Diary Import September 1998

30th september 1998

Net-Fu is now up and running on the FFM server.
You now can see that our Kung-Fu is still the best Winking

(Remind me that I include pragma no-cache in all CGI
outputs.)

25th to 29th september 1998

I’m ill ! Tonsilitis and a flu, just as usual. Sad

24th september 1998

Installed the Excite search engine on the FFM server and
started
first indexing. Also set up automatically updating every
highnoon.

23rd september 1998

What a horrible day for me. 10 hours without any electricity
because they are intalling a new counter.
This will gonna throw me back several places on RC5
statistics.

Power restored. Everything went fine. Also the OS/2 box came
up
without any circumstances as usual.

22nd september 1998

Did some shopping today, and bought a new frame for my
planned
boogie woogie collage to hang over my piano.

Time for a Guinness tonight, so I met with Gerd, Chris and Birgit
at
Shananigins and enjoyed the folksdance evening.

Discoverd some beautiful compositions by George Gershwin on a
TV
documentation in the late evening and decided to buy a CD
tomorrow.
Maybe some of his songs can give me new inspiration on playing
the
piano.

21st september 1998

Did some minor updates on my personal homepages.
Just forgot to add one of my favourite music styles: A
Capella

Again some updates on the boogie pages. Hey what’s going on, here
!
Everybody got internet access for free ?

Another breakthrough in FFM server configuration, finally got
the
nameservice running with domain only addressing.
Type http://stun.de and you’ll get transported to
http://www.stun.de

20th september 1998

Reconnection time to the FFM server after pulling the plug is also
very
obscure. Sometimes the session isn’t cancelled at all and the other
time
you have to wait about 3 minutes getting a ping replied.

Some more boogie-page updates on the way, especially new
images.

Got in touch with m4 macro processing, and it’s really
amusing.
I’ll try to code some of my HTML pages in m4.

19th september 1998

Did lots of boogie page updates, not only text also some new
images.

Experienced problems with BeroFTPD, and it seems that shadow
passwords are
not supported yet ???

Tried to configure sendmail with multidomains and virtusertable,
but
I think it wasn’t the great idea after restarting. Grrhgihateit
!
This one’s for Gerd.

Played around with Net-Fu with the currently downloaded X virtual
frame
buffer. But there are still some problems around as long as it
isn’t
recompiled completely I think.

Also checked out the new version of bttv 0.5.16, but it still has
problems
on millenium II when using 1024x768x16bpp resolution.

Watched Virtuosity on TV, also a very strange story, Lownmower-Man
is better.

18th september 1998

Did some fine tuning on the FFM servers configuration files and
gave up
RAID-1 configuring, it’s really hard, and without the possibility
to repair
a crashed disk, it is not useful in our minds.

Downloaded some more packages to upgrade libs that made
problems.

Hacked some new pages for the admins, added new users,
configured
sendmail aliases, encountered problems in named MX records.
Set up logfile rotation, installed shadow passwords and got the
hardware
finished (drive bays installed and harddisks plugged in).

17th september 1998

Got BeroFTPD running on the FFM server as well as Apache
completely
configured including virtual hosts and server status.
Also the monitoring of the Winbond chip, some howto pages for
us
admins and the complete nameserver configuration are set up.

SSH is running perfectly, I’m configuring the whole machine
through
this encrypted and compressed link. And the best, I can unplug
the
ethernet for 300 seconds without loosing link nor synchronisation
!

16th september 1998

Installed lots of missing packages on the FFM server,
enabled dial-up for tty sessions so far, fascinated played
around with monitoring of temperatures.

Gone working just to join a little party of our team-leader.

Visited Tom in his new flat. And as I mentioned before it is
now smaller than it looked like before. You wont believe that
?
We then went to the “all you can eat” chinese, and ended up
just a few meters away at Shanannigans Irish pub. Hmm, Guinness
!

Got secure shell running on FFM. Will now try md software
raid,
just in case something goes wrong when almost everything is
set up and configured.

15th september 1998

Holiday for the next three weeks now.

Did big shopping, to get my food storage filled up again.

Installed RC5 on the FFM server, and benchmark testing showed
up 2.5 Mkeys/sec in DES and 860Kkeys/sec in RC5-64. Wow !

14th september 1998

Had some important meetings today, describing the scenarios
from last weekends netware changes action.

Played around with the winbond monitoring code, and surprise
it works ! There must be a second temperature sensor onboard
of the Gigabyte 686BX. But I can’t imagine where this should
be.
Maybe inside the BX chipset itself, or inside the 83977
winbond.

Showed Gerd the FFM server, and after that had some Guinness
at
Shanannigans.

13th september 1998

The floppy seems to be really damaged, I used mine instead.
RedHat 5.1 got installed. Fast-Ethernet works great.
Temperature of the Celeron 300 is just about 24 degrees. Wow
!

Don’t want to do too much, this will be a positive day.
Except, writing my team-leader, what went wrong yesterday at
work.

12th september 1998

Oh what a day. Motherboard and processor are ok, the latter
one
had to be pressed with much force into the slot 1. Now it
works.
Except that Toms floppy wont boot. I’ll check this tomorrow.

Wasted 7 hours at work, trying to move netware volumes to 18
GB
harddisks. But volume file compression is gonna killing me.
Hope that they’ll not cancel my vacancy plans.

11th september 1998

What a bad day. Swapped the motherboard and the new one is
also
damaged. Maybe the processor itself is bad.

10th september 1998

FFM Status:
Couldn’t get any swapable disk drive bays for SCSI so I used
mine instead.
Also took out some memory chips from my machine to get the
FFM
server up. But then, had to give back the new motherboard,
because it had some obscure power problems.
I hope that’s all and that they’ll give me a new one.
Damn, everything was ready screwed and set up. I wanted to
install RedHat today, and start configuring.

Opened a new case at Computer 2000, oh I forgot the server
crash yesterday. Again Netware 4 dead-lock problems.

And, meanwhile as usual, a backbone crash for about 10
minutes.

9th september 1998

Bought and installed a slot fan for the FFM server.

Did some more configuration work on the apache.
Hey I love those virtual hosts. But we’ve to learn how to
use ../ links, because they break when chrooted.

Mounted drive bays for removeable disks into the FFM server.
It’s worth it believe me. Oh I hate those micro screws !!!!!

Tried to find some more documentation on BeroFTPD. Nothing.
Maybe I should take a look at the man pages they are big
enough.

Got a 3 1/2 inch floppy from Tom, and installed it.
So main memory and big harddisks are the last.

8th september 1998

Downloaded and reviewed the 2.0.36pre8 code. Hey they’ve
moved
some unstable code back ?!?

Received a new boogie CD and bio by Henning Pertiet. Many thanks
!

Exchanged a servers storage unit which reported fan failure.
Eyhhhh, what a dirty matter. All three server pairs were
covered
with 5mm fine dust. Needed two hours to clean that up.

Met with Gerd and had a cool Guinness at O’Reillys.
After that had some sushi at Shoya. Hmmm, delicious !

Did almost any boogie pages updates that were pending in my
eMails inbox. There are just a few images to be scanned.

2:40 AM, virtual hosts are working on HTTP !
Server includes don’t, but this should be minor.

7th september 1998

How I love monday mornings. The entire network stands still at
work.

Bought motherboard and processor together with Reyk for the FFM
server.

Screwed and cabled the server components, but don’t want to
test
it right now. I think that this will avoid a sleepless night.

Updated the FFM page with some of the FIX costs.

6th september 1998

Met Gerd online. What a surprise !

It looks like that Netscapes related server has gone !
What a pity, it’s a real nice feature.

Installed Net-Fu, which works now in some parts. But there
are
many additional packages needed not mentioned in the
documentation.
Maybe I’ll complete that tomorrow.
Let me tell you that this version is much much better than
the
Net-Fus installed at webgfx pages.

5th september 1998

Visited the sports festival, of the insurance company where
my
mum is working. It rained all the time, really nice. Sad
But food and drinking was for free, so it was well balanced.
Happy

Exchanged some new CD’s with Uli. Time to get the FPS 98/III
released. Maybe this will be a triple set this time.

Experimented with some new GIMP plugins like fire and photo
stack.
Really nice features. There are some examples in here.

4th september 1998

And again a backbone crash at highnoon ! Fantastic.

Interactively designed some logos for the FFM machine at
www.webgfx.ch.
They’re using the same NET_FU GIMP plugins available for
download.
So anyone can setup such a interactive logomaker with
webfrontend.

Met with Gerd and discussed some of the FFM stuff.

Had a nice talk to two young girls at the Chinese where Gerd
and me had dinner. And after saying goodbye, learned that we
don’t
even know their names. This had to be corrected in our minds,
with some cool Guinness at Shanannigans.

3rd september 1998

Tidied up my PC’s harddisk at work and some servers, I was
connected
at that time, too.

Installed the currently released bttv 0.5.15 video device
driver,
but haven’t seen a correct video yet. What are they doing
?????

Maybe it’s only my system that has gone unstable.
Time for RedHat Mustang, to be released on CD !

Tried to install Freeciv in the latest version from sep 2nd,
a civilization II clone, but that one doesn’t work either,
because of some missing libraries on my system. My fault.

Just took a quick look at the Streamserver package, which
seems
to be exactly what I was looking for. A realtime videoserver
distributing streamed GIF or JPEG sequences. And there’s a
special bttv add-on, which I tried to compile. Guess ! Sad

Installed PHP to get database access working on Apache, and
this
one looks very very good, and has very easy code to implement
on
HTML pages. PHP also makes possible beautiful serverside
includes
and interactivly designed web-pages. (dynamic images and so
on.)

A little bit frustrated, began to play LinCity and got asleep
after a few hours when income shows up negative values.

2nd september 1998

Reviewed the 2.0.36pre7 patch, lots of network stuff in here
and some important information on Cyrix and AMD CPU’s.

Prof. Chaos called again, but I don’t mind picking up the
phone.
Give them your finger… you know !

Created lots of Compaq ROMpaq disks for upgrading our
big netware servers bios, config and harddisk firmware
to support an array of 18.2 GB harddisks.

Spent the whole night at work, improving our backbone and
doing some address changes on netware servers.

Finally got the 19 inch chassis for WWW.STUN.DE at home,
thanks to KAP’s big car. Winking

Upgraded to GIMP 1.0 with all the surroundings, gtk+, glib,

I have to say that I’m not satisfied with this version, my
machine locks after temporary diskspace disappeared when
creating big images. I’d never seen that before on 0.99.
It seems everything gets more worse when upgraded.
First the 2.0.35 kernel with its obscuring EIP exceptions
when almost every bit of physical memory is used.
Now the new GIMP and its enormous memory hunger.

Maybe, I should just add another 128 MB stripe.
Time to get the first GB complete. Winking))))))
Would be much fun to watch the machine testing memory on
boot.

1st september 1998

Another day of experience when one of our backbones crashes
down.
Do you know other companies running there token ring backbone
on
90 pc utilization ! Maybe we’ll take money for a look, in
future.

Professor Chaos called me, because his AIX workstation
network
connection failed again. If you could see that shaky
connector.
So I told him about solar flares and clickety !

Printed out and studied the new linux gazette.

Learned how to set up virtual FTP servers, if needed, using
the
HOST command, which is also a newer feature of FTP clients.
But I guess we wont need that for FFM.

Diary Import September 1998

30th september 1998

Net-Fu is now up and running on the FFM server.
You now can see that our Kung-Fu is still the best Winking

(Remind me that I include pragma no-cache in all CGI
outputs.)

25th to 29th september 1998

I’m ill ! Tonsilitis and a flu, just as usual. Sad

24th september 1998

Installed the Excite search engine on the FFM server and
started
first indexing. Also set up automatically updating every
highnoon.

23rd september 1998

What a horrible day for me. 10 hours without any electricity
because they are intalling a new counter.
This will gonna throw me back several places on RC5
statistics.

Power restored. Everything went fine. Also the OS/2 box came
up
without any circumstances as usual.

22nd september 1998

Did some shopping today, and bought a new frame for my
planned
boogie woogie collage to hang over my piano.

Time for a Guinness tonight, so I met with Gerd, Chris and Birgit
at
Shananigins and enjoyed the folksdance evening.

Discoverd some beautiful compositions by George Gershwin on a
TV
documentation in the late evening and decided to buy a CD
tomorrow.
Maybe some of his songs can give me new inspiration on playing
the
piano.

21st september 1998

Did some minor updates on my personal homepages.
Just forgot to add one of my favourite music styles: A
Capella

Again some updates on the boogie pages. Hey what’s going on, here
!
Everybody got internet access for free ?

Another breakthrough in FFM server configuration, finally got
the
nameservice running with domain only addressing.
Type http://stun.de and you’ll get transported to
http://www.stun.de

20th september 1998

Reconnection time to the FFM server after pulling the plug is also
very
obscure. Sometimes the session isn’t cancelled at all and the other
time
you have to wait about 3 minutes getting a ping replied.

Some more boogie-page updates on the way, especially new
images.

Got in touch with m4 macro processing, and it’s really
amusing.
I’ll try to code some of my HTML pages in m4.

19th september 1998

Did lots of boogie page updates, not only text also some new
images.

Experienced problems with BeroFTPD, and it seems that shadow
passwords are
not supported yet ???

Tried to configure sendmail with multidomains and virtusertable,
but
I think it wasn’t the great idea after restarting. Grrhgihateit
!
This one’s for Gerd.

Played around with Net-Fu with the currently downloaded X virtual
frame
buffer. But there are still some problems around as long as it
isn’t
recompiled completely I think.

Also checked out the new version of bttv 0.5.16, but it still has
problems
on millenium II when using 1024x768x16bpp resolution.

Watched Virtuosity on TV, also a very strange story, Lownmower-Man
is better.

