Adventures with Infrared

I have a thermal imaging camera made by FLIR Systems. These cameras are really interesting devices; they pick up long-wavelength infrared radiation (wavelengths of 8-12μm, versus 380-750nm for visible light). We’ve all seen objects heated until they’re hot enough to glow visibly, but it takes a lot less heat to glow in the infrared spectrum!

FLIR0017

Why, you might ask, do I have a thermal camera? Because. That’s why. Actually, there is a reason.

Continue reading

Bad Crypto and a Good Oscilloscope

If you’re not a pretty serious gadgeteer, this post isn’t for you. Nothing to see here; move along…

The intersection of hardware and software has always been an interesting place, even more so when security engineering is involved.

I recently bought a Rigol DS1074Z oscilloscope. It’s a neat gadget and I’m really pleased with it.

DS1Z_QuickPrint4

Continue reading

Do You Know Someone Named “Old Lady?”

So I’m waiting for a package to be delivered via FedEx SmartPost. SmartPost is designed to reduce costs associated with the “last mile” of delivery. Stuff travels via FedEx to the local post office, then the U.S. Postal Service handles the actual delivery.

My experience with SmartPost service has been terrible, but this was bad even by dealing-with-the-post-office standards.

Continue reading

Still 100% Fact-Free!