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[May. 20th, 2002|10:42 am]
The Veritable TechNinja
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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 No point-to-point encrypted tunneling, no bogus, outdated routing tables that point to servers that have been upgraded, and have closed the ports they're looking for.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.

From: graygauze
2002-05-20 09:07 am (UTC)
you know... it's rare to read something that makes technology sound like something personal and almost beautiful.

you're weird.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2002-05-20 10:43 am (UTC)
Analogies are everywhere, I just happen to work on networks all day, so that's how I see my world. Besides, people aready use the term "networking" when referring to the kind of social situations I was trying to describe. One difference that's refreshing when you bild your networks with glass and copper is that you have administrative control over what's connected and what's said, and protocols are clearly laid out and rarely circumvented.
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[User Picture]From: recovry
2002-05-20 09:35 am (UTC)
Have you shown this to Daniel Myer? I will pay good money for the rights to your TV movie!
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From: childe
2002-05-20 11:03 am (UTC)
That's fucking poetic. Mad props.
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From: vm0d
2002-05-20 11:50 am (UTC)

$0 |<3\/\/L

yepyep, transcribing real events into computer-related situations is cool.
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