Mandrake Firewall

My back hurts today.. Guess I’ve just been in front of the computer too long. In addition.. pakistan is testing nuclear weapons today? whats with that. i hope we don’t have to regulate that now too..

In the mean time.. Mandrake Security MNF (Multi Network Firewall) is a decent program. I’d use it for home use and shilla but not in a corporate environment… unless I was linux dumb and needed a quick solution. It makes firewall administration very easy. Has VPN support, two build in IDS packages, and a whole lot of other usual firewall junk. It ran like a bear in hibernation on my p166 test machine.. Slackware runs perfect on that machine as a firewall.. can we all say BLOAT? Well, I guess when you add usability to software it natrually becomes more bloated and slows down.. hence ALL Microsoft products.

Since I’m in an install frensy now that I’ve got a spare machine next to me all day, I’m gonna try and check out the new Mandrake 9.0 and ill do a quick review on VectorLinux 3.2. More on that later..


I think I’m going to start logging when I find a Perl module that’s usefull. So.. Today I found HTML::Entities. I used it for dumping an HTML document into a user editable text box. The HTML was broken if it included a <textarea> tag on it. By using this module to filter the text first, everything worked great.


Watching the E! special on the intro to the oscars.. Everyone is wearing peace pins..

Thought this was fitting :

Attached is a copy of Mrs. Chapman’s speech, which resulted in five standing ovations, tremendous applause and an encore. It’s a short read and well worth it.

Stand Up for America Rally Speech
By: Beth Chapman

I’m here tonight because men and women of the United States military have given their lives for my freedom. I am not here tonight because Sheryl Crowe, Rosie O’Donnell, Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Jane Fonda or Phil Donahue, sacrificed their lives for me.

If my memory serves me correctly, it was not movie stars or musicians, but the United States Military who fought on the shores of Iwo Jima, the jungles of Vietnam, and the beaches of Normandy. Tonight, I say we should support the President of the United States and the U.S. Military and tell the liberal, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippy, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies and music and whine somewhere else.

After all, if they lived in Iraq, they wouldn’t be allowed the freedom of speech they’re being given here today. Ironically, they would be put to death at the hands of Sadam Husssein or Osama Bin Laden. I want to know how the very people who are against war because of the loss of life, can possibly be the same people who are for abortion? They are the same people who are for animal rights but against the rights of the unborn.

The movie stars say they want to go to Iraq and serve as “human shields” for the Iraqis. I say let them buy a one-way ticket and go.

No one likes war. I hate war! But the one thing I hate more is the fact that this country has been forced into war-innocent people have lost their lives – – and there but for the grace of God, it could have been my brother, my husband, or even worse my own son.

On December 7, 1941, ! there are no records of movie stars treading the blazing waters of Pearl Harbor.

On September 11, 2001; there are no photos of movie stars standing as “human shields” against the debris and falling bodies ascending from the World Trade Center. There were only policemen and firemen – -underpaid civil servants who gave their all with nothing expected in return.

When the USS Cole was bombed, there were no movie stars guarding the ship – – where were the human shields then?

If America’s movie stars want to be human shields, let them shield the gang-ridden streets of Los Angeles, or New York City, let them shield the lives of the children of North Birmingham whose mothers lay them down to sleep on the floor each night to shelter them from stray bullets.

If they want to be human shields, I say let them shield the men and women of honesty and integrity that epitomizes courage and embody the spirit of freedom by wearing the proud uniforms of the United! States Military. Those are the people who have earned and deserve shielding!

Throughout the course of history, this country has remained free, not because of movie stars and liberal activists, but because of brave men and women who hated war too. However, they lay down their lives so that we all may live in freedom. After all – “What greater love hath no man, that he lay down his life for his friend,” or in this case a country.

We should give our military honor and acknowledgement and not let their lives be in vain. If you want to see true human shields, walk through Arlington Cemetery. There lie human shields, heroes, and the BRAVE Americans who didn’t get on television and talk about being a human shield – they were human shields.

I thank God tonight for freedom – – those who bought and paid for it with their lives in the past – – those who will protect it in the present and defend it in the future.

America has remained silent too long! God-fearing people have remained silent too long!

We must lift our voices united in a humble prayer to God for guidance and the strength and courage to sustain us throughout whatever the future may hold.

After the tragic events of Sept. 11th, my then eleven -year-old son said terrorism is a war against them and us and if you’re not one of us, then you’re one of them.

So in closing tonight, let us be of one accord, let us stand proud, and let us be the human shields of prayer, encouragement and support for the President, our troops and their families and our country.

May God bless America, the land of the free, the home of the brave and the greatest country on the face of this earth!

March 20th New Holiday

Every 14th of February guys get the chance to display their fondness for
their wife or girlfriend by showering her with gifts, flowers, dinner,
shows and any other baubles that women find romantic.

Secret…guys feel left out. That’s right…left out. There’s no special
holiday for the ladies to show their appreciation for the men in their
life. Men as a whole are either too proud or just too embarrassed to
admit it. Which is why a new holiday has been created.

March 20th is now officially “Steak & Blowjob Day.”

Simple, effective and self-explanatory…this holiday has been created
so your ladies can have a day to show your man just how much you love
him. No cards, no flowers, no special nights on the town-the name of the
holiday explains it all…just a steak and a BJ. That’s it. This twin
pairing of Valentine’s Day and Steak & Blowjob Day will usher in a new
age of love as men everywhere will try THAT much harder in February to
ensure a more memorable March! It’s like a perpetual love machine.

The word is already spreading, but as with any new idea, it needs a
little push to start the ball rolling. So spread the word, and help
bring love and peace to this crazy world.