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Beatnik (493)

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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

Project Daddy of Spine [], a mod_perl based CMS.

In his superhero time (8.30 AM to 5.30 PM), he works on world peace.

Journal of Beatnik (493)

Thursday November 21, 2002
06:35 PM

A week in the life of a geek

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Besides all the excitement in school this week *cough*, nothing fancy happened so I decided to tinker with my firewall again. I needed VPN and for some obscure reason Smoothwall GPL didn't do it (altho it's a small setting in the Kernel). The last VPN testing I did, were succesfull in test setup but failed on-site. Reason was that somehow routing was known on both boxen and GRE wasn't being forwarded properly. I grabbed an IPCop ISO (basically the Smoothwall GPL with a twist) and grabbed 2 unused boxen to test GRE forwarding. Unable to get onsite last night, due to some wine, we rescheduled to today. Needless to say we didnt make it today either but I already migrated and patched my firewall within 10 minutes of bringing it off-line. My Smoothwall GUI rewrite will still go on, with intent to stuff it into the IPCop tree somehow. To make it official: YES, I am ditching Smoothwall GPL.

For those only reading this because of that girl... well, que sera, sera. I'm not going to rush anything. I have no idea where I am at this point (although we still talk and have laughs). We'll see next week thursday (when I'm getting my second backrub) and friday (when we'll both be at a birthday party).

As a sidenote, I learnt she doesn't speak Sanskriet, Egyptian, pig-latin, Danish, Arabic or Armenian... What is it these days with archeologists?

I called my ex on monday, having quite a long conversation about life and all. She had a big test on tuesday and she could use some distraction for a second. Fingers crossed!

One of my best friends left to the United Arab Emirates on tuesday for a 2 week stay. I hope no trigger-happy presidents of some certain western countries decide to start a fight in that area. For those who dont know where the United Arab Emirates is, it's on the north-eastern side of Africa, somewhat below Egypt.

The last 3 hours of school today were spent in a seminaire given by a local ICT company specialized in security. The topic being obviously Network Security. The guy explained stuff like SSL, Tunnels and VPN. It was kinda interesting but didnt learn something new.

I'll be stuck updating some Java code the next few days to make up for the not updating some Java code the past few weeks. *sigh* Life of a geek...
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