Hmm, that's going a little too fast for me. I think i better wait till they improve the internet a bit here. It only recently (oday) started to time out on me while uploading.. Oh well. Life beihnd a college network. Like a virtual prison. a 28.8 modem conection is more honorable! ;-) "
Sorry man... best I can do in some instances is to give you the 'short & sweet' stock "webster's dictionary" definition... to form analogous comparisons in some of my posts?
Well... you are willing to read thru them I note, many folks are not! Which is why I put up the "puny" condensed version definitions... not to make my usual "novel sized" posting!
* LOL, a prison... well, this is how you learn your 'jailbreak' techniques basically. If you ask me? Most Network Admins/Engineers of excellent calibre? Would make excellent "Cracker/Hacker" types too, they know their enemy so to speak, & have the same basic skillsets!
BUT, please: Don't do anything that will get you in a jam at school though, ok?
Do try "get in good" with the network techs if you can, they will make it easier on you...
ESPECIALLY if you showed some understanding of this stuff, so you are not a pain to them trying to explain stuff to you etc. as some folks have NO patience & are not good teachers!
Your doing this networking stuff ontop of your programming curriculum would show they you are trying to LEARN!
Myself? I would help someone like that out ALOT, which is why I tend to help you alot here... you are trying like hell & I can see that!
(This is, after all, WHY you are in school... right?)
Especially since you are I think, a Computer Science programming major, rather than a Computer Engineering major. This shows you going WAY above & beyond your normal course of study... WHICH IS GOOD!
To me? To be an EFFECTIVE programmer, or on the converse, Network Engineer/Admin. in tomorrow's competitive world in this field? You had best KNOW all the bases at least somewhat. Be that jack of all trades & ecclectic man!
When you go out there for a job after "doing your time" lol, at school? This will prepare you for tech. interviews on ALOT of levels #1, & also make you are MORE effective coder (or Networker) because you understand the game not only at detail levels,the nitty gritty, but how it ALL interacts on a 10,000 foot view high level too!
The 'splitting of hairs' on job interviews in this field with 50+ k paychecks on the line annually? Is done at this level...the fine points & instinct/understanding you show in it! Most everyone knows the stock stuff, but it is HOW it relates & how creative you are that does the job in getting the job in interviews I feel!