stuck up communist peacock, Firebird does what IE does and does it well.  Cool!  I like the Firebird team's attitude.