||[May. 20th, 2002|10:42 am]
The Veritable TechNinja
It's a big network out there, people compressed in to IPs handed out by their network providers, masquerading at 100x100 pixels, convenient avatars, screen names. Encapsulated personas flying from server to client, everywhere. From my nodes, I can see only glimpses of the spanning topology and the fervor of interaction flowing over it. New connections are made every day, undiscovered routes are configured, old tables are scanned by nodes that were either severed or merely dormant, and internetworks are accessed between previously severed nodes. You know, I like it better this way, disabling full duplex to restore 802.11 error correction, and establishing a nice, solid firewall. That way, bandwidth is optimized between nodes directly connected at my switches, full wire speed, no collisions. No point-to-point encrypted tunneling, no bogus, outdated routing tables that point to servers that have been upgraded, and have closed the ports they're looking for. I'm not about to cut the LAN from the backbone just yet, but that's not to say that I'm shutting down NAT. There's a lot of external noise I'd rather not have cluttering things up on the homefront.