January 2004 Archives

Okay, I rescind the negative feedback I've thus far given to The Eight. Turns out the actual mechanism by which the chess pieces control the world is quite clever (which is found at page 409).

The 12th will be the ultimate test of Akamai DNS, since the virus.


1) 100% Domain Name System (DNS) availability
Utilizing a globally distributed, IP-anycasted DNS implementation, Akamai provides a distributed shield for your DNS layers against attack. Users can easily target DNS to bring down your sites, but Akamai uses advanced methods to ensure 100% availability for your DNS services.

We'll see about that. If nothing else, the flood of packets alone will slow down the last-mile route anyways.

That did the trick. Turns out lindows uses a customized script
lindows_fw in /etc/init.d to handle iptables. Turns out there is no default
configuration file. All the configuration data is contained right in the
bash script.



On Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 11:04:39PM -0400, Kurt Wall wrote:
> Quoth Joel Hammer:
> > I am using a debian distro, lindows. On startup some default firewall
> > rules are generated with iptables. These rules not quite what I want. I
> > cannot find a configuration file for these rules. Could someone tell me
> > if such a file exists and where?
> Surely somewhere in /etc? Perhaps "grep -ir iptables /etc/*" will
> lead you to the promised land?

> I'm not a Debian user, though.
> Kurt

Uh, please do not read The Eight expecting Umberto Eco plot or erudition - you'll be horribly disappointed, as am I.

402/597 and I'm realizing I've been tricked. This is a pulpy, Hollywood-esque, mass-market book. It's not horrible, but definitely not 'historical fiction' as it has been promoted.

Total Est. Time: 33 hours, 55 minutes Total Est. Distance: 2265.73 miles

That's the trip to and from here (Indiana <--> California). I'm actually looking forward to it.

I was hoping to have a fun-filled stay out here, and while I'm trying to reclaim that after the massive layoffs, the way my current project is going, it seems unattainable.

I need to stay out here for as long as I possibly can, for a few reasons:

1) More time to visit friends, since I'm sure I won't be back for at least a couple of years (duration it'll take to finish school)
2) The weather/road conditions on either I-70 or I-80 will probably be bad, but will improve slightly the longer I remain out here
3) The money, of course
4) I can always use the work experience

I can't believe January is almost over. Everyone was right - time _is_ flying out here, but I wish I could enjoy it more.

AT&T is upgrading their network.

The cost? $3 billion.

258/598 pages, and this book, The Eight, still hasn't garnered my interest.

The plot itself is ok, but the construction of the characters and the circumstances all happen to just fall cleanly into the story, which is typical of the 'best-selling' American author crud.

If you're looking for a good 4 or 8 port switch, I highly recommend the blue series from Netgear:


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Pronunciation: 'fr�t-l&s
Function: adjective
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See also stephend

Today, hopefully I'll finish reading The Eight by Katherine Neville, I'm only 128/598 right now.

I'm told the crux of the book's plot isn't revealed until 300 or so pages in, so I'm hoping to get interest picked up and able to read it well.

I wanted to see how bad Gigli is, and yes, it's that bad.

Savvis Communications has been selected to acquire all of Cable and Wireless' assets in the US.


My mood since Dec. 9th, 2003.

Happy Chinese New Year, everybody!

I'm an idiot.

Tonight, while trying to fix Lindows' problem of the Click 'n Run applet disappearing, I had to fix my status file in /var/lib/dpkg. However, like an idiot, I figured that it was an automatically generated file, so I did a chmod 777 status, rm *status, and blew away all of the status files (old/new, etc.).

Thankfully, /var/backups/dpkg/ contained dpkg.status.0, dpkg.status.1.gz, etc, so I did:

chmod 777 dpkg
cp dpkg.status.0 /var/lib/dpkg/
mv dpkg.status.0 status

Now I'm trying to do an apt-get -u dist-upgrade...

Ah, ah, the joys of Debian. I'm not a fan, I happen to think that dpkg is less than stellar.

preinstall:/var/lib/dpkg# apt-get install mozilla
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Sorry, mozilla is already the newest version.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 255 not upgraded.

Feh. Debian seems slow to update their packages. I'm running 1.5, but 1.6 has been out for a short while already.

100% pure nostalgia.

DJ Remy is probably one of the hardest-hitting progressive house/trance DJs out there.


France Telecom is laying off 14,500 workers (some through attrition).

I wonder what this means for Opentransit.net, which peers some Akamai nodes at Chicago's NAP.

After nearly pulling my hair out several times in the past couple days, Chris finally figured out what the problem with my setup was.

