Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood

Life Day 12487

Work Geekery

I've been faced with an interesting problem at work. Say I have a Linux box with plenty of internal i/o speed, and I have to connect it to a fast enough switching and routing fabric, on the other side of which are a whole bunch of boxes connected via not very fast interfaces. (DOCSIS with service limit). How do I connect the Linux box to the fabric. The simple answer gigabit ethernet. However, the political answer is we will not be given a GigE connection, but we can have all the HME (which is ten times slower) interfaces we want.

So the task is to figure out how to convince Linux's iproute2 system to loadbalance and roundrobin multiple interfaces into the same network, each of which will be supporting a metric buttload of busy TCP streams, to utterly unpredictable address (not on the same network, they all will be at least one router away). It's not in the FAQ or the HOWTO, tho I think it should be. I see lots of manual reading and some lab time in my future, if I can convince the powers that be to release me to work on it.

And it's off to Memphis

I found a box for my ReplayTV at work. I checked with the lab guy, he said take it, so I did, and used to to box up my non-working PVR unit, and ship it back to Memphis TN for repair/replace/refurb. It was just 5 weeks out of warranty too.

I was hoping to actually ship it from work. One employee service we get is we can throw personal outbound mail into the basket, and just pay the receptionist the postage. I was hoping to do the same thing with our shipping service, since we have UPS, FedEx, etc trucks in every day. Turns out the perq only works for FedEx. I wasn't willing to pay for that, so I had to haul it to a UPS Store this afternoon instead.

A sweet cat

There is a nice little antique brickabrack store on Greenwood, just north of my instructor. So while waiting for my lesson slot, I went there, so visit their cat. She's an all-over spangled tortie named "Puget", who they found under a park bench when she was very very little. Today she's a happy and calm, but somewhat distant, store cat. But even distant cats like to be rubbed. Today she was out on the sidewalk soaking up sun, and pretty soon I had her walking up to me, and getting scritched.

Some music

The first part of the weekly piano lesson was some practice work, "how to practice better" stuff. Then dynamics work, using Burgmüller's "The Clear Stream". Once again, about 45m into the lesson, it's like I ran out of gas, and suddenly my notereading and finger control just fell apart. Sigh. Good lesson tho.

Some discussion

Then I spent some time with jezel, about some concerns I have. In a couple of weekends I'm going to help her do some chores/tasks she has a phobia/avoidance about, and help her break that avoidance.

And then some sweat

And then stopped at the gym on the way home, and did 60m on the EC while listening to DJ Doo, and then 20m in the UV grill, while listening to Chapter 2 of The Wellstone. It's "machine read", but you learn to ignore the artificial voice after a little while.

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