Recent blog entries for wolfie

22 Jan 2001 (updated 23 Jan 2001 at 08:43 UTC) »

Another fairly unproductive weekend.

I'm taking this one introductory CS class.. learning java.. What I found somewhat disappointing, but not really since I did not anticipate much more, was the lack of coverage of good security practices.. there are 2 accounts issued to each student for the class.. while I doubt there are many that have malicious intent, I was just somewhat annoyed by this oversight/arrogance. One account is for local NT domain (nt workstations in the lab), the other for an extremely aged sunos server, where people will compile their code/etc. Many(read: nearly all) students have no innate concept of computer-related security practice/concepts, having lived in the Windows world of expected crashes, buggy software, viruses, et al.

While I'm well aware of the fact that it is an intro class, and don't expect to be discussing key exchange protocols or anything on the first day, Some basic coverage should be mandatory IMO.

Because of this I emailed my TA, and will give a little lecture on it sometime this week.

In other news.. finished alamin package, and met the main developer online, seems like a pretty nice guy. Also have to finish repackaging snes9x, which shaleh let me have (that horrible non-free stuff), and libhdf5, which was ITP'd by someone from MIT.

Apart from that.. some philosophy texts to read, and some sleep to obtain

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