18th september 1998

Did some fine tuning on the FFM servers configuration files and
gave up
RAID-1 configuring, it’s really hard, and without the possibility
to repair
a crashed disk, it is not useful in our minds.

Downloaded some more packages to upgrade libs that made
problems.

Hacked some new pages for the admins, added new users,
configured
sendmail aliases, encountered problems in named MX records.
Set up logfile rotation, installed shadow passwords and got the
hardware
finished (drive bays installed and harddisks plugged in).

17th september 1998

Got BeroFTPD running on the FFM server as well as Apache
completely
configured including virtual hosts and server status.
Also the monitoring of the Winbond chip, some howto pages for
us
admins and the complete nameserver configuration are set up.

SSH is running perfectly, I’m configuring the whole machine
through
this encrypted and compressed link. And the best, I can unplug
the
ethernet for 300 seconds without loosing link nor synchronisation
!

16th september 1998

Installed lots of missing packages on the FFM server,
enabled dial-up for tty sessions so far, fascinated played
around with monitoring of temperatures.

Gone working just to join a little party of our team-leader.

Visited Tom in his new flat. And as I mentioned before it is
now smaller than it looked like before. You wont believe that
?
We then went to the “all you can eat” chinese, and ended up
just a few meters away at Shanannigans Irish pub. Hmm, Guinness
!

Got secure shell running on FFM. Will now try md software
raid,
just in case something goes wrong when almost everything is
set up and configured.

15th september 1998

Holiday for the next three weeks now.

Did big shopping, to get my food storage filled up again.

Installed RC5 on the FFM server, and benchmark testing showed
up 2.5 Mkeys/sec in DES and 860Kkeys/sec in RC5-64. Wow !

14th september 1998

Had some important meetings today, describing the scenarios
from last weekends netware changes action.

Played around with the winbond monitoring code, and surprise
it works ! There must be a second temperature sensor onboard
of the Gigabyte 686BX. But I can’t imagine where this should
be.
Maybe inside the BX chipset itself, or inside the 83977
winbond.

Showed Gerd the FFM server, and after that had some Guinness
at
Shanannigans.

13th september 1998

The floppy seems to be really damaged, I used mine instead.
RedHat 5.1 got installed. Fast-Ethernet works great.
Temperature of the Celeron 300 is just about 24 degrees. Wow
!

Don’t want to do too much, this will be a positive day.
Except, writing my team-leader, what went wrong yesterday at
work.

12th september 1998

Oh what a day. Motherboard and processor are ok, the latter
one
had to be pressed with much force into the slot 1. Now it
works.
Except that Toms floppy wont boot. I’ll check this tomorrow.

Wasted 7 hours at work, trying to move netware volumes to 18
GB
harddisks. But volume file compression is gonna killing me.
Hope that they’ll not cancel my vacancy plans.

11th september 1998

What a bad day. Swapped the motherboard and the new one is
also
damaged. Maybe the processor itself is bad.

10th september 1998

FFM Status:
Couldn’t get any swapable disk drive bays for SCSI so I used
mine instead.
Also took out some memory chips from my machine to get the
FFM
server up. But then, had to give back the new motherboard,
because it had some obscure power problems.
I hope that’s all and that they’ll give me a new one.
Damn, everything was ready screwed and set up. I wanted to
install RedHat today, and start configuring.

Opened a new case at Computer 2000, oh I forgot the server
crash yesterday. Again Netware 4 dead-lock problems.

And, meanwhile as usual, a backbone crash for about 10
minutes.

9th september 1998

Bought and installed a slot fan for the FFM server.

Did some more configuration work on the apache.
Hey I love those virtual hosts. But we’ve to learn how to
use ../ links, because they break when chrooted.

Mounted drive bays for removeable disks into the FFM server.
It’s worth it believe me. Oh I hate those micro screws !!!!!

Tried to find some more documentation on BeroFTPD. Nothing.
Maybe I should take a look at the man pages they are big
enough.

Got a 3 1/2 inch floppy from Tom, and installed it.
So main memory and big harddisks are the last.

8th september 1998

Downloaded and reviewed the 2.0.36pre8 code. Hey they’ve
moved
some unstable code back ?!?

Received a new boogie CD and bio by Henning Pertiet. Many thanks
!

Exchanged a servers storage unit which reported fan failure.
Eyhhhh, what a dirty matter. All three server pairs were
covered
with 5mm fine dust. Needed two hours to clean that up.

Met with Gerd and had a cool Guinness at O’Reillys.
After that had some sushi at Shoya. Hmmm, delicious !

Did almost any boogie pages updates that were pending in my
eMails inbox. There are just a few images to be scanned.

2:40 AM, virtual hosts are working on HTTP !
Server includes don’t, but this should be minor.

7th september 1998

How I love monday mornings. The entire network stands still at
work.

Bought motherboard and processor together with Reyk for the FFM
server.

Screwed and cabled the server components, but don’t want to
test
it right now. I think that this will avoid a sleepless night.

Updated the FFM page with some of the FIX costs.

6th september 1998

Met Gerd online. What a surprise !

It looks like that Netscapes related server has gone !
What a pity, it’s a real nice feature.

Installed Net-Fu, which works now in some parts. But there
are
many additional packages needed not mentioned in the
documentation.
Maybe I’ll complete that tomorrow.
Let me tell you that this version is much much better than
the
Net-Fus installed at webgfx pages.

5th september 1998

Visited the sports festival, of the insurance company where
my
mum is working. It rained all the time, really nice. Sad
But food and drinking was for free, so it was well balanced.
Happy

Exchanged some new CD’s with Uli. Time to get the FPS 98/III
released. Maybe this will be a triple set this time.

Experimented with some new GIMP plugins like fire and photo
stack.
Really nice features. There are some examples in here.

4th september 1998

And again a backbone crash at highnoon ! Fantastic.

Interactively designed some logos for the FFM machine at
www.webgfx.ch.
They’re using the same NET_FU GIMP plugins available for
download.
So anyone can setup such a interactive logomaker with
webfrontend.

Met with Gerd and discussed some of the FFM stuff.

Had a nice talk to two young girls at the Chinese where Gerd
and me had dinner. And after saying goodbye, learned that we
don’t
even know their names. This had to be corrected in our minds,
with some cool Guinness at Shanannigans.

3rd september 1998

Tidied up my PC’s harddisk at work and some servers, I was
connected
at that time, too.

Installed the currently released bttv 0.5.15 video device
driver,
but haven’t seen a correct video yet. What are they doing
?????

Maybe it’s only my system that has gone unstable.
Time for RedHat Mustang, to be released on CD !

Tried to install Freeciv in the latest version from sep 2nd,
a civilization II clone, but that one doesn’t work either,
because of some missing libraries on my system. My fault.

Just took a quick look at the Streamserver package, which
seems
to be exactly what I was looking for. A realtime videoserver
distributing streamed GIF or JPEG sequences. And there’s a
special bttv add-on, which I tried to compile. Guess ! Sad

Installed PHP to get database access working on Apache, and
this
one looks very very good, and has very easy code to implement
on
HTML pages. PHP also makes possible beautiful serverside
includes
and interactivly designed web-pages. (dynamic images and so
on.)

A little bit frustrated, began to play LinCity and got asleep
after a few hours when income shows up negative values.

2nd september 1998

Reviewed the 2.0.36pre7 patch, lots of network stuff in here
and some important information on Cyrix and AMD CPU’s.

Prof. Chaos called again, but I don’t mind picking up the
phone.
Give them your finger… you know !

Created lots of Compaq ROMpaq disks for upgrading our
big netware servers bios, config and harddisk firmware
to support an array of 18.2 GB harddisks.

Spent the whole night at work, improving our backbone and
doing some address changes on netware servers.

Finally got the 19 inch chassis for WWW.STUN.DE at home,
thanks to KAP’s big car. Winking

Upgraded to GIMP 1.0 with all the surroundings, gtk+, glib,

I have to say that I’m not satisfied with this version, my
machine locks after temporary diskspace disappeared when
creating big images. I’d never seen that before on 0.99.
It seems everything gets more worse when upgraded.
First the 2.0.35 kernel with its obscuring EIP exceptions
when almost every bit of physical memory is used.
Now the new GIMP and its enormous memory hunger.

Maybe, I should just add another 128 MB stripe.
Time to get the first GB complete. Winking))))))
Would be much fun to watch the machine testing memory on
boot.

1st september 1998

Another day of experience when one of our backbones crashes
down.
Do you know other companies running there token ring backbone
on
90 pc utilization ! Maybe we’ll take money for a look, in
future.

Professor Chaos called me, because his AIX workstation
network
connection failed again. If you could see that shaky
connector.
So I told him about solar flares and clickety !

Printed out and studied the new linux gazette.

Learned how to set up virtual FTP servers, if needed, using
the
HOST command, which is also a newer feature of FTP clients.
But I guess we wont need that for FFM.

Diary Import August 1998

31th august 1998

Made the stupid failure not to talk to this beautiful girl at
McDonalds yesterday evening. Damn, this is gonna drive me mad
!

Did some server-care on our AIX machines, cleaning coredumps,
logfiles, unread mail spools, etc.

Met with Gerd and Michael at O’Reillys, and had pretty much
fun
talking about girls and previous relationships, like the
woman
do usually.

30th august 1998

Updated another two of my new personal homepages.

Did a little bit fine-tuning on SSH.

Tried to set up hourly passwords on the system, but that’s
really
hard. You always have to watch out not to lock up yourself.

Gerd called for some Guinness, so, by4now !

29th august 1998

Successfully installed SSH on my system.
Fascinating, also the X-Session is lightning fast !

28th august 1998

The hardware internals page for the FFM server is completed,
and I’m very satisfied with the result. You wanna take a
look.

Received our 19 inch server case for FFM today !
Yep, time for big shopping next week ! Winking

Finally got my tax forms completed, so I hopefully can ignore
the reminder, which will come for sure in the next few days.

27th august 1998

Spent almost the whole day, resolving hostnames and IP
addresses
to complete a list containing all our unix machines. The
funny
thing is, how to lookup DNS without knowing IP nor hostname.
I guess, God knows why he created MAC adresses ?

Finally got a solution for our FFM virtual host problems:

The default webserver is
www.stun.de:80

links to all other webservers on the different ports are listed
on
/index.html

including virtual hosts
linux.stun.de:80
etc.stun.de:80

additionally we setup separated webservers for each
linux.stun.de:81
etc.stun.de:8x

Now, let’s see what our requests do:

HTTP/1.0 requests / from www.stun.de
www.stun.de replies /index.html from www.stun.de document
root

HTTP/1.0 requests / from linux.stun.de
www.stun.de replies /index.html from www.stun.de document
root

HTTP/1.0 requests /something/other from linux.stun.de root
www.stun.de replies 404 and may redirect to
www.stun.de/index.html

HTTP/1.0 requests / from linux.stun.de:81
linux.stun.de:81 replies /index.html from linux.stun.de:81
root

HTTP/1.1 requests / from www.stun.de
www.stun.de replies /index.html from www.stun.de

HTTP/1.1 requests / from linux.stun.de
linux.stun.de:80 replies /index.html from virtual host
linux.stun.de:80

HTTP/1.1 requests / from linux.stun.de:81
linux.stun.de:81 replies /index.html from linux.stun.de:81
root

Any questions ? Winking

26th august 1998

Collected some informations on digital still video cameras,
and tried to buy one, but every model I wanted was not
available at the moment.

Gone mad with Apache !!!
Talked to Netscape describing my Apache HTTP/1.1 problems
on Communicator 4.06. Damn, I can’t believe it, full 1.1
support will be available in 5.0 only. And MSIE 4 HTTP/1.1
support is so bad that it is disabled by default on most
web-servers.

HTTP/1.0 Request Principle:
===========================
Client: http://test.stun.de/index.html
DNS-Lookup test.stun.de -> IP
send request GET /index.html to IP
Server: reply http://www.stun.de/index.html (which is wrong)

HTTP/1.1 Request Principle:
===========================
Client: http://test.stun.de/index.html
DNS-Lookup test.stun.de -> IP
send request GET test.stun.de/index.html to IP
Server: reply http://test.stun.de/index.html (which is
correct)

So it seems we have no chance to enable name-only-based
virtual hosts with only one IP address. F**k It !
W3C has released HTTP/1.1 in 1994 and Netscape nor MS have
implemented it yet correctly. What’s up Mozilla-guys !

Hey Reyk ! Did some updates to the FFM-page.

25th august 1998

Upgraded my Apache to 1.3.1 to get the virtual hosts working
without the need for more IP adresses, but since that update
everything is forbidden.

Discovered a nice statement for the programmers of you:

while (! asleep()) sheep++;

As I guessed we’re only four at O’Reillys than the expected
seven. The first time, we didn’t get our meals. I hope
they’ll
change that in future.

24th august 1998

Fortified my Netscape Communicator 4.06 again, to do some
128-bit encrypted homebanking.

Compared some data sheets of digital still video cameras,
but I’m not satisfied with price and quality at the moment.

Called many people by phone, and the odds are good that we’ll
have a big gig at O’Reillys tomorrow evening.

Printed out the Securing RedHat Manual by Kurt Seifried.

Discovered the Bastard User from Hell release, but it is far
from
being half as good as the original BOFH, therefor it isn’t
linked
either.

Urgently have to find out how to install differnt desktop
themes
for Gnome from the GTK+ packages.

23rd august 1998

Time to say goodbye to some good friends and there dog,
which will move to spain the next days.
So this will be a barbeque-only day.

22nd august 1998

An aweful day, started with an emergency call at 1:30 AM,
the backbone had problems, fortunately everything went OK
just 40 minutes later, so I get back to sleep, just to
get into the same situation at 7:30 AM.

I hate those saturdays.

Tried to do the volume changes on a netware server, that I’ve
planned a few days ago and had to learn, that some stupid
users have filled additional 600 MB’s of the first volume.
The bad thing is thess are 400 MB too much.
Now I’ve got to do a full backup and restore someday to get
the
changes affect, instead of simply copying on the same
harddisk.

