20 Oct 2000 uweo   » (Journeyer)

Life is complicated.
Nothing happened on any free software project for quite a long time, until yesterday at least. It took some time to recover from that security hole: I was so sure that "too much trust" can't happen to me. The lesson hit me hard.

I actually learned something from it, and did some changes to the design of the whois server i started to write this week. Well, minor changes, fortunately.
Regarding whois server: the beast will possibly end up as GPL - $boss mentioned this (why he did it is a different story). Even after one week i still believe that the design is right, and apart from a few compatibility hacks to allow it to be used as a drop-in replacement at [unnamed COM-NET-ORG registrar] it will be quite nice (and even these hacks may be turned of).
I'd love to use a template system for the output, but that will not work out, too many things depend on the content of a record (at least that's the unfortunate situation at the registrar). I'm still undecided whether i'll include script language code in the output template, or create the complete output using a script language. [i tend to do the later, i don't need to parse templates that way].

Aside from that: I'm still living inside a building yard. The gas heating has been removed, and it will take 10 further days until the new one is installed (and even then things will get "funny": a low temperature boiler will then feed old time radiators). Right now it's somewhat cold in my rooms ...
Things will get worse: i'll not have water in the kitchen any longer. It will pay out in the long run, though.

A totally unrelated question: a friend of mine want's to install a VPN to my site. Nice idea, but i've a strong feeling that PPP over SSH isn't really a bright idea (my understand of TCP congestion control is that it isn't meant to be used over another congestion controlled media). He thinks it works, i think it _can't_ work with a loaded low-bandwidth link. Who is right, or where can i read more?

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