I did a little mini-triathlon

I did a little mini-triathlon on the 6th. It was actually really fun, except for the part where I rode an extra 1.17 miles on the cycling part. I got confused as to where to stop and was in such a zone that I passed it right up. In retrospect I think I should have practiced swimming, which I didn’t do much at all. I was sucking wind after about 100meters due to the fact that I wasn’t breathing in a consistent manner. My swimming technique was terrible. I plan on doing it again next year, maybe another one too. Anyway here are the results. I met my goal of doing it in under an hour, so thats good.

Well, too many years of

Well, too many years of skateboarding have taken their toll on my 30 year old body. An old injury from ~10 years ago has once again reared it’s ugly head. After doing my normal Saturday morning workout and doing one 5 minute round my back started to tighten up. By the time I had gotten home I could barely get out of the car. So much for training hard for the mini triathlon that I’m (hopefully still) doing. Now that I can’t get off the chair I’ve been really scouring the net for other little activities I can do. If I can get back to training soon I think I may also try to do the duathlon in Charleston, IL. Who knows, I hope to feel better in a few days.
I’ve also been looking at getting a road bike. Champaign Cycles has some REALLY good deals on both the Trek 1200 and Trek 1000. They also have a good price on a Lemond that is my size.

I finished the ms150, although

I finished the ms150, although not the way I had originally intended. The first day was 75 miles. Not too bad. We set off at about 6am, it was relatively pleasant outside. There was a rest stop for water, energy bars, fruit and bathrooms about every 8-13 miles (basically in every small town we went though). These were amazing. Some even had cooked food like egg sandwiches, etc I stocked up at pretty much every one, got water and a snack. John Holland and I drank some generic pedialite before the trfip or hydration (this is awesome stuff, it’ll pretty much cure a hangover). About 10am it started getting hot and humid. I learned some good things about cycling that day.
1. Always wear a jersey. I wore a team T-shirt and it didn’t breathe….at all. once it was sweaty, it was pretty much like a wet towel on my back.
2. Always wear good padded bike shorts. I bought some nice ones right before the trip. They singlehandedly saved my taint.
3. clipless petals. necessity. I had no clips or clipless shoes, just normal petals. I came back and bought some clip petals, which leads me to my next point.
4. At LEAST use road bike tires. My trek 7300 is pretty light but the tires are hybrid tires. Road bike tires roll longer and are lighter. I’m trying to scrapte up enough money to get either a trek 1200 or (more likely) a trek 1000 for longer rides. I’ve also been looking at several Bianchi models.
We finished the first day about 1pm, ate, drank some more pedialite and went to bed. My right knee was a little sore when I woke up at 4:30am on Sunday and I had the start of a cold. I had been fighting it off the previous week and I thought I’d beat it but the exertion must have lowered my immune system enough for it to come back. I took some zycam and pedialite and we set out for day 2. Suprisingly, other than some soreness in my right knee my legs were fine.
Day 2 was MUCH more of a mild day. We got about 10 miles in and I though “I have to work tomorrow” and opted for the 35 mile route. My cousin jeff, his dad Vic, John Holland and my uncle Scott all opted for the 75 mile route. I really with I would have done it but I fear that if I had I would not have been able to work on Monday.
I was somewhat disapointed with myself so I pushed as hard as I could for the rest of the 35 miles and finished (after a 15 minute stop at the last rest area for some phone calls) at about 9:30 at which point I went to my car and went to sleep for a while. The rest of the 35 mile crew came in at about 1 with the 75 milers not too far after.
I’m going to be more prepared next year (wherever it is) and am planning a 65 mile ride in August as well as some rides to Clinton from Savoy before the season ends. More detailed account can be found at here

I signed up for a

I signed up for a mini triathalon. It’s not too harsh, actually, it looks like it’s a perfect one to start with. It’s certainly a mini, including a 400meter swim, a 2 mile run and a 6 mile bike ride. Details can be fouind here. I figure it’ll be a good way to maybe stay in shape for any jiu jitsu or submission tournaments I may do later in the year. I did a 2 mile run today and it wasn’t bad at all, not having run in at least 3 months, although I have been cycling a lot.

On a completely unrelated note, I started playing with EvoCam today as a way to piddle with my iSight. It seems pretty cool, you can force it to do some pretty neat stuff like only record when there is motion. It can also upload via sftp, which is very, very cool. I recommend checking it out if you’re looking to do more with you iSight

EvoCam can also send images as an email, save them to folders, even record video. It also has it’s own web server that supports authentication.

