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Long time no update... Gonna be a dad in like 3 weeks!! Been getting lots of atari 2600 stuff lately.. Love those old games.. Trying to find a cheap 5200 and some games..

Still working on sunrise, but things are going really slow right now. I have four packages to update before I consider releasing another alpha, and of course have lots of installer stuff to check, and possibly fix.

Been reading Practical C, its such a good book.

31 Jul 2003 (updated 31 Jul 2003 at 19:05 UTC) »
life

Not much going on lately. Been playing xbox too much (KOTOR is awesome). Between KOTOR and .hack//infection I really haven't gone out much. Last weekend I did goto the midnight showing of some Kung-Fu movie at the Coolidge with some friends. It was called 'crippled avengers' (imdb link below) it was great, I laughed and had a good time.

http://us.imdb.com/Title?0077292

work

At work I've been getting to know user-mode-linux (I wont say UML because I know that will confuse everybody). So far its a pretty interesting system, but I think there are some obvious things that should be fixed (like if a xterm cannot open for the default console dont hang the system, fail gracefully). I've managed to figure out alot of the options and moved default console over to a telnet port, which is nifty but it seems like after the system has completed booting that port disappears. Owell. I downloaded one of the redhat filesystems from their site, it kind of worries me in that it doesn't seem to create new ssh server keys, and how do I know I can trust all the binaries in that disk image? I'll likely end up making my own disk image in a couple of days.

I've also been dealing with the backup stuff still. I'm really beginning to hate retrospect. But its what we've got and I have to work with it. I guess its really not retrospect I hate so much as some of the systems I'm having to backup. We have a Raidzone OpenNAS system, with 1TB of IDE Raid5. Pretty neat, and from what I hear it cost alot less than a netapp would have cost. Anyways, the thing that bothers me about the raidzone is you cannot upgrade easily as its a binary only kernel module. I want to drop in a IntelPRO1000xt NIC but I worry that the 2.4.6 kernel they provide wont support it well enough and it seems I wouldn't be able to upgrade to 2.4.20. Sure, I could upgrade if I fork $2500 over to raidzone. If there are any companies out there violating the GPL right now I am willing to bet Raidzone is one of them. You can't download anything from them. Its sad because they're in the business of selling Linux RAID systems and they're totally screwing themselves. Somebody at raidzone should read 'the magic cauldren' because I really do like this system, but the binary only driver is really screwing me. My current thought is if after adding this NIC and I cant get it to work I'll swap it out with a different IDE Raid controller (Like something from 3ware, from what I can tell their drivers are included in the Linux kernel). If anybody has any other recommendations I'd appreciate it, email me.

other

If you're in the Boston area you should come to the 2600 meet tomorrow. Its at the prudential center, in the food court. We meet around 5p and leave around 8:30p. Its not just a gathering of 12yo's talking about AOHell, and trading warez. Many of us are Linux/UNIX/OSS enthusiasts' and some of us even work or have worked for OSS companies. It's open to everybody, and we usually have alot of fun.

16 Jul 2003 (updated 16 Jul 2003 at 16:47 UTC) »

My xbox modchip should have arrived today. The tracking number says it has, but when you live in a apartment complex you learn to never trust that until you're holding the package.

I've been working more on my gpg article. I should actually have it ready for review before next week. Then I'll need to have some people review it and give me feedback. I'd like to get it online soon.

wow to friendster. If you haven't seen it www.friendster.com I've been finding lots of my old friends on this thing, I haven't met anybody new on it though.

Retrospect

Its a backup software, it backs up windows, macos, and linux clients. The server runs on windows or macos. I currently have 6.5server running on windows2000 and its performing so slowly that its almost easier to copy everything manually. I've been trying to figure out what the bottleneck is. I replace the network cable from the server to the switch, replaced the switch, and made sure the client (the one with 300gb of stuff to backup) is connected directly to the switch. I'm getting at the most 20MB/min backup rate which is really really damn slow.

Another problem I'm having with it is when running in 'proactive mode' my client (with 300gb) keeps deferring itself. The people at dantz told me to 'uninstall the client, reboot the system, and then reinstall the client' and to that i answered 'uh, its linux' but they still insisted. They don't seem to understand that it shouldn't make a difference if i reboot, and if its a server with 300gb of stuff it probably needs to stay up all the time.

Woo, long time no update.

I'm employeed now. I'm the 'ASS' (Application Support Specialist) for chip.org now. I'm feeling alot better with the job situation. I really like this place. I've been here almost two months now, and things are going very well.

