Archive - 2009-07



We suspect the major bandwidth usage is due to everyone downloading the iPhone
OS update. Need more analysis (and beer). oh, wait, look beer...!

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As promised, here is the presentation from yesterday's DC Network Session
talk/discussion --> [click me]

From the whole DCNET team, thanks to everyone who showed up! I hope it was
useful - it was really hard to do a detailed peer-review of the configs in that
environments, so we'll start with firewall rulesets (post-con) and get a
discussion started on the DefCon Forums. Look for those shortly.

If you have any ideas on what else we can bring to the network environment to
make it useful (e.g. IPv6 - it's on the list!) please let us know.

Enjoy the rest of DefCon this year!

Yes, we're done. Earliest EVER! Everything is patched & verified.

Only remaining housekeeping items are distributing desktop switches tomorrow,
and setting up the Table of Doom switch (potentially being renamed as the
Ottoman of Terror). Also, we'll throw DCTV live tomorrow morning as soon as AV
is in.

Now then...there's this matter of speaking tomorrow...I should figure out what
that's going to be.

Network setup continues.

Got a lot of the patching done yesterday (what we are "allowed" to do versus
hotel IT and/or AV)(trying to figure out what IT is
supposed to do versus AV is really confusing at times).

Videoman, Mac, and Sparky just took off with IT to go finish up patching for the
contest area and the capri rooms.

Derek's got DCTV going.

The DCInfoBooth guys are setting up their server in the NOC now.

We're in full swing. Things will get busy for the whole DefCon Goon staff

The new site is live. And we did it before we started
drinking (much).

Core network is setup & fully functional. Wifi is mostly up (Hotel will finish
up after lunch). The team is working on getting all network requests patched
through to their destinations. Life is good.

The DCNET team is already on it's way to Vegas! Most of us arrive Sunday, with
the Canuck's on Monday (or is it Tuesday?).

Equipment has already arrived.

Lock will, again, attempt to not flip his vehicle this year (today marks 4 years
since it happened!).

Also, look for an update to the website this week, before the show starts.

Pardon the lack of updates this year. It's been crazy-hectic, but we have been
working behind the scenes doing our things, in spite of the lack of

Derek has something pretty kick-ass lined up for letting you show your pretty
face on DefCon TV this year. "DefCon Idol"? No no. We know you can't sing, nor
would we ask you do. But be on the look out for something with a big green

Some people are excited that we're going to be talking about the Network this
year. Thurs nite at 1600, we'll be holding the "DefCon Networking Session" -
we'll be around for a couple hours so we can chat & talk with you about the
DefCon Network. We'll lay out some history of where we started, how we got to
where we're out, but MOST importantly, interact with you on your thoughts about
the network. We'll show you our designs and layouts - this is your chance to
participate and provide feedback. I should note not to expect changes from this
session to show up this year - we'll already be done by the time this talk
happens, but we're interested in how you think things can be approved (balancing
security, functionality, and budget--oh, wait, don't have one of those,

As a pre-cursor, Lock will be giving 5 mins on the DefCon Network at the
DefCon101 talk earlier Thursday afternoon.

The Table of Doom! I've been so busy I haven't opened registration! My bad,
sorry guys. If you want in on this massive data dump of the DefCon network, drop
me email [] and ask for a spot. I have 8 spots, 2
already spoken for. Plan on bringing 1-2TB of disk for capture.

Finally - we're working on a visual re-vamp for the site here. I'll own up, I
threw this together in stock-HTML one afternoon a few years ago. I was hoping to
have it done by now, but matters of state have kept me away from doing updates.
But check back soon!

We've gotten our copy submitted for the program. We have our rooms lined-up.
We're starting to pack up the pelican cases for shipping. We're making the final
network layout plans now. Yup, I love the smell of DefCon in the air (slightly
sweeter than naplam, but just a deadly!)

See ya'll in a couple weeks!