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“If you read someone else’s diary, you get what you deserve.” —David Sedaris

This all started off in written form back when I was a kid. As an introverted only child with both parents at work most of the time, I had a lot of time to myself. So when I learned to write and that writing down my thoughts for posterity was a thing people did, I went at it myself.

I still have some of those papers which are basically just short recollections of the current day at kindergarten or elementary. Sometimes funny, oftentimes doodles of robots, I don’t think they’re particularly publishable to the internet at large, much less have an appreciative audience.

The bulk of these entries start off from high school and were largely typed on a then-modern 80386SX in plain text files (anyone remember Wordstar?) saved on 3½″ floppies. They were eventually transferred to Microsoft Word (receiving italics, boldface, tables, and proper typography in the process) and then to XHTML 1.1. They currently exist as XML-typed records in a MySQL database served through a custom PHP-based CMS. How far the times have come!

You’re welcome to comment and message me on these. However, please remember the historical context in which some posts were written. While some posts are mundane (I’ve always been my worst critic), if you read enough, you’ll notice the change in the topics, entry length, grammar and vocabulary, and tone of my writing.

If you see any typos or lapses in grammar, no need to call me out on them. I’ve probably seen them already as I was digitizing the physical copies of these entries and during their conversion from plain text to Word to XML. I’m keeping these as close as possible to their original form.

P.S. Some entries require further explanation or clarification and any editorial additions will be indicated in a box that looks like this.
P.P.S. It’s not readily apparent but there are a number of unpublished entries to this blog and large gaps of time between entries. Let me explain this briefly.

For the unpublished posts, those cover my life as a teenager full of angst and hormonal confusion from 1995 to 2000. While I initially balked at adding these, the thought of losing them won out. For purposes of posterity, these entries have been included in the database. After careful review, however, I’ve considered some of these entries to be too private for general public consumption. Maybe someday I’ll decide to eventually make them public.

As for the long hiatus between entries, I have only life to blame. While life certainly went on during the intervening periods, I just either didn’t see fit to make those entries public (for my own, as well as others’ privacy), events weren’t that important to write about, or I was just too busy at the time to write anything.

If you’re terribly curious about the more private entries, drop me a line and I’ll consider giving you access.

On Apple’s recent SSL/TLS bug

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Sunday, 23 February 2014. Posted in 2014

On Apple’s recent SSL/TLS bug

A few days ago, Apple issued a security update for iOS, bringing the OS up to level 7.0.6. That update cryptically stated that there was a bug in the way iOS was handling SSL/TLS but, in true Apple fashion, remained too vague to be fully understood. Since then, I’ve had the misfortune of reading quite a lot of fear, misinformation and distrust (FUD) being spread about the net. Apple, of course, could have just documented everything and prevented this sort of thing from happening but, well, whatever. In any case, I’ll take a shot at explaining what went wrong in previous iOS versions and what they fixed, such as I can gather with my own efforts.

Untitled (for now)

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Tuesday, 17 December 2013. Posted in 2013

Here I am again exhibiting the quintessential trait of being an introvert: overthinking. If there were a contest for this kind of behavior, I’d certainly be in the running by now—if not outright winning first place by a landslide.

This piece is actually quite overdue and may be three something years in the making. I could have written all this down maybe a few months ago but then it wouldn’t be the same words or the same feeling or there would be a different glass of scotch behind these thoughts. In any case, it’s come to the point where I can’t do anything but put this down into tangible words and be done with it. Not, of course, just for the heck of it, but rather to hopefully free myself from the heaviness of it all. The years and years of keeping it all in do they take their toll and at least for this one thing, I’d like to just leave it behind once and for all. I do hope you’ll indulge me this one rare time.

The Sum is Greater Than It’s Parts

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Wednesday, 04 September 2013. Posted in 2013

The Sum is Greater Than It’s Parts

In a fit of true geekiness, I was thinking about the saying “the sum is greater than it’s parts“ while taking a shower earlier. When I got back to my desk, I quickly scribbled the inequality using summations and some topos theory. I’m not too sure about my presentation but maybe I’ll come back to this and clear it up with a better presentation if it comes to me.

HTML redirection, mod_rewrite, and .htaccess

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Wednesday, 04 September 2013. Posted in 2013

Or how to turn a complicated thing simple

HTML redirection, mod_rewrite, and .htaccess

Last night, after hitting my reading quota and while trying to fall asleep, I was taking a deeper look into the access logs of this site and Corpus Juris and found some really strange access entries. It seems that because of the shared hosting environment of the two websites, there was some erroneous cross hits occuring.

The Dream

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Saturday, 31 August 2013. Posted in 2013

Dream seashore

I dreamt of her last night. Or this morning. Whatever. I fell asleep at around 5am after exceeding the day’s reading quota. I woke up around 10:30am or thereabouts, stretched and groaned, booted up the PC, and then began writing this.

Building Corpus Juris

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Tuesday, 26 June 2012. Posted in 2012

At the very heart of Corpus Juris is an idea, an ideal view of how easy it should be to find a legal text. There’s a few obvious places to look for on the web when you’re looking for laws or jurisprudence. Of course there’s the official websites of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Then you have gov.ph and the Official Gazette. Then there’s the unofficial sources, LawPhil at the forefront of them. For offline CD-based access you have CD Asia’s Lex Libris. But none of them look good to me. They’re all made of an ugly, unsightly mess. Why? Because there’s no one there who cares about the presentation of the written word. No one on their IT department cares about things like proper typography or good web design. None of the aforementioned entities, I believe, care as much as I do at presenting this huge wealth of information to the public in a manner appropriate to the medium they are presenting it in.

Steve Jobs Passes Away

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Friday, 07 October 2011. Posted in 2011

Steve Jobs Passes Away

Steve Jobs passed away last Wednesday, October 5. He was always one of my favorite people in the tech industry. Over the years I’ve read so much about him, followed his career, and admired his work at Apple, NeXT, and Pixar. The world has truly lost someone great. I have reproduced here, one of my favorite speeches delivered by Jobs for Stanford’s graduating class of 2005.