Did alot of updating on sunrise. helo did a bunch of updates to the installer and the bootdisk set, but he's disappeared so I haven't seen the changes yet. I forgot to reregister sunriselinux.{com,net,org} and now some pr0n site has picked them up. I find it slightly funny.

I'm back at my apartment with my gf. Things are going alot better on that front. I've been trying to sell off a bunch of my unused computer hardware. If you live in the boston area, email me and I'll forward you the list of stuff I'm trying to unload.

Also, if you're in the boston area, goto www.blu.org, or goto 2600. The local 2600 group is pretty cool. Lots of smart and fun people there. I run the local 2600 mailing list, it can be found at: http://www.sunrise-linux.com/mailman/listinfo/617-2600

I'm also happily typing this entry out on my purdy new laptop. My new employer got me a PowerBook G4 15.2" 1ghz/1gigram.. It's really nice. I must say I really like OSX. There are a few things I dislike though, and I kind of feel like there isn't a easy way to complain about it. I really need to look into that more though.

I've been reading lots of books lately. I'm just about finished with 'All tomorrows parties'. Its pretty good. Feels like it took a while to get into the good part, its good when you get there. Before that I read 'zodiac' which i really liked. I often found it hard to put down. I also read 'the ratmans notebooks' which is what the movie 'willard' was based on. I also liked that book. I highly recommend both if you can find them.

11 Jul 2003 (updated 11 Jul 2003 at 18:28 UTC) »

Woo, long time no update.

I'm employeed now. I'm the 'ASS' (Application Support Specialist) for chip.org now. I'm feeling alot better with the job situation. I really like this place. I've been here almost two months now, and things are going very well.

Did alot of updating on sunrise. helo did a bunch of updates to the installer and the bootdisk set, but he's disappeared so I haven't seen the changes yet. I forgot to reregister sunriselinux.{com,net,org} and now some pr0n site has picked them up. I find it slightly funny.

I'm back at my apartment with my gf. Things are going alot better on that front. I've been trying to sell off a bunch of my unused computer hardware. If you live in the boston area, email me and I'll forward you the list of stuff I'm trying to unload.

Also, if you're in the boston area, goto www.blu.org, or goto 2600. The local 2600 group is pretty cool. Lots of smart and fun people there. I run the local 2600 mailing list, it can be found at: http://www.sunrise-linux.com/mailman/listinfo/617-2600

I'm also happily typing this entry out on my purdy new laptop. My new employer got me a PowerBook G4 15.2" 1ghz/1gigram.. It's really nice. I must say I really like OSX. There are a few things I dislike though, and I kind of feel like there isn't a easy way to complain about it. I really need to look into that more though.

I've been reading lots of books lately. I'm just about finished with 'All tomorrows parties'. Its pretty good. Feels like it took a while to get into the good part, its good when you get there. Before that I read 'zodiac' which i really liked. I often found it hard to put down. I also read 'the ratmans notebooks' which is what the movie 'willard' was based on. I also liked that book. I highly recommend both if you can find them.

Well, this month has been hell. I'm still doing all I can to find gainful employment. I recently sent out my resume to a bunch of places and I'm once again getting the "Please send your resume in word format, so we can open it". I send out my resume in PDF, which is quite possibly one of the most Portable Document Formats.. sure its not free, but there is a viewer for every OS, so I don't know what these peoples problem is.

Haven't done much work with my distro. I have however written a small amount of perl code that controls the LED scroller at my friends apartment. I basically modified it and added in more 'meta-spys'.. The little pages where you can see what people are searching for on altavista, and metacrawler.. It now has support for 'altavista, metacrawler, kanoodle, galaxy.com, and ask jeeves'. I need to find more of these to add to it.

I've been kind of kicked out of my apartment by my GF. She thinks my motivation needs a kick in the ass and well, it does. I really wish there was another way to work things out, because this is very hard. We went out saturday and vistited some friends, drove around and talked, then went to a party. We both had a great time. The main issue is space, we have a smallish one bedroom apartment and since we've not had much cash we've been both at the apartment alot. The second issue is money, I'm still not working fulltime and I guess I haven't been looking hard enough. Finding a decent job right now is so hard.. I'm still working part-time for BWH, its fun, but I'd rather be doing something else, especially something where I get more than 10hours a week.

jfleck: You should grab either 'Ad-Aware' or 'Spybot Search and Destroy'. Both are great programs for windows that remove spyware, and the sex dialer programs. Adaware is currently undergoing a rewrite and thus hasn't been updated for a couple of months, but spybot has and its a great piece of software. It's really sad that there is a market for such programs, but atleast they're both free. I'm suprised the sex industry hasn't taken a tip from the anti-virus industry and started selling products that removed their crappy software. =)

I released a updated alpha of my distro. Still need to get the apt repository setup and upload the source rpms as well.