Got the new Netscape 4.06 but don’t know how to use the
internet
keywords yet. Also my 128 encryption support has gone with
this
update. Time to get a new fortifier.

Tried to update gnome from 0.13 to 0.28 but missed to
download
one or two essential libs. Also gnotes, ee-0.2 wont work.

Analyzed the 2.0.36pre6 patch, but there’s nothin of interest
for me. Just Linux ROSE updates (X.25 PLP) some 3com
netdriver,
pci, processor and smp update stuff.

21st august 1998

Did I mention the Netware server crash yesterday evening ???
Mirroring wasn’t even completed this morning.

But I now know why the discport doesn’t connect in the last
days.
Just plug it into a neighbour network, so that a router
answers
the GNS-Queries instead of the server, and you’ll never
experience
timing problems.

Processed all our AIX’s and deleted logfiles and error
reports.

Got some great lyrics from Tom, Beatles for Sysadmins.
I’ll put them right here tomorrow.

Payed the bill for my second ISP.

20th august 1998

Did some cost calculation for our FFM stuff and had a
phonecall
with Gerd who is designing the first LINUX.STUN.DE logos.

Get very angry when trying to reconnect a Microtest Discport
to a Netware server. Damn, I hate those graphical interfaces.

19th august 1998

Had a workshop day and got introduced into Newbridge
Mainstreet
Multiplexers. Really fascinating, especially how easy it must
be
for the secret service agencies to spy out phone and data
connections, without need to be in range. Just copy timeslots
and send them round the globe. Wow….

Yesterday we founded the Linux User Group LINUX.STUN.DE,
so I’ve picked up all the various penguins available on
the web to design our new logo.

18th august 1998

Touch down ! Hey ya I don’t want to see that Maestro
statistics,
this time a Netware-GPF occures when loading servman.
Who said there’s a running Netware 4 server available for
Linux.

Thought about the next saturday reorganization of Netware
volumes.
Could be very easy if nothing stupid happens.

Identified the crying harddisk in our management-Sun, which soon
will
only be good as a sonic stunner for mosquitos.

Tried to get all the Admin-Gurus under one hat, but could
only convince Gerd and with big luck (thanks SUN) Reyk.
See ya at 20:30 at O’Reillys guys.

17th august 1998

Played around with the pilot tools for linux.
Really nice features, you’ll never see somethin’ on MS.

Yet another three CD’s converted. Now my archive is almost
1GB of MP3 audio, which is equal to 1000 minutes or 67 hours
of CD quality music.

Let’s play with DVD-RAM values:
5.2 GB on one DVD-RAM media would be equal to 347 hours or
14.4 days and nights or 2 weeks of audio. Hey that’s a jukebox,
babe.

16th august 1998

A boring day. I think I’ll do nothing today.
Except of converting some more CD’s.

15th august 1998

Faxed some high grade security stuff about Cisco’s IOS to
Reyk.
So if anyone of you is using a public accesible Cisco, get
the
latest security information from CERT.

Converted 5 CD’s today. Time to get the DVD-RAM drive with
5.2GB.
The media-price is just amazing: 70.-DM ! The drive itself
1200.-DM.
This way you should be able to store 130 hours audio in MP3
format
on just one DVD-RAM and you can delete and overwrite it as often
as
you want.

14th august 1998

Today our whole team got introduced into ATM and how to
handle
a faulty backbone, fast-uplink, trace etc…
Great presentation, thanks to Ecky !

Got the answer from C2000, that the BIOS on the harddisk
itself
has some serious bugs and that they should be upgraded before
used for the first time. Great, so if you have an IBM 9 or
18GB
harddisk check for revision 01c0 or later to get lucky.

Mucky is doin’ a 15 hours job today, and don’t seem to be
that
delighted when calling him on the phone. I think I’ll visit
him now, to ease his pain.

And another day comes to an end with a cool Guinness and a
really tasty 8 oz sirloin at O’Reillys.

13th august 1998

Just a more private day…

Opened another case at Computer 2000 to check if there are
problems to Compaq-BIOS or Netware-OS when using 18GB
harddisks.

Yet another CD in MP3 format.

12th august 1998

Got the bill for our domain-registration today.
(Hey, thanks Peter, pretty nice offer.)

Created the first version of the STUN.DE logo
but remember, it’s the first version, just an idea.

Tried to find a web-based notepad for multiuser usage, but
the guestbook applications arond, don’t fulfill these
requirements yet. So I fear we’ll fall back to MS-Access.
(1:0 for World-Domination 99)

Tried some of the ciders, Woody’s drinks , a rusty nail
and Guinness together with Tom in my favourite Irish pub
“Shanannigans”.

11th august 1998

Another day our biggest netware machine crashed.

Did some shopping with Reyk, who will try to install
RedHat 5.1 tonight on his laptop, I guess.
I just hope there are already updates on the new powertools
CD.

It seems that Alan’s 2.0.36pre3 is out.
Damn, if I only would get the time to test the last one.

10th august 1998

Tried to wrote a letter in Kanji, but gave up after the
first sentence. Huhhh… it’s really hard….
I guess, I’ll just try writing a few words in Kana and
the rest of it in english.

Heard some serious critics about RedHat 5.1, for those who
installed it from scratch, which changes my plans running
RH 5.1 on our FFM-box. Maybe we should first install 5.0
and after that upgrade to 5.1.

For myself, I’ll try Debian 2.0 the next days.

9th august 1998

Coverted another three CD’s into MP3 to get my Blues Brothers
Monster Album completed. (est. 3 hours of music on one CD)

Just wait for my Monster Boogie Woogie CD, 13 hours music
on one CD !

Discovered someone holding my PPP-dialup link up for 23 hours
!
Hey, I don’t want to see that bill. God bless you. 0:-]

8th august 1998

Made some important advances in playing boogie piano,
listening to Peter Heger’s CD “Na endlich !”.

Updated my newly designed personal homepage.
I’ll change the layout again, because it’s not really
my style in its curent form.

7th august 1998

Again, updated the boogie pages with Christian Bleiming’s
bio.
Called Henning Pertiet by phone, and in a few days will
receive
some bio too.

Converted CD’s from Alanis Morisette and Eros Ramazotti into
MP3 files.

6th august 1998

Moved to a new system in determining my lottery numbers for
cracking the 35 mio. DM Jackpot this saturday.

Printed out the Linux Gazette august issue.

5th august 1998

Registered our domain stun.de today.

Did a lot of updates to my RedHat system with all the
latest published RPM’s.

Played around with some of the new Gnome applications
and found the useful gicq, gpgp and xwhois.

Downloaded the 2.0.36pre2 patch and discovered 1 MB
new isdn diffs in it !
Maybe this one becomes essential in a few days.

4th august 1998

Install WWWThreads at work, and they were fascinated by it.
So we think about using it as a ToDo list or better as an
case management archive.

Investigated some free domains to register for FFM,
and found one, I’ll register it tomorrow.

Experimented with SAINT, the next generation of SATAN !

3rd august 1998

Installed UFP-Terminal from Ronald Bieber, to enhance my
Intranet
content, for my StarTrek fascinated mailbox-users.
This one is created from UFP-Info and is completely designed in
HTML.

Set up the phone line in Tom’s new appartment. Lot of work to do
Tom,
better start working today than tomorrow, lot of work !!!
Unbelievable lot of work.

2nd august 1998

Just enjoyed the day, lying lazy on my bed and watching TV.

1st august 1998

Bought the Pro-Pilot flightsimulator today and I’m totally
fascinated by its authentic behaviour. The bad thing is,
that this software needs Win 95, the good news: the simulator
itself is from Sierra not MS !
Maybe they’ll port it someday ??? Winking

Sabre for Linux is just too far away from Pro-Pilot, but who
knows, Sabre developement is still in progress…

Received Christian Bleiming’s boogie CD’s, many thanks !!!
Updated the boogie pages.

Diary Import August 1998

31th august 1998

Made the stupid failure not to talk to this beautiful girl at
McDonalds yesterday evening. Damn, this is gonna drive me mad
!

Did some server-care on our AIX machines, cleaning coredumps,
logfiles, unread mail spools, etc.

Met with Gerd and Michael at O’Reillys, and had pretty much
fun
talking about girls and previous relationships, like the
woman
do usually.

30th august 1998

Updated another two of my new personal homepages.

Did a little bit fine-tuning on SSH.

Tried to set up hourly passwords on the system, but that’s
really
hard. You always have to watch out not to lock up yourself.

Gerd called for some Guinness, so, by4now !

29th august 1998

Successfully installed SSH on my system.
Fascinating, also the X-Session is lightning fast !

28th august 1998

The hardware internals page for the FFM server is completed,
and I’m very satisfied with the result. You wanna take a
look.

Received our 19 inch server case for FFM today !
Yep, time for big shopping next week ! Winking

Finally got my tax forms completed, so I hopefully can ignore
the reminder, which will come for sure in the next few days.

27th august 1998

Spent almost the whole day, resolving hostnames and IP
addresses
to complete a list containing all our unix machines. The
funny
thing is, how to lookup DNS without knowing IP nor hostname.
I guess, God knows why he created MAC adresses ?

Finally got a solution for our FFM virtual host problems:

The default webserver is
www.stun.de:80

links to all other webservers on the different ports are listed
on
/index.html

including virtual hosts
linux.stun.de:80
etc.stun.de:80

additionally we setup separated webservers for each
linux.stun.de:81
etc.stun.de:8x

Now, let’s see what our requests do:

HTTP/1.0 requests / from www.stun.de
www.stun.de replies /index.html from www.stun.de document
root

HTTP/1.0 requests / from linux.stun.de
www.stun.de replies /index.html from www.stun.de document
root

HTTP/1.0 requests /something/other from linux.stun.de root
www.stun.de replies 404 and may redirect to
www.stun.de/index.html

HTTP/1.0 requests / from linux.stun.de:81
linux.stun.de:81 replies /index.html from linux.stun.de:81
root

HTTP/1.1 requests / from www.stun.de
www.stun.de replies /index.html from www.stun.de

HTTP/1.1 requests / from linux.stun.de
linux.stun.de:80 replies /index.html from virtual host
linux.stun.de:80

HTTP/1.1 requests / from linux.stun.de:81
linux.stun.de:81 replies /index.html from linux.stun.de:81
root

Any questions ? Winking

26th august 1998

Collected some informations on digital still video cameras,
and tried to buy one, but every model I wanted was not
available at the moment.

Gone mad with Apache !!!
Talked to Netscape describing my Apache HTTP/1.1 problems
on Communicator 4.06. Damn, I can’t believe it, full 1.1
support will be available in 5.0 only. And MSIE 4 HTTP/1.1
support is so bad that it is disabled by default on most
web-servers.

HTTP/1.0 Request Principle:
===========================
Client: http://test.stun.de/index.html
DNS-Lookup test.stun.de -> IP
send request GET /index.html to IP
Server: reply http://www.stun.de/index.html (which is wrong)

HTTP/1.1 Request Principle:
===========================
Client: http://test.stun.de/index.html
DNS-Lookup test.stun.de -> IP
send request GET test.stun.de/index.html to IP
Server: reply http://test.stun.de/index.html (which is
correct)

So it seems we have no chance to enable name-only-based
virtual hosts with only one IP address. F**k It !
W3C has released HTTP/1.1 in 1994 and Netscape nor MS have
implemented it yet correctly. What’s up Mozilla-guys !

Hey Reyk ! Did some updates to the FFM-page.

25th august 1998

Upgraded my Apache to 1.3.1 to get the virtual hosts working
without the need for more IP adresses, but since that update
everything is forbidden.

Discovered a nice statement for the programmers of you:

while (! asleep()) sheep++;

As I guessed we’re only four at O’Reillys than the expected
seven. The first time, we didn’t get our meals. I hope
they’ll
change that in future.

24th august 1998

Fortified my Netscape Communicator 4.06 again, to do some
128-bit encrypted homebanking.

Compared some data sheets of digital still video cameras,
but I’m not satisfied with price and quality at the moment.

Called many people by phone, and the odds are good that we’ll
have a big gig at O’Reillys tomorrow evening.

Printed out the Securing RedHat Manual by Kurt Seifried.

Discovered the Bastard User from Hell release, but it is far
from
being half as good as the original BOFH, therefor it isn’t
linked
either.

Urgently have to find out how to install differnt desktop
themes
for Gnome from the GTK+ packages.

23rd august 1998

Time to say goodbye to some good friends and there dog,
which will move to spain the next days.
So this will be a barbeque-only day.

22nd august 1998

An aweful day, started with an emergency call at 1:30 AM,
the backbone had problems, fortunately everything went OK
just 40 minutes later, so I get back to sleep, just to
get into the same situation at 7:30 AM.

I hate those saturdays.

Tried to do the volume changes on a netware server, that I’ve
planned a few days ago and had to learn, that some stupid
users have filled additional 600 MB’s of the first volume.
The bad thing is thess are 400 MB too much.
Now I’ve got to do a full backup and restore someday to get
the
changes affect, instead of simply copying on the same
harddisk.

Got the new Netscape 4.06 but don’t know how to use the
internet
keywords yet. Also my 128 encryption support has gone with
this
update. Time to get a new fortifier.

Tried to update gnome from 0.13 to 0.28 but missed to
download
one or two essential libs. Also gnotes, ee-0.2 wont work.

Analyzed the 2.0.36pre6 patch, but there’s nothin of interest
for me. Just Linux ROSE updates (X.25 PLP) some 3com
netdriver,
pci, processor and smp update stuff.

21st august 1998

Did I mention the Netware server crash yesterday evening ???
Mirroring wasn’t even completed this morning.

