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So, I'm back at my vacation/weekend apartment for some downtime, relaxation, time with my roomates, etc. It was an intense week, met alot of people I really like, some of which I will possibly have long term relationships or more with.

So anyway, to geek stuff, I'm a geek no matter what, and sometimes it amazes me how different the language we speak as people that eat, drink, eat, sleep, and live computers, programming, networking, is from those who do not. Even at a totally unrelated conference I still ended up hanging out with computer people, getting comments about my FreeBSD shirt, people finding out I was "that AilleCat", and alot of other stuff.

truly interesting, does being a geek actually change your brain function that much? That we speak on such a different (not higher) level that we become unintelligible to normal people?

18 Feb 2001 (updated 21 Feb 2001 at 17:16 UTC) »

Well I'm down in good'ol Washington DC, at a conference,meeting beautiful people.. Its nice to feel nice and comfortable in a space.

Things are going well....I'm offline mostly, trying to stay away from work, but I figured the other day, that the geek still needs a diary, and I'm going to try and post every few days. I'm hoping to have a few good pictures of myself when this is all over.

peace, out.

Vacation Day! Yay! I leave at 6:30 pm for Washington DC, where I get to see people I haven't seen in a year or more at the True Spirit Conference, a conference for FTM(Female-to-Male) transsexuals, and SOFFAs (I'm in the second category, which means "Signifigant Others, Family, Friends, and Allies")

I'll be gone for a week, even though the conference is not that long, this is to spend a few leisure days to myself, maybe stop in Annapolis, MD for a few days to visit old friends. Maybe actually play a bit of music with old acts and stuff.

Otherwise, I'll enjoy the time away, but I'll still be online sometimes, like the obsessive I am :p

'til Tomorrow....

Ok, I've been up for over 36 hours. Slashdot got DoS'd last night and I was too tired to actually see what was happening totally.

Anyway, it was essentially syn packet flooding in at over 11000 packets per second. The arrowpoint didn't like this too much. Rate limiting them doesn't help much either, because then you lose "good" syns.

The more technical explanation is that the SYN's all had a window size of 8192, and no mss option. Makes it pretty easy to filter....right? I didn't notice this until later on, after staring at a screen for a while, fixing other issues that came up as a result.

Anyway, so with the help of a friend I saw this.

all fixed, I think, now, I sleep.

This diary entry brought to you by Tired Network Engineers on Caffeine, Inc, (TM)

OK, we just had an hour long IRC meeting about Listar, and a few ideas came up. I'm toying with the idea of starting a non-profit org to hold trademarks for open source software projects (doesn't matter what license, honestly)

The issue here is that certain smaller projects do not have the people/time/resources/money to do this themselves, and in the case of Listar in particular, we got bit by the trademark problem (a new "Ask Slashdot" will probably be posted about this). We personally don't want to get bitten again, but I'd like to have a larger scale non-profit to help other projects. If I'm going to do this, might as well make it community-wide.

Apache, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and even the FSF have foundations to do this, I assume the FSF requires the project to use the GPL, which some people are opposed to.

I'm personally interested in doing this out of need for us, but for other projects as well. So I'll look into it, I guess this has gone beyond the "toying with the idea" stage.

pretty cool,anyway, been pretty busy lately, getting ready for some big happenings in the Listar world, MySQL support should be almost ready soon, my coworker, Dave is working on the design we both discussed, and hopefully the rest of the Listar core will be happy with it. There also some unannounced news in the works, you'll have to stay tuned to find out, its under wraps currently.

Otherwise, I've been generally dealing with OSDN (the former Andover.net) network stuff, some BSD news, and trying to relax after the busy year I've had working for OSDN. Vacation is a good thing, and I'm leaving Thursday, and taking myself off-call :)

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