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Just another day at Sinai

My place of work is currently under a distributed hack DOS. Combined with the abnormal traffic caused by the Gaobot virus's timer going off, our Internet connection is about comparable to what you would have seen on an ARC NET setup circa early 80's. Token ring would be screaming fast compared to the bandwidth available at the moment. Total net effect: several hundred million dollars worth of technology not working because everything bottlenecks through 2 PIX Boxes, a stupid-human Sun backbone combined with a CISCO firewall.

For those who are not techies in the audience, let me give you an example you will more probably be able to relate to.

Go spend $70k on a nice luxury car. Trick it out with another $50k or so of custom gear. Now, you can take it out and drive it whenever and wherever you want, but, when you do, you can never exceed the pace of the 12 year old boy on a Ross bike with training wheels pedaling uphill just ahead of you.

I was told briefly several months ago that my security suggestion was tabled "due to a definititive lack of expertise in the area of enterprise Internet security". My plan was conservatively budgeted at about a 140k$ outlay initially, with a 12-14k$/annual TCO. These numbers may seem scary, they are paltry compared to some of the expenditures around here.

So, now, my work life is a parody of a Optimum Online commercial, and our layer 7 switch, which was the decided solution to dealing with these issues after my proposal went down, is sitting there routing nothing, because nothing can get to it.

Frustrating, no?

In other news, I haven't said a thing about reading lately. I finished Life of Pi, House of Leaves, a few Stephen King books, and am currently working on the first installment of Zecharia Sitchin's Earth Chronicles. While the stuff is an enjoyable enough read as quasi-fiction, the fact that not only does he mean it to be nonfiction, but that people believe this stuff in their heart-of-hearts is kinda disturbing. I think Harold Hill co-authored it.

Tonight I sell my car. I do so with none of the melancholy or nostalgia which chellez faced (and that is by no means a criticism of her). This car has been a granite anklet for a long while now, and I am extatic about seeing it go.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 27th, 2004 07:13 am (UTC)
hey for the short time you actually had a valid drivers liscense we had some good time driving around in that car.

flying upto new paltz....the one shot drive to boston....wait, forget the boston trip.

the Iona drives.....and plus it was a pretty kick as car. Someone just had a mean case of "heavey foot". =)
Apr. 27th, 2004 07:43 am (UTC)
i didn't lose my livcense because I drive fast. in fact, when i was on my temproary license/driving illigally, i was an excellent driver (or so i am told) in comparison to my hot-headed youth.

there are definitly good timesx wrapped up in that car, with more doubtless ahead in the future in another car, just not here and now.
Apr. 27th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
I always find it interesting how IT is compared to the auto industry.

No point in the post really, just the observation.
Apr. 27th, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)
for americans, it is a common item which most people can understand, which is why i use it. i have lots of analogies I use though, nautical and aviation are probably more popular for me when speaking conceptually with other shop heads.
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