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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Earth and Moon Viewer Updated

The first major update to Earth and Moon Viewer since 2012 is now posted. Changes in this release are as follows.

Posted at 20:04 Permalink

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

JavaScrypt Updated

I have just posted a new version of JavaScrypt, the first major update in thirteen years.

JavaScrypt is a collection of Web pages which implement a complete symmetrical encryption facility that runs entirely within your browser, using JavaScript for all computation. When you encrypt or decrypt with JavaScrypt, nothing is sent over the Internet; you can run JavaScrypt from a local copy on a machine not connected to the Internet. JavaScrypt encrypts with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) using 256 bit keys: this is the standard accepted by the U.S. government for encryption of Top Secret data. (While JavaScrypt is completely compatible with AES, it has not been certified by the U.S. National Security Agency as an approved cryptographic module and should not be used in applications where this is a requirement.) Companion modules provide a text-based steganography facility and generation of pass phrases and encryption keys.

This update is 100% compatible with earlier releases of JavaScrypt: encrypted files can be exchanged by the old and new versions with no difficulties. The updates bring JavaScrypt in line with contemporary Web standards.

For complete details of the changes in this version, see the development log.

If you've been using the previous version of JavaScrypt and start to use the update, you may encounter some JavaScript errors due to incompatibility between JavaScript files stored in your browser's cache and the new HTML documents. Flushing your browser's cache and reloading the page should remedy these problems. (This shouldn't be necessary if browsers were competently implemented, but after more than twenty years seeing this done wrong, I despair of its ever being fixed.)

Posted at 23:01 Permalink