Sunday, May 28, 2006

Basking in the Light

And I'm back with yet another exciting yet boring screenshot. Goddamn, you may be saying. I'm sick of these fucking screenshots of email. And I'd agree with you there; it's really boring to stare at a mail client all day debugging the mail server. But these screenshots are what I'm currently living for.

What's special about this one? you ask. This is a screenshot of Thunderbird's search dialog. As you can see, this particular search dialog is searching emails stored in Aarmap. Email search, as you recall, was the last thing I needed to get working. It works. Meaning that with 5 days to go in the quarter, I have a feature-complete implementation of my senior project. This combined with me being done with my security project means I am two demos, some proofreading, and a poster away from completing the coursework required for a Computer Science degree. The next couple days will likely be spent doing these three things, with an emphasis on making sure the demos will go smoothly (read: see what I can get away with doing without causing things to crash). I just might get some sleep this week.


I demoed both my security project (a covert channel through the Time to Live field in an IP packet header) and Aarmap to my security professor/senior project advisor. Both demos went without a hitch, working properly. I was actually a lot rougher with Aarmap than I usually am since things were going slowly (Dominique's not a particularly fast machine). But it handled everything flawlessly, and my advisor seemed impressed. So now I'm down to proofreading/finalizing the writeup and doing the security poster.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Light at the End

I've been busy this past few weeks. Really busy. Between work, senior project, and my one class, I have more headaches than free time. The headaches can be scared away by taking 5 or 6 advil. Unfortunately, no pill exists to increase the number of hours in a day.

You may be wondering why there's a screenshot of some of my email next to this post. Hell, it's even boring email. After all, who cares about the Cal Poly Linux User's Group? What makes this screenshot exciting is that the email's being served by the Aarmap IMAP server. What's the Aarmap IMAP Server, and why should I care? some of you may ask. The first question's easy: the Aarmap IMAP Server is my senior project. The screenshot you see is of it working with an IMAP client that I didn't write. Which means it probably kinda follows the IMAP (at least well enough to serve simple emails). Which means I probably won't fail Senior Project. It took roughly 30 hours of this past weekend to get Aarmap from well it should work to the screenshot above. Not counting all the other time I spent getting it to the well it should work point.

You may be thinking to yourself Yeah, but can it search those emails? First of all, you suck for thinking that and getting me out of the good mood I was in. Can't you people just let me bask in my glory instead of trying to tear me down all the time? But the answer to that is no. I still have to write search, and I'm not looking forward to it.

As for why you should care, I can't answer that. You probably shouldn't care unless you have a vested interest in me graduating/leaving SLO/moving to Vista. But if you don't have a vested interest in any of those three things and still want to care, I won't complain.


Blogger Luke said...

if you can at least make it manageable on your mac, i'll consider your project a success


5/23/2006 6:24 PM  
Blogger Aaron *@ said...

In that case, I wish you were my advisor. Aarmap was running on my Mac, and I was connected to Aarmap with the Mac version of Thunderbird. It's one of the two officially tested and supported platforms (Linux being the other). Hell, all of Aarmap's development and most of its testing has taken place on my Mac, so it should be a roaring success in your eyes.
See, Macs are good for something ;)

5/23/2006 7:39 PM  

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Yet Another Semi-Blasphemous Post

Two semi-blasphemous posts in a row. Some sort of record for me. Anyways, if you haven't seen it, The Brick Testament is hella funny (yes I said hella. Yes it's compatible with me moving down to SoCal (I still prefix highway numbers with the so I'll at least partially fit in.)) I particularly enjoy The Law section. Warning: if your place of employment has something against pictures of Legos having sex (hetero, homo, or bestial), it's not work safe. That said, it seems to be fairly accurate to the Bible, just very selective in what stories are told using the wonderful imagery of Legos. You'll laugh as you see God kill Onan for refusing to impregnate his dead brother's wife by pulling out. You'll cry as you watch Jephtath kill his young daughter because of a promise he made to God. You'll cheer as a man is stoned to death for working on the Sabbath.


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