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Sargons Schatz on Amazon

Earlier this year, I published the fantasy novel my father wrote 15 years. This was an interesting experience, as I had to do editing, layout and printing all by myself. To make it a proper book, I even registered an ISBN number and was surprised to find out that this was not sufficient to make it appear on any of the online book stores. However, Amazon has a program that allows one to enter any item into their catalog for approximately $50/year. So, I joined Amazon Advantage and anyone can buy Sargons Schatz at Amazon now. As this is a German book published in an English speaking country, I don't expect many prospective buyers - we will see.

Hand forged Nessmuk knife

I just finished a three day bladesmithing class with Grant Marcoux in Alameda. He taught me how to make a Nessmuk knife out of O1 tool steel. The blade is hand forged. It has been normalized, oil hardened and tempered. The edge is so strong and sharp that it can cut even steel. The handle is made out of Padauk with a brass guard. Grant taught me how to make the knife step-by-step starting with the O1 round and forging it into rough shape. The class was fun and I have learned to really appreciate how much work goes into making a good knife. Now, I just need to convince my wife that it is okay to set up a forge at home.

Libevent 1.4.8-stable released

This is another bug fix release. Here are the problems fixed in this one:

  • Match the query in DNS replies to the query in the request; from Vsevolod Stakhov.
  • Fix a merge problem in which name_from_addr returned pointers to the stack; found by Jiang Hong.
  • Do not remove Accept-Encoding header

You can download the source from the usual place:

Getting ready for USENIX Security

This week is going to be crazy busy with HotSec and USENIX Security in San Jose. I am chairing the HotSec workshop tomorrow. We were able to get a pretty nice program this year. At USENIX Security, I am going to give two talks. One is in the technical program talking about "All Your iFrames Point to Us" and the other one is an invited talk on web-based malware on Friday. I am still working on the slides.