June 11th, 2003

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LEMMING TIME (blame scintil8ingwdsm for this)

5 things you are wearing:
1. olive drab T-shirt
2. perry ellis boxers
3. ...
4. ...
5. ...

5 things you can see:
1. this laptop
2. a bookcase full of tech bibles and DVDs
3. the death stereo
4. a diet pepsi can full of diet mountain dew
5. a hat with "POOP" embroidered on it

5 things you are doing right now:
1. this update
2. watching Futurama
3. twiddling my toes
4. being happy I'm done with work for the day
5. sneering at a Stridex commercial that has a girl flinging her tits up and down (as opposed to actually dancing) to a really shitty beat in a teen club

5 things you ate in the last 24 hours:
1. Turkey chili
2. Teriyaki stir-fry: fresh cubed tuna, fresh broccoli, fresh snow pea pods, teriyaki sauce, cilantro, a touch of lemon juice
3. frozen chicken parmesan and pasta meal, doctored up with onion powder, basil, and fresh-ground mixed peppercorns
4. frozen pizza, doctored up with some garlic and crushed red pepper and parsley
5. almonds

5 things you've done so far today:
1. built and set up a Windows 2000 Active Directory domain controller
2. built and set up a FreeBSD 5.0 Samba server
3. got ACLs working on FreeBSD and got Samba authenticating passwords via the AD domain
4. showed www.snopes.com to somebody who'll probably just keep forwarding hoaxes anyway
5. filled out this thing

5 Things you can hear right now:
1. Futurama
2. clickety-tickety-click
3. if I listen close, I can hear my toes twiddling
4. dammit, I'm watching TV and I live alone, I had to stretch to get to THREE
5. see above

5 thoughts in your head right now:
1. satisfaction at learning more about ACLs and Samba and domains today
2. anticipation about setting it up in production for a customer
3. being glad I'm not feeling particularly lonely at the moment
4. being a bit wistful about the fact that #3 is fleeting serendipity
5. wishing I didn't have to go to Charlotte tomorrow
  • Current Music
    Weird Al Yankovic - I Lost On Jeopardy

from a messageboard I frequent

 DADD-eee, quit scoping my RACK!
Rufus: Go kiss your president's shoes...

eod: But they are caked with dead Iraqi children and civil liberties. :.(....

Rufus: I'm sure he'll wipe them off for you with that big sheet of red, white and blue fabric hanging in his office.

zippy: that's for snorting coke off of

Jimbo: no, that's what Jenna's tits are for.
  • Current Music
    Slick Rick - Treat Her Like A Prostitute
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Ha ha, only serious

Attorney General Ashcroft is visiting an elementary school. After the typical civics presentation, he announces, "All right, boys and girls, you can all ask me questions now."

A young boy named Bobby raises his hand and says, "I have three questions:

1. How did Bush win the election with fewer votes than Gore?
2. Why are you using the USA Patriot Act to limit Americans' civil liberties?
3. Why hasn't the U.S. caught Osama Bin Laden yet?"

Just then the bell sounds and all the kids run out to the playground.
Fifteen minutes later, the kids come back in class and Ashcroft says,
"I'm sorry we were interrupted by the bell. Now, you can all ask me

A young girl raises her hand and says, "I have five questions:

1. How did Bush win the election with fewer votes than Gore?
2. Why are you using the USA Patriot Act to limit Americans' civil liberties?
3. Why hasn't the U.S. caught Osama Bin Laden yet?
4. Why did the bell go off 20 minutes early?
5. Where's Bobby?"
  • Current Music
    Tupac Shakur - Definition of a Thug Nigga

Technogeekery: Windows 2000 Server vs FreeBSD 5.0 / Samba 2.2.8

Yesterday, I set up a test network in my War Room to learn how to put a FreeBSD fileserver on an Active Directory domain, using the Active Directory rather than local accounts to handle password authentication. (I also got ACL's running under FreeBSD and Samba both, for those of you who know what that means / care.) It was an interesting little journey, but I got there, and now I'm ready to do it for a production network next week.

This morning, while waiting idly for an appointment I needed to run, I decided to do a little experiment: I'd compare the performance of the Windows 2000 Server and the FreeBSD 5.0 / Samba machine. I've done this sort of thing before, but on considerably newer hardware and running considerably more processes, and using Windows 2000 Professional instead of Server. And in that case, the machines were close to identical, although the Win2K box did have a noticeable hardware edge. (Despite which it lost thoroughly and miserably.)

This time, though, things were different. For one thing, both competitors are brand-new squeaky clean installs: each was put together from parts, formatted (or newfs'ed) and installed as of early yesterday afternoon. But more importantly, L04th1ng (the Windows 2000 Server), is actually a pretty capable machine... but Mule (our scrappy-but-pitiful little FreeBSD box), is downright laughably outdated and outclassed in all respects when it comes to the hardware department, as you can see below.


Windows 2000 Server

FreeBSD 5.0 / Samba 2.2.8


Athlon Thunderbird 900MHz

Pentium-2 400MHz




Hard Drive: 

Maxtor 40GB, 7200RPM, ATA/100

Western Digital 6GB, 5400RPM, ATA/33

Network Interface: 

Intel EtherExpress Pro/100

Intel EtherExpress Pro/100

Which is why it's so fucking hilarious that when the only thing happening on either machine is copying 600MB of files from one machine to the other, despite a truly brutal hardware advantage, the Windows 2000 Server machine got its ass HANDED to it. And please do note that the brutal spanking depicted below is NOT simply due to the Windows 2000 Server paging memory to disk, and can NOT be fixed just by adding more RAM - it's still got 272 MB free as it is.


Please, microsoft... get the fuck out of the operating system business, and just make GUIs. You're good at that.

  • Current Music
    Bobby Jimmy and the Critters - I Can't Believe She's Really Going Out With Him