24 Sep 2001 carl   » (Apprentice)

Bah. I hope I am wrong on this and I hope many others are wrong on this but it would seem there will probably be some sort of knee-jerk reaction to all of this with regards to computer technology. Namely -- encryption. I'm reading far too many stories putting encryption in a bad light and whatnot for the sake of having a story to print.

Today hasn't been too bad. I only woke up at 3:30PM ... =( So I haven't been awake for too long and I haven't eaten anything yet. I've been reading some things today and doing some work on my server. Decided I want to go back to a stable apache so I can have php again (I was running the latest cvs code). I might consider running FreeBSD-CURRENT on my server soon but I'm not too sure about that yet. I will almost definitely run -CURRENT on my laptop soon because I could use some more fine-grain power management and better support for the hardware in general. That and I have an idea for something which was suggested to me a while ago about making some firewall extensions. I would like to do something where you say "only this (or these, perhaps a list in a configuration file) program(s) can access the Internet" or something like that. You get the idea. So that would be cool. It'd be more fine grained than just blocking tcp/udp/icmp etc. OTOH I can imagine that would inflict some serious overhead on the system. This is the price you pay for a little more security... I guess in some way it's like what linux's netfilter/ipchains/whatever the fuck it's called does except it'll be done on a non-toy OS. I see that ipfw does uid/gid filtering which is nice but it's not enough. Honestly I don't even know if it's a good idea to try and stop individual programs from using the network. It seems you can only do so much with being able to block certain ports, flags, options, types, etc. So I guess it wouldn't be a bad idea. I'm open to suggestions if you want to email me.

I'm finally reading more into 4.4 BSD D&I...something I should have done a long time ago. I would like to learn a little more about filesystems some time soon.

I don't think I'm going to be IRC'ing anymore for a number of reasons. I'm tired of all the fighting and whining that I do. It doesn't make me feel good to fight and complain all the time so why bother? Besides that -- idling is rather boring too and a big waste of time. I said it before on IRC that I am unproductive when I am on there. So I think it's time to be a little more permanent on a previous decision I had made. Believe it or not this has very little to do with events that happened last night -- I've been feeling this way for a while now and think it is time to stop wasting time (heh). I don't think many people would disagree that IRC can be very unproductive while it can be very productive as well; it just depends on the topic and the people I guess. As has been said about me before I do not have much skill with programming but I am going to change that...somehow.

So today marks a new day (this is getting very repetitive isn't it?). I think I've probably said that at least once before. Oh well :).

If it weren't for the fact that I like having a healthy liver, a healthy brain, etc. I would probably go get fucked up because I feel like damaging myself. However, getting fucked up is not in the list of priorities so that won't happen. I've never been so depressed as I am right now and am, in some strange way, proud of the fact that I haven't turned into an alcoholic yet.

Bye people. Don't be surprised if I don't write another entry for a long time (though it would behoove me to keep up with this).

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