5 Apr 2000 ajt   » (Master)

I suppose every now and then I should post a diary entry rather than just lurking and reading everyone else's.

So, what's been happening? March 8 until the 22nd we were of in LA and Orlando preparing and competing in the ACM World Finals. Our team did pretty poorly, really: we got stumped by the "How many animals did Moses take on the Arc?"-esque trickiness of the questions (at our regionals, they tend to be fairly obvious with the questions; at the finals, they're a lot more subtle), and got somewhat stumped on the fabled question-with-the-wrong-test-data. Ah well, it was great overall. IBM were great sponsors. And (a) at least Melbourne did well enough to not leave the South Pacific region cringing in shame, and (b) at least we beat New Zealand. Ha!

After that, anything else is pretty much hardly worth mentioning by comparison. Ummm, there was an interesting thread on debian-devel about signing Packages.gz files versus signing actual .debs, that should hopefully help make Debian be a little more secure. Not with a whimper, but a bang, so to speak. And I think I've come up with an elegant way of replacing:

  • PPP providor scripts
  • PCMCIA schemes (as related to networking, anyway)
  • Network autodetection (via hwaddr / detection of who else is on the network segment)

...in ifupdown. So a new version should appear somewhere soonish. Oh, and Advogato's been invaded by Debianers too. See what happens when you don't keep your mouth shut on IRC?

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