Various programming related topics. I most commonly work in C/C++, Python, and Java, but other language topics certainly aren’t out of the question.

Solving seVeb’s Crackme05

A skill set that I haven’t quite had the chance to foster just yet is that of reverse engineering software. It’s not so much that I lack any fundamental understanding of high-level software development, low-level software concepts, or operating system concepts, but more that I just haven’t taken the time to practice and develop the skill.

I’ve decided it’s time to change that!

One of the ways I’ll be doing this is by working on crackmes. This one in particular is from user seVeb and is called crackme05. It’s marked as a C/C++ program compiled for Linux and is rated as being very easy for newbies. Sounds like a perfect place to start!

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The Dining Philosophers Problem

The dining philosophers problem is a classic problem in the realm of computer science. If you’ve had any formal CS education you’ve more than likely seen the problem when learning about concurrent programming.

Today we will take a look at the problem and look at an example of how we can solve it.

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Creating an OpenCV 4 Project in Visual Studio 2017 & 2019

In my previous tutorial, I outlined how to build the OpenCV 4 library on Microsoft Windows 10. In that tutorial, however, I did not mention how to use that library in an actual project. This time around I will be showing you how to create an OpenCV 4 project within Microsoft Visual Studio 2017.

Please note that I am going to assume that your OpenCV install is set up in the way I outlined in my previous tutorial. That is to say that the necessary files are located within an OpenCV folder in your C:\ drive. If this is not the case you’ll have to make some minor modifications to the steps outlined here to suit your setup.

Let’s get started!

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Installing OpenCV 4 on Windows 10

I love working with the OpenCV library, but it can be a royal pain in the butt to get it installed and running on your machine. This is especially true for Microsoft Windows. Despite a Google search turning up plenty of results for articles promising to show you how to do it, they all seem to have issues or be incomplete. This results in a rather frustrating experience when you just want to get things up and running.

The purpose of this tutorial is to walk you through, step-by-step, how to install OpenCV version 4 on your Microsoft Windows 10 system. So, let’s quit talking about it and jump right in!

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Let’s Write a Simple Disassembler for the Intel 8080 Microprocessor

Typically my weekends are spent hiking with my camera, but this past weekend I was knocked down by a pretty nasty cold. As a result, I found myself toying around with various programming projects I’ve had laying around. Here for a while, I’ve been curious how emulators work, so I took this opportunity to start venturing down that rabbit hole. During this excursion, I decided to start my foray into emulators by writing one for the game Space Invaders, which ran on an Intel 8080 microprocessor. It seemed only natural to get started by writing a disassembler for the 8080 to get things started.

What I came up with is a pretty simple (albeit long) bit of C code to disassemble binary code compiled for the Intel 8080. So, without further ado, let’s jump on in and see how I did it!

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