May 22nd, 2003


Minerva's Machine

A week or two ago I watched Minerva's Machine, a documentary sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery on women in computing.

During the moview one of the social scientists made a comment about how in the 80's being a computer geek made people less gendered, women were less feminine, men were less masculine.

A bit later I was chatting with one of my coworkers about women in computing and realized the above might also provide a theory why some many trans people (especially in my age range) seemed interested in computers. If you're unhappy with your experience of gender, becoming a less gendered being might help minimize the unpleasantness.

NIS insecurity

I'd heard that NIS was insecure, so I decided to see what I could do. (for those that don't know NIS is a common method of distributing login information to Unix clusters). And after this experiment, I'm trying to figure out how to use LDAP protected by TLS for my servers.

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