Archives week 11 of 2005

March 14, 2005 - March 20, 2005

Presentation is in good shape (Most of today's notes integrated, flow working fairly well, length could use some work...)


Spent the bulk of the day (when not on the phone with Natasha or attending a relative's dedication ceremony) working on the presentation. I'm pretty much satisfied with the current state, not because it's perfect but because I could stand up with it today and do a decent presentation, everything from here ...

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Phonecalls can lead to blogging (New blog for an old and dear friend...)


Called Natasha this evening to wish her a happy 12th anniversary of our meeting. Spent much of the time discussing LavaLife and similar dating sites. Also discussed her attempts to blog on the free sites (I think it was MovableType in particular (they are trying to up-sell you on a paid account by limiting your ...

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I love it when there's a problem with a booking (Really, it's such a joy...)


Called the hotel this evening "just in case", to be sure that they knew about the reservation. They couldn't find me in their database. They couldn't even process the confirmation number hotels.ca had given me.

Interestingly, hotels.ca doesn't seem to have any phone customer support people, so I have to ...

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Presentation draft 1 finished (Seems fairly reasonable...)


Final screen count on the first draft is 45 slides, which is a bit long if I take as long as normal, but I'm going for a much faster style (maybe 1/2 or 1/3 the information on any given slide compared to normal). The slides are not particularly heavy on the "how ...

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A day of work, a day of sleep (Back to the presentation again...)


Did quite a bit of work on the presentation on the way up to customer's site yesterday when I ran out of things to write up for the meeting. Meeting was all-day (6-1/4 hours), and by the time I got back home (11-1/2 hours after I left) I was ready for bed ...

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Up at some ungodly hour tomorrow (Today went well, though still no movement on presentation...)


Today's work was ~1/2 prep for a meeting on Monday about a time-critical, but fairly small project for ACI, and 1/2 cleanup of the Cinemon codebase. I dropped 60+ files from the project that were basically just old-code relics hanging around. There's still a few sub-packages that I didn't remove ...

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Why don't I just find some university somewhere that'll give room, board and computer for teaching? (To need only think, teach, and grow... with occasional faculty meetings)


So I wound up spending the whole work-day on PySNMP and TwistedSNMP (after I finally got home from the long meeting and getting a haircut). Turns out I broke compatibility with the official PySNMP when I released the last TwistedSNMP version. Oops, fixed that, also put out a snapshot of the patched PySNMP so people ...

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Oh, and a second cousin once removed? (I lose track of how it works after second cousin...)


Our cousin's sister-in-law had a baby last month, so we will be heading off to the christening-like ceremony this Sunday, probably take grams along if she feels up for it. Unfortunately, the new mother also had a stroke last month. She's out of hospital now, but apparently it was not a minor stroke ...

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Very long first day back at work (Tomorrow likely a write-off...)


Did more work on the last "major feature" for Cinemon on the 1.0 list. Of course, compared to some things on the "minor feature" list, this one has been fairly straightforward (once I remembered to KISS). Along the way I fixed a few bugs, had a few laughs (oh, wait, no, no I didn ...

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What about a "we're ignoring this person, so you may as well block them" service (DDOS protection?)


Was just struck by this idea. Imagine for a moment that you publish a key in your DNS records which holds a "banning key" (a public-key certificate). Now, when you are writing software to deal with a DDOS, you record the IP addresses which are unambiguously participating in the attack (that's the annoying part ...

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