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Note of the Author: Written at the Webbit2004. Among the funny network mess of the Lan Arena

Something new in the air.
Seems like things are different,
wire cables power unusual feelings,
atmosphere is

I feel like some hard things have been done somewhere, out there, inside me.
Strange sensations of unexpected changes.

No matter. It's time to go.
Power On.
Once again,
back to life.

What a common extraordinary sequence of digital rebirth.
The raw electricity, the frantic dance of metallic logic,
devices and circuitry coming to life, stirred by flows of electonic dance.

Basic system checks, ancestral coscience of binary life, prepare my return to consciousness.

Kernel boots, RAM banks are flooded by ordered binary data,
main processor begins its computational lunch,
devices recognition is like remembering forgotten muscles,
at the end you realize the bounds of your body
and begin to define your life's roles in
this elegant parade of initialization scripts.

Everything                                                      [  OK  ]
Bringing up interface eth0:                                     [FAILED]

I'm dressed in what you call mobile computing, after all.

And finally, it's always a pleasure after all,
here's your login screen:

Mandrake Linux release 10.0 (Official) for i586
Kernel 2.6.3-7mdksmp on a Dual-processor i686 / \l

Define yourself, offer your credentials, root me.
Usual procedure of authentication exposure.

[[email protected] al]# dhclient
Internet Software Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.1rc13
Copyright 1995-2002 Internet Software Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit

Listening on LPF/eth0/00:c0:9f:2d:c8:a4
Sending on   LPF/eth0/00:c0:9f:2d:c8:a4
Listening on LPF/lo/
Sending on   LPF/lo/
Sending on   Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on lo to port 67 interval 8
send_packet: Network is down
DHCPREQUEST on eth0 to port 67

No offer for automatic network configuration.

Wired to a desert arena of mute servers....

[[email protected] al]# tcpdump -an
22:24:30.059395 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059418 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059443 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059468 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059494 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059520 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059546 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059572 arp who-has tell

... and screaming hosts.

I knew there was something strange.
Frantic frames from the Interface Card,
unusual network bestiary of random requests.

22:24:29.944787 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.015536 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.042927 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059395 arp who-has tell

Weird network environment, indeed,

where one asks for everybody...

22:24:30.059418 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059443 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059468 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.059494 arp who-has tell

... and nobody replies,
among puzzling notifications of spanning trees...

22:24:30.511140 802.1d config 8000.f2:98:21:40:7e:6a.8002 root 8000.f2:98:21:40:7e:6a pathcost 0 age 0 max 8 hello 2 fdelay 5
22:24:30.665556 802.1d config 8000.00:05:1a:05:38:a0.8031 root 8000.00:05:1a:05:38:a0 pathcost 0 age 0 max 20 hello 2 fdelay 15

... and feeble applications broadcasting grasps of acknowledgement ...


... as whispers in this overwhelming dystonic concert of pointless packets.

22:24:30.646699 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.742175 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.915205 fe80::230:65ff:fe25:cbdc > ff02::2: icmp6: router solicitation
22:24:30.934160 arp who-has tell
22:24:30.947637 arp who-has tell
22:24:31.057114 IP > BOOTP/DHCP, Request from 00:02:3f:64:1b:23, length: 300
22:24:31.095056 arp who-has tell

A network deadly polluted.
Broken services.
Arp sickness at critical levels.

No way out.
Do yourself a favour.
Have a life, drink a beer.

[[email protected] al]# logout

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