月曜日, 2月 27, 2006

Keeping Up To Date

I meet with the hackers at Seattle Wireless last wednesday, at the RedLine cafe (on the corner of E Olive, and Denny way) They where all very friendly, and helpful people and I highly recommend it to anyone who might be looking for some answers to their wireless foo.

I also had a neg9 meeting on friday, It was kind of sad that hardly anyone showed up, Javantea gave a talk on building protocols and the strengths and weeknesses of differing kinds of protocols, we are going to divide into teams, build a protocol, and then play capture the flag, basically trying to determine weaknesses and or exploit holes in the opposing teams protocols.

So knowing hardly any programming, and very little networking, I decided after much research, that I want to hack in Ruby.

" Language shapes the way we think and determines what we can think about."
<>—Benjamin Lee Whorf

"It is worth remembering that a new programming language is sometimes viewed as a panacea, especially by its adherents; however, there is no one language that will supplant all the others, no one tool that is unarguably the best for every possible task. There are many different problem domains in the world, and there are many possible constraints on problems within those domains."

This was a quote from the book The Ruby way, which I am reading at the same time as the pick axe, (programming ruby)

So the next step is to start ramping up on networking lore, so I picked the book Unix Network Programming by Stevens, Fenner, and Rudolph

I realize there is tons of stuff online, but I find that staying on target to be a challenge, and if I work through a book it at least keeps me traveling in one direction, even if that is a static one for the time being. there is also the argument that the public scrutiny, and publishing criterium of something in print tends to make it a little more solid, also Im just old (37) what more can I say...

I have finally settled on a distro (debian sarge) and yes there are a number of issues, networking, lack of linux know how, and basic stupidity that I must overcome, however, craSH pointed out that it might be better if I just remained with one distro, and worked through the difficulties instead of hoping around. Yes it is true, there is no linux panacea that I am aware of, sooner or latter you must learn how to use the force instead of waiting on the other ninja to make your kills for you...

probably why master wont let me move to the inner cabal of the wifoo master ninja monks. ah... heavy sigh...

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