Classes have started again after a 9-month co-op at Systems. With a fresh new semester comes a fantastic new apartment and a networking genius (and great guy) for a roommate. It's a bit expensive, but it's worth it for the view -- I have three bay windows overlooking the back bay fens, which is a bit different from living in one-window caves like the last three years. Unfortunately, in 11 months, my roommate begins working for the NSA, and I'm unsure if I'll find another roommate willing to pay the slightly higher cost for this apartment, let alone this killer internet connection.
Unfortunately, it seems every September seems to entail some sort of major health disaster. Following that tradition, this year includes, in addition to a diagnosis of tendonitis in my feet, a sprained ankle and crutches.
With this fancy-ass net connection we get 8 static IPs --- yes, we're using all of them, despite the rather unstable power. I've set up my new little project server, aspen.langworth.com, with reverse-DNS, mail, http, and https with a certificate signed by CAcert. I also decided to not touch Debian's Perl at all and built my own. If anybody's interested, here are my build scripts for Debian GNU/Linux (unstable branch):
./.Configure -des -Dprefix=/usr/local/stow/perl-5.8.5
make && make certificate TYPE=dummy
/usr/local/stow/perl-5.8.5/bin/perl Makefile.PL \
USE_APACI=1 EVERYTHING=1 DO_HTTPD=1 \
make && make test