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26 Sep 2000 (updated 26 Sep 2000 at 07:49 UTC) »

Long time no diarize. But it took me a while until I figured out which one of my standard passwords for web based services I used this time.

I am back in Germany now, with four days left at Agilent to finish all the stuff.
*YAWN* Just 4 hours sleep is Not Good. Maybe I should apply as a Debian new maintainer so that I at least have an excuse for hanging out in #debian.de all night. The truth is, however, that I installed all sorts of multimedia players on my home machine so that I can now be a happy web consumer.

LWE yesterday afternoon. Quite nice, but a bit too commercialized. I found that the free projects had some kind of a hard time in their tiny booths pressed against one wall. I liked the Open Source Pavillion at LinutTag 2000 at Stuttgart better, and think it allowed more for a casual chat with other developers.
Of course, I know some of the German free software developers, and almost none of the ones here, so that has made a difference, too.
Still I was a bit dissapointed of LWE.

More meetings. Finally we distributed the tasks to be done on the available team members. Somehow I got all the monkey business. Bah.

Yay, I got a free LWE exhibition pass from the nice people at Walnut Creek/BSDi in the mail. At first they had messed up my address, but I could catch this and even though they said it would take 3-5 days to ship to me, it arrived in the mail yesterday. This is just cool.
Too bad I have to sit in meetings today and tomorrow morning, so I can only go tomorrow afternoon.

Went to BALUG meeting yesterday evening. Gene Kim, co- author of the tripwire utility and CTO of Tripwire Inc, spoke about security and what Tripwire can do about it. I was a bit dissapointed with the talk, not technical enough, too much about why we should care about computer security and not about how we should care about it. From the talk I didn't even get the info that tripwire is going to be GPLed, I learned about that later.
Going out afterwards for a drink with Gene Kim, another security consultant and two nice visitors from Taiwan, was really nice, though.

nymia: What are you talking about? There has never been a real DOS shell in Windows NT, and so there is none in Win2k. If you want a real DOS, you have to install a real DOS, and do dual boot. The "Command Prompt" tool has always been a native Win32 console application and although I haven't seen a Win2k system yet, I'm pretty sure it is still there.

Wanted to a Deftones concert at the Warfield in SFO last night. Didn't have the inclination to figure about how their odd advance ticket sale works though (especially where to get the ordered tickets?) so I thought I'd buy one right at the show. - Guess what? Sold out. Man, did that suck.

I am thinking of trying to get a day off going to LWE (only exhibition, conference is way too expensive). Any hints which day could be best?

Moved from the hotel to an apartment on Sunday, finally. So, after signing a huge stack of paper and answering lots of complicated questions (What is my social security number? Do I want an insurance?) I could move in, not before I got another huge stack of paper advising me of all sorts of things. Including the health risks of scraping down potentially lead-containing paint off the walls of my rented apartment. I sometimes love the way the state of California cares about my safety.
The pros of the new accomodation include a small kitchen with cooker and oven, the cons include the bed, which can be flipped into the wall, and which is way too short. That sucks. I somehow managed to get sleep anyway.

I also moved into another office today. It is really moving time. I'm now at Agilent's site at Santa Clara, which is much nicer that the Mt.View one. I also got transferred to another team, with which I'll probably work together on Internet stuff. I haven't talked to the manager yet, though. Wait and see.

Oh btw, Hello MTV?!? What about actually playing music videos instead of all the cheesy shows and soaps?!?
Yeah, they played music videos this morning. Gangsta Rap. What an improvement.
Bah. I think really need a radio receiver. Anyone in the bay area reading this who has a spare one to lend me till September? You can mail me: flawed@gmx.de
[Update: Changed the mail address, hopefully before the spam spiders got it. Sorry for the diary list noise.]

More certifiation. I even got a Journeyer cert from jLoki. I'm somewhat flattered.

Read some more diaries.
andrewmuck, I wonder how the tank you want to convert into a submarine will stand to pressure from the outside instead of the pressure from the inside it looks it was designed for.

Attended the SVLUG Meeting last night. There was a talk about Eazel's Nautilus file manager, so a lot of Eazel people were there, too.
Went to Tied House afterwards with the SVLUG folks, talked some nice people from the LUG of Davis until 1am. *yawn*

Today I attended a talk of Agilent's CFO to all the interns at the HQ in Palo Alto. Ate quite a bit of the chocolate cake there. They had little rubber tigers as giveaways, but the tiger has a somewhat dumb expression on its face. It's still kind of cute, though I don't think it represents the company values it has printed on its back very well.

Yay, my prototype servlet finally works!
(To be honest, it's nothing to be proud of, especially since it took me so long, but after all, I somewhat have to get used to it again, after having done no Java for almost three years. And I really wish they had regexps and here-documents buit into the language.)

Thanks to maciej for my first certification and for the invitation to the really nice party on the weekend.

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