Before the flaming begins, I must point out that I have completed the mission, but there is something about it that bugs me. Hard.
For those of you who did the challenge years ago, what you have to do is basically decode a huge
string using JS / FF.
The problem is that I did it manually, I started off manually converting hex to ascii on paper, but as you might assume, it took a while, so I got lazy and used a random hex->ascii converter for several parts and slowly put the pieces together.
The problem is - people claimed this mission to be one of the easiest ever and solvable in like 10 seconds, while I spent approximately 2 hours trying to make out how to get the decoded/processed output of a page from firefox, but to no avail. People even claimed it to be unnecessary to use JS in that challenge, and said that the "password just jumped at their face after staring at the code for 10 seconds".
I feel like a blockhead and a dumbass, seeing how I was unable to do what all the variety of illiterate, '95+ model kids could achieve. What am I not seeing? And before someone blindly points me to a W3S tutorial or something like that - I must point out that I have taken plenty of tutorials, but they did not seem to help me here.
Can anyone help me understand what others find so obvious?
Thanks in advance.