I had another reunion
time a reunion of people who formerly worked for XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
, an ISP
we all worked for in Boca Raton. The venue for
today's lunch was Lucile's Bad to the Bone BBQ, a favorite locale for us
high tech workers in Boca Raton
Rob and I
arrived first to find the restaurant without power (in fact, the entire
strip mall was out of power). Consequently the available menu was quite
limited today—grilled items only and no soda (except for diet rootbeer
which were bottled) or draft beer. Despite the lack of power they were
still doing brisk business and it certainly didn't bother us that
much—burgers and ribs were still available.
Joining us for lunch was Tim (the former web designer), NeoMike (former
sysadmin) and R, (former network admin) who was still working there
as a consultant. The place has passed from being an ISP to a bona
fide spam house with fairly insane
security (as Rob found out trying to visit R at the office) which is
understandable—being a spam house and all.
Quite a bit of conversation centered around the duties that R does for
SpamHouse. As reprehensible as spam is, the technical challenges do sound
facinating what with having to route taffic out one circuit with
inbound traffic coming in from another, and updating the BGP tables
to keep connectivity. It's the technical challenge that makes the job
interesting; something like the technical challenges inherent in writing a
virus. Or nuclear weapons.
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