More Ramblings from a Los Angeles Programmer

January 24, 2009

SSL Certificates in real life

Filed under: daily life, delirium, humor — Josh DeWald @ 4:51 pm

Lately I have thought it would be really nice if there was a way to actually confirm that identiy of someone and, more imporantantly, the organization they claim to be from.

The actual example that keeps coming up for me is when I see people outside of Rite Aid or Ralphs or whatever claiming to be from a charity that I have never even heard of. It’s literally a guy with a piece of paper and a box for money. Anyone who has seen Fred Claus or, I am ashamed to admit, True Beauty knows how easy is to just pretend to be from a charity. How am I to know that these people are legit?

Some of these folks don’t even attempt to look presentable or trustworthy (tying your shoes would be a good start).

It would be great if I could simply ask them for their Charity Chain of Trust documentation and be able to validate it up to the charity itself (and then on to the government, which actually grants tax-free non profit status).

I really don’t know how a system like this would actually work. Most likely it would have to be similar to how our money system works, whereby there are printed “watermarks” and security measures which are resasonably hard to fake for the average joe just trying to make a buck. Then I suppose there could be a website where you enter the hash printed on the certificate to confirm it’s authenticity. That would only work for relatively small values. Better yet it would need to be in the form of a barcode that could be “scanned” using a normal mobile phone camera.

The Salvation Army guys I tend to believe, because otherwise who would actually willingly put on the pseudo-military uniform 🙂

March 25, 2008


Filed under: delirium, humor — Tags: — Josh DeWald @ 3:20 pm

In my random stumbling around the internet I think I’ve found the source of the Weekly World News “batboy” image. In the process I also found out that WWN apparently folded a bit ago.

bat boy?Bat boy!

(source of the boy image:

(source of the bat boy image:

 Yes, it has been a while since I’ve written and it’s sad that this is my return…

What do ya think?

September 15, 2007

Remember the ‘nerd test’ from back in the day?

Filed under: daily life, humor, technology — Josh DeWald @ 12:17 pm

There’s a “2.0” one now (it references the iPhone). You even get a cool graphic: says I'm an Uber Cool High Nerd

No, I have no idea what “Uber Cool High Nerd” means. I expected to be given a more “Computer Nerd” title, but such is life.

May 7, 2007

The guy has a point

Filed under: daily life, humor — Josh DeWald @ 8:29 pm

Just stumbled upon “some prepared remarks”, which is basically a bunch of images with some funny commentary/thought. Some damn good stuff.

Just one of many really good ones is about elevator safety notices: Elevator Notices

Decided not to show the actual image for this one, it’s worth visiting.

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