But I now know why the discport doesn’t connect in the last
days.
Just plug it into a neighbour network, so that a router
answers
the GNS-Queries instead of the server, and you’ll never
experience
timing problems.

Processed all our AIX’s and deleted logfiles and error
reports.

Got some great lyrics from Tom, Beatles for Sysadmins.
I’ll put them right here tomorrow.

Payed the bill for my second ISP.

20th august 1998

Did some cost calculation for our FFM stuff and had a
phonecall
with Gerd who is designing the first LINUX.STUN.DE logos.

Get very angry when trying to reconnect a Microtest Discport
to a Netware server. Damn, I hate those graphical interfaces.

19th august 1998

Had a workshop day and got introduced into Newbridge
Mainstreet
Multiplexers. Really fascinating, especially how easy it must
be
for the secret service agencies to spy out phone and data
connections, without need to be in range. Just copy timeslots
and send them round the globe. Wow….

Yesterday we founded the Linux User Group LINUX.STUN.DE,
so I’ve picked up all the various penguins available on
the web to design our new logo.

18th august 1998

Touch down ! Hey ya I don’t want to see that Maestro
statistics,
this time a Netware-GPF occures when loading servman.
Who said there’s a running Netware 4 server available for
Linux.

Thought about the next saturday reorganization of Netware
volumes.
Could be very easy if nothing stupid happens.

Identified the crying harddisk in our management-Sun, which soon
will
only be good as a sonic stunner for mosquitos.

Tried to get all the Admin-Gurus under one hat, but could
only convince Gerd and with big luck (thanks SUN) Reyk.
See ya at 20:30 at O’Reillys guys.

17th august 1998

Played around with the pilot tools for linux.
Really nice features, you’ll never see somethin’ on MS.

Yet another three CD’s converted. Now my archive is almost
1GB of MP3 audio, which is equal to 1000 minutes or 67 hours
of CD quality music.

Let’s play with DVD-RAM values:
5.2 GB on one DVD-RAM media would be equal to 347 hours or
14.4 days and nights or 2 weeks of audio. Hey that’s a jukebox,
babe.

16th august 1998

A boring day. I think I’ll do nothing today.
Except of converting some more CD’s.

15th august 1998

Faxed some high grade security stuff about Cisco’s IOS to
Reyk.
So if anyone of you is using a public accesible Cisco, get
the
latest security information from CERT.

Converted 5 CD’s today. Time to get the DVD-RAM drive with
5.2GB.
The media-price is just amazing: 70.-DM ! The drive itself
1200.-DM.
This way you should be able to store 130 hours audio in MP3
format
on just one DVD-RAM and you can delete and overwrite it as often
as
you want.

14th august 1998

Today our whole team got introduced into ATM and how to
handle
a faulty backbone, fast-uplink, trace etc…
Great presentation, thanks to Ecky !

Got the answer from C2000, that the BIOS on the harddisk
itself
has some serious bugs and that they should be upgraded before
used for the first time. Great, so if you have an IBM 9 or
18GB
harddisk check for revision 01c0 or later to get lucky.

Mucky is doin’ a 15 hours job today, and don’t seem to be
that
delighted when calling him on the phone. I think I’ll visit
him now, to ease his pain.

And another day comes to an end with a cool Guinness and a
really tasty 8 oz sirloin at O’Reillys.

13th august 1998

Just a more private day…

Opened another case at Computer 2000 to check if there are
problems to Compaq-BIOS or Netware-OS when using 18GB
harddisks.

Yet another CD in MP3 format.

12th august 1998

Got the bill for our domain-registration today.
(Hey, thanks Peter, pretty nice offer.)

Created the first version of the STUN.DE logo
but remember, it’s the first version, just an idea.

Tried to find a web-based notepad for multiuser usage, but
the guestbook applications arond, don’t fulfill these
requirements yet. So I fear we’ll fall back to MS-Access.
(1:0 for World-Domination 99)

Tried some of the ciders, Woody’s drinks , a rusty nail
and Guinness together with Tom in my favourite Irish pub
“Shanannigans”.

11th august 1998

Another day our biggest netware machine crashed.

Did some shopping with Reyk, who will try to install
RedHat 5.1 tonight on his laptop, I guess.
I just hope there are already updates on the new powertools
CD.

It seems that Alan’s 2.0.36pre3 is out.
Damn, if I only would get the time to test the last one.

10th august 1998

Tried to wrote a letter in Kanji, but gave up after the
first sentence. Huhhh… it’s really hard….
I guess, I’ll just try writing a few words in Kana and
the rest of it in english.

Heard some serious critics about RedHat 5.1, for those who
installed it from scratch, which changes my plans running
RH 5.1 on our FFM-box. Maybe we should first install 5.0
and after that upgrade to 5.1.

For myself, I’ll try Debian 2.0 the next days.

9th august 1998

Coverted another three CD’s into MP3 to get my Blues Brothers
Monster Album completed. (est. 3 hours of music on one CD)

Just wait for my Monster Boogie Woogie CD, 13 hours music
on one CD !

Discovered someone holding my PPP-dialup link up for 23 hours
!
Hey, I don’t want to see that bill. God bless you. 0:-]

8th august 1998

Made some important advances in playing boogie piano,
listening to Peter Heger’s CD “Na endlich !”.

Updated my newly designed personal homepage.
I’ll change the layout again, because it’s not really
my style in its curent form.

7th august 1998

Again, updated the boogie pages with Christian Bleiming’s
bio.
Called Henning Pertiet by phone, and in a few days will
receive
some bio too.

Converted CD’s from Alanis Morisette and Eros Ramazotti into
MP3 files.

6th august 1998

Moved to a new system in determining my lottery numbers for
cracking the 35 mio. DM Jackpot this saturday.

Printed out the Linux Gazette august issue.

5th august 1998

Registered our domain stun.de today.

Did a lot of updates to my RedHat system with all the
latest published RPM’s.

Played around with some of the new Gnome applications
and found the useful gicq, gpgp and xwhois.

Downloaded the 2.0.36pre2 patch and discovered 1 MB
new isdn diffs in it !
Maybe this one becomes essential in a few days.

4th august 1998

Install WWWThreads at work, and they were fascinated by it.
So we think about using it as a ToDo list or better as an
case management archive.

Investigated some free domains to register for FFM,
and found one, I’ll register it tomorrow.

Experimented with SAINT, the next generation of SATAN !

3rd august 1998

Installed UFP-Terminal from Ronald Bieber, to enhance my
Intranet
content, for my StarTrek fascinated mailbox-users.
This one is created from UFP-Info and is completely designed in
HTML.

Set up the phone line in Tom’s new appartment. Lot of work to do
Tom,
better start working today than tomorrow, lot of work !!!
Unbelievable lot of work.

2nd august 1998

Just enjoyed the day, lying lazy on my bed and watching TV.

1st august 1998

Bought the Pro-Pilot flightsimulator today and I’m totally
fascinated by its authentic behaviour. The bad thing is,
that this software needs Win 95, the good news: the simulator
itself is from Sierra not MS !
Maybe they’ll port it someday ??? Winking

Sabre for Linux is just too far away from Pro-Pilot, but who
knows, Sabre developement is still in progress…

Received Christian Bleiming’s boogie CD’s, many thanks !!!
Updated the boogie pages.

Diary Import August 1998

31th august 1998

Made the stupid failure not to talk to this beautiful girl at
McDonalds yesterday evening. Damn, this is gonna drive me mad
!

Did some server-care on our AIX machines, cleaning coredumps,
logfiles, unread mail spools, etc.

Met with Gerd and Michael at O’Reillys, and had pretty much
fun
talking about girls and previous relationships, like the
woman
do usually.

30th august 1998

Updated another two of my new personal homepages.

Did a little bit fine-tuning on SSH.

Tried to set up hourly passwords on the system, but that’s
really
hard. You always have to watch out not to lock up yourself.

Gerd called for some Guinness, so, by4now !

29th august 1998

Successfully installed SSH on my system.
Fascinating, also the X-Session is lightning fast !

28th august 1998

The hardware internals page for the FFM server is completed,
and I’m very satisfied with the result. You wanna take a
look.

Received our 19 inch server case for FFM today !
Yep, time for big shopping next week ! Winking

Finally got my tax forms completed, so I hopefully can ignore
the reminder, which will come for sure in the next few days.

27th august 1998

Spent almost the whole day, resolving hostnames and IP
addresses
to complete a list containing all our unix machines. The
funny
thing is, how to lookup DNS without knowing IP nor hostname.
I guess, God knows why he created MAC adresses ?

Finally got a solution for our FFM virtual host problems:

The default webserver is
www.stun.de:80

links to all other webservers on the different ports are listed
on
/index.html

including virtual hosts
linux.stun.de:80
etc.stun.de:80

additionally we setup separated webservers for each
linux.stun.de:81
etc.stun.de:8x

Now, let’s see what our requests do:

HTTP/1.0 requests / from www.stun.de
www.stun.de replies /index.html from www.stun.de document
root

HTTP/1.0 requests / from linux.stun.de
www.stun.de replies /index.html from www.stun.de document
root

HTTP/1.0 requests /something/other from linux.stun.de root
www.stun.de replies 404 and may redirect to
www.stun.de/index.html

HTTP/1.0 requests / from linux.stun.de:81
linux.stun.de:81 replies /index.html from linux.stun.de:81
root

HTTP/1.1 requests / from www.stun.de
www.stun.de replies /index.html from www.stun.de

HTTP/1.1 requests / from linux.stun.de
linux.stun.de:80 replies /index.html from virtual host
linux.stun.de:80

HTTP/1.1 requests / from linux.stun.de:81
linux.stun.de:81 replies /index.html from linux.stun.de:81
root

Any questions ? Winking

26th august 1998

Collected some informations on digital still video cameras,
and tried to buy one, but every model I wanted was not
available at the moment.

Gone mad with Apache !!!
Talked to Netscape describing my Apache HTTP/1.1 problems
on Communicator 4.06. Damn, I can’t believe it, full 1.1
support will be available in 5.0 only. And MSIE 4 HTTP/1.1
support is so bad that it is disabled by default on most
web-servers.

HTTP/1.0 Request Principle:
===========================
Client: http://test.stun.de/index.html
DNS-Lookup test.stun.de -> IP
send request GET /index.html to IP
Server: reply http://www.stun.de/index.html (which is wrong)

HTTP/1.1 Request Principle:
===========================
Client: http://test.stun.de/index.html
DNS-Lookup test.stun.de -> IP
send request GET test.stun.de/index.html to IP
Server: reply http://test.stun.de/index.html (which is
correct)

So it seems we have no chance to enable name-only-based
virtual hosts with only one IP address. F**k It !
W3C has released HTTP/1.1 in 1994 and Netscape nor MS have
implemented it yet correctly. What’s up Mozilla-guys !

Hey Reyk ! Did some updates to the FFM-page.

25th august 1998

Upgraded my Apache to 1.3.1 to get the virtual hosts working
without the need for more IP adresses, but since that update
everything is forbidden.

Discovered a nice statement for the programmers of you:

while (! asleep()) sheep++;

As I guessed we’re only four at O’Reillys than the expected
seven. The first time, we didn’t get our meals. I hope
they’ll
change that in future.

24th august 1998

Fortified my Netscape Communicator 4.06 again, to do some
128-bit encrypted homebanking.

Compared some data sheets of digital still video cameras,
but I’m not satisfied with price and quality at the moment.

Called many people by phone, and the odds are good that we’ll
have a big gig at O’Reillys tomorrow evening.

Printed out the Securing RedHat Manual by Kurt Seifried.

Discovered the Bastard User from Hell release, but it is far
from
being half as good as the original BOFH, therefor it isn’t
linked
either.

Urgently have to find out how to install differnt desktop
themes
for Gnome from the GTK+ packages.

23rd august 1998

Time to say goodbye to some good friends and there dog,
which will move to spain the next days.
So this will be a barbeque-only day.

22nd august 1998

An aweful day, started with an emergency call at 1:30 AM,
the backbone had problems, fortunately everything went OK
just 40 minutes later, so I get back to sleep, just to
get into the same situation at 7:30 AM.

I hate those saturdays.

Tried to do the volume changes on a netware server, that I’ve
planned a few days ago and had to learn, that some stupid
users have filled additional 600 MB’s of the first volume.
The bad thing is thess are 400 MB too much.
Now I’ve got to do a full backup and restore someday to get
the
changes affect, instead of simply copying on the same
harddisk.

Got the new Netscape 4.06 but don’t know how to use the
internet
keywords yet. Also my 128 encryption support has gone with
this
update. Time to get a new fortifier.

Tried to update gnome from 0.13 to 0.28 but missed to
download
one or two essential libs. Also gnotes, ee-0.2 wont work.

Analyzed the 2.0.36pre6 patch, but there’s nothin of interest
for me. Just Linux ROSE updates (X.25 PLP) some 3com
netdriver,
pci, processor and smp update stuff.

21st august 1998

Did I mention the Netware server crash yesterday evening ???
Mirroring wasn’t even completed this morning.

But I now know why the discport doesn’t connect in the last
days.
Just plug it into a neighbour network, so that a router
answers
the GNS-Queries instead of the server, and you’ll never
experience
timing problems.

Processed all our AIX’s and deleted logfiles and error
reports.

Got some great lyrics from Tom, Beatles for Sysadmins.
I’ll put them right here tomorrow.

Payed the bill for my second ISP.

20th august 1998

Did some cost calculation for our FFM stuff and had a
phonecall
with Gerd who is designing the first LINUX.STUN.DE logos.

Get very angry when trying to reconnect a Microtest Discport
to a Netware server. Damn, I hate those graphical interfaces.

19th august 1998

Had a workshop day and got introduced into Newbridge
Mainstreet
Multiplexers. Really fascinating, especially how easy it must
be
for the secret service agencies to spy out phone and data
connections, without need to be in range. Just copy timeslots
and send them round the globe. Wow….

