that it has been so very long since i've last written.
i'll try to keep more regular
in the future. :)
what's happened lately... lets see here.
as of late, i have been experiencing the tyranny of the
urgent in full force with so many little stupid things to
do. school especially. i'm *not* going to miss pointless
classwork when i'm shortly gone. nor numerous tests
covering material that i could care less about (can you say
"macroeconomics"). pretty darned frustrating as i've
been unable to concentrate on growing my business. it's
going to be a challenge to meet some of my self imposed
deadlines. but such is life i guess.
my wife and i have recently been trying to
consistently go out with this other couple and do fun
stuff together. this last weekend it was the guy's (david
and myself) turn to dictate what-to-do. so we had lots and
lots of fun
with lasertag (w/ good radiohead music as the shooting
soundtrack btw), go-carting
(i'm unbeatable mwhahahaha), minigolfing (very beatable
here), and the like. and we topped off the evening with
some killer food. i don't know how to pronounce what i had
but it was tremendously tasty. i'm really looking forward
to doing this again soon.
i've come to the conclusion that wikis are really cool! use
them. read them. saturate yourself in them. etc. i'm
advocating the use of a zope product doing wikis here at
(isu) work to do internal documentation. the traditional
documentation cycle is tedious and i see wikis as a fun (!),
new way of doing documentation here. i'm planning on
setting this up before the end of the week. i want to
augment our wiki a bit though - user authentication,
versioning, the capability to deny anonymous writes, etc.
hopefully something already
exists along these lines but if not i don't see why i
couldn't do this all quick-like.
in other news i've learned that standards bodies are funky.
very funky indeed.
while in des moines at my father in law's, i set up (and am
still in the process of setting up <grrr>) a little linux
based firewall protecting his internal network from the big
and nasty internet coming out of his cable modem. we're
using old (486ish) hardware with an isa bus so i'm a bit
concerned about performance hits. i didn't get any
metrics on the kind of speed he's getting out of his cable
modem but i suspect it's not fast enough to be hindered by a
slow firewall. if he says its
slow i'll take a look at getting him some better hardware
for the firewall. but anyway, this little project was
completely painFULL. went thru 2 cdrom drives and both were
damaged. so no easy distro install for me... :( was
about the linux
router project so i finally gave it a whirl. cool,
linux w/ needed tools all on a floppy or two. no
install needed. all
smiles. doh. it runs 2.0.x kernel with ipfw. i want my
ipchains!!! don't want to learn an obsolete tool if i don't
have to. ok... found materhorn (modified lrp) with 2.2
(ipchains... ahh). its working after a lot of tweaking to
get the kernel to like his older hardware. but now i find
out that his @home provider changes to use dhcp (@home had
static ips before???). curses!
have to fit that (dhcp support) on a fregin tiny floppy
to be continued.
in sysadmin work, i've been trying to figure out how to put
some of the high
availability stuff i learned a while back to use in other
services such as our print servers, etc. sometimes i
feel that its all academic for us as we'll hardly ever need
least its decently fun to do.
been working on getting some good (good == somebody besides
me making them) logos. i finally think i've come across the
winner. and that's good as the website needs to go live
SOON (before nov 1).
speaking of websites, at (isu) work we just hired a pretty
cool web person. seems like a very nice and knowledgable
lady. we really needed to refill that position. this
should take some stress off of our backs.
btw, thanks lilo for the information on
file delta stuff that you threw up in your recent
diary entry. very good stuff that i wouldn't have come
across easily otherwise. thanks again.
been reading david kahn's the codebreakers. its a fun
read. also in the history side of things, i just now
noticed that i got the history channel on cable. this very
good veg-on-the-couch-when-i'm-too-tired-to-think material.
better than, say, oprah. ;)
i'm sure there's been a lot more that went on but i forgot