February 26th, 2005

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Friday

So I woke up Friday morning feeling a fair amount better, so I made it to work and had an actually pretty productive day. I was able to figure out the crosscompiler environment for the firmware for our little extension box, and get my changes loaded into it. I even was able to debug some mistakes in the Makefile that that previous developer had left behind, and was able to keep ahead in a few Q&A cycles on the mailing list for this subsection.

Fish Friday wasn't fish this time, we all went out to eat the Claim Jumper at SouthCenter. Each plate had enough food to be a complete community feast for a small African village. Mental note, next time, I get the half rack of ribs.

The evening's media consumption was BSG:TNS "33" & "Water". Ignoring the fact that water ice is only THE most common compound molecule in the entire universe, this show is just... wow.
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(warning, disgusting)

I woke up this morning with the "last gasp" of my cold sitting in one side of one sinus, and draining down my throat, which was irritating it under burning. Flipping sides caused it to slowly ooze into a different sinus, but no actual relief.

This caused a memory cascade of a friend enthusing about "Neti Pot" for this very problem, which prompted me to start googling a bit, which deluged me with medical adverts, bits of case studies, warning about innocently added bad additives killing sinus cilia, glowing recommendations, pitches for expensive pulsing irrigators, et al.

I just want a convienient sterile painfree singleserving sinus wash I can buy off-the-shelf at Walgreens, but that seems too much to ask...
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Geeky

Here is a geeky hack, that I learned back when I worked at F5, they use it themselves in their 3DNS product, which routinely needs to figure out the connectivity of random name servers.

When testing the connectivity to a DNS server, due to firewalling, you can't fully trust ping (ICMP ECHO). Instead, ask the name server in question to look up it's own name by address. If the name server and the net between it and you work at all, this basic request will go thru, and will look totally innocuous in case the admin on the other side is excessively paranoid.

The UNIX command to do this is

$ dig @IPADDRESS -x IPADDRESS