Optical Illusions – Gallery #1

In my previous posts, I shared with you how to view stereograms, and then shared a rich stereogram photo gallery for your enjoyment. Are you ready for something else now? Say optical illusions? Continue reading

strtok() C++ wrapper

In this article, I share with you a simple C++ class that wraps the string tokenization function strtok(). The QuickTokenizer class makes it easy to tokenize and enumerate the tokens in a thread-safe manner.

The class code

class QuickTokenizer
  char *buf;
  char *token;
  char *ctx;

  void FreeBuffers()
    if (this->token != NULL)
      this->token = NULL;
    if (this->buf != NULL)
      this->buf = NULL;

  QuickTokenizer() : buf(NULL), token(NULL)


  const char *Tokenize(
    const char *str,
    const char *tok)

    this->buf = _strdup(str);
    this->token = _strdup(tok);

    return strtok_s(buf, token, &ctx);

  const char *NextToken()
    return strtok_s(NULL, token, &ctx);


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Detect executable format using Python

In this article, I am sharing with you a small Python script that lets you detect if a file is an executable file and what platform the executable is targeting.

The following formats for 32 bits and 64bits processors are supported:

  • Mach-O files: both regular and universal formats
  • Windows PE files
  • Linux ELF files

The script

EXEFLAG_NONE        = 0x0000
EXEFLAG_LINUX       = 0x0001
EXEFLAG_WINDOWS     = 0x0002
EXEFLAG_MACOS       = 0x0004
EXEFLAG_32BITS      = 0x0010
EXEFLAG_64BITS      = 0x0020

# Keep signatures sorted by size
    ("\x4D\x5A", EXEFLAG_WINDOWS),
    ("\x7F\x45\x4C\x46\x01", EXEFLAG_LINUX | EXEFLAG_32BITS),
    ("\x7F\x45\x4C\x46\x02", EXEFLAG_LINUX | EXEFLAG_64BITS)

def get_exeflags(filepath):
        with open(filepath, "rb") as f:
            buf = ""
            buf_len = 0
            for sig, flags in _EXE_SIGNATURES:
                sig_len = len(sig)
                if buf_len < sig_len:
                    buf += f.read(sig_len - buf_len)
                    buf_len = sig_len

                if buf == sig:
                    return flags

    return EXEFLAG_NONE

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Wandering towards the sunset: My second painting

I am no artist but this is my second painting.
I enjoyed painting this one on 06/10/2017 at Pinot’s Palette

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I ran into this fun Instagram account about Maro, the cosplay cat!

Check it out here: https://www.instagram.com/rinne172/

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LICEcap – Record your desktop and create animated GIFs

LICEcap, from Cockos Incorporated, is a nice and free tool that allows you to record your desktop screen activity and later save the activity as an animated GIF. This comes in handy when you are creating a small tutorial of some sort.
The nice thing about LICEcap is that it is not only free but also supports Windows and macOS.

Features and options:

  • Record directly to .GIF or .LCF.
  • Move the screen capture frame while recording.
  • Pause and restart recording, with optional inserted text messages.
  • Global hotkey (shift+space) to toggle pausing while recording
  • Adjustable maximum recording framerate, to allow throttling CPU usage.
  • Basic title frame, with or without text.
  • Record mouse button presses.
  • Display elapsed time in the recording.

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