Fri, 08 Oct 2004
We completely rearranged the online photo album and put up all the digital wedding pics we've received so far as well as the honeymoon pics. As always, the album is here.Wed, 11 Aug 2004
I've always kept a copy of my resume posted online. It's just easier to point requesters at a URL link. I can also cut and paste it quickly and the format I have it in prints well. I like this because I don't have to maintain a separate copy in a word processor.
A couple of years ago I was asked to make extensive revisions to it to make it more concise. Previously, I used a more detailed C.V. format. The downside was that I lost of lot of what I think is relevant and interesting detail. On the one hand, it's the kind of detail you might include in a cover letter or talk about in an interview. But I feel like it's these details that differentiate me.
So I came up with a fairly unique solution. If you glide the mouse over the resume, some of the items become bold and the text changes to blue indicating a clickable link. Click the link and a popup appears providing context and further depth on that item. It's a compromise between the two resume approaches and makes it more compelling -- in my opinion at least. :)
I do sometimes get questions about posting my resume so publically and potentially offending my current employer. I don't think posting a resume necessarily says I'm job hunting. In fact, I like to think my resume speaks well of my current employer. And I'm proud of the work I've done and continue to do in my career so this is my way expressing that.Thu, 08 Apr 2004
is the leading cause of wrong answers." That's what my .sig says. Here's a well-written page on researching and asking technical questions. The insights esr provides can be applied in other ways as well. Click here for more.
Way back in 2001, Barry McCormick and I wrote up this document and taught a two session class for NOLUG on the basics of TCP/IP. Looking at my web stats lately and after doing some googling about, I've found it's quite a popular download. Since my site has been rearranged often, I'm just posting this so it can be found again easily. While some of the material is slightly outdated, it's still a solid introduction and Barry and I are pretty proud of the work we put into it.Tue, 30 Mar 2004
Enterprise network admins are probably familiar with Cisco's HSRP which allows for router redundancy and VRRP for firewall redundancy. This article describes a way to achieve the same thing using features in the upcoming OpenBSD 3.5 release . Other commercial firewalls certainly have similar capability. However, OpenBSD's feature set is becoming rather compelling.
Smaller businesses can certainly find value in such an approach, keeping their network available and secure at a fraction of the cost. Evening paying an outside consultant for installation and ongoing support would be cost effective. Deploy something like this and things remain comfortable for your cisco-trained network admins.
So if I decide to set up, say, Jennifer.scottharney.com, I'm supposed to pay a licensing fee to this company. How did they get this patent in the first place?
Christopher Falkowski, a legal specialist in these topic areas for Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Rader, Fishman and Grauer (raderfishman.com) says a number of key requirements must be met to obtain a patent, whether that patent is in the area of Web hosting operations or any other technical field: The invention must be new or novel. It must be non-obvious. The persons claiming the patent must be the inventors. And the patent application must be filed within one year of a public disclosure or sale.
The patent was apparently issued in 1999. One of the first relevant RFC's I could find is RFC 805 dated 8 February, 1982. Here's the introductory text:
Introduction A meeting was held on the 11th of January 1982 at USC Information Sciences Institute to discuss addressing issues in computer mail. The attendees are listed at the end of this memo. The major conclusion reached at the meeting is to extend the "username@hostname" mailbox format to "firstname.lastname@example.org", where the domain itself can be further structured.
Hmmm. Besides being an obvious idea, there's clearly prior art. That's just one RFC out of many and I'm certain there are hundreds of examples of this use of subdomain naming. Perhaps a search of The internet archive will provide some examples.Mon, 29 Mar 2004
Well, I haven't posted in a while but I'm planning to change that. The biggest news I have to report is that I'm getting hitched to Jennifer this September. The wedding is going to kept real small but, per family requests, I've started a separate site here. Out of town guests, (ie. her family), should be able to find some useful info there.