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Name: Mike Beattie
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I am a Developer for the Debian project, and currently am a member of the FTP administration Team.

In Real Life(tm) I have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and currenly work at the University of Otago in the Technical Services Dept as a UNIX Systems Engineer.
I run the student email system, and provide general support for departmental IT personnel.

I also spend some spare time gossiping on the local VHF repeater.


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Hmmm. MacOS X 10.2 rocks. Only 2 problems:

  • The machine I have to play with it is too slow.
  • It's not mine, and I dont get to keep it.

Oh, And it's not Debian. :)

So, I havent looked at and/or posted on Advogato for eons. I look back at my first few diary entries and shudder. How Naive was I? Wow, over 2 years.. Anyway, I guess it shows that something as innovative and original as Advogato is a winner.

If anyone has played with/installed/administered Remedy ARS, please let me know where I can contact the support group. No, not the Remedy Support group, the People-who-are-scarred-for-life-from-ARS support group. What an absolutely HIDEOUS piece of software. Oracle underneath doesnt help much either.

Up late tonight, performing some long needed OS patching on a few core Solaris and Tru64 machines. Fun, Fun. I'd better go download the patches soon.

daniels: I'm surprised that squid(?) on the proxy doesnt use LDAP auth.. *shrug*

27 Oct 2000 (updated 12 Nov 2002 at 01:37 UTC) »

dria: interesting, and very thought provoking...

It does bring to light, something that has nagged me for a long long time. I have always found communication devices fascinating. When I first discovered the wonders of a modem, and BBS's (remember renegade??) - I was in a utopia. I had never really been passionate about computing until then..
With the Internet, cellphones, pagers, PDA's, and almost any other electrical device... I've been inundated with cool technology. All to help me do one thing, and one thing only. Communicate. Because when it comes to the crunch, what is it that we do, day to day? We interact. We communicate. There is a thirst there, that I cannot explain... But I would dearly like to know what it is.



I just keep getting completely sidetracked. I should be doing a math assignment around about now....

tausq expressed my feelings exactly. He is right, it was a very sad day for Debian. I'm lost for words, but I do know that it was really weird shedding tears for a person I have never met.

I've been brainstorming a new project. A client-server form of statistic sharing for Masqueraded networks. the server runs on the masq box, and supplies bandwidth usage stats to internal network hosts. something like, Total b/s, b/s per host, etc etc... still on the drawing board, but I have tinkered with wmnet's code to understand the /proc/net/ directory.

My exams went by, and my marks were not what I would call exceptional.. 2 A's, a B and a B-. oh yeah, and a fail. by 2%. not happy.

I dont like people who feel they have to correct every single statement you make, that has a slight error. If Robin ever reads this, yes, even though you say you only do it because I dont like it, you do it to others a lot too. I'll stop bitching now. *sigh*

Off to a private LAN party this w/e, just 8 of us, all weekend, playing Counter-Strike, Q3:A, and UT. I wonder if I will be able to stay awake for almost 48 hours.

ICQ lived up to its normal reputation for me on tuesday night. A 15-year old messaged me with all the sure signs she wanted a bit of the old poon-tang. needless to say, the thought of a young nubile female was enticing, but, she's jail-bait. besides... my lowest level should be about 18... only 2 years shy of myself.

I need some guidance as to how to approach getting a job in the US, and getting a work permit or whatever, then moving for good. - If anybody has nothing better to do, but explain a lot of the US's vices, and stuff... mail me :).

Again, I lose all creativeness. *poof*. I'll try and do some maths now.

Where the hell did the time go?

Well, I finished exams, and hopefully I'll get okay marks... but we'll see..

I've been pretty slack with respects to everything, but I did get some Ogg Vorbis .deb's made up. I'll stick them into Incoming this weekend some time. In the meantime, testers (please :) ) can put this in their /etc/apt/sources.list:

   deb ./


Culus asked me to write a small tutorial for new Debian Developers on setting up openssh with RSA keys, ssh-agent, etc... he took off before I could tell him that I use ssh-nonfree (yeah yeah).. luckily, there arent that many differences. I have come to the conclusion, that ssh-agent is evil, but hell, it makes life ten times easier.

I have a stupid essay to write for my INFO223 class, and god knows *when* I will do it. It's due on Thursday. I hate essay's. 1000 words isnt much, I guess...

I felt too enthusiastic on sunday night. My Cellular provider has a w/e deal for calls to major countries. The first minute is free, then NZ$0.49 per minute after that. (approx US$0.25) I ended up calling about 4 other IRC participants, neuro, SirDibos, is and xtifr. It added a new lease to life.


REALLY boring lecture. I need to develop a new technique for sleeping without being noticed.

bma: Yes, schoen is verbose. Somebody, PLEASE, fix shoen's -v parameter so that it doesnt act like -vvvvvvv.

I've been perusing my Cellular provider's recent promotional site. Relatively interesting... gives a new lease on student life in New Zealand. If you do visit, PLEASE, vote for flat 4. I have a friend who's sister lives there. (Jo. Her sister, my friend, is "wally")..... Wow.. I have a friend.

I've lost all creative enthusiasm.

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