MacOS Tiger had/has some issues

MacOS Tiger had/has some issues with the Cisco VPN client. It was a widely public fact. I experienced it first hand. But, being that I have admin access on our VPN concentrator I was able to get the newest clients to *kinda* work. There were still a lot of issues with the “compatible client”. Now that Cisco has released the client version 4.6.04 (0061) it’s much better, but sleeping and waking the machine with the client connected yields funkyness, yeah, I know you shouldn’t do that anyway, but some do. I forget to disconnect sometimes myself. The best way I’ve found to get it to work again is to kill the client, reload the kernel extension and restart the client. Some of this requires Command line work and most people don’t really enjoy that (personally I’m quite at home on the CLI). To alleviate this, I wrote some simple applescripts that will help automate the reload of the CiscoVPN kernel extension.

Both are fairly simple, the first one requires that your sudoers file
be set up to not require a password to execute sudo. It will simply
kill the vpnclient, reload the kext and restart the vpn client.
The second one does the same thing but will open terminal.app and
require you to authenticate. It then delays for 10 seconds (to give
you time to type your pass) and restarts the vpn client.
They are available here.

In the time that I’ve

In the time that I’ve been (what I would describe as) an IT professional, lets say, >5 years and Why can’t I find a filtering system that does everythiung I need and want?
I love the packet mangling, QoS, traffic shaping, whatever you want to call it today. I can’t use an internet cnnection without it. I NEED my ssh connections to be fast and not lagging. I WANT my surfing and email checking to be zippy and snappy. I also may want to cvsup or ftp the newest ISO of FreeBSD at the same time.
I’d LOVE to have the ability to use PF under FreeBSD with it’s beautiful syntax and ease of use. It’s like the Lamborghini of filtering. Elegant, powerful, fast. I also want to be able to do things like filter or QoS based on pattern matching or block stuff local to certain interfaces via MAC address. I want to be able to NAT OR bridge and have all the functionality in both function. Maybe it’s a pipe dream. I really like some of the abilities of netfilter. Blocking via MAC is great for something like an apartment complex on a college campus as is filtering via pattern matching. Linux has all of these features……but then I’d have to use Linux…..
Some may say that that may not be a bad thing. I don’t necessarily disagree.
Maybe thats why I feel linux is too clunky compared to the seemingly streamlined sleekness of a BSD. All the cool features weighting it down? Maybe.
Are there holes in my ideas, of course. The smarter of the users could always clone a MAC. Thats a simple workaround for MAC based filtering, BUT, 90% of users aren’t going to know how.
Pattern matching on packets for filtering, yes, I agree that it *should* be done by a proxy. After all, that is what a proxy is supposed to do. But look at the L7 filter project. It works pretty well if one understands what it can and can’t do.
I fully realize that PF is a layer 3 product…….but so many others have broadened their scope to include useful features like this. Maybe this is why PF is so powerful and clean, I don’t know. Could it be that it is because it doesn’t try to be everything to everyone? Probably. I can always speculate.

I’d love to see an independent PF based add-on project like the l7 filter. Unfortunately, I’m nowhere near at the programming level to even think about attempting it myself.
If you know of one, please email me.

I know, I can want in one hand and take a dump in the other and see which one fills up first..

It’s a pretty well known

It’s a pretty well known fact that I like Apple computers and most people have seen a lot of the spam and ads referring to getting a free mac mini or a free ipod. I always thought they were BS. A scam attempt to harvest email addresses or another version of something nasty.
Well, interestingly enough, I actually know someone who really DID get the free Mac Mini, I saw it. He already had one, and sold the one he got for free for ~$500 and bought an ipod photo. I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t believe that it actually worked. There had to be a catch, and in fact, there was.
I decided that I was going to read up on it, after all, there are tons of people selling this info on ebay, posting it on web forums, etc. Maybe I’d a actually give it a try. What the hell, right? After doing a little reading it looked to me like it was some kind of a pyramid scheme. I signed up at FreeMiniMacs.com with a GMail account I use for stuff like this and had at it.
You have to complete an “offers” meaning that you have to sign up for something. THEN, you need to refer (I believe) 10 people to do the same. For what it’s worth, my link is here.
We’ll see how long this takes…..if it ever completes.

I’m participating in the ms150

I’m participating Hello in the ms150 in Illinois this year. For anyone that doesn’t know, More info can be found here. My cousin INETD has MS, which really sucks. I figure after all the stupid and selfish shit I’ve done over the years maybe I should try give a little back. A few days of riding a bike is a All small price to lay for the funds that get raised to help research this.
Jeff Buraglio changing has organized an entire team of folks riding. I think this is something I may do again next year, I’m kinda getting into this training thing. wholesale jerseys If you are willing to donate to sponsor me please do, it’s for a good cause and is tax deductable.
I’ll be riding the new Trek that Rebecca got me for our 5 year anniversary. Rebecca will also be riding this year in this fine event (on her new Trek). We got them Hello both at champaign cycle. I highly recommend them.
On the same note, I’ve kinda been wanting to get another BMX bike after seeing my friends Mark’s. I almost bought a free agent on ebay the other day……..

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