1997 was a cool year. I turned 13. At the very end of it, I got my first MacAddict, issue 16, an issue dedicated to games, which is the best topic for a 13 year old. To this day, I think Civilization II is the apex of gaming.
MacAddict was not the first, was not even my first, Mac magazine (that goes to MacWorld, I believe, and Mac Home Journal, respectively). But no doubt it was my favorite, picking my family up as a faithful subscriber when I was a teenager until I went away to college years later. It’s humor, coverage, design, attitude, and topics were so much more my level than the MacWorld my Dad used to get. And that’s why I started my deatomization project- to bring the Internet an almost forgotten piece of history, MacAddict.
This is the first entry in a new project of mine called Deatomization – where old books, magazines, tapes, etc. will be digitized however possible- scanning, converting, emulating, etc.
The first entry is a curious book from 1991 by Bob Brant, called “Build Your Own Macintosh and Save a Bundle”, covering the landscape back then of taking Macs (from 128k to the almighty IIfx) and putting them into custom cases, with third party keyboards, mice, RAM, Hard disks, video cards, etc.
Brute forcing a password is tough work. You try over and over and hope for the password, or with Stuffit 5 passwords, a hash collision.
Obviously, speed is the key thing in this process, and what machines you can run the software on. Here are some interesting bits on showing speeds.
2013 was a good year for the Kasper project. Of the multiple types of StuffIt archives that exist, I’m able to confidently say that in 2013 StuffIt 5 archives are now able to always have at least a compatible password located, if not the original password used. Continue reading “Kasper: 2013 and the Future”