Yesterday we founded the Linux User Group LINUX.STUN.DE,
so I’ve picked up all the various penguins available on
the web to design our new logo.

18th august 1998

Touch down ! Hey ya I don’t want to see that Maestro
statistics,
this time a Netware-GPF occures when loading servman.
Who said there’s a running Netware 4 server available for
Linux.

Thought about the next saturday reorganization of Netware
volumes.
Could be very easy if nothing stupid happens.

Identified the crying harddisk in our management-Sun, which soon
will
only be good as a sonic stunner for mosquitos.

Tried to get all the Admin-Gurus under one hat, but could
only convince Gerd and with big luck (thanks SUN) Reyk.
See ya at 20:30 at O’Reillys guys.

17th august 1998

Played around with the pilot tools for linux.
Really nice features, you’ll never see somethin’ on MS.

Yet another three CD’s converted. Now my archive is almost
1GB of MP3 audio, which is equal to 1000 minutes or 67 hours
of CD quality music.

Let’s play with DVD-RAM values:
5.2 GB on one DVD-RAM media would be equal to 347 hours or
14.4 days and nights or 2 weeks of audio. Hey that’s a jukebox,
babe.

16th august 1998

A boring day. I think I’ll do nothing today.
Except of converting some more CD’s.

15th august 1998

Faxed some high grade security stuff about Cisco’s IOS to
Reyk.
So if anyone of you is using a public accesible Cisco, get
the
latest security information from CERT.

Converted 5 CD’s today. Time to get the DVD-RAM drive with
5.2GB.
The media-price is just amazing: 70.-DM ! The drive itself
1200.-DM.
This way you should be able to store 130 hours audio in MP3
format
on just one DVD-RAM and you can delete and overwrite it as often
as
you want.

14th august 1998

Today our whole team got introduced into ATM and how to
handle
a faulty backbone, fast-uplink, trace etc…
Great presentation, thanks to Ecky !

Got the answer from C2000, that the BIOS on the harddisk
itself
has some serious bugs and that they should be upgraded before
used for the first time. Great, so if you have an IBM 9 or
18GB
harddisk check for revision 01c0 or later to get lucky.

Mucky is doin’ a 15 hours job today, and don’t seem to be
that
delighted when calling him on the phone. I think I’ll visit
him now, to ease his pain.

And another day comes to an end with a cool Guinness and a
really tasty 8 oz sirloin at O’Reillys.

13th august 1998

Just a more private day…

Opened another case at Computer 2000 to check if there are
problems to Compaq-BIOS or Netware-OS when using 18GB
harddisks.

Yet another CD in MP3 format.

12th august 1998

Got the bill for our domain-registration today.
(Hey, thanks Peter, pretty nice offer.)

Created the first version of the STUN.DE logo
but remember, it’s the first version, just an idea.

Tried to find a web-based notepad for multiuser usage, but
the guestbook applications arond, don’t fulfill these
requirements yet. So I fear we’ll fall back to MS-Access.
(1:0 for World-Domination 99)

Tried some of the ciders, Woody’s drinks , a rusty nail
and Guinness together with Tom in my favourite Irish pub
“Shanannigans”.

11th august 1998

Another day our biggest netware machine crashed.

Did some shopping with Reyk, who will try to install
RedHat 5.1 tonight on his laptop, I guess.
I just hope there are already updates on the new powertools
CD.

It seems that Alan’s 2.0.36pre3 is out.
Damn, if I only would get the time to test the last one.

10th august 1998

Tried to wrote a letter in Kanji, but gave up after the
first sentence. Huhhh… it’s really hard….
I guess, I’ll just try writing a few words in Kana and
the rest of it in english.

Heard some serious critics about RedHat 5.1, for those who
installed it from scratch, which changes my plans running
RH 5.1 on our FFM-box. Maybe we should first install 5.0
and after that upgrade to 5.1.

For myself, I’ll try Debian 2.0 the next days.

9th august 1998

Coverted another three CD’s into MP3 to get my Blues Brothers
Monster Album completed. (est. 3 hours of music on one CD)

Just wait for my Monster Boogie Woogie CD, 13 hours music
on one CD !

Discovered someone holding my PPP-dialup link up for 23 hours
!
Hey, I don’t want to see that bill. God bless you. 0:-]

8th august 1998

Made some important advances in playing boogie piano,
listening to Peter Heger’s CD “Na endlich !”.

Updated my newly designed personal homepage.
I’ll change the layout again, because it’s not really
my style in its curent form.

7th august 1998

Again, updated the boogie pages with Christian Bleiming’s
bio.
Called Henning Pertiet by phone, and in a few days will
receive
some bio too.

Converted CD’s from Alanis Morisette and Eros Ramazotti into
MP3 files.

6th august 1998

Moved to a new system in determining my lottery numbers for
cracking the 35 mio. DM Jackpot this saturday.

Printed out the Linux Gazette august issue.

5th august 1998

Registered our domain stun.de today.

Did a lot of updates to my RedHat system with all the
latest published RPM’s.

Played around with some of the new Gnome applications
and found the useful gicq, gpgp and xwhois.

Downloaded the 2.0.36pre2 patch and discovered 1 MB
new isdn diffs in it !
Maybe this one becomes essential in a few days.

4th august 1998

Install WWWThreads at work, and they were fascinated by it.
So we think about using it as a ToDo list or better as an
case management archive.

Investigated some free domains to register for FFM,
and found one, I’ll register it tomorrow.

Experimented with SAINT, the next generation of SATAN !

3rd august 1998

Installed UFP-Terminal from Ronald Bieber, to enhance my
Intranet
content, for my StarTrek fascinated mailbox-users.
This one is created from UFP-Info and is completely designed in
HTML.

Set up the phone line in Tom’s new appartment. Lot of work to do
Tom,
better start working today than tomorrow, lot of work !!!
Unbelievable lot of work.

2nd august 1998

Just enjoyed the day, lying lazy on my bed and watching TV.

1st august 1998

Bought the Pro-Pilot flightsimulator today and I’m totally
fascinated by its authentic behaviour. The bad thing is,
that this software needs Win 95, the good news: the simulator
itself is from Sierra not MS !
Maybe they’ll port it someday ??? Winking

Sabre for Linux is just too far away from Pro-Pilot, but who
knows, Sabre developement is still in progress…

Received Christian Bleiming’s boogie CD’s, many thanks !!!
Updated the boogie pages.

Diary Import July 1998

31st july 1998

Had a crashed netware server today with 1000 users. What a
day.
Mirroring of the 112 gigs is still running after 14 hours.

Prited out the USB specifications. So I’m sure that I’ll
play around with this hardware stuff soon, since Linux can
handle it better than Win98, according to Alan’s smoke party.

30th july 1998

Updateted the emergency documentation of our AIX machines.

Configured automatic indexing on my local search engine.

Started to write a script to collect the status of all my
HTML pages. Maybe this will gonna be something for the
masses,
when finished. If you already know such a tool, let me know.

The output will look like this:

Current project status in category: general
Location: Filename: Filedate: Filesize: Version:
/ index.html 07/10/98 6807 3.00.001
/diary diary.html 07/30/98 14079 unknown
Current project status in category: boogie
Location: Filename: Filedate: Filesize: Version:
/boogie bpage_1.html 07/29/98 3469 3.00.012

Organized a network administrator meeting at O’Reillys
Irish Pub, so that Tom, Reyk and myself could exchange
our experiences and pains in this business.
(You know the name O’Reilly, don’t you ?
Just the right name for a pub to attract Linux fanatics.)

You could say this evening was the foundation of the
“Bavarian Linux Administrators Group”.
Short: BLAG & PLAY ! Winking

29th july 1998

Gave my Pentium II some work to do: 750 MB wave files
converted to 67 MB mp3 files. Cool compression rate 11:1 !

Played again with my webcam. Take a look.
It’s bad in quality I know, but the cam was very cheap,
therefore, you can almost forget using it with artificial
light.

Got in touch with HP-UX 10.20, nice they also support volume
groups as in AIX. Anyone make me a gift ?!?

Did a lot of updates to the boogie pages.

28th july 1998

Collected all the debugging stuff for Alan.
I hope that I don’t steal his valueable time.

Had big problems with SNA on an AIX. And discovered four
hours later, that they had changed the hostname yesterday.
The documentation of the SNA application says: If you ever
change the hostname, you have to install the application
from scratch. Well done, guys !

Again tested my billard center. Closed again !
So I had some Guinness with Gerd at Shanannigans.

27th july 1998

Discovered a new problem in 2.0.35 memory management,
when loading previously brandnew compiled bttv modules
(0.5.6 and also 0.5.8), I could reproduce the GPF
problems I ran into yesterday. Not a process, but the
kernel himself seems to grab all available memory.
Unloading modules, doesn’t free up memory.

Wrote that immediately to Alan, before he releases 2.2 !

And another day rebooting my machine, to get the system
stable, and uptime counting starts from the beginning !

Learned that simply taring files doesn’t include
pointfiles. Ahhh that’s what find is good for.
Maybe my personal uptime is just to long, since I had
no weekend for a while.

26th july 1998

Set up live video on my webserver, now you can take
a look at me while working. It takes me a bit time to get
the BTTV capture and transformations working.
CGI scripting was easy instead.

(The above link is on an Intranet !
So if you want to take a look on me live, you first have to
identify my dynamic IP while I’m online, but you should have
a fair chance !!!)

Spent another day at work, since our monitoring alarmed me
that one of our primary backbones has some trouble.
It for sure was not a network failure. Our tftp-server SUN
was unhappy with its disappearing disk space on the root
partition.

Had a mysterious GPF problem (general protection fault) when
su-ing to other users. So I had some practice in debugging
the EIP symbols. Lynx was grabbing all available memory ! F**k
!
(As I said some days before, it’s hard to measure uptimes.)

Reviewed the 2.0.36pre1. Don’t know if I’ll compile another
kernel tonight. But the TLAN 1.0 update would concern me.

One of these neverending days….
Again been alarme by our monitoring, and again the same
management module in our primary backbone. So I decided
on the spot to swap the whole management board.
Lord, please let me sleep now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You wont believe that, but in some countries the 26th of
july is a sunday. And believe it or not, some people don’t
work on sundays. Maybe I’ve chosen the wrong religion.
Which one says: “On the seventh day, you should rest !” ?

25th july 1998

Had to work today. They tried to update our hosts OS390,
but failed when trying to run IMS on 18 GB harddisks,
so the had to go back to the old release.
Rebooting the host makes much fun if you have 40 SNA
links to netware for SAA servers. Uhhh..my legs.

Printed out all of this year published Linux-Gazette
issues. Lots of stuff to read, but always helpful.

Discovered the www.freshmeat.net and immediately subscribed
to their mailing list. You wanna subscribe too ?

24th july 1998

Installed WWWthreads, a nice little blackboard system
completely designed in Perl for easy cgi installation
on webservers. Great ! Happy))))

Reorganized lots of logical volumes on an AIX, missed
to shutdown one database, so I had to repair DB2 too.

Downloaded Alan’s 2.0.36pre1, hope thats the last one
before 2.2. (It’s hard to measure and assess uptimes
when installing a new kernel every second day.)

23rd july 1998

Did a lot of documentation on an AIX for reorganizing
volume groups tomorrow afternoon.

Nobody at work believes me that multiple seperate duplexed
disks on a fileserver are much more efficiently on
performance
than one big single duplexed disk. I hate those pigheaded
guys.

Debugged XDM sessions on a Sparc 20, which had refused to
startup xclients from the initscripts.

Taught Markus a little bit C programming.
Maybe he’ll write a better database software someday ? Winking

Received the advertisments for the Amacom Flipdisk, which
would be a very nice backup device on Linux.

Discoverd how to debug crashed kernels. Heya that makes fun !
Have to try debugging a running kernel, nice feature !

The day was long Willis !

22nd july 1998

Had to do escalation procedures to Novell and Computer 2000
because of our SNA problems.

Played around with AIX printing filters.
Why is noone using PostScript ?
It could be all so easy.

Had a BBQ chicken pizza at Munich’s Planet Hollywood,
not bad, but not the right place for me.

21st july 1998

My first day at work, after holiday.

Experimented with the LexLink Tools for AIX. IP is better !

Tried a little bit Netware programming, there are some
dirty tricks around.

20th july 1998

Changed the diary dates to full month names, and made them
Y2K-compliant.

Did another four pages of my new 28 big new homepages.

19th july 1998

Enjoyed the day, did some work on my new homepage.
If you want to take a first look: New Homepage
I’m not satisfied with the colours font size and background yet,
but
this should be minorities.

18th july 1998

Worked on my new personal homepage V3.xx, which will consist
of 28 very personally documents. Looks fine so far.

Created lots of fine web arts with Gimp.

17th july 1998

Enjoyed the day.

Enjoyed Armageddon and Mercury Puzzle with Reyk and Babsi
at the royal cinema. Great ciname, great movies.

Damn, they have cracked DES-II-2 in 56 hours, but not by
distributed.net members. They’ve built up a special crypto
processor just to crack DES !!!

Security live long and prosper, goodbye….

16th july 1998

Removed Squid from my configuration and installed
WWWOffle instead. And believe me, it’s much more
comfortable.

Installed my venetian blind on my big living room window,
so I guess it’ll be a cool day tomorrow ! 8-}

15th july 1998

My last week on holiday.

Tried to poll news from my fidolink, but it seems there are
many many bit failures during transfer. Have to check this
in more deep.

Did dozens of minor updates in the local configs.
Checked security for the whole filesystem.
Added banners for the dial-up services.

Answered a few questions on news://linux.redhat

Tried to write down my PPP device/interface problems.

14th july 1998

Compiled and installed the final 2.0.35 kernel.

Compiled the tricky CDDA2WAV, now it works.