Hacked up a little script for rpm to do md5sum checking on source tarballs before extraction and compilation. I've started work on a similar script to do gpg signature checking as well. I will likely post both to my website by the end of the month.

Still alot of stuff to fix in the distro, but as only like 3 people run it I'm not very motivated.

A friend of mine that has been helping with the distro by maintaining our installer is currently porting it to uClibc. Hurray.

- Personal.

Last night I went to the Boston Linux Users group, which is held at MIT. Wow MIT is such a maze of a campus. Anyways, the talk was good and I won a door prize 'Practical C++ Programming' (a book I actually had on my amazon wishlist).

When we were leaving the LUG I ran into a friend who attends MIT and we went to the campus arcade for a while. After a couple games of Ms. PacMan and Pool we headed to the 'Thirsty Ear' to listen to some interesting idm. A study buddy of my friend showed up and I headed to the T to go home and on my way there I ran into another friend who was on his way to a club. We chatted for a bit on the sidewalk and then went on our way.

It was good to get out and actually the first time I'd left the house this week.

My job situation is getting annoying. I've seen searching for a decent full time posistion and still have not found anything. It makes me feel like I've worked my ass off for the last 6 years for nothing. Went from a good high paying job in San Francisco to a low hour(I work maybe 5-10hours a week) part time hourly posistion, and now I can go get a great job at McDonalds. I feel like I've chosen a great career path and have a great life ahead of me.

If anybody knows of a decent company in the Boston area looking for a Linux person, and you're not taking the job, please send info my way.

- Complain

I actually had sent my resume to ximian when I first moved here, and they were interested in me and called to schedule a interview. I returned the call and never heard back from them and of course they hired somebody else without ever even interviewing me. I feel kind of cheated on that. Anyways, that happend almost a year ago so it really doesn't matter. But it was the first time I had hope for a decent job in the last 2 years (since my job at penguin computing).

<skip rant about long time since i posted>

So anyways, I've been working on a bunch of things. Main thing is making sure sunrise will install properly on all x86 systems. We found that installation was bombing on some AMD systems, and other random boxes. I'm going to be testing my fixes on this soon. We're still obviously working out bugs in the installer, the code there hasn't gone far in the last 8months sadly.

I'm also going to be giving a speech at NEISUG in Feb about Linux Security. Should be interesting. My first big speech *butterflies* but I have plenty of time to prepare and its more for newbies so I should do fine.

Off topic kind of thing. I'm looking to repair a thinkpad I've got and cannot find much information. Its a 1161-260, and its got the thinkpad screen flicker problem. From what I've found its due to the cable going bad. I dont have alot of money to give to some repair shop. So if anybody knows of how to fix this, or a cheap place in the Boston area to get this fixed, please email me. The keyboard needs some fixing too, but I'd like to get the display fixed first.

Also, my opinion about this whole political drama that's been going on here at advogato.. If you people want to post drama, and troll, and start fights, please get a LiveJournal account and leave advogato. Thanks.

Hrm, its been a while since i posted.

Been working on the distro a bunch lately. Haven't released a new alpha, but that will happen soon. I just got some new sparc hardware too, so I'm in the busy process of making sure all my rpms work on both systems.

I'm pretty happy with my new sparcs though.. got 2 Ultra1's and a Ultra2.. pretty loaded systems, the U1's have 512megs of ram, and the U2 has a gig.. that may not seem like alot since pc ram is super cheap now, but considering these systems were free its pretty nice =)

Ok, back to work for me.

Been working alot on the distro. Trying to clean up any little bug I can manage to find. Finished implementing APT, now I just need to learn it a bit more and get the repository set up and test how well that works. I'm trying to get all this done before pumpcon so I can hand out some CD's there, need to get some people interested in the project. Finding decent documentation on apt seems to be pretty hard so far. Alot of the examples I've found don't seem to work with apt-rpm, even though apt-rpm is supposedly based off debian apt.. its quite strange. Hrm.. owell, I'll get it figured out eventually.

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