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Reverse engineering a commercial production system can be a very enlightening and rewarding experience. Many engineers have an intuitive sense of how a system works by assuming that the system is built the way they would build it. However, there are many ways to build computing systems and by reverse engineering a system an engineer can learn entirely new design strategies and techniques, not to mention a lesson in humility when it comes to assumptions. I've had the opportunity (or burden) to reverse engineer a few large closed source back-office systems in my career and I'd like to share one of the puzzles that I've come across in the process.

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