I was hoping to meet Hypatia and her man tonight, but maybe next time. In any case, many of the linuxchix met up at Boom Noodle, and ate a delicious meal. Then we walked up East Pike to Caffe Vita, and shared delicious coffee and tech talk. Although I connected to the Boom Noodle wireless without a problem, it was impossible to connect here at Caffe Vita. I finally was able to connect through Kevin's tethered iPhone! And download nmap. :-)
I'm not entirely sure what's up with my wireless card, but it must not be toast, because it eventually worked.
Meryll Larkin taught us how to test our security with nmap, and helped me set up a firewall with hosts.allow and hosts.deny files. Then she tried to hack me -- without success. :-)
Also, I started up Amarok and successfully scrobbled to Last.fm, so my hosts.allow file is working well.
Life is good.
Linuxchix is at http://www.linuxchix.org, Amarok at http://amarok.kde.org, Last.fm at http://last.fm.