It turns out the Netgear router was talking to the router with PPPoE-framed packets, and the Netgear device itself was sending out Ethernet-framed packets, and only my Lindows box was choking on it. Windows, it seems, self-adjusted the MTU size.

This, after using tcpdump, ethereal, iptables -L, checking hosts.deny, hosts.allow, etc. At least I've learned a ton.

Just got back from seeing 21 grams, which is an excellent movie. It has to be one of the most gripping and realistic movies I've seen in a long while, and it deals with numerous facets of daily living.

Looks like Peribit has done more than just pure data compression to optimize TCP/IP connections - here's an article describing their latest enhancement, carrying the actual data packets alongside the handshake setup.

So, today's the day I move out of my roommate's place (he's moving to Louisiana), and into a room of a former co-worker's house in San Jose.

This means that today's the day I'm actually realizing all of the changes that have occurred since Dec. 9th, 2003.

I'm not affected so much long-term, except in the back of my mind, I felt I always had a good job to come back to (AOL). Now, it's impossible to secure a permanent position with this office here, so my original plan of attending IUSB again still stands.

Just watching my friends all go through life-changing decisions stresses me out - I feel guilty in a way, but it's definitely not a cakewalk here for me.

"When life gives you a lemon, question your idiotic and repetitive maxims" - Me

I've disabled comments.

The signal to noise ratio was just too low to support them, and I'm not about to tinker with the spam filter settings.

So, I installed Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) today, and it took me around 3 1/2 hours.


3 hours? For a FreeBSD-based system?

The following song is not indicative of my relationship with my father - but I can attest that during my teenage years I could really relate to these lyrics.

Simple Plan, "Perfect".

Hey dad look at me
Think back and talk to me
Did I grow up according to plan?
Do you think I'm wasting my time doing things I wanna do?
but it hurts when you disapprove all along

And now I try hard to make it
I just want to make you proud
I'm never gonna be good enough for you
I can't pretend that I'm alright
And you can't change me

Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and
We can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect

I try not to think
About the pain I feel inside
Did you know you used to be my hero?
All the days you spend with me
Now seem so far away
And it feels like you don't care anymore

And now I try hard to make it
I just want to make you, proud
I'm never gonna be good enough for you
I can't stand another fight
And nothing's alright

Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and
We can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect

Nothing's gonna change the things that you said
Nothing's gonna make this right again
Please don't turn your back
I can't believe it's hard
Just to talk to you
But you don't understand

Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and
We can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect

Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and
We can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect

What amazes me about the following email is not the audacity (though, truly, that does amaze me a bit), but rather the fact that the fraudulant email isn't even spelled correctly...

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Subject: CITIONLINE E-MAIL Veerification - stephendonner@yahoo.com
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Do not rpely to this email.


It's hard to concentrate on the here-and-now, with all the recent changes, both in my employment situation (and those of my laid-off friends), and with some personal events that have happened to friends and family around me.

The time between now and when I return to school again will seem like eternity to me, yet it's only a matter of a few months.

It feels like everything's been reset, and not in a 'wow, that's fresh again' way, either. It's like 1998 for me again all over.

I do think, however, that once I'm in school again full-time, and my friends here in California have found jobs, things will hopefully balance out, but it's sure disappointing and disheartening to have it all end so sudden, and with such finality.

Other than work, I lack motivation to enjoy things - even movies don't impress me anymore, and I have difficulty even concentrating to read The Eight.

I need school - that constant progression of ideas, requirements, accomplishments, to give me a sense of movement again, after being stagnant for so long. Not to mention that it's never bad to widen the pool of friends, even if they're only school friends in the end.

With my roommate now moving to Louisiana for his new job, it's also time for me to get into high gear and find a place to live, otherwise my contract with AOL is in jeopardy.

I don't mean to complain; I'm in a much better position than I was 4 months ago, and only a few of my coworkers have found employment since the Dec. 9th layoffs here at AOL, not to mention a lot of them had recent or upcoming commitments (financial and/or otherwise) that have seen adjustments.

Sorry, guys.

Preview the new MSN homepage here.

I know I'm terribly late to announce this, but I'm in love with BitTorrent.

At its heart, BitTorrent is essentially Akamai/Speedera's content delivery network concept, but with the following changed:

Akamai/Speedera have boxes within almost all backbone network providers on Gigabit Ethernet segments, where BitTorrent's 'seeds' as they are called (original files to be distributed) reside on users' machines located behind various networks (DSL/cable, corporate LAN)

Just FYI, the latest in-development build of OpenOffice.org's 2.0 suite is crashing upon install (in fact, the last confirmation dialog peters out).

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