Regarding Verizon.Net :: A change on the PF firewall’s rule set. Forever the bridge was never in the ruleset and everything seemed to work just fine. Finally, because of the proper testing environment, found out it was my own problem all along. Added rules to address the bridge interface directly. Those rules never seemed to have been needed before … or were they?
Regarding the Wireless Router :: I gave up on it as the MBP17 acted flaky since I unplugged the hard wire … The MBP15 seemed okay with it and remained logged in to IRC room on #pf (which is where I was seeking firewall help) and I guessed at the bridge rule … It happened to work … Anyway, I plugged the cables back in and I think I’m going to try the router that I originally bought that fixed all the problems before … Last resort is to buy Apple’s wireless router.
Now digging through all old email, etc and finding email addresses that I need to send an update to … It seems I haven’t sent a newsletter since 2007 .. Hmpf! Well, no new is good news, right?
A quick update to let you know how Andy Reid and I are alike … I’ve goofed.
Number 1: I thought the Internet was slow from the new connection and called service to have it diagnosed. All the while placing the blame on them, it was I who had coded in the firewall rules the throttling for the old T1. After I changed the values to reflect the much higher speed that is now available, lo and behold it smokes now.
Number 2: While poking in the firewall I started thinking about my Verizon woes again and decided to try to tackle this once again since this problem of not being able to connect has plagued me through 3 or 4 Internet connections. For the first time I was able to connect through my connection, but not through my firewall. With my firewall “opened up” for the mail server, it still will not work over the bridge. I can telnet to hotmail perfectly fine and then in the very next command watch telnet time-out to Verizon.net. I feel that I’m closer to a solution though as I now have something to go by and it’s been my fault all along. So I should take down my “Verizon Sucks” post?
Number 3: The post that’s gotten the most comments here was about the Mac and the Self Assigned IP. While not everyone has used my solution, they’re thanking me for the posting of someone else’s solution. That’s fine. Since my solution was a Belkin router, when I started to move things over to the new location I bought the very same router. Shortly into my Internet usage, the wireless signal would be lost after a certain amount of time. Not the IP problem, just connectivity. Weird. I made sure that the configurations were the same with original router and this new one. They were. I couldn’t figure it out, so I hard-wired and it’s been that way ever since. For some reason I went in the router recently and noticed the Firmware Update. It was two releases behind. I upgraded the firmware, popped out the network cables and have been wireless ever since. Did the newer router come purchased with an older firmware? I won’t know until I check the old router, but if I were a betting man …
You learn something new everyday. I’m not entirely opposed to admitting when I’ve done something wrong, but I sure thought in the first two cases that I was right. The last here is an honest mistake I think … What say you?
So I’ve been doing my thing. Trying to get the gist of it all and get things in place, working, etc … and then they start with this Rails 3.0 stuff that it doesn’t seem I can run …
What I mean is, developers seemed to have moved on to Rails 3 but I don’t understand how. I decided, okay, it’s an RC (Release Candidate) so I’ll take the plunge and install it on a public server and start developing. Welp, Rails 3 requires ruby 1.9.2 far as I know and I can’t get that installed successfully in a FreeBSD environment when the latest ruby is 1.8.7 (2009-12-24 patchlevel 248) (which currently has a UTF-7 encoding XSS vulnerability in WEBrick.) … sure 1.9.2 will install, but it doesn’t install a “ruby” binary, it’s called ruby19 and you have to symlink or copy it to “ruby” … Why?
Can you run rvm on a production server? Would you? Why?
In Rails defense, their website isn’t advocating a new release nor to install it, yet touts how many people are running it in production already … Bah! Cutting edge.
In other words, I think there’s just still too much stuff up in the air to actually try to massage Rails 3 into place before the rest of the world is ready for it. I mean, Rails isn’t the only thing in my servers that use ruby …
… A couple hours later UPDATE: Ruby 1.9.2 Released
So my brother Tom calls me one night frustrated as heck because he can’t make a copy of a DVD. A simple thing, pop a DVD into the computer and click “Copy”. It’s of his performance at a show, and he wants to make copies for himself and the rest of the members of the band. He’s been trying Windows machines and utilizing Nero. I think he had purchased a copy of Nero, but it wasn’t cooperating. He then tried using a trial version from their web site that would be fully functional, just slow (write @ 1X or something). It may be that he purchased Nero, and that was on his old PC which was in storage and he thought he might go get that to get the job done. Regardless, no matter how far he got, the copy was not happening.
I told him to stop over, and I would make the copy no problem. I have a Macbook Pro and a Windows PC where I was, so no matter what, we’d make a copy. I ended up using a trial version of Toast I got with Cubase 5. But even so, I would have tried the FREE Mac software Burn if Toast hadn’t stepped up. It was a click, “Copy” and it asked how many copies you wanted.
While we waited for the process to complete, Tom reiterated his DVD copying experience and frustrations. He was to the point where he was going to go out and buy a new computer to make this work! He thought maybe his PC was too old for such a task as copying a DVD. I said, “If you’re going to buy a new computer, you should buy a Mac.” I think that was Monday, August 17th. I saw Tom a week later, Monday, August 24th and he told me he bought an iMac. He was going back to the store to have a one on one session with someone who knows Logic. I told him Cubase 5 or Digital Performer 6 were good choices as well … and you can always play with GarageBand.
I hardly ever touch a Microsoft Windows machine anymore unless I have to. All my servers are FreeBSD and the Mac software (OS X) is FreeBSD based. The interface is so much more intuitive and I venture to say “cleaner” … It’s much more of a pleasure to develop web sites and programs on and mix music as well … Come on Windows people, once you go Mac, you never go back! Or so they say … but who are “they” actually? Probably a bunch of satisfied Mac users! =)