Friday Jan 04, 2008

Redshift, Cell Phones and Sun

On Monday, December 24th, 2007, Jonathan said:

Christmas Day is a day of massively high load for Sun's customers across the world. This year will undoubtedly set a pile of new records. Millions upon millions of network enabled gifts will be given in December, and a huge chunk will be unwrapped and turned on tomorrow. Digital still and video cameras will start pumping content to photo/video sharing services. Mobile phones will need to be provisioned, and will start downloading and sharing content (on a global basis, the network load from New Year's Eve MMS messages goes beyond staggering). Set top boxes, networked picture frames, video game consoles, navigation devices, stuffed animals, sports equipment and automobiles - will all come on-line tomorrow. On the same day. And everyone will (and should) expect flawless service.

and he hit the nail right on the head. Today (thanks to the Associated Press), comes this story: Congestion causes text message slowdown which reads (in part):

Analysts said last month that Americans may have spent more in 2007 for the first time on their cell phones than on land lines and pay phones. And people are using their cell phones in growing ways — for text messages, video messages, e-mail and Web access.

So, we have more people using more phones for more services... I guess you could say that there were more than a few who were underserved on New Year's Eve.

In fact, so many people tried to send text messages on New Year's Eve that networks got jam-packed and many of the missives arrived hours later — or not at all.

Every day more and more devices are being connected to the network. The more content being shared combined with increasing levels of participation and new capabilities only serves to increase its intrinsic value. The greater its value the more people will want to participate. Every day opens up new opportunity for everyone especially Sun - whose singluar vision "the network is the computer" is even more true today then when it was coined. As the network is flooded with all of these new consumers and devices, will your service be able to keep up? If you have any doubts, give us a ring, I am sure we can help. After all, we have helped many people already and are helping more every day.

Happy new year everyone!

Friday Dec 22, 2006

Crime Fighting in the Participation Age

This just in... YouTube helps police find murder suspect

TORONTO (Reuters) - A video posted on the ultra-popular Web site YouTube has helped Canadian
police find a man they believe responsible for a murder.

While a lot of the talk about Web 2.0 and the Participation Age has been around social networking, sharing and collaboration, here is a concrete example of how these new forms of technology and services can be applied to help make the world a safer place. Kudos to the Hamilton City Police Department for taking the concept of neighborhood watch into the Web 2.0 world.

Monday Jan 03, 2005

Solaris 10, SunRays, and even JDS3 Linux...

I realize that it has been a while since my last posting, so I wanted to provide a quick update as to some fun I had over the holiday break. I am planning on providing some new security content in the very near future. As an aside, for those who prefer a more structured format, the Sun BluePrints will be publishing a few of my articles (with new and updated content) later this month.

Anyway, during the holiday, I decided to tackle two things. First, I upgraded my home Ultra 10 to Solaris 10 (build 74). The installation process was completely smooth and without incident. I had everything up and running in a hour or so. With that out of the way, I then installed the (version 3.0). This too worked out of the box (or CD has the case may be) without any problems. So, in just a few hours, I found myself with an Ultra 10 with SRSS 3.0 on Solaris 10 - ready for action.

To go with this setup, I recently purchased 3 Sun Ray 150 clients. My goal is spread them throughout the house so that people can have easy access to the network using a comfortable user interface. In fact, my son, who is going to be three in a few days, is going to get one for his birthday! (Sssh! Don't tell him!)

Using the Sun Ray Server Software kiosk mode, I can give him easy access to the web content of his choosing like PBS Kids and Noggin making him have to login to a system, start a browser, etc. Quick and painless. The only thing that I needed to do beyond what I have described above was install the Macromedia Flash plugin for Solaris so that he could play some of the games at the sites above.

Now that all of that software and hardware had been tested, I turned my eyes to my laptop. I have been running beta (pre-release) versions of JDS Linux on my primary (read: only) laptop since the very first release of the software. As such, I jumped at the chance to participate in the JDS3 Linux beta program. So, with reckless abandon, I wiped my laptop and dropped down the JDS3 Linux bits. I am in fact typing up this blog entry from my freshly installed system. For those who are curious, so far so good. I installed JDS3 a few days ago and have already seen a significant improvement a number of areas including support for hardware devices. I am using a Toshiba M2 (1.7GHz, 512M, 60G, NVidia GeForce FX Go5200, 1000BT, 802.11abg).

I have it running currently using an external monitor (@ 1280x1024), but I have also been using its LCD (@ 1400x1050). Both the wired and wireless network adapters were recognized and worked out of the box. In fact, the only software that I loaded on the system (beyond what was available on the JDS disks) was the Cisco VPN client and some networking and security utilities that I use for my "day job".

Anyway, I have to run - post-break work pileup. If you have questions on any of the above, please let me know. Take care!


Monday Jun 28, 2004


Hello and welcome to my first attempt at a blog. Before I begin, I would just like to tell you a little about who I am and what I do. As you can tell from the title, my name is Glenn Brunette. I have a Master's in Computer Science from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA, and I have been working in and around computer and information security for well over a decade.

I am a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. working in the Client Services (formerly Professional Services) division. I have been with Sun for nearly five years and am currently working in the United State's Chief Technologist's Office as the Chief Security Architect for the region.

In this role, my work falls into three different areas: (1) working with teams in my region to ensure that security is built into our solutions and that our teams have a baseline level of security knowledge and training; (2) working with teams across Sun on all kinds of matters related to the security of our products, services, training and certification programs; and (3) working with customers either in a mentoring or consulting capacity. As a general rule, my goal is to help make it easier for Sun and our customers to build and maintain secure computing environments.

In addition to my "day job", I also work on a number of side projects. For example, I am the co-founder and lead developer of the Solaris Security Toolkit (also known as "JASS"). You will probably see me posting about it from time to time. In addition, I am also an active member of the Center for Internet Security's Unix Benchmark Team as well as the National Cybersecurity Partnership's Technical Standards and Common Criteria Task Force.

You can also find me publishing articles for the Sun BluePrints program or speaking at Sun conferences and events such as SunNetwork.


This area of cyberspace is dedicated the goal of raising cybersecurity awareness. This blog will discuss cybersecurity risks, trends, news and best practices with a focus on improving mission assurance.


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