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The Linux Guy’s Perl Packet

You must read The Blue Packet. Ok you don’t have to read it, I’ve pulled out the one nugget in the whole thing I found most amusing/relevant/true:

Some Linux guy in either Engineering or IT sets up a server that generates perfect blue packets with 3 lines of Perl code, but nobody notices him.

Ok, there is one more bit at the end…

The Linux guy eventually leaves the company to start his own Internet venture and ends up buying Google five years later.

(Still waiting for the second part…)

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AFP, SSH, Something Like That

I was trying to get afp running over ssh, which I did by the way (of course I try to make everything run over ssh) and I realized that months back I actually did get Netatalk running on brew, my Red Hat 7 box. So I figured I should check red, my Fedora box, and it looked like I started but never finished the config. 5 minutes later I had it all done. At least I think. It’s behind a firewall so I have not tested it yet. I would have, if the Linksys router web-based config interface worked properly in lynx. I mean, some of it does, just not the port forwarding part, which sucks if, you know, you are at a remote location and want to forward a port, remotely, or something.

(This post fills my “geek speak” quotient for the day, I am now free to talk about cats.)

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Asterisk Testing

I’ve installed Asterisk on two machines now, an old PowerMac G3 and a Linux box running Fedora. It all went pretty smooth. Configuration is another issue.

While I’m not a huge phone-dork like some people, Asterisk is cool to hack at. I managed to get Xten’s X-Lite SIPphone working with it, though I’m getting a bunch of crashes on one machine that I’m not sure if they are due to my Mac, or the Linux box. I’ll keep hacking at it.

My ultimate goal is to be able to use my Asterisk box which sits at home, behind the firewall as an answering machine for SIP calls from the internet. Not sure if that’s (easily) doable, but it’s worth a try. The Asterisk section of the VOIP-info wiki should come in handy.

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Back to Debian

My time with Mandrake was short, and I’m now back to Debian on the old beige G3, and this time X11 worked! We’re now looking at KDE!

It’s all so very exciting. All I need now is the time to actually use the damn thing.

I’ve come to learn that the old saying “Linux is only free if you’re time has no value” is not exactly true, but can be somewhat close. I wasted a lot of time download disk images, and burning them, and not having them always work. Some of that is my own fault, as I didn’t always check the md5sum, but I can see the value in purchasing ready-to-run CD‘s that actually work. I can’t imagine doing a Linux install without a working computer sitting nearby with access to the net and all it’s resources. In some cases it took 8 or more hours to download disk images, which is still probably faster that waiting for shipping, but could be longer than going to a store to buy them. (Insert something about BitTorrent here…)

I’m not through with Debian, I still have an old PowerBook with Debian installed, but X11 not working. I’d like to see what can be done there, and I really need to look into running Linux from a CD using a USB thumbdrive as a /home…

Ah, the challenges of Linux never end…

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Lynx on deb is OK

I’ve been attempting to load Debian onto an old PowerBook, and success is a ladder with many steps, and by that I mean that I ‘sort of’ got things working. I mean, I can log in, access the net, and all that stuff, I just can’t use a GUI. Yes, no X11 for me yet… So, I browsed the web for almost an hour last night using Lynx, and you know what? It worked pretty well. Most of the sites I read were weblog-type sites, so chances are they adhere to accessbility standards more than your average site, but I had no real problems reading what I wanted to read.

In fact, I probably got more reading done faster since I wasn’t distracted by images, or scroll bars, or browser chrome, or a mouse.

Hmmm, maybe I should think twice before installing X11…