So it is 11 (possibly 12) days since my last post, why?
Because I am lazy and I was trying to get the Linux machine to play ball with the rest of the network, in fact to to this update I have had to do all sorts of odd configuration changes to the win98 machine.
Soooo...... I did get the ISA 3com 3c509b into and working on the Linux system and I could ping either network card from this laptop and they could ping each other.
Problem was the install seems to have killed off the sound card (get IRQ errors at boot up even though the IRQ IS free, I even disabled the printer port in the BIOS !!).
But my major problem has been the pull of the broadband, its like a drug, just can not put it down.
I managed to get 80k download (a) (usually is steady at 50k) and I have been collecting RTCW maps ever since (although they never get above 15k and usually sit much lower at 8-10, but thats to allow the game servers go on serving games !)
I also tried a file sharing util called bearshare, but I will get to that later.
I used the isps online self help utils to add the network MAC address of the card in the linux machine and after downing the cable modem (power wise) the DHCP (dhcpcd) client worked a treat and I could ping http://www.google.com and its IP address, automagical !
But, (and its a big butt) while reading my Linux Complete book (excellent value for money) and following the security/internet information I found that ipchains is set to accept EVERYTHING by default !! so i did a quick ifconfig eth0 down and that is where we are now !
I was surprised that I could ping out to the internet with /etc/hosts.deny set to deny everything and /etc/hosts.allow empty but maybe those are for incoming connections only.
I now need to work out how ipchains works and add all the necessary rules, the nice thing is I should be able to allow the machines inside the network full access and machines on the internet will be strictly vetted.
In other news my oil filter was ruptchered and I had to skip work this morning to get it fixed, luckily it was Very non-expensive although if I had let it go and the engine had seized then it would have been a different story.
Oh, yeah, bad news, I have a dream, and it will not let me go "will not let me go, let me go" (think Waynes world) in the same way http://www.jumpstation.co.uk/misc/virtual_rob/virtual_rob_launcher.html had to be created.
This one is an animation system displayed via a java applet in the form of enlarged pixels like a scoreboard system (but its better than that.
Right now I need 12(13?) links to list hmmmmm.
I just copied and pasted these without testing them so sorry if they are all dead .)