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a security related article on securityportal today.
A little bit on the whiny side IMHO, sure small things could be better but RedHat is worse.
You should always go through inetd.conf and what standalone-servers is running and switch everything you do not need of before putting any can out on the internet.
I do not understand how xntpd is safer than the time service in inetd either.

Just got a call, looks like I will get some pressure to leave my quiet life in sysadm. It could be time to fire up c-mode in emacs again and start hacking in telecom and wireless. We'll see tomorrow.

Got assigned working on the business side of networking for a couple of weeks. Stressful, a bit boring, but certainly a good experience to have.


hacked around with autoconf/automake for abiword, it is getting useful, but will in get into the tree?
Donno, but I have learned at bit about the tools anyway.


To have a beautiful and otherwise amazing woman to hold in your arms now and then is good for the soul. Nothing brings me off balance these days. :-)

Just posted my first article on Advogato. I hope there will be a good discussion.

Even if I feel quiet comfortable with english it is a real pain to write in a foreign language.

Not much hacking lately.

Anyway now I have started my 4-week summer vacation. Started of very hectic with a town festival with lots of music and bars. Two nights out is a little too much for a old man like myself.

Love is a strange thing, it hits when and where you least expect it. I think this could be the start of something really good.

All in all a good start on my vacation.

Visiting my parents in Umeå (way south of my home town). It is spring here, meaning bad skiing conditions. :-)
Crash my /usr-pration due to bad RAMs, nothing important lost. Only the tendious work to reinstall everything from scratch. This is written from my father's old PC running Win 3.11. Hope I can finish this entry before the crash.

At work we have started a project around intrastructure for ASP services. We are working both with commersial software (MSNT/IIS), but also around services based on Free Software (Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL). Especially pgsql is creating interest because it is a better deal both for us and for our customers than solutions based and other commercial alternatives with heafty licence fees like MS-SQL and Oracle.

Very tired!

Last night was tough, my neighbour probably do not love me today.

Met A at the night club, I touch on the subject of I shouldn't have. I had to comfort her to the best of my abilities, BUT somewhere along the line another guy tag along to my place Could be a good thing for not creating the wrong impression with nosy people, but bad because he was even more drunk than me. And laud too.

Anyway, the sun is shining, and a sauna is waiting for me later in Jukkasjärvi. Life could be worse.

I wrote a perlscript to keep me updated on the diaries. People have written lots of stuff their recently so if I mail myself the page now I reduce the chance of missing something important. :-)

Just put this script to work with cron:


use LWP::Simple; use MIME::Lite;

MIME::Lite->new( From => 'xyz@aol.com', To => 'cat@sleepy.net', Subject => 'Advogato - ' . scalar localtime, Type => 'text/html', Data=>get('http://www.advogato.org/recentlog.html') )->send;


NB: Change the mail addresses to your own of course.

Where did the week go?

Just saw the video with Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page from the Godzilla soundtrack "Come with me". As an old man and fan of "Zep", me thinks it is very cool.

perl 5.6.0 is out. Some problems with backward compatability with some modules used in my server project. I have to investigate and send patches to authors.

perl's regex-constructs is still not threadsafe. I am not complaining, I should do something about it. Where shall I find time for learning perl internals good enough to master that?

Oleg posted an excellent comparsion between MySQL and PostgreSQL here
He has experience of both and make a good overview before choosing a database for your application.

A weekend summary:

Went sick friday afternoon, recovered overnight.
Saturday I hacked on WebDAV in perl.
Did not go out dancing on saturday evening. It was a decision made out ofwisdom since I had fever the night before, than from how I was feeeling.
Got up at 7 am in sunday, watched the yearly long distance skiing competition Vasaloppet on TV. An estonian, Raul Olle, won. Hyvä Viro!
Went out to the house in Jukkasjärvi. Shoveled lots and lots of snow and got some steam in the sauna.

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