I was invited over to John the paper millionaire of a dotcom's house for a
Labor Day BBQ. I wasn't there long enough to say hello before being forced
to don a swim suit and join the festivities in the pool, where
were playing basketball (yes, in the pool—John has a net for the pool
which is placed at the deep end).
After swimming and eating yet more hamburgers, hotdogs and other outdoor
American holiday food we retired in the family room to watch a football game
on the 72″ TV.
I wasn't all that interested in the game (at one point, nearly drifting off
to sleep) so I wandered off with Kelly and John's wife where we talked about
relationships. Way more interesting than the game.
After the game, we headed into John's office to play around with his home
control system. Throughout his house are several small keypads with an LCD
screen he uses to control the music and lights of the house. The primary
controller is a program that runs under Windows and John's idea is to
reverse engineer the protocol used to communicate between the two (which
runs under IPX
We downloaded Ethereal to capture and display the
network packets but since everyone was pretty tired we didn't far in the
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