Posts in the category Off topic
Provably considered harmful
This is officially a rant and should be read as such.
Here is my pet peeve: theoretical computer scientists misuse the word “provably”. Stop it. Stop it!→ continue reading (10 comments)
Hardware failure and phishing attacks
After more than 1300 days of uninterrupted service, the good old PC that served the blog started to spontaneously reboot every 4 minutes or so. It looks like a hardware failure. I moved the site to a temporary machine. I am seriously considering renting a private virtual server and just forget about buying my own hardware in the future.
On top of that I discovered that evil forces planted a phishing attack on the blog about two weeks ago. The strategy was this:
- Create an account on my blog (I stupidly left registration open to everyone).
- Elevate account privileges to administrator by exploiting a WordPress security hole (I do not know which one).
- Upload evil files to the upload area.
- Direct phishing victims to the uploaded files.
So, keep your WordPress as closed as possible.→ continue reading (3 comments)
A new style for the blog
It was time I changed the old blog style to something a bit more modern. I hope you like it.
Now I just have to figure out how to port 60 blog posts from ASCIIMathML notation to something a bit friendlier that can use MathML but does not require it. What is out there? I know about jsMath. I am open to suggestions.→ continue reading (11 comments)
International Mathematical Olympiad 2006
This year the International Mathematical Olympiad took place in Slovenia. I participated as one of the organizers (problem selection and coordination). It was probably one of the busiest and most exciting times of my life,→ continue reading