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  • Striker Security In May, I began working full time at Striker Security, as its only employee (and CEO, I guess, but thinking that still feels wrong somehow). There’s been a dramatic increase in the amount of paperwork in my life, and taxes still terrify me, and it’s all been one hundred percent worth it. I’ll k...
  • Complexity I had a strange moment walking to get groceries the other day. As I passed an old (‘70s?) Mustang with an obviously-excited technician under the hood, I glanced inside and was shocked by just how much empty space was there. I am by no means a car person, but could still identify most of the assem...
  • Introducing: Stagehand In case you couldn’t tell from last month’s post about Metasploit payload sizes, my friend and fellow Ungineer Dakota is a huge software security nerd. (I shouldn’t poke fun - everyone needs a hobby, and his is significantly cooler than (ahem) writing about baseball statistics.) So when the two ...
  • Stagers, and Metasploit Payload Size Or: How big can my stagers be, really? This post is also available at the Striker Security Blog The idea here is to parse through the Metasploit Project’s available exploits to determine what the distribution of payload sizes is, with an eye to deciding whether that super cool stager idea you...
  • Why You Should Attend the Startup Fair at Olin College In less than three weeks, Olin’s spring startup fair will be in full swing. Here’s why you, as the founder of a startup, should take the time to attend: The startup fair is an incredibly exciting event for students here at Olin - and that excitement is about your company. Beyond the simple obje...
  • Math Isn't Fun: DiffEQs and Zombies Last semester, for our big final project in our required differential equations class, Dakota and I coded a zombie game. At this point, understandably, those readers who went to schools with things like “exams” and “textbooks” may have a few questions. Let me try to head those off at the pass. ...
  • Serving Static Files in Django Getting started serving static files in Django, especially for development, is a confusing mess. While it makes sense that you should use a full-fledged server like Apache or Nginx for production, setting up a development environment and getting it working with Django is much harder and more conf...
  • Introducing: LeadMe We made a cool thing this semester - a small vibrating silicon anklet that helps you get around. Warning: shameless plug ahead - we’re very excited about it! For many, navigation can be difficult. Even though we rely on accurate GPS nearly every day, the way we use it basically hasn’t changed...
  • Introducing: Imemio Over the course of the summer, I’ve been working at Systems and Technology Research, a small defense contractor that works primarily on DARPA projects, alongside Sarah and Liani, both fellow Olin Class of 2017 students. This post will walk through the fruits of the summer: a webapp which enables...
  • D3 v. OOP I was writing some D3 for work the other day (if you haven’t played around with D3, I thoroughly recommend it - it’s remarkably easy to get a beautiful visualization up and running), and found myself accidentally conducting some Deep Thinking about programming styles. D3 has a very distinct styl...

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