April 26th, 2014

classic cylon

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I had a strange dream last night. I was back at MIT, living in MacGregor. However, it overlooked an ocean on its south side, not Memorial Drive and the Charles River. It was very high tide, with threatening waves that seemed to rise to the skies. I went outside to take a look, and the waves were so high that I thought they might reach the shore and drown me, so I went back inside. The tide continued to rise, and started reaching the building. I looked around to see if anyone had noticed, and perhaps thought we should consider leaving the building, but everyone else was just going about their business. Some people were eating. (There were several kiosks available for buying food.) However, the tide continued rising, enough to start flooding the building. But people were just eating, so I went and got something to eat (a half pie of something that looked similar, but not quite like pizza). The dream ended after that.

Possibly, the MIT theme of the dream was triggered by several old IENs and RFCs I've been reading, which were written during the late 1970s and early 1980s. In one of them, IEN 175, a woman named Ginny Strazisar reported that reducing buffer sizes in one of the gateways improved performance. Could that have been one of the first occurrences of bufferbloat using TCP/IP?

I have a phone interview (coding test) scheduled with Cisco next Tuesday for a software engineering position. As always, we'll see how it goes.