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August 25th, 2002
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Ummm... yeah.
One year?


One year!

Ummm... yeah.

A while ago it seemed amazing. I couldn't believe that it was almost a full year. But now it seems about right. Maybe it just took me a while to get used to the idea. Or something.

And I moved back into AUS a couple days ago. Typically, the IT department had their collective heads up their collective... uh... patooties, and so no net connection for a while. Besides, I was busy. But now everything seems to be running -- if not smoothly, then at least as smoothly as could be expected.

Do you really care what classes I'm taking?

Well, too bad. I want to ramble, and it's my journal, dammit! Um, more math than I expected. Since I only registered this morning (I had preregistered, but true to form, they screwed it up and I had to start all over. A successful pre-registration here is kind-of like BigFoot: rumored to exist, but proof is fleeting.) I ended up with different classes than intended. Anyhow. Three (three? THREE!) math classes -- Calculus (last one! yea!), Intro to Stats and Linear Algebra. One CS course (Digital Systems -- was also gonna take Data Structures, but because of reg screwups, ended up taking Stats instead), and Theme I.

Theme I -- that should be interesting. It's a required course (Theme I thru IV) for all AUS students. It's called the Andalusian Symbiosis, and revolves around the interface between Arab and Western cultures; as seen in literature, architecture and so on. Most people hate it (primarily because it supposedly involves a lot of work) but I think it should prove interesting. Time, of course, will tell all.

One thing I've really noticed in the last couple of days. It's dark. It actually gets dark here! Like, I can close the blinds in my room and it gets dark. I didn't really notice it before, but now having spent the last month or more in Abu Dhabi, it makes a real difference. Since my parents' apartment is, like, right in the middle of town, there's lights all around from the other buildings, and it never really gets all that dark. Even when I close the blinds, it's still super-light in the room. At 4 AM. And it was beginning to totally get on my nerves, since I HATE trying to sleep when it's light. I can't stand it; just cannot get to sleep at all. And it was driving me nuts in Abu Dhabi.

But here on campus... ahhh, blessed darkness.

So... hum. The summer break was fun, I guess. And I'm glad I hat it -- I needed a break. But kinda boring being cooped up in Abu Dhabi for 5 weeks with precious little to do. This place is so dead in the summer. I got a bunch of stuff done (mostly catching up with various and sundry programming jobs that are hard to do from school due to the firewall).

Except choparp. Andrew, I am so sorry for still fucking STILL not having gotten that done. It is totally haunting me. And every time I think I have it and go to test it, it craps out on me and fucking doesn't work and I get frustrated and I don't know why it doesn't work and I just bury it (however metaphorically) at the bottom of the directory tree and I don't want to even think about it for a week. Whereupon I try again and the cycle repeats. Waaaaah! I feel such guilt.

Erm, yeah.

And that really is about it. Little worthy of telling happened during the summer, and being the week before classes start, little worthy of telling is going to happen any time soon, so there's, uh, little worthy of telling.

My Hindi still sucks ass.

Cute kittens.

Well... maybe not cute.

Artificial kittens.

All the lovin' technology can provide.


Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Cornershop -- Brimful of Asha

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Date:August 25th, 2002 09:20 am (UTC)
Oh wow u live in sharjah too:)..rocks yo.Im american.Itll be a year here for me in like 2 days.Yeah ok I just thought it was kinda cool that someone had a lj over here.<3

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Date:August 25th, 2002 09:30 am (UTC)

Um, hello!


There's a couple people around the UAE with LJ's. I actually got mine mainly so's I could communicate with friends back home (Vancouver, Canada) while I was here.

So are you also AUS, or just Sharjah in general? Er, heck, I'll just wander over and check out your journal, and find out for myself, I guess :-)
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Date:August 25th, 2002 02:44 pm (UTC)
You mention a program, choparp.
Based on the name, I take it that the program handles arp packets?
I've been writing a little extension to the netfilter system in linux to handle arp packets in unique and devious ways, so maybe we can help each other on this?
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Date:August 26th, 2002 01:25 am (UTC)
Er, sort-of, but not necessarily.

choparp is a FreeBSD program that (simplified explanation) basically just returns appropriate info to incoming arp packets.

I'm trying to write an extension to this (for my friend Andrew) that can be used on a firewall to a LAN; ie: it will pass on appropriate arp packets to the internal LAN, and route replies back out. It'll also do some minimal logging and reject "bad" arp packets, and some other fancey stuff.

Now, part of my problem is that this is a FreeBSD program, and I'm not terribly familiar with FreeBSD networking (which is why I'm not certain how useful we'd be for each other if you're writing a Linux prog). Plus it's on a remote system, so it's a pain in the ass doing testing and stuff, as the firewall here at the university prevents me from logging on, so I can only really work on it over the holidays, when I'm at my parents' place. And yeah, trying to test it on an otherwise running system, without disturbing anything else that the system is doing is a headache and a half.

The upshot being that I've been working on this for EIGHT MONTHS now (but only 1/10 that time has been spent with my being off-campus), even though it was originally only going to be a one- or two-week job.

But, er, thanks anyway?
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Date:August 27th, 2002 09:41 pm (UTC)
Nice to see your still alive.

It seems like only yesterday we where watching Kalev puke in your kitchen =p
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