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Saturday, May 28, 2011

  Battling the bloat

So, I've been so busy for the past few months as to have let multiple things slide. I've been all over the US - florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, NJ, Boston, California, Georgia, and now, I am back in NJ, living out of a suitcase with increasingly irrelevant clothing for the weather.

I hope to jaunt to Europe next, after my billings catch up with me. Then back to Nicaragua.

On the minus side:

My main email went down for a month. I hardly noticed.
I completely forgot an important anniversary... for over a week. The lady involved is not speaking to me.

My laptop crashed 5 days after I'd used the USB stick I use for backups for something else.
I haven't checked my voicemail in a month, at least.

I got no exercise.

On the plus side:

Eric Raymond now has IPv6. So does Evan Hunt. Two down, several billion to go.

The latest and greatest bind9 - with dnssec support - is now available for openwrt in the Cerowrt git repository, for testing, as part of ISCWRT. DNSSEC is a mere 3 configuration commands away!

I gave a fairly well received talk at asilomar about the problems with the Net outside the USA.

I attended jim gettys' recent google tech talk, and breathed the same air as Vint Cerf.

The debloat-testing kernel now has most of the features we were trying to test (SFB,etc) , and it has been updated to 2.6.39.

There is now an extensively debloated (but not perfectly by a long shot) version of
openwrt - which also contains the critical stuff from debloat-testing, so we can test
end to end connectivity in all sorts of ways.

That release is entering the final stages of testing, and is codenamed, Capetown. It works on the netgear wndr3700v2, which is a wonderful piece of hardware.

And some routers using that are now up and running, capetown, South Africa, as part of the Bismark project, which I'll be helping out at through mid-august.

The last 4 weeks of my life I worked at a level I have not worked at since my late 20s.

I'm beat. And I'm taking the weekend off. Hopefully someone else will enjoy this stuff and put it to good use in their research into battling the bufferbloat problem.

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