CAcert assurer status

Posted on: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 03:37 By: patrick

Three guys from the Linux User Group Switzerland, Fabian, Marius and Christof, assured me on June 14th 2007, at the Central Starbucks in Zurich, while having a nicely iced coffee. This boosted my trust points from 45 to 100, immediately giving me CAcert assurer status!

As a bonus, the LUGS guys let me start my new career by assuring them back in turn. Although they do not benefit from this (already being assurers themselves), it raises my trust point account by another 6 points (2 points per assurance).


45 CAcert points and running...

Posted on: Sat, 02 Jun 2007 18:40 By: patrick

On May 31st 2007, I met an Australian guy at his office in Zurich, where he assured and awarded me another 35 points on the spot. Thanks David!

This brings my total up to 45 points, which is tantalizingly close to the 50 points required for personalized, 2-year-validity certificates. Let's see how long it takes to get the remaining 5 points :-)


Getting my first 10 CAcert trust points

Posted on: Thu, 10 May 2007 23:15 By: patrick

After some difficulties with finding a suitable date for an appointment, I finally met Thomas, my first CAcert assurer on May 5th 2007. We met in the train while commuting to work/to a training course, and completed the CAP process in under 5 minutes. Thomas later awarded me 10 points, the maximum he had at this time. 5 days later, on May 10th 2007, the points were registered at

Hooray, my first points! :-) Thank you Thomas!


CAcert - Free security for the world!

Posted on: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 22:30 By: patrick

Have you ever created a self-signed digital certificate, or created your own pseudo Certificate Authority (CA) so that you could issue your own certificates? Have you done so because you did not want to buy these certificates from VeriSign or some other commercial CA for an exorbitant annual fee? Were you annoyed that web browsers and other client software displayed alarm messages when they encountered your own, "cheaply manufactured" certificates - thereby implying to users that those certificates are not to be trusted?

Enter CAcert, a CA that issues digital certificates for free!


Dragon Go Server

Posted on: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 14:47 By: patrick

While browsing through my pile of board games I recently re-discovered the old Go board that I used to play with many years ago. I felt an immediate rush of nostalgia and talked my wife into playing an 11x11 game with me. Her discouraging comment after the game went something like "@#*&%!!!", so I was forced to look for alternative playing opportunities. The result is a trial installation of the "Dragon Go Server" software on


AceXpander 1.1 released

Posted on: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 00:43 By: patrick

AceXpander 1.1 is now a universal binary. To make this possible, the application has been completely re-implemented in Objective-C. As usual you can find everything on the AceXpander page.

Once again, this is not a feature release. Almost all of the new stuff has happened behind the scenes, e.g.

  • a crippling bug in the intermediate release 1.0.2 has been fixed
  • in the source tar ball you will find a couple of UML diagrams and you can generate source code documentation with doxygen
  • the way how the unace binary is launched has changed completely
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AceXpander 1.0.1 released

Posted on: Wed, 05 Jul 2006 00:23 By: patrick

I have released AceXpander 1.0.1 - you can download it here. Feature-wise the release is not interesting. The new stuff has happened on the artistic side: I have added an application and a document icon, and the project has now a slightly different name to accomodate the new icons and logo (new name: AceXpander, old name: AceExpander).

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