15 Mar 2001 lukem   » (Master)

NetBSD & other hackery

More kqueue hacking. Committed mods to start named(8) chrooted if $named_chrootdir is defined in /etc/rc.conf. Nuked a couple of useless users and groups (falken, ingres).

Spent most of the 24 hours of travel home from NYC doing more research for my Freenix paper on rc.d; wading through six years and five million lines of email archives gets tedious. Thankfully I had a chunk of mp3's I've ripped off CDs that I own and a pair of noise suppressing headphones :) I should be able to get a draft of my paper to my `shepherd' by the end of the weekend.


Made it home ok from six weeks in NYC. The ability to burn points to upgrade to business class is the one reason I fly United trans-Pacific (I don't think any other airline allows international upgrades like that). There's advantages to being a Premier 1K member :-)

Managed to spend a long weekend in Calgary a couple of weeks ago, catching up with friends (Herb, Shari, Erik, Greg, Jonathan), and visited the mountains to the west, including a beautiful place called Lake Louise and the Kananaskis. The weather was excelllent (sunny, but snow on the ground), and we actually got snowed *out* of NYC and got back to NYC a day later than expected.

NYC is great, but intense. Managed to spend a lot of time catching up with various people I know from NetBSD, and their partners, children and friends. All in all an excellent time, but we're happy to be back home. Melbourne is a great place to live; you take it for granted until you've been away for a while. (Greg says the same thing about Calgary WRT moving back there after living in Toronto and NYC for a while).

Books and other toys

I caught up on a few authors I hadn't read much of; Alfred Bester wrote some *excellent* stuff, and I found a couple of older books by Harlan Ellison. Read "Darwin's Blade" by Dan Simmons a while ago; most excellent! "Look to Windward" by Iain Banks was another good read. I need to update my book/CD/DVD catalog so I know what `holes' I've got in my collection when I go shopping; sometimes I can't remember if I've already got something and I dislike unnecessarily doubling up.

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