We all need to hack around with hardware from time to time. A highly useful way
to gain access is the RS-232 serial connector to a terminal interface, where
console output is dumped, and command access is often available.
This is available on virtually all digital circuit boards as an
optional pin header and virtually always at a 3V3 level. Why not agree on a simple
way to unleash these with a carefully specified jack plug, and be compatible?
Say "little" with a thick tongue, and it sounds like "lill'". That is
how we constructed the name LillyDAP, as a nickname for our Little LDAP
library. A completely new approach to the protocol, approaching it
as a semantically rich data access protocol, rather than a database
Our work on security makes us deal with a lot of ASN.1 data, mostly
encoded as DER. We designed the Quick DER library to have a
commercial-grade tool to manipulate it... except that it is released
in open source.
Mail was designed as a gullable system, and this is generally abused
by spammers. Fighting spam is a balancing act between failures to
accept and reject. With the more refined identity model of the
IdentityHub, we have new tools to strike a better balance.
OpenPGP is a powerful technology for signing and encryption, because it
does not imply a stiffling key infrastructure. Instead, it uses a
Web Of Trust that is flexible... and complicating for new users. We now
introduce an approach to securely use OpenPGP without even that.