Tech support rant

here’s a hint: We can’t search for you by your password. Nobody in the world could accurately search for you by your password. here’s why:

let’s say Phil has the username “phil01”. His password is “letmein”.
now, let’s say Amy has the username “asmith45”. Her password is also “letmein”.

Now multiply those two users by 1000. 2000 users, any of whom may have any password. If I do a search for people with the password “letmein”, I could potentially get hundreds of responses. If I do a search for username “phil01”, on the other hand, I get exactly one response. That’s why usernames are unique, and it’s why I Ask you for your username. If I’d wanted your password, I’d have asked for it. It’s not like the words “username” and “password” sound remotely alike, either.

Users. Can’t live with them, can’t kill them. (thanks to Tom Arnold for the quote)


. . . and like that,

I’d succeeded.

Turns out that if you use the IP address of your default route in the”ip route” statement, instead of the interface name (like “Ethernet0/0”), it cuts WAY down on the arp requests, and it makes it so the router functions properly. You also get to turn off proxy-arp requests, which (what with all the viruses these days that replicate thousands of times a second) cuts your memory usage by 2/3 or more.

So hooray for me. Now I just need to finish my 3 other projects.

fun fun

I got a little disc golf in this morning; I was bored, and since I’m awake for some reason, there you go. I know that sentence doesn’t make a lot of sense.

“Shot” an 80 at Searight. That’s like 26 over par, but it’s also 10 under my best score to date. Now I just need to work on my 15+ foot putts, and I’ll be in business. Maybe I’ll set up a trash can outside, and practice.


Don’t you hate it when you go to bed, but instead of falling asleep like you expect, you toss & turn for 4 or 5 hours? That’s what happened to me this morning. I finally gave up trying to fall asleep at 2-ish, and went out for some food. I’m not sure what meal it was, though; it was pre-morning for my usual sleep schedule, but still lunchtime for “regular” people.

Oh, well. It was tasty, regardless of what meal it was.


I saw this on slashdot (posted by wansu):
… with hurricanes, trees fall on buildings. With earthquakes, buildings fall on trees.

Always nice to have a laugh first thing in the morning.


All that work, and I was defeated by the crappy second-hand routers we bought. But I think I figured out what it was. It looks like we’ve got a machine with Code Red somewhere in the routable network, and I didn’t have proxy-arp disabled. Hopefully, the next time we meet, I will no fail. I will go up to the six-fingered man and say, “Hello. ”

um, wait a second.

next time, it’ll work.

Random Musings

The hardest part about any site on the net is coming up with new content. That’s my biggest problem right now, aside from the boredom.

Anyway, I was reading The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (well, actually it was the third sequel, the one with Fenchurch in it), and I realized/decided that I need something similar, but designed for the handheld-sized computers we have today, instead of for the fictional micro-sub-meson electronic component that was The Guide.

The trick will be designing it so that it fits comfortably into less than a gig of memory. I’m thinking some kind of internet interface, so that you can use a wireless networking card to get the information. Naturally, this assumes that (a) you have a networking card, and (b) you can use it anywhere you want. Which is a shame, because right now you can’t. Unless maybe you get an account with T-Mobile Wireless, and live exclusively in Starbuck’s, or major airports, or on the campuses of major universities.

But that’s neither here nor there right now. Well, it’s not here. It just might be there, wherever there is. When I figure out where there is, I’ll let you know so everybody can go there, and then there will be here. Then it will be here and there. Which is completely the opposite of how this paragraph began. Fascinating.

Back to what I was saying originally. I don’t think the “infocalypse” site that I put up the other day will last. I’m just going to bookmark everything2 and be done with it. I mean, it even fits in with the definition of the Guide in the first place: much of it is apocryphal, or wildly inaccurate, but it is slightly cheaper than Encyclopedia Galactica. All it’s missing is the “Don’t Panic” in large friendly letters.