13th july 1998

DES-II-2 has started, so all my machines are working on it.
Overall rate is about 8 Mkeys/second. I’ll know that exactly
in a few days. (Lot of work to update all the different
machines
on the different OS’s.)

Encoded the blues brothers 2000 soundtrack to MP3 for my
ultimate mp3-blues-cd.

Disconnected a lot of harddisk drives and fans from my pc’s
to make my sleep more softly. Winking

12th july 1998

Did some updates on the boogie-woogie pages.

Had lots of fun at a friends birthday party.

11th july 1998

Played around with VIC, nice video conferencing tool for
linux.

Updated the boogie-woogie event calendar.

10th july 1998

Set up DNS for my internal fidonet. Found a solution for my
net-pf-4, net-pf-3 error messages. (RTFM may help sometime.)

Convinced Tom to join the DES-II-2 contest on monday.

Used the time to answer and update all the boogie news in
my inbox folder.

Will go to the little octoberfest tonight.

9th july 1998

Played around with LIRC (Linux Infrared Remote Control),
nice tool ! Winking

Found some more tools for my bttv-driver, but had no time
to test it so far.

Did a complete backup of my mailbox areas via ftp.
TCP/IP and FTP are such stupid protocols !
You need to acknowledge 300MB for 1GB to transfer. Great !
&-{

Got ifcico and ifmail working over VModem/Telnet, now I can
get all my fidomail via TCP/IP as a new virtual line !
Pretty cool !

Reyk had to fight with dummy devices on a sun, hope he got
it.

8th july 1998

Updated my PalmPilot’s OS to 2.05, works fine under linux.

Tested incoming and outgoing faximiles, had no problems,
many thanks to the c’t team !

Tried to compile some new gnome-pre-alpha software, but
without
success. What have they done with the C-compiler ??? Had no
chance to compile anything without parsing errors !

Had some crashs with gnome when video4linux runs for more
than
20 minutes. Just console blocking.

7th july 1998

Edited a few HTML pages for my new PPP-based mailbox-system.
Thought about transparent proxying for ftp, when allowing
users just to make connections to the dialin-server.

Played around with Kanji-term, and hunted for some japanese
language training programs on the linux-os.
(wnn, canna, skk, ng, mule) Pretty cool !

Set up hourly fortunes for every login session. Winking)))

6th july 1998

Another big shopping day, finally I got a lamp for my
kitchen.

Now leeching the last few megabytes to complete my updated
RedHat 5.1 CD image.

Got Gnome running, as I like it ! Wow !
So all you outthere having problems with KDE change to Gnome.

5th july 1998

PalmPilot PPP now works fine, but without authentication.

Compiled 2.0.35pre5, which runs so far.

Tried to get KDE running, now with 200 MB of RAM, but after
five minutes swaps again to disk with crash. Great !

4th july 1998

New RC5 clients are now available, so I had to go through all
my
RC5 condemned machines. Join us on 13 july with DES-II-2 !

Got big brother running more or less. Nice tool.

The Germans lost against Croatia ! What a fool !

Experimented most of the day with PalmPilot’s direct PPP link
to my server, but without any success.
mgetty seems to loose connection after receiving the first
string.
Ignoring carrier detection don’t seem to work properly.

The normal modem line, now works without any failures.
(FAX, UUCP, FIDO, PPP and LOGIN) Great !
Time to get the Fido-mailer linux-based.

3rd july 1998

Ohhh, my head…. I guess the fourth Guinness was the bad
one…

Reyk seems to be in trouble, because one of his linux
machines
can’t mount it’s root partition anymore. Bad luck !

Tested the IPPP dialup with Chris, and obviously we have the
same problem with multiple interfaces and IPPP-daemons.
(Calls are accepted on ippp1 instead of ippp4, the daemon
started
for ippp2 answers on ippp4, the static IP from ippp1 becomes
overwritten with the dynamic IP of ippp4, GREAT f.ck !!! )

Maybe I should change to FreeBSD someday.

2nd july 1998

The firewall configuration is broken again… but finally INN
seems to work now. Just waiting for Chris’s feed.

Registered my linux machines at counter.li.org, this time
without form-failures from netscape.

Updated the system with the newest redhat updates.
Fighted around with the 2.0.35pre patches…

Installed the excite search engine for private webservers,
works
great, but was a little bit tricky since we don’t use the old
perl 5.001 anymore.

Will have some Guinness tonight with Reyk and Babsi at
O’Reillys.

1st july 1998

Bought an effect processor for my e-guitar, sounds great !

Tried again to get up INN running….. no chance….
But found two new patches, one for netscape’s form problem
and
the other for the INN path problem ! Ahh, amazing…

Phoned to Chris, but it seems it’ll take some more time until
he can feed me with news. Also dialup still isn’t working
yet.

Had to notice, that my preferred billard center started its
summer break today for the next 2 months, sorry Gerd.

Diary Import July 1998

31st july 1998

Had a crashed netware server today with 1000 users. What a
day.
Mirroring of the 112 gigs is still running after 14 hours.

Prited out the USB specifications. So I’m sure that I’ll
play around with this hardware stuff soon, since Linux can
handle it better than Win98, according to Alan’s smoke party.

30th july 1998

Updateted the emergency documentation of our AIX machines.

Configured automatic indexing on my local search engine.

Started to write a script to collect the status of all my
HTML pages. Maybe this will gonna be something for the
masses,
when finished. If you already know such a tool, let me know.

The output will look like this:

Current project status in category: general
Location: Filename: Filedate: Filesize: Version:
/ index.html 07/10/98 6807 3.00.001
/diary diary.html 07/30/98 14079 unknown
Current project status in category: boogie
Location: Filename: Filedate: Filesize: Version:
/boogie bpage_1.html 07/29/98 3469 3.00.012

Organized a network administrator meeting at O’Reillys
Irish Pub, so that Tom, Reyk and myself could exchange
our experiences and pains in this business.
(You know the name O’Reilly, don’t you ?
Just the right name for a pub to attract Linux fanatics.)

You could say this evening was the foundation of the
“Bavarian Linux Administrators Group”.
Short: BLAG & PLAY ! Winking

29th july 1998

Gave my Pentium II some work to do: 750 MB wave files
converted to 67 MB mp3 files. Cool compression rate 11:1 !

Played again with my webcam. Take a look.
It’s bad in quality I know, but the cam was very cheap,
therefore, you can almost forget using it with artificial
light.

Got in touch with HP-UX 10.20, nice they also support volume
groups as in AIX. Anyone make me a gift ?!?

Did a lot of updates to the boogie pages.

28th july 1998

Collected all the debugging stuff for Alan.
I hope that I don’t steal his valueable time.

Had big problems with SNA on an AIX. And discovered four
hours later, that they had changed the hostname yesterday.
The documentation of the SNA application says: If you ever
change the hostname, you have to install the application
from scratch. Well done, guys !

Again tested my billard center. Closed again !
So I had some Guinness with Gerd at Shanannigans.

27th july 1998

Discovered a new problem in 2.0.35 memory management,
when loading previously brandnew compiled bttv modules
(0.5.6 and also 0.5.8), I could reproduce the GPF
problems I ran into yesterday. Not a process, but the
kernel himself seems to grab all available memory.
Unloading modules, doesn’t free up memory.

Wrote that immediately to Alan, before he releases 2.2 !

And another day rebooting my machine, to get the system
stable, and uptime counting starts from the beginning !

Learned that simply taring files doesn’t include
pointfiles. Ahhh that’s what find is good for.
Maybe my personal uptime is just to long, since I had
no weekend for a while.

26th july 1998

Set up live video on my webserver, now you can take
a look at me while working. It takes me a bit time to get
the BTTV capture and transformations working.
CGI scripting was easy instead.

(The above link is on an Intranet !
So if you want to take a look on me live, you first have to
identify my dynamic IP while I’m online, but you should have
a fair chance !!!)

Spent another day at work, since our monitoring alarmed me
that one of our primary backbones has some trouble.
It for sure was not a network failure. Our tftp-server SUN
was unhappy with its disappearing disk space on the root
partition.

Had a mysterious GPF problem (general protection fault) when
su-ing to other users. So I had some practice in debugging
the EIP symbols. Lynx was grabbing all available memory ! F**k
!
(As I said some days before, it’s hard to measure uptimes.)

Reviewed the 2.0.36pre1. Don’t know if I’ll compile another
kernel tonight. But the TLAN 1.0 update would concern me.

One of these neverending days….
Again been alarme by our monitoring, and again the same
management module in our primary backbone. So I decided
on the spot to swap the whole management board.
Lord, please let me sleep now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You wont believe that, but in some countries the 26th of
july is a sunday. And believe it or not, some people don’t
work on sundays. Maybe I’ve chosen the wrong religion.
Which one says: “On the seventh day, you should rest !” ?

25th july 1998

Had to work today. They tried to update our hosts OS390,
but failed when trying to run IMS on 18 GB harddisks,
so the had to go back to the old release.
Rebooting the host makes much fun if you have 40 SNA
links to netware for SAA servers. Uhhh..my legs.

Printed out all of this year published Linux-Gazette
issues. Lots of stuff to read, but always helpful.

Discovered the www.freshmeat.net and immediately subscribed
to their mailing list. You wanna subscribe too ?

24th july 1998

Installed WWWthreads, a nice little blackboard system
completely designed in Perl for easy cgi installation
on webservers. Great ! Happy))))

Reorganized lots of logical volumes on an AIX, missed
to shutdown one database, so I had to repair DB2 too.

Downloaded Alan’s 2.0.36pre1, hope thats the last one
before 2.2. (It’s hard to measure and assess uptimes
when installing a new kernel every second day.)

23rd july 1998

Did a lot of documentation on an AIX for reorganizing
volume groups tomorrow afternoon.

Nobody at work believes me that multiple seperate duplexed
disks on a fileserver are much more efficiently on
performance
than one big single duplexed disk. I hate those pigheaded
guys.

Debugged XDM sessions on a Sparc 20, which had refused to
startup xclients from the initscripts.

Taught Markus a little bit C programming.
Maybe he’ll write a better database software someday ? Winking

Received the advertisments for the Amacom Flipdisk, which
would be a very nice backup device on Linux.

Discoverd how to debug crashed kernels. Heya that makes fun !
Have to try debugging a running kernel, nice feature !

The day was long Willis !

22nd july 1998

Had to do escalation procedures to Novell and Computer 2000
because of our SNA problems.

Played around with AIX printing filters.
Why is noone using PostScript ?
It could be all so easy.

Had a BBQ chicken pizza at Munich’s Planet Hollywood,
not bad, but not the right place for me.

21st july 1998

My first day at work, after holiday.

Experimented with the LexLink Tools for AIX. IP is better !

Tried a little bit Netware programming, there are some
dirty tricks around.

20th july 1998

Changed the diary dates to full month names, and made them
Y2K-compliant.

Did another four pages of my new 28 big new homepages.

19th july 1998

Enjoyed the day, did some work on my new homepage.
If you want to take a first look: New Homepage
I’m not satisfied with the colours font size and background yet,
but
this should be minorities.

18th july 1998

Worked on my new personal homepage V3.xx, which will consist
of 28 very personally documents. Looks fine so far.

Created lots of fine web arts with Gimp.

17th july 1998

Enjoyed the day.

Enjoyed Armageddon and Mercury Puzzle with Reyk and Babsi
at the royal cinema. Great ciname, great movies.

Damn, they have cracked DES-II-2 in 56 hours, but not by
distributed.net members. They’ve built up a special crypto
processor just to crack DES !!!

Security live long and prosper, goodbye….

16th july 1998

Removed Squid from my configuration and installed
WWWOffle instead. And believe me, it’s much more
comfortable.

Installed my venetian blind on my big living room window,
so I guess it’ll be a cool day tomorrow ! 8-}

15th july 1998

My last week on holiday.

Tried to poll news from my fidolink, but it seems there are
many many bit failures during transfer. Have to check this
in more deep.

Did dozens of minor updates in the local configs.
Checked security for the whole filesystem.
Added banners for the dial-up services.

Answered a few questions on news://linux.redhat

Tried to write down my PPP device/interface problems.

14th july 1998

Compiled and installed the final 2.0.35 kernel.

Compiled the tricky CDDA2WAV, now it works.

13th july 1998

DES-II-2 has started, so all my machines are working on it.
Overall rate is about 8 Mkeys/second. I’ll know that exactly
in a few days. (Lot of work to update all the different
machines
on the different OS’s.)

Encoded the blues brothers 2000 soundtrack to MP3 for my
ultimate mp3-blues-cd.

Disconnected a lot of harddisk drives and fans from my pc’s
to make my sleep more softly. Winking

12th july 1998

Did some updates on the boogie-woogie pages.

Had lots of fun at a friends birthday party.

11th july 1998

Played around with VIC, nice video conferencing tool for
linux.

Updated the boogie-woogie event calendar.

10th july 1998

Set up DNS for my internal fidonet. Found a solution for my
net-pf-4, net-pf-3 error messages. (RTFM may help sometime.)

Convinced Tom to join the DES-II-2 contest on monday.

Used the time to answer and update all the boogie news in
my inbox folder.

Will go to the little octoberfest tonight.

9th july 1998

Played around with LIRC (Linux Infrared Remote Control),
nice tool ! Winking

Found some more tools for my bttv-driver, but had no time
to test it so far.

Did a complete backup of my mailbox areas via ftp.
TCP/IP and FTP are such stupid protocols !
You need to acknowledge 300MB for 1GB to transfer. Great !
&-{

Got ifcico and ifmail working over VModem/Telnet, now I can
get all my fidomail via TCP/IP as a new virtual line !
Pretty cool !

Reyk had to fight with dummy devices on a sun, hope he got
it.

8th july 1998

Updated my PalmPilot’s OS to 2.05, works fine under linux.

Tested incoming and outgoing faximiles, had no problems,
many thanks to the c’t team !

