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Name: Emiel Kollof
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Homepage: http://www.hackerheaven.org

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I am a 26 year old hacker that likes messing with new technology and seeking to build a community. So far, I've been doing a so-so job at it, and I have a small flock of regulars visiting and submitting content at my community site: hackerheaven.org.

I have been active in the open source 'movement' for quite a while, and I have contributed to some *BSD and Linux projects with feedback, bugreports, and even snippets of code. I do however not claim to be a top notch coder. I am more the sysadmin type, although I do mumble some programming code every now and then, which sometimes serves only my purpose, but usually also others.

I strive to be able to help people out, fling my somewhat platform agnostic views at them, as I dislike zealotry (although I used to carry quite a zeal a few years ago).

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22 Oct 2002 (updated 22 Oct 2002 at 18:43 UTC) »

Another entry. Yippee. I know I am bad at diary stuff. I have the same with paper ones. I get one, and I use 'em once, and then I forget about it. I dunno why that is. Weird.

But I'm digressing. What have I been doing all that time? Well, I kicked out the (perfectly okay) Roxen webserver and went back to trusty apache. I even ventured to apache 2 for a while. Apache 2 was nice, but no decent mod_perl yet. I need mod_perl for some stuff, and that stuff isn't ported to the very bleeding edge mod_perl 2 yet (with which apache 2 works). So I'm back with apache 1.3 again. And I got rid of PostNuke. I now run Scoop.

Scoop? You might ask. Yes. Scoop. Why? Well, it works great for kuro5hin. It has a better moderation system (better than slashdot even, IMNSHO), and it allows for pure democracy with respect to posting stories. It lets your registered users decide if a story ends up on the front page or to a section page. It also allows for every user to maintain a diary (which I'm very bad at, check here to see what I mean. Here is another). Oh well, some people requested it, and it's a nice feature.

About starting and maintaining communities, well, it's hard. It takes a looong time to start up. One needs to persevere when starting something up like that. Currently, I'm starting another community project with some other security-type people (security groups even) that is focussed on teaching people how to hacker things, like coding, system administration, security, and computer science. Big plans were contrived, from having a big multi-level hackme, to private VPN's that allow people to play with exotic hardware and operating systems. There isn't a website yet, but the project has a name: Mostly Harmless. Note the HHGTTG reference :). I hope the people that are starting this project know what they're getting into. ;)

While I'm here, I might as well plug hackerheaven.org a little more. I need more people. Lots more people. Come on, have a look, post some cool stuff, and make the place work for you. Heck, start a diary there. Post tutorials, news, reviews, disstertations, essays, whatever. It's all welcome.

There, that's about enough. Maybe I'll update this again in a few months ;)

Hrm... my first diary entry here. No clue what to put here though, other than that's it's quite late, I'm utterly bored, and I finally managed to let the roxen2 webserver swallow and parse PHP4 code. Right now, I moved my webserver from the reliable workhorse that is apache to that new fledgeling promising upcomer that is roxen. I like Roxen. It's fast, feature rich, easy to maintain, and it's got a shedload of cool stuff there that I can't wait to play with.

Once I get fluent with pike and RXML, I might just port all of hackerheaven.org over to it. Anyone up for PikeNuke?

Should be an interesting thing to do though, Roxen's got all that PostNuke needs: Session variable support, a nifty database abstraction, scripting support (although I had to make it understand PHP by using php as a CGI, which I don't really like) through pike, perl and RXML, an efficient caching system and easy extendability.

Of course this thing will get a BSD license stamp on it (heck, I like BSD license).

Right, that should be enough for now.

 

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