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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 5 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

In order to better understand how password crackers crack passwords, Nate Anderson decided to teach himself the technique in a day. His Wired article describing both the process and the lessons he learned from the experience is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in the topic. It fascinated me!

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