I am finally back on the net, stupid AT&T @home bickering. My wireless router is being really stupid, it appears to be setting its netmask wrong when it gets an address via DHCP, and I can't just set that and pull the rest via DHCP, so I thouight I would need to use a wired connection, which would suck since my cablemodem and router are not conveniently located.
I accidentally plugged my cablemodem into one of the lan ports instead of the wan port on the router, and all of the sudden it worked. Even stranger, my system is pulling an IP directly from AT&T, not through the routers builtin nat. It looks like the lan ports and the wireless are all on oneside of the systems interlink (calling it fabric would imply that the product had some sort of quality). I need to sit down and check the DHCP packets and see if AT&T is giving out malformed DHCP packets, or if linksys's firmware is just entirely broken. At this point, I am going to guess both 8-(
I finished up and submitted my paper for BSDCon. I think it should be fine, which means I will probably be presenting a talk there this year. I always love talking about Mac OS X in those sorts of crowds. Despite the fact that it has some problems, it is a Unix, and it is opensource, and people seem to react well to it ;-)