Monday Jun 01, 2009
Thursday May 28, 2009
Wednesday May 20, 2009
By bubbva on May 20, 2009
This is pretty cool - Sun Learning is offering a Career Stimulus Learning Package for free - there are some Solaris system administration classes, some Java and JavaFX classes and resume templates on the site. If you're a Sun Alum who has left the company within FY09, there are even more classes and some discounts offered.
Thursday May 14, 2009
By bubbva on May 14, 2009
I've just registered for CommunityOne West on June 1-3 in San Francisco's Moscone Center! I am actually excited about my first CommunityOne event, and my first chance to meet directly with community members since beginning my term on the OGB (OpenSolaris Governing Board).
The OGB will be doing a Town Hall on Monday at 6PM, so please come over, get to know us, and tell us what's on your mind! You can see this event and many others on the detailed schedule wiki. I am happy to see some security related talks! There is one by Dr. Christoph Schuba, a fellow Boilermaker, on Role-Based Access Control and the Cryptographic Framework, and another by Scott Rotondo and Secure Programming.
I'm not sure when registration closes, so if you want to go, sign up soon!
Tuesday Apr 28, 2009
By bubbva on Apr 28, 2009
Friday Apr 24, 2009
By bubbva on Apr 24, 2009
On Tuesday I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel of folks talking about open projects started from within Sun, at a conference for SEED Mentoring participants. I enjoyed talking with people from all over the company and really enjoyed learning more about the other open projects. Of particular interest to me was the speaker, Durgam Vahia, from the OpenSPARC project. He mentioned a recently released FPGA that was made possible because of OpenSPARC and was released by Xilinx. The board, based on the T1 microprocessor can be up and running with Solaris in about 30-45 minutes and is a great way for students or any interested parties to learn about the SPARC architecture.
That afternoon, I worked in the Sun booth at the RSA conference. Even though our booth was a bit off the beaten path, I still saw a lot of traffic coming our way. People were really interested in the OpenSolaris LiveCDs and hearing about the latest things we have been up to in Solaris Security. We also had an SCA 6000 card and a UltraSPARC T2 motherboard. The mother board was an odd "demo" - considering it had no power supply/memory/etc, and I really wished I had the OpenSPARC FPGA I had seen earlier that day :-)
Of course, I got several of the inevitable questions that I couldn't answer (really because I don't know anything, but even if I did, I still couldn't say).
Yesterday was a fun and crazy day, starting off bright and early with an OGB meeting, followed by a few Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day activities. I got to see the Project Wonderland demo, which was very cool - and the kids enjoyed playing the games, then I was lucky enough to have lunch with the girls from TechBridge. Their passion for science and math was truly inspiring!
Tuesday Mar 24, 2009
By bubbva on Mar 24, 2009
Well, the results are in! I was elected to the 2009-2010 OpenSolaris Governing Board, along with several other fine candidates. There were so many fine people running, I really had no idea if I would be elected. Now that I have been, I have a lot of work ahead of me, I think!
Unfortunately, the new constitution did not pass, due to lack of voter turnout, essentially. Which is exactly one of the major things the new constitution was trying to fix. Basically, in the existing constitution, in order to get voting rights in communities and recognized for your efforts, you need to become a core contributor. The elections depend on all core contributors turning out and voting, but it turns out that many of them are not interested in general governance, but rather just their community. The proposed constitution separated the rolls of electorate and contributor, so only those interested in governance would be required to vote. Alas, it did not pass.
I am looking forward to this extra challenge and I am now definitely inspired to make sure I leave a positive mark on the community!
Thursday Dec 18, 2008
By bubbva on Dec 18, 2008
Friday Dec 12, 2008
By bubbva on Dec 12, 2008
I'm about to become a published author! Okay, currently I'm just credited as "Sun Microsystems Security Engineers", but it is a step in the right direction. Our organization found that a lot of papers and books out there on Solaris security were out of date, just plain wrong or missing coverage of cool features, so we thought what better way of setting the record straight then writing our own book?
Management got behind this, and many of the members from our organization set to writing an outline for the book and for each chapter and found an interested publisher. Next came the hard part - writing the actual chapters! Okay, it wasn't that hard, because we all wrote about the technology areas we know and love, but we had to make tough calls on what to leave out and make sure we didn't miss any critical information. Once we got all of our drafts together, Sharon Veach edited our work and wrote the introduction for the book, Solaris Security Essentials. The book is on Safari right now for review before we publish - please leave comments on the Safari site so nothing gets lost. The external link only shows excerpts, so if you are internal to Sun, please create a login using your Sun email address and look at the Sun Internal link.
I worked with Jan Pechanec and Darren Moffat on the Solaris Cryptographic Framework chapter, which is all based on Solaris 10 Update 4. We leveraged work from my previous white paper and an updated paper by Wolfgang Ley. Some chapters appear to be missing still, but I'm sure they'll appear on the site over the next few days.
During this process I was told I use too many exclamation points in my writing, which (apparently) makes readers tired. How strange is that?
Wednesday Dec 10, 2008
By bubbva on Dec 10, 2008
Seems like ages ago when I was testing the first release candidate on my laptop, but I guess it was really less than a month ago. I'm pleasantly surprised at how quickly we are turning around these releases and getting them out the door. I am pleased that NWAM works so much better on 2008.11 than on 2008.05, it's good to know the team took all of the feedback they got from the previous release and incorporated a lot of good changes. For example, I now have the ability to bring up the NWAM GUI and request to change networks when the one I'm on is no longer desirable (or I've found that I chose poorly when given the initial selection). I can't wait to try this out in a conference environment, where access points change every time you go into a different room.
I'm still running Nevada development bits on my desktop, though, as it's SPARC based and we don't have OpenSolaris for SPARC yet. It's still the same base kernel & most of the same utilities and applications, so I am still doing valuable testing on the latest & greatest... but, let's face it, not nearly as cool. :-)
Tuesday Nov 11, 2008
By bubbva on Nov 11, 2008
Thursday Oct 02, 2008
By bubbva on Oct 02, 2008
So, I'm anofficial blogger for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing ... and my laptop hard drive dies. Read errors. Sense errors. Oh, joy. It is a brand new laptop - this being my first real use of it (other than installing Solaris on it, configuring VPN and verifying the system worked). Jim Hughes, a chief technologist at Sun, had the brilliant suggestion of using the OpenSolaris Live CD we included in all of the bags for everyone here at the Grace Hopper conference. Lo and behold, after an extended boot time, it worked! I'm online again. I can't access my Sun account, since my VPN keys are on the dead hard drive, but I can blog... it's something. The extended boot time is caused by the Live CD attempting to mount all devices, which includes a dodgey hard drive...
I guess I can facebook too... ;-)
Thursday Aug 14, 2008
By bubbva on Aug 14, 2008
Friday Aug 01, 2008
By bubbva on Aug 01, 2008
Friday Apr 18, 2008
By bubbva on Apr 18, 2008
I'm sitting here in one of the last sessions of the Sun Security Ambassadors conference, and thinking how lucky I was to be able to attend - getting the opportunity to learn what we are doing wrt to security in all our different GEOs, get in depth information into emerging security technologies, and I got to hear from some excellent luminaries in this field: Matt Bishop, Radia Perlman, Susan Landau & Michelle Dennedy. We've had a great agenda and I feel like my team and I will have a lot to take away from this.
With Sun Security Ambassadors this week, and RSA last week (more on that later), I've been away from my email and "day job". That means a lot of catchup for next week!
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