I'm just interested in ideas, thought of no better place to go than
You missed the boat if you havent read any Richard Stevens. ANY decent bit of *nix network code has benefited from "UNIX Network Programming", it geek-e-ly changed my life.
My wife still hates it when I bring that book to bed.
There is a twitter version (grugru) kinda working.
If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.