Month: July 2014

Interning: week 5: Whirlpool of emotions

Longtime no see, as they say.. last weeks were so busy, full of emotions and passed fast , I hardly found the time to write. Internship is going awesomely well. Finished the first part of the project which was kind of penetration testing and checking for information leaks. Now busy on the second part of the project which is updating a BouncyCastle fork for the Android framework. By far the most interesting library project in Android I have done.

Besides work I also had some free time here in Swiss, I kid you not! =D Although I worked mostly long days, but that is compensated by starting late in the morning. Anyhow, in my weekends I visited a friend up in the mountains, which was a nice experience! Last weekend was magical, my girlfriend came to visit me, had the best weekend so far here in Swiss. Miss her every bit of the way. And coming weekend my sister will visit with her boyfriend! Yeah agreed, I’m spoiled.

Okay, enough with the emotional stuff. Really loving the vibe at work, due to the small size of the team I have a very good contact with everyone in the office. Which basically nowadays is my boss,  a colleague and the other intern haha 😀 Learning a lot of stuff which is impossible to learn at school. Going from the JCA/JCE frameworks in Java and concepts and techniques for implementing crypto systems to working with HSM (Hardware Security Modules) and EJBCA enabled appliances (for PKI’s).

For the interested reader, I will be talking at XDA-DevCon which is from 26th till 28th september in Manchester, UK. My talk will be about “Android Security Overview and Safe Practices for Web-Based Android Applications”. Still tickets available!

Looking forward to the last two weeks (tomorrow is national holiday in Swiss yeaaah), signing off for now!

Cheers,

H4

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Week 2: Interning, eating veggie and doing laundry

It has been a while since I wrote a blog post about my internship (more than a week, woooah), anyhow got half an hour to spare as I’m doing the laundry. Yes, for the second time, no I have not ruined my clothes. Yet.

Made some progress at work, nothing too fancy but nevertheless it was a progression. For obvious reasons I won’t go into much detail. Oh and while compiling some stuff, which I needed for a cross-compilation, I managed to wreck my linux distro. On a Friday. Yeah not the best way to end your week.

On Thursday my boss Thomas took me to the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world: Hiltl. I love meat so needless to say I was a little bit skeptical about eating vegetarian. I must say, that vegetarian burger was quite good. The restaurant was also simply amazing. I would certainly recommend it when going to Zürich, even when you’re not a vegetarian.  After Hiltl we went to a panorama bar in the center of Zürich. First you enter a restaurant and at the end of the restaurant there is an elevator which brings you to the sky bar. It is called Jules Verne, after the famous French writer. The view there was amazing. Not that cheap though 😉

Woops, there goes my alarm. Time to fetch the freshly washed clothes. Look at me, doing all grown up stuff.

Cheers,

H4

PS: Go Belgium!!! Seriously Messi, just have a bad day today, thaaaaat would be great.