24 Oct 2000 »
Turned 30. World didn’t end. My actual b’day party is this coming Saturday in Melbourne. So my friends in Sydney are playing poker at my place, and feeding the cats whilst I am away.
Went to our company conference at the Gold Coast, staying at the casino there. Had a great deal of fun (not gambling). Played poker with my workmates in the hotel room with monopoly money and didn’t lose too much ($3 Australian peso’s). After a long and emotional day, tossed cookies. Tossing cookies == bad, especially when a fine meal and even finer cognac is wasted. Woke up at 6.30 am on Sunday, which is just wrong. 🙂 At least I didn’t suffer for my excesses.
My Win2K security presentation at the company conference went well. The guys used our WaveLAN cards to hack at my box (which was being used for the presentation) in an effort to retrieve a file I had created for the purpose. They did manage to crash the FW/1 auth agent, but in the end, they used a social engineering attack to retrieve the winning condition (they needed the passcode in the file to get the M&M’s). I’m glad my limited lockdowns on my Win2K laptop survived a cumulative 6 hours of extensive attacks and DoS from our company’s most gifted, um, security architects and the CTO. I’m sure there are still bugs to be found in Win2K, but for the average user, it’s good enough.
Updated my web site. It needs more work so that css works properly (ie the color scheme and fonts sucks and requires fixing). I also need to find an acceptable open source documentation license for all my SAGE-AU and other writings. If you have suggestions mail me.
I’m glad that my friend Luke has finally progressed to being certified at Master level. I find it amusing that people I consider Journeyer at best (ie they are around my skill level and achievements) are classified Master if they use Linux (and remember, I used to as well; I almost was employed by SuSE to work on reiserfs). Luke is one of the NetBSD Core. Over the last nine-ten years Luke has done more for NetBSD than most Linux hackers have ever done for Linux. The certification system here, simply because of weight of numbers will always lead to easy (and possibly wrong) certification for people associated with the Linux in-crowd.
Off to Melbourne tomorrow for the second auDA Competition Policy panel meeting. Should be vibrant. I’m waiting to see who emerges with the biggest knives.
SAGE-AU, perception, and privacy
I can’t say too much about this, but let’s just say that if you help your local professional association, it helps to communicate the privacy concerns of your membership base to a potential sponsor before giving them any contact information. I now have the unenviable task of recruiting a poorly behaved potential sponsor, which may cause a back lash among the members, even though it is a positive outcome for the organisation as a whole.