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[Still learning not enough]

Reading people talk about Unix sucks; StarOffice to be free send my emotions quite high. Tey try to make Unix something different. The idea behind Unix are small, specialized Programms which integrate well. If your code is longer than a few thousand lines, throw it away. If you can't communicate via pipes, make your data structures more simple.
Complex things aren't build by constructing them complex but by integrating a lot of simple things togethte something more complex. Thats how nature works and thats how Unix works. If you want something different, use something different. gnarf.

ddns was proceeding a bit the last days. I have declared it now alpha2 and build rpms and a FreeBSD Port of it. It was interesting to learn the different packaging systems end even more interesting to find out that a static linux binary is about 5 larger than the same on FreeBSD. I'll try to get an account on an AXP machine to test if my code is 64 bit clean.

The client of ddnsd is now in a state to be usable by end-users (if they are Unix hackers ;-). I wanted to build a GUI client for my Mac and decided to go cross-plattform. My first try was Python but tkinter looks ugly and there was no rijndael Implementation in python and I wasn't in the mode to write one on my own.
Next try: java. It sucks. Why have they mix up programming language, library and virtual machine under the same name? But I was able to mock up a prototype in just a few hours. Rijndael is in cryptix so there should be a java-client for ddns at the end of this summer.

Then there will be the real thing (tm): a Unix console version and there will be a java version for the GUI people on all platforms.

I should write an article why I consider dynamic ddns important.

The last few days I didn't manage to spend much time learning - I got into hack mode (damm) and hacked the ddns packet into a usable state. It has still a Long TODO-list, but at least the dynamic dns client is in a state that it can be used by other people.

Now I can find peace of mind and get some sleep - and the back to learning fot the final examinations.

I will spend the next few months doing my final examinations for University. After that I hope to finish all my half done projects. Especially ddnsd could become the foundation for some cool stuff.

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