Hehe, okay, the following people clearly rock, since they saw my plea, and cert'd me on the spot: lilo, ian, deekayen, gbowland, chromatic, lerdsuwa. Thanks much guys (and gals?) :) And yet I remain an Observer, perhaps it's time to begin sharpening the manure caked stick. :)
I just read lilo's post about openprojects getting DoS'd and I gotta say, I feel for you and the crap you're going through, and totally agree with your stance on the issue. This is a 12 year old who needs to figure out that he is not g0d - if it helps, I've got a stick you can borrow. :) I know there's some controversy about using these diaries as a chat line but to those who dislike it, hey, I'd post to the story if I were allowed. :) Alright, I'll leave the dead horse alone for a while.
Speaking of dead horses though, it would be splendid if @home thought my neighbourhood fit for internet access again sometime soon. To their credit, they've refunded most of my last month's payment now because of the constant service death, but it would be ever so much nicer if they just waved a dead chicken over the offending router or what-have-you and made things good again. I notice that when I do get my connect back, people start downloading beep again, which makes me think that maybe some people here have seen my diary entries and decided to check it out, but been unable to grab it because my modem was having a stroke at the time - I host johnath.com off my @home connect - but don't give up, if you think beep'd be useful, keep trying and I will come back - and if you can stomach the .rpm version instead of a tarball - check my freshmeat page, the rpm is mirrored off-site.
Still no word from IBM, I guess there's no reason I should expect to hear from them yet, but I still want to know how everything went.
My students today asked me where I got my thinkgeek 'you are dumb' tshirt, which gave me an opening to introduce them to the whole andover gamut: /., freshmeat, and thinkgeek. I was conflicted about whether to tell them about this place. I think it's kind of a diamond in the rough, and you find it when you're ready. Maybe I've just been reading to much Tolkein.