Hi mperry. It sounds like you've arrived at
a crossroads in your life and I wish you the best in your
Your diary entry yesterday was most tantalising and I find
myself wondering how much of the change in your life is
related to unstoppable events at work.
implode on itself like a dying star? Almost no news comes
out of that company these days. Once upon a time, people
would dread the poison pen of Maureen O'Gara as she sought
to trash Linuxcare and all other Linux companies. These
days, Linuxcare isn't even important enough to be worthy of
It's true what they say: the only thing worse than being
talked about is not being talked about.
Anyway, I successfully migrated all services from my old
machine in Amsterdam and now have everything running on a
new machine in my apartment, down here in Palo Alto.
The last few weeks have seen me fine-tuning the
configuration of Postfix and BIND, as well as nailing down the
security of my network as tightly as possible.
I've now got IPSec based access into Google, which is very
convenient when I'm on-call.
I also installed an excellent Web based e-mail client for
family and friends to use to access their e-mail account. I
didn't want to be offering either POP or IMAP over the
Internet, so SquirrelMail
provided an excellent alternative.
Future projects will see incremental improvements in the
network here. I require more flexible logging, which I'll
get from either msyslog
Then I'll need a more secure FTP daemon, for which I'll
probably go with vsftpd. Another worthy project is
monitoring, where I'll probably use mon, since
that has served me well in the past. Somewhere down the
road, I also want to install a news server to gate some of
the mailing lists I'm on to newsgroups.
In short, projects aplenty. The only issue, as always, is
finding the time.
I dropped Sarah off at San Jose airport this morning. I felt
as nervous as hell while she was in the air. I'm flying out
to the east coast Friday night and I'm not worried for my
own safety at all, but it was awful knowing that the person
I care most about in the world was in what has been exposed
as an extremely vulnerable position. To my great relief, she
arrived safe and sound.