Christmas came (a day) early.

Went and got the mail and I was SO VERY happy to see my new picks from LockNewbie.  I got a short hook and a bogata to go with my long feeler, and replaced my existing short hook and half diamond  in my carry set.  I am still going to keep my set of bogata from Rai, because how could I not??


This should about do it for me, on a day to day carry-and-practice set.  I can get into a Master 140 in about 20 seconds using the long feeler and my custom tensioner.  Rai’s bogatas will get me into a lock with no security pins in under ten seconds usually. 

The bogata/short hook combo seems to be a great combination for spool and mushroom pins.  They have the same feel, so I can start with the handled bogata to get a false set, and then move to the VERY delicate short hook to pop the lock.

I got Gabrielle a bogata and a ball feeler too – it should work well with her picking style.  And they are RED.  All in all, very happy.

Get started modeling in ‘M’

Well, if you went to PDC and did the thing I always do, which is go to every talk that lists Don Box as a speaker, then you probably heard about SQ!L Modeling.  I don’t care about the SQL part – SQL is a database as far as I am concerned – it is an implementation detail.  As a software architect, though, I am very interested in Modeling.

So I get the bits and install them.  Great.  I have Quadrant as a Start Menu item, but Quadrant is Access.  Not interested (for this anyway).  I want to tell Visual Studio how I need my software built.  I need M.

The New Project Dialog has a Oslo Library that might be interesting.  I thought they had nixed Oslo though?  What’s up with that?  Anyway, the description says “A project for creating Oslo Flavored CSharp Library” whatever that means.  I just want to design software, people.  I don’t make ice cream.


I’ll go ahead and model SHARP, my event system, because I know that system well and have been modeling it for years.  To start, I name the Oslo Library SharpLibrary.  The resultant code is unusual, but it is a new language after all.

module SharpLibrary
    type Model
        Id : Integer32 => AutoNumber();
        Field : Integer32;
    Modelsamples : {Model*} where identity Id;

Don’t let the ‘module’ statement fool you – this isn’t a RAD application development language that will remain nameless.  M is a language that will model your middle tier.  Let’s model.  The goal is to build the simple SHARP model, which I used in VB for Dummies and the C# All In One.


I will start with the Conference entity, because it is sorta the middle of the system.  ID is as the example, but I want to add a Title and Description.  First thing is that M needs intellisense.  What’s a string again? String?  Varchar?  Oh, no of course it is Text.  Of course.

More later!

Bill Sempf

Husband. Father. Pentester. Secure software composer. Brewer. Lockpicker. Ninja. Insurrectionist. Lumberjack. All words that have been used to describe me recently. I help people write more secure software.

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