Entropy in Cloud Computing Applications

Entropy, as it pertains to computer science and cryptography, is one of those topics that most of us (myself included) largely take for granted these days. In this context, entropy is a source of pseudorandomness that is typically collected by the operating system and made available to applications via a pseudorandom number generator (PNRG). We […]

How to Jailbreak iPhone 3.01

Apple just released the iPhone 3.01 firmware update, and that means it is time to update my jailbroken iPhone to 3.01 and then jailbreak it again. In the past, I have been a happy user of PwnageTool for the jailbreak, and I would be again except that PwnageTool hasn’t been updated yet for the 3.01 […]

How to Detect the Front (Home) Page of a WordPress Blog

I recently wanted to add a WordPress widget that would be conditionally visible in the sidebar of the front (home) blog page only. A reasonable search on this topic turns up a large collection of information and discussion — most of which turns out not to work. The following is a brief overview I what […]