14 Aug 2002 Artimage   » (Journeyer)

So this is my first entry here. I was very dubious of this entire blog thing until I started reading them. Now I must admit, I am hooked.

EGTP

Two days ago I finally got EGTP to compile on Windows. There were a bunch of little issues with Makefiles and directories, as well as one 'bug'. It turns out that you need the b flag (for binary) when dealing with windows but not with Unix. So the code worked on Unix, but under windoze it broke. The lesson here is to never leave Unix. :)

I am now trying to get the tests to work. This is a bit hard since I really don't understand ... well.. there are a lot of things.

  • Python - I am trying to learn Python. It still surprises me when it doesn't act like Java or Perl.
  • P2P concepts - Distributed programming is not the same as client server. I keep rediscovering this fact.
  • EGTP/MNet - There isn't a ton of documentation on how things are supposed to work or why they are designed the way they are.
  • Windows - I miss Unix.

As you can see, I am in a little deep. But the people on #mnet have been really helpful.

The Bunker

Hopefully we will have our 1u shipped to The Bunker early next week. I am looking forward to moving to a more reliable mail host. I am also going to put up a projects page there for myself.

WishList

Last week I re-engineered the Amazon Wish List parsing Perl module and sent the diffs to the maintainer. He had been using a regexp that was just huge. I decided to use the Perl package HTML::TokeParser. It is smaller, and each regexp is much easier to deal with. Now I need to start saving the data to XML. In the end I want to be able to track prices in Amazon. When a price drops by more than 10% I will send an email. Kinda like a stock watcher.

Remailers

I talked with Len Sassaman at Def Con. He wants me to put a remailer in The Bunker. He actually knows one of the founders and is talking to him about it. (I know the other founder.)

During our chat he brought up the fact that most remailers are run either in the US or in Germany. I find this to be very interesting. Apparently, because of the Nazi's and their Gestapo Germans are very careful about privacy. The argument often heard here in the US: "You only have to fear the government if you are doing something illegal" just doesn't wash in Germany. I mentioned this to a friend who pointed out that we had McCarthy and his communist witch-hunt. Why have we forgotten this lesson so soon? And what about Nixon and Watergate? John Ashcroft scares me more than Iraq.

Anyway, back to tech. This led me to look into where remailers are. I found The Remailer Geographical Mapping Project, but they don't have an actual map. So I did a bit of looking, and there are some Perl packages that will do just fine. One that will generate a map with points given lat/longitude and the other that will return a lat/longitude given a postal address. So I want to put that up on the bunker as well.

Wow, this has gotten pretty long. I guess I should go code now. :)

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