JavaOne, Java.com and goofy comments

So JavaOne is really gearing up - the week before and it's a madhouse at the office; content that absolutely has to be updated/live, new stuff rolling out, end of the quarter, end of our fiscal year, gee, this is a \*great\* time for Sun's biggest conference.

Be that as it may, I love the chaos. Bring it on is what I say. Yesterday we got a nice note from a concerned citizen who mentioned that he'd been hacked and his hacked box (Win2k server running IIS) was trying to hack us. We'd been seeing some low level SYN flood attack, but due to some recent network changes, it wasn't really that much of a bother. Did I mention how much I like our new network "stuff"? Stuff is a technical term for completely new design, hardware, connection to the net, etc.?

This should in no way be construed as an invitation to hack us, just that we have some cool new kit, and it works well so far. It took one small DOS attack and thwarted it.

My operations group delivered a completely new network, and moved over 100 machines with very little downtime (almost nothing could be perceived by customers). It took a while longer than I thought, but considering the fact that it was all new network gear, new network topology, and had to be done with the aformentioned little down time, it was impressive as hell.

And now for the goofy comment: "Every quick hack deserves a place in history, and a lifetime of support"... Said earlier today - way too early - Liam woke me at the shiny hour of 5:30... I'm seeing a lot of sunrises these days... Anyway, I was telling this to Pat Chanezon who wrote an account creation tool for blogs.sun.com - internal employees can create their own accounts, which is a good thing, but now they want the tool to polish their shoes, check for errors, etc. Heck, I think he whipped it out in a day or so... Back in the day, I wrote several tools like this, and you end up supporting them forever. Heck, some of my original code from \*1994\* still runs Sunsolve... Geez.

Comments:

I would have to concur on the lifetime of support for hacks. I still get questions on software that I wrote many years ago here at Sun, and got pulled in more than once to do a "quick" fix on some of them. Hacks just don't go away... And once you are know as "Mr. XYZ", you are doomed to provide support for XYZ for the rest of your days... -- Fred

Posted by Frederic Jean on June 24, 2004 at 04:08 PM PDT #

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