Monday Aug 20, 2007

Brief Vacation in Niagara Falls

Originally uploaded by gbrunett

It was time for a little mini-vacation. For a few days last week, my family and I traveled to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. We had an excellent trip and with views such as these, you can easily see why! What a beautiful place to take in a wonder of nature.

Not only that, but it was a great excuse to try out my new camera. \*grin\* I have a few other pictures that I will upload soon that were taken closer to home.

Gotta get back to work!

Take care,


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Tuesday Feb 21, 2006

RSA 2006 Security Conference Photos

Previously, I wrote about Sun's speaking presence at the RSA security conference this year. Well, now that this year's conference is in the books, and I wanted to share some pictures of the event with you.

The RSA Security Conference was at the Convention Center in San Jose, CA this year.

RSA Entrance

Sun installed a number of Sun Ray 170 Ultra-Thin Clients around the conference center allowing people free access to the Internet. The Sun Rays were also featured through the Sun booth on the show flow. One small note: if you are using publically available kiosks such as these - please be sure to log yourself our of your sessions and close down the browser! I can't tell you how many times I came across someone's e-mail or browser session (where they had neglected to log themselves out). You would think privacy and security would be more of a concern for attendees at a conference like RSA, but then again...

Sun Kiosks

Here we have Mark Thacker (Product Line Manager, Solaris Security and Solaris Trusted Extensions) working on the show floor setting up a demonstration of Solaris 10 based on his recently published HOWTO: Eliminating Web Page Hijacking Using Solaris 10 Security.

Mark Thacker

Sun Security Illuminati - Gilles Gravier (Chief Security Strategist) [left] and Jim Hughes (Sun Fellow) [right] pose for a picture on the show floor. Jim hosted a BoF session on day 1 of the show titled "Storage Security - Use of Encryption to Protect Data at Rest".

Jim Hughes/Gilles Gravier

A quick screen shot of Solaris Trusted Extensions. "TX" (as it is affectionally known) is the successor to Trusted Solaris 8. Instead of being a separate product, however, Trusted Extensions will be offered as a piece of software that is layered on top of Solaris 10. TX was announced at RSA and will be available to customers (in beta form) in April.

Solaris Trusted Extensions

Another area of the Sun Booth focused on Secure Service Oriented Architectures (or Secure SOA) for short. Rafat Alvi gave an excellent talk on Secure SOA to a standing room only crowd on day 1 of the conference. It was obvious that this is an area of intense interest judging by the way Rafat was also mobbed as he manned the the Secure SOA area of the Sun booth.

Secure SOA

The Sun booth also featured a variety of other offerings including Sun's new SCA-6000 cryptographic accelerator, Sun's identity management and compliance offerings, Sun's encrypting tape drive, and much more!

Back on stage, the man who needs no introduction... Whit Diffie was a speaker at the RSA Crytographers Panel. Whit shared the stage with crypto luminaries: Ronald Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Martin Hellman. The panel was moderated by Burt Kaliski.

Whit Diffie

Scott McNealy was one of the keynote speakers at RSA this year. Scott's talk was titled "Embracing Risk and Opportunity Through Security". The main thrust of the talk focused on the security and management challenges created by "best of breed" product selection leading to a virtual "Frankenstein" of non-standard, non-interoperable and non-integrated silos in the Data Center. Scott also talked about the security risks of monoculture on the desktop. One of the key themes throughout Scott's talk was Sun(SM) Systemic Security.

Systemic Security #1

Scott McNealy/Systemic

Systemic Security #2

While talking about how Sun builds security into our porfolio of products and services, Scott was joined by James Gosling (Sun Fellow, the Father of Java) who talked about security design issues and challenges considered when designing the Java language.

Scott McNealy/James Gosling

Scott was also joined by Dr. Sheueling Chang (Sun Distinguished Engineer) who talked about her work on Elliptic Curve Cryptography and Sun's contributions to the open-source and standards efforts in that area.

There was so much happening at RSA, there is just not enough time to write about it all. I hope however that this can shed a little light into some of what Sun was doing at the conference!

Take care,


Thursday Jul 15, 2004

Medford Lakes, NJ Flooding

On Monday, July 12th, what seemed like any typical summer thunderstorm turned nasty. Apparently the storm front stalled over the Burlington County, NJ area (including Medford, Medford Lakes, Lumberton, Vincentown, and Southamton) and the rain did not stop... Nearly twelve inches of rain later...

Not only did we suffer from severe flood conditions as a sheer result of the rainfall, but several of the dams and bridges in the area gave way to the volume of water. In fact, there was a cascading dam failure resulting in the drainage of several lakes into the Rancocas Creek.

This last picture (above) shows a huge sinkhole at the top center where once Medford Lake's primary beach ("Beach 1") existed. To the left of the sinkhole is one of the dams that was breached. The bike path and park to the left of the picture were flooded leaving canoes wrapped (literally) around trees. In fact, I saw a canoe wrapped around a tree as high as six feet off the ground.

While we lost bridges, lakes and dams, we were very lucky. Downstream, towns like Lumberton and Pemberton were completely flooded and are still underwater today.

For more information on this flood, you can see:

Lakes Drained In Medford After Dams Burst

Hundreds Homeless In Wake Of New Jersey Flooding

Pemberton Residents Evacuated During Storm


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