Thursday, December 15, 2011

I was browsing at Heroku's services and I was a bit appalled but amused on how they were able to market simple sysadmin tasks into expensive products. I mean, $3/month for a simple cronjob entry? $100/month for SSL config? $3500/month for memcache? $6400/month for PostgreSQL? Whoever thought of this must be an effin' genius! Seriously. And I'm not being sarcastic.

Anyway, it inspired me to think of creative ways on how to make money. I won't execute my "plan", but it's a good mental exercise. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my business plan:
  1. Invest in or start web hosting, and other "cloud" platform services.
  2. Invite external investors and pool their money to mutually invest in startup companies.
  3. Find lots of willing geeks that want to start their own startup.
  4. Invest in those startups, but make them use your platform services.
  5. If the startups succeed, claim credit; use the success stories for inviting more external investors.
  6. If the startups fail, you will still profit from your platform services. Money will simply flow from external investors into your pockets.
  7. Repeat.
  8. ???
  9. Profit!

(Update: To make this ethical, we need to give external investors the option to invest in the platform services.  Letting the startups use the services would make the services popular, thereby attracting customers that the investors didn't invest in.  Therefore, the external investors may end up profiting or at least reducing the risk of their investments.  I started this post as a joke, but maybe this would work in the real world, especially if we build a community [cult? hehe] around this.)

Friday, December 02, 2011

Solution to the GCHQ Code Cracking Challenge

eb04afc2 bfa381ec 0cfec175 f931c0ba d0c1ca08 8a1c0c8a
fec175e8 e95c0000 005c583d 41414141 753b5a89 d189e689
d189df29 cf31c031 8a14068a 341e8834 8a1c168a 1730da88
d8fec0cd 809090e8

00010000 31c9880c efbeadde 02040c00 3c04881c 04883c0c

0089e381 c3040000 7543583d 42424242 df29cff3 a489de89
db31d2fe c0021c06 0688141e 00f230f6 17474975 de31db89
9dffffff 41414141

At last, I have finally found the solution to the GCHQ Code Cracking challenge.  After running an analysis on the above code, I discovered that it contains a message that is encrypted with a simple ROT13 cipher, which is:


The last step for decrypting the above code is left as an excercise to the reader.