Sunday, September 26, 2004

Cryptography

It wasn't until after midday that I awoke to realise just how much I had overslept. With the faint memory of dismissing my half past nine alarm that morning, I contemplated the peculiar need for sleep that seems to exist throughout the animal kingdom. A chance to recondition the complexities of the mind perhaps, back to optimal performance, resetting the cryptic plugs and rotors. Why then do I often feel so far from peak mental capacity when I rise?

Chantal called and left a message while I was sleeping, asking if I would like to come around for lunch and watch a DVD. We picked up lunch from the shops down the road and came back to watch Enigma, a World War II movie about the German Enigma code and the allied code crackers - the geeks of the forties - who unlocked its secrets. Cracking the Enigma code, what took the most sophisticated cryptographic machinery of the war around fifteen hours to do, can now be done in just a few minutes on a modern computer.

Cracking the enigma code of existence is the real challenge.


The Enigma Cipher Machine

1 Comments:

Anonymous Dirk said...

Check out this one for some real code breaking fun. Extreme realistic! http://users.telenet.be/d.rijmenants/en/enigmasim.htm

5/27/2005 06:03:00 am  

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