Tried to compile some new gnome-pre-alpha software, but
without
success. What have they done with the C-compiler ??? Had no
chance to compile anything without parsing errors !

Had some crashs with gnome when video4linux runs for more
than
20 minutes. Just console blocking.

7th july 1998

Edited a few HTML pages for my new PPP-based mailbox-system.
Thought about transparent proxying for ftp, when allowing
users just to make connections to the dialin-server.

Played around with Kanji-term, and hunted for some japanese
language training programs on the linux-os.
(wnn, canna, skk, ng, mule) Pretty cool !

Set up hourly fortunes for every login session. Winking)))

6th july 1998

Another big shopping day, finally I got a lamp for my
kitchen.

Now leeching the last few megabytes to complete my updated
RedHat 5.1 CD image.

Got Gnome running, as I like it ! Wow !
So all you outthere having problems with KDE change to Gnome.

5th july 1998

PalmPilot PPP now works fine, but without authentication.

Compiled 2.0.35pre5, which runs so far.

Tried to get KDE running, now with 200 MB of RAM, but after
five minutes swaps again to disk with crash. Great !

4th july 1998

New RC5 clients are now available, so I had to go through all
my
RC5 condemned machines. Join us on 13 july with DES-II-2 !

Got big brother running more or less. Nice tool.

The Germans lost against Croatia ! What a fool !

Experimented most of the day with PalmPilot’s direct PPP link
to my server, but without any success.
mgetty seems to loose connection after receiving the first
string.
Ignoring carrier detection don’t seem to work properly.

The normal modem line, now works without any failures.
(FAX, UUCP, FIDO, PPP and LOGIN) Great !
Time to get the Fido-mailer linux-based.

3rd july 1998

Ohhh, my head…. I guess the fourth Guinness was the bad
one…

Reyk seems to be in trouble, because one of his linux
machines
can’t mount it’s root partition anymore. Bad luck !

Tested the IPPP dialup with Chris, and obviously we have the
same problem with multiple interfaces and IPPP-daemons.
(Calls are accepted on ippp1 instead of ippp4, the daemon
started
for ippp2 answers on ippp4, the static IP from ippp1 becomes
overwritten with the dynamic IP of ippp4, GREAT f.ck !!! )

Maybe I should change to FreeBSD someday.

2nd july 1998

The firewall configuration is broken again… but finally INN
seems to work now. Just waiting for Chris’s feed.

Registered my linux machines at counter.li.org, this time
without form-failures from netscape.

Updated the system with the newest redhat updates.
Fighted around with the 2.0.35pre patches…

Installed the excite search engine for private webservers,
works
great, but was a little bit tricky since we don’t use the old
perl 5.001 anymore.

Will have some Guinness tonight with Reyk and Babsi at
O’Reillys.

1st july 1998

Bought an effect processor for my e-guitar, sounds great !

Tried again to get up INN running….. no chance….
But found two new patches, one for netscape’s form problem
and
the other for the INN path problem ! Ahh, amazing…

Phoned to Chris, but it seems it’ll take some more time until
he can feed me with news. Also dialup still isn’t working
yet.

Had to notice, that my preferred billard center started its
summer break today for the next 2 months, sorry Gerd.

Diary Import July 1998

31st july 1998

Had a crashed netware server today with 1000 users. What a
day.
Mirroring of the 112 gigs is still running after 14 hours.

Prited out the USB specifications. So I’m sure that I’ll
play around with this hardware stuff soon, since Linux can
handle it better than Win98, according to Alan’s smoke party.

30th july 1998

Updateted the emergency documentation of our AIX machines.

Configured automatic indexing on my local search engine.

Started to write a script to collect the status of all my
HTML pages. Maybe this will gonna be something for the
masses,
when finished. If you already know such a tool, let me know.

The output will look like this:

Current project status in category: general
Location: Filename: Filedate: Filesize: Version:
/ index.html 07/10/98 6807 3.00.001
/diary diary.html 07/30/98 14079 unknown
Current project status in category: boogie
Location: Filename: Filedate: Filesize: Version:
/boogie bpage_1.html 07/29/98 3469 3.00.012

Organized a network administrator meeting at O’Reillys
Irish Pub, so that Tom, Reyk and myself could exchange
our experiences and pains in this business.
(You know the name O’Reilly, don’t you ?
Just the right name for a pub to attract Linux fanatics.)

You could say this evening was the foundation of the
“Bavarian Linux Administrators Group”.
Short: BLAG & PLAY ! Winking

29th july 1998

Gave my Pentium II some work to do: 750 MB wave files
converted to 67 MB mp3 files. Cool compression rate 11:1 !

Played again with my webcam. Take a look.
It’s bad in quality I know, but the cam was very cheap,
therefore, you can almost forget using it with artificial
light.

Got in touch with HP-UX 10.20, nice they also support volume
groups as in AIX. Anyone make me a gift ?!?

Did a lot of updates to the boogie pages.

28th july 1998

Collected all the debugging stuff for Alan.
I hope that I don’t steal his valueable time.

Had big problems with SNA on an AIX. And discovered four
hours later, that they had changed the hostname yesterday.
The documentation of the SNA application says: If you ever
change the hostname, you have to install the application
from scratch. Well done, guys !

Again tested my billard center. Closed again !
So I had some Guinness with Gerd at Shanannigans.

27th july 1998

Discovered a new problem in 2.0.35 memory management,
when loading previously brandnew compiled bttv modules
(0.5.6 and also 0.5.8), I could reproduce the GPF
problems I ran into yesterday. Not a process, but the
kernel himself seems to grab all available memory.
Unloading modules, doesn’t free up memory.

Wrote that immediately to Alan, before he releases 2.2 !

And another day rebooting my machine, to get the system
stable, and uptime counting starts from the beginning !

Learned that simply taring files doesn’t include
pointfiles. Ahhh that’s what find is good for.
Maybe my personal uptime is just to long, since I had
no weekend for a while.

26th july 1998

Set up live video on my webserver, now you can take
a look at me while working. It takes me a bit time to get
the BTTV capture and transformations working.
CGI scripting was easy instead.

(The above link is on an Intranet !
So if you want to take a look on me live, you first have to
identify my dynamic IP while I’m online, but you should have
a fair chance !!!)

Spent another day at work, since our monitoring alarmed me
that one of our primary backbones has some trouble.
It for sure was not a network failure. Our tftp-server SUN
was unhappy with its disappearing disk space on the root
partition.

Had a mysterious GPF problem (general protection fault) when
su-ing to other users. So I had some practice in debugging
the EIP symbols. Lynx was grabbing all available memory ! F**k
!
(As I said some days before, it’s hard to measure uptimes.)

Reviewed the 2.0.36pre1. Don’t know if I’ll compile another
kernel tonight. But the TLAN 1.0 update would concern me.

One of these neverending days….
Again been alarme by our monitoring, and again the same
management module in our primary backbone. So I decided
on the spot to swap the whole management board.
Lord, please let me sleep now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You wont believe that, but in some countries the 26th of
july is a sunday. And believe it or not, some people don’t
work on sundays. Maybe I’ve chosen the wrong religion.
Which one says: “On the seventh day, you should rest !” ?

25th july 1998

Had to work today. They tried to update our hosts OS390,
but failed when trying to run IMS on 18 GB harddisks,
so the had to go back to the old release.
Rebooting the host makes much fun if you have 40 SNA
links to netware for SAA servers. Uhhh..my legs.

Printed out all of this year published Linux-Gazette
issues. Lots of stuff to read, but always helpful.

Discovered the www.freshmeat.net and immediately subscribed
to their mailing list. You wanna subscribe too ?

24th july 1998

Installed WWWthreads, a nice little blackboard system
completely designed in Perl for easy cgi installation
on webservers. Great ! Happy))))

Reorganized lots of logical volumes on an AIX, missed
to shutdown one database, so I had to repair DB2 too.

Downloaded Alan’s 2.0.36pre1, hope thats the last one
before 2.2. (It’s hard to measure and assess uptimes
when installing a new kernel every second day.)

23rd july 1998

Did a lot of documentation on an AIX for reorganizing
volume groups tomorrow afternoon.

Nobody at work believes me that multiple seperate duplexed
disks on a fileserver are much more efficiently on
performance
than one big single duplexed disk. I hate those pigheaded
guys.

Debugged XDM sessions on a Sparc 20, which had refused to
startup xclients from the initscripts.

Taught Markus a little bit C programming.
Maybe he’ll write a better database software someday ? Winking

Received the advertisments for the Amacom Flipdisk, which
would be a very nice backup device on Linux.

Discoverd how to debug crashed kernels. Heya that makes fun !
Have to try debugging a running kernel, nice feature !

The day was long Willis !

22nd july 1998

Had to do escalation procedures to Novell and Computer 2000
because of our SNA problems.

Played around with AIX printing filters.
Why is noone using PostScript ?
It could be all so easy.

Had a BBQ chicken pizza at Munich’s Planet Hollywood,
not bad, but not the right place for me.

21st july 1998

My first day at work, after holiday.

Experimented with the LexLink Tools for AIX. IP is better !

Tried a little bit Netware programming, there are some
dirty tricks around.

20th july 1998

Changed the diary dates to full month names, and made them
Y2K-compliant.

Did another four pages of my new 28 big new homepages.

19th july 1998

Enjoyed the day, did some work on my new homepage.
If you want to take a first look: New Homepage
I’m not satisfied with the colours font size and background yet,
but
this should be minorities.

18th july 1998

Worked on my new personal homepage V3.xx, which will consist
of 28 very personally documents. Looks fine so far.

Created lots of fine web arts with Gimp.

17th july 1998

Enjoyed the day.

Enjoyed Armageddon and Mercury Puzzle with Reyk and Babsi
at the royal cinema. Great ciname, great movies.

Damn, they have cracked DES-II-2 in 56 hours, but not by
distributed.net members. They’ve built up a special crypto
processor just to crack DES !!!

Security live long and prosper, goodbye….

16th july 1998

Removed Squid from my configuration and installed
WWWOffle instead. And believe me, it’s much more
comfortable.

Installed my venetian blind on my big living room window,
so I guess it’ll be a cool day tomorrow ! 8-}

15th july 1998

My last week on holiday.

Tried to poll news from my fidolink, but it seems there are
many many bit failures during transfer. Have to check this
in more deep.

Did dozens of minor updates in the local configs.
Checked security for the whole filesystem.
Added banners for the dial-up services.

Answered a few questions on news://linux.redhat

Tried to write down my PPP device/interface problems.

14th july 1998

Compiled and installed the final 2.0.35 kernel.

Compiled the tricky CDDA2WAV, now it works.

13th july 1998

DES-II-2 has started, so all my machines are working on it.
Overall rate is about 8 Mkeys/second. I’ll know that exactly
in a few days. (Lot of work to update all the different
machines
on the different OS’s.)

Encoded the blues brothers 2000 soundtrack to MP3 for my
ultimate mp3-blues-cd.

Disconnected a lot of harddisk drives and fans from my pc’s
to make my sleep more softly. Winking

12th july 1998

Did some updates on the boogie-woogie pages.

Had lots of fun at a friends birthday party.

11th july 1998

Played around with VIC, nice video conferencing tool for
linux.

Updated the boogie-woogie event calendar.

10th july 1998

Set up DNS for my internal fidonet. Found a solution for my
net-pf-4, net-pf-3 error messages. (RTFM may help sometime.)

Convinced Tom to join the DES-II-2 contest on monday.

Used the time to answer and update all the boogie news in
my inbox folder.

Will go to the little octoberfest tonight.

9th july 1998

Played around with LIRC (Linux Infrared Remote Control),
nice tool ! Winking

Found some more tools for my bttv-driver, but had no time
to test it so far.

Did a complete backup of my mailbox areas via ftp.
TCP/IP and FTP are such stupid protocols !
You need to acknowledge 300MB for 1GB to transfer. Great !
&-{

Got ifcico and ifmail working over VModem/Telnet, now I can
get all my fidomail via TCP/IP as a new virtual line !
Pretty cool !

Reyk had to fight with dummy devices on a sun, hope he got
it.

8th july 1998

Updated my PalmPilot’s OS to 2.05, works fine under linux.

Tested incoming and outgoing faximiles, had no problems,
many thanks to the c’t team !

Tried to compile some new gnome-pre-alpha software, but
without
success. What have they done with the C-compiler ??? Had no
chance to compile anything without parsing errors !

Had some crashs with gnome when video4linux runs for more
than
20 minutes. Just console blocking.

7th july 1998

Edited a few HTML pages for my new PPP-based mailbox-system.
Thought about transparent proxying for ftp, when allowing
users just to make connections to the dialin-server.

Played around with Kanji-term, and hunted for some japanese
language training programs on the linux-os.
(wnn, canna, skk, ng, mule) Pretty cool !

Set up hourly fortunes for every login session. Winking)))

6th july 1998

Another big shopping day, finally I got a lamp for my
kitchen.

Now leeching the last few megabytes to complete my updated
RedHat 5.1 CD image.

Got Gnome running, as I like it ! Wow !
So all you outthere having problems with KDE change to Gnome.

5th july 1998

PalmPilot PPP now works fine, but without authentication.

Compiled 2.0.35pre5, which runs so far.

Tried to get KDE running, now with 200 MB of RAM, but after
five minutes swaps again to disk with crash. Great !

4th july 1998

New RC5 clients are now available, so I had to go through all
my
RC5 condemned machines. Join us on 13 july with DES-II-2 !

Got big brother running more or less. Nice tool.

The Germans lost against Croatia ! What a fool !

Experimented most of the day with PalmPilot’s direct PPP link
to my server, but without any success.
mgetty seems to loose connection after receiving the first
string.
Ignoring carrier detection don’t seem to work properly.

The normal modem line, now works without any failures.
(FAX, UUCP, FIDO, PPP and LOGIN) Great !
Time to get the Fido-mailer linux-based.

3rd july 1998

Ohhh, my head…. I guess the fourth Guinness was the bad
one…

Reyk seems to be in trouble, because one of his linux
machines
can’t mount it’s root partition anymore. Bad luck !

Tested the IPPP dialup with Chris, and obviously we have the
same problem with multiple interfaces and IPPP-daemons.
(Calls are accepted on ippp1 instead of ippp4, the daemon
started
for ippp2 answers on ippp4, the static IP from ippp1 becomes
overwritten with the dynamic IP of ippp4, GREAT f.ck !!! )

Maybe I should change to FreeBSD someday.

2nd july 1998

The firewall configuration is broken again… but finally INN
seems to work now. Just waiting for Chris’s feed.

Registered my linux machines at counter.li.org, this time
without form-failures from netscape.

Updated the system with the newest redhat updates.
Fighted around with the 2.0.35pre patches…

Installed the excite search engine for private webservers,
works
great, but was a little bit tricky since we don’t use the old
perl 5.001 anymore.

Will have some Guinness tonight with Reyk and Babsi at
O’Reillys.

1st july 1998

Bought an effect processor for my e-guitar, sounds great !

Tried again to get up INN running….. no chance….
But found two new patches, one for netscape’s form problem
and
the other for the INN path problem ! Ahh, amazing…

Phoned to Chris, but it seems it’ll take some more time until
he can feed me with news. Also dialup still isn’t working
yet.

Had to notice, that my preferred billard center started its
summer break today for the next 2 months, sorry Gerd.

Diary Import June 1998

30th june 1998

Again had to do big shopping, but this time only for food.

Totally fascinated by my new camera. It’s amazing what
figures
you can do by playing with your own video feedback.
(snapshot)

Configured a cisco with Reyk, and also configured a very
huge pizza for us midnight-technicians ! Mmmmm… yammy….

29th june 1998

Did big shopping today, no computer components, just for
clothes.
(I think buying computer components instead would have been
much
cheaper !)

Today I got my video camera for my PC, so I tried some
programs
that promise video conferencing in realtime.

Also in the same package I found IBM’s VoiceType OEM which
offers
realtime speech recognition for Win95/98/NT. It really is
very
very good, but where’re the linux binaries ????

Tonight we had an amazing firework at the Karlsfelder
Seefest.

28th june 1998

Played around with MP3 streaming through my HTTP-server to my
other three machines, works great !!!

Installed the new RC5 proxy that supports the new DES-II-2
Challenge, to be just in time, when DES-II-2 starts.

Listened to a very good blues band at the Olympiapark and
finished the day with two extremly tasty pints of Guinness
&-}

27th june 1998

Woke up at 6 am, oh my god !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Knocking out myself
!

Collected a lot of stuff from all my scratch disks, to burn
the
new FPS II/98 CD on Tom’s machine.

Meanwhile did some chinese cooking with Thomas and I can tell
ya
that his kitchen had to bear a lot after this cooking event.

Burned two more CD’s. And again discovered the old classic:
“The incredible machine” played about 5 hours ’til level 57
and again felt hungry…. at 1:30 am, ups….

26th june 1998

A terribly warm day ! Weather should change to rain for the
weekend.
I believe that, because this is my last day at work and I’ve
finally
reached my first longer holiday for this year, so don’t worry
if
diary entries will be a little bit shorter for the next three
weeks.

Did nothin’ special today, just the handing over for my
backup
colleagues. Again ordered pizzas at the same service, and again
had
to wait one hour….. ts ts ts
I think they should rename themselves into Pray-for-pizza.de, now
I
also can imagine why the bigger competitioner calls himself AVANTI
!

Visited Reyk to get some new tools and discussed commercial
firewalls
vs. freeware firewalls.

Leeched all the new RC5 and RedHat 5.1 updated stuff. But I
think
I’ll try it at the earliest on saturday or sunday… we’ll
see….

25th june 1998

Updated the emergency documentations for our Netware and AIX
servers.
(huuhhh… that really was hard work)

Time to Call-a-pizza.de, which has probably one of the best
order forms realized in javascript, that I’ve ever seen.
But a great orderform is not that important, when you have
to wait almost 40 minutes for your pizzas to arrive.

Had a wired idea, to program the biggest collection of
screen-
savers for the palmpilot. Anyone who demands this ?

24th june 1998

Wrote a couple of eMails to people also suffering from the
“not-logged-in” connections problem on Netware 4.x, I hope
this
will result in some more concrete answers than the NOVGRP-L
mailinglist.

Collected y2k tools for testing our Novell servers for year
2000.

Did some sort of picknick in my garden… the birds pick and
the cherries fall on my n(e)ck.

23rd june 1998

Corrected SSA link problems on an AIX machine and again had to
fix
some entries on the Ultra Enterprise II in conjuction with
Cisco’s
Secure ACS and an oracle database.

Compression now also works on IPPP interfaces of my dial-up
server,
but linkage between devices and interfaces are still
“random”.

This evening my mother discovered my first white hair, I
seriously
should stop working with all that Hi-Tec stuff. Gasp
Or maybe just substitute my 17 inch cathode tube with a nice
new
25 inch true color plasma screen ?!? Happy))

22nd june 1998

Monday, I can’t tell ya how I love that weekday.

Had to fight with an oracle installation on an Ultra, completed
my
nameserver documentations. And finally I got my Xserver running
in
32-bit depth. Oh god… I was blind… it was too easy, and
could
have worked already the week before. Damn.

Now, I can watch TV in the background of my desktop and draw
some
nice pictures with gimp at the same time.

21st june 1998

Still on the search for my diary background…
Does anyone of you know where I can get an image of the map from
the
game Kyrandia or Kings Quest VI. (Just the margin of such an old
map
would be fine !)
Until I find that real background I’ll use this one.

20th june 1998

Hacked some HTML-TAG’s to get this diary online in a neverseen
design.
Searched on the web for my papyros background: negative.

Today is my aunts 50th birthday, time for a big family
celebration.
Met a couple of teachers there, and had to convince them using
Linux
at school for their lessons instead of Win NT. Also urged them to
use
firewalls. Time to preach them the bible… ;->

19th june 1998

Friday, time to give all clients new barths. Ah, they’ve done a
new
RC5 client release. Well let’s see what has been improved….

Printed out all the documentation on TIS’s firewall-toolkit.

Bought “Linux in a nutshell”, I thougth I could live without a
bible…
…some people say, having a bible on a bookshelf, protects you
from
bad daemons, so I’ll give that a try Winking

18th june 1998

Helped a collegue and played around a little bit with Cisco
Secure
Server Remote Management on an Ultra-2.
Debugged the authentication failures on the management
webserver.
Did some doku updates of a few AIX’s.

Compiled a new kernel with the logo hack, hey pretty cool penguin
!
Yeah ! Nameserver runs, without any errors…. thanks
debugging….

17th june 1998

Plugged in the new Win/TV card, but still can’t see video under
linux
as long as my Xserver runs in 8-bit color depth. (Damn, it seems
that
Matrox Mil2 isn’t supported with more colours yet)

Compiled a new kernel with all the video stuff from Alan….
Thx.
Played around with that nagra thing… Good work guys….

16th june 1998

Had to phone with a guy who wants to run FreeBSD…. Uhhh, how
ugly…
So, since it’s for his business, I gave him some hints for these
and that.

Again had problems with IPPP when statically pre-binding devices
to
interfaces. (Now I’m about 100 pc sure, I’ve found a new bug in
PPP
support, I’ll discuss that with a few people.)

15th june 1998

Since I’m reading Alan’s diary almost daily for one and a half
months
now, I decided to write a diary for myself. Maybe anyone is
interested
what other people are doing. Like me Happy)) (No, I got enough work to
do,
believe me !)

Diary Import June 1998

30th june 1998

Again had to do big shopping, but this time only for food.

Totally fascinated by my new camera. It’s amazing what
figures
you can do by playing with your own video feedback.
(snapshot)

Configured a cisco with Reyk, and also configured a very
huge pizza for us midnight-technicians ! Mmmmm… yammy….

29th june 1998

Did big shopping today, no computer components, just for
clothes.
(I think buying computer components instead would have been
much
cheaper !)

Today I got my video camera for my PC, so I tried some
programs
that promise video conferencing in realtime.

Also in the same package I found IBM’s VoiceType OEM which
offers
realtime speech recognition for Win95/98/NT. It really is
very
very good, but where’re the linux binaries ????

Tonight we had an amazing firework at the Karlsfelder
Seefest.

28th june 1998

Played around with MP3 streaming through my HTTP-server to my
other three machines, works great !!!

Installed the new RC5 proxy that supports the new DES-II-2
Challenge, to be just in time, when DES-II-2 starts.

Listened to a very good blues band at the Olympiapark and
finished the day with two extremly tasty pints of Guinness
&-}

27th june 1998

Woke up at 6 am, oh my god !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Knocking out myself
!

Collected a lot of stuff from all my scratch disks, to burn
the
new FPS II/98 CD on Tom’s machine.

Meanwhile did some chinese cooking with Thomas and I can tell
ya
that his kitchen had to bear a lot after this cooking event.

Burned two more CD’s. And again discovered the old classic:
“The incredible machine” played about 5 hours ’til level 57
and again felt hungry…. at 1:30 am, ups….

26th june 1998

A terribly warm day ! Weather should change to rain for the
weekend.
I believe that, because this is my last day at work and I’ve
finally
reached my first longer holiday for this year, so don’t worry
if
diary entries will be a little bit shorter for the next three
weeks.

Did nothin’ special today, just the handing over for my
backup
colleagues. Again ordered pizzas at the same service, and again
had
to wait one hour….. ts ts ts
I think they should rename themselves into Pray-for-pizza.de, now
I
also can imagine why the bigger competitioner calls himself AVANTI
!

Visited Reyk to get some new tools and discussed commercial
firewalls
vs. freeware firewalls.

Leeched all the new RC5 and RedHat 5.1 updated stuff. But I
think
I’ll try it at the earliest on saturday or sunday… we’ll
see….

25th june 1998

Updated the emergency documentations for our Netware and AIX
servers.
(huuhhh… that really was hard work)

Time to Call-a-pizza.de, which has probably one of the best
order forms realized in javascript, that I’ve ever seen.
But a great orderform is not that important, when you have
to wait almost 40 minutes for your pizzas to arrive.

Had a wired idea, to program the biggest collection of
screen-
savers for the palmpilot. Anyone who demands this ?

24th june 1998

Wrote a couple of eMails to people also suffering from the
“not-logged-in” connections problem on Netware 4.x, I hope
this
will result in some more concrete answers than the NOVGRP-L
mailinglist.

Collected y2k tools for testing our Novell servers for year
2000.

Did some sort of picknick in my garden… the birds pick and
the cherries fall on my n(e)ck.

23rd june 1998

Corrected SSA link problems on an AIX machine and again had to
fix
some entries on the Ultra Enterprise II in conjuction with
Cisco’s
Secure ACS and an oracle database.

Compression now also works on IPPP interfaces of my dial-up
server,
but linkage between devices and interfaces are still
“random”.

This evening my mother discovered my first white hair, I
seriously
should stop working with all that Hi-Tec stuff. Gasp
Or maybe just substitute my 17 inch cathode tube with a nice
new
25 inch true color plasma screen ?!? Happy))

22nd june 1998

Monday, I can’t tell ya how I love that weekday.

Had to fight with an oracle installation on an Ultra, completed
my
nameserver documentations. And finally I got my Xserver running
in
32-bit depth. Oh god… I was blind… it was too easy, and
could
have worked already the week before. Damn.

Now, I can watch TV in the background of my desktop and draw
some
nice pictures with gimp at the same time.

21st june 1998

Still on the search for my diary background…
Does anyone of you know where I can get an image of the map from
the
game Kyrandia or Kings Quest VI. (Just the margin of such an old
map
would be fine !)
Until I find that real background I’ll use this one.

20th june 1998

Hacked some HTML-TAG’s to get this diary online in a neverseen
design.
Searched on the web for my papyros background: negative.

Today is my aunts 50th birthday, time for a big family
celebration.
Met a couple of teachers there, and had to convince them using
Linux
at school for their lessons instead of Win NT. Also urged them to
use
firewalls. Time to preach them the bible… ;->

19th june 1998

Friday, time to give all clients new barths. Ah, they’ve done a
new
RC5 client release. Well let’s see what has been improved….

Printed out all the documentation on TIS’s firewall-toolkit.

Bought “Linux in a nutshell”, I thougth I could live without a
bible…
…some people say, having a bible on a bookshelf, protects you
from
bad daemons, so I’ll give that a try Winking

18th june 1998

Helped a collegue and played around a little bit with Cisco
Secure
Server Remote Management on an Ultra-2.
Debugged the authentication failures on the management
webserver.
Did some doku updates of a few AIX’s.

Compiled a new kernel with the logo hack, hey pretty cool penguin
!
Yeah ! Nameserver runs, without any errors…. thanks
debugging….

17th june 1998

Plugged in the new Win/TV card, but still can’t see video under
linux
as long as my Xserver runs in 8-bit color depth. (Damn, it seems
that
Matrox Mil2 isn’t supported with more colours yet)

Compiled a new kernel with all the video stuff from Alan….
Thx.
Played around with that nagra thing… Good work guys….

16th june 1998

Had to phone with a guy who wants to run FreeBSD…. Uhhh, how
ugly…
So, since it’s for his business, I gave him some hints for these
and that.

Again had problems with IPPP when statically pre-binding devices
to
interfaces. (Now I’m about 100 pc sure, I’ve found a new bug in
PPP
support, I’ll discuss that with a few people.)

15th june 1998

Since I’m reading Alan’s diary almost daily for one and a half
months
now, I decided to write a diary for myself. Maybe anyone is
interested
what other people are doing. Like me Happy)) (No, I got enough work to
do,
believe me !)