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The Valley

Visited the Valley for the first time since 2002. Had to see some old landmarks:

Here is where it all began Sidecar plaque

As I told Joe, the Valley is a drug. After a few hours on the ground I was ready to move back. I drove over the Oakland Bay Bridge and was impressed at how lovely it is – very distracting to drive over!

Written by Ry Jones

22 November 2015 at 23:13

Posted in Tech

USB Thumbdrive Bench marks, part 2

As a followup to part 1, here are the results of copying the VM over.

lexar.log:   Speed : 1176.492 MegaBytes/min.
samsung.log: Speed :  719.846 MegaBytes/min.
sandisk.log: Speed :  628.951 MegaBytes/min.
klarge.log:  Speed :  569.867 MegaBytes/min.
kmicro.log:  Speed :  510.156 MegaBytes/min.

I ran the test which was causing me failures before and neither the Lexar nor the Samsung exhibited those errors. I assume my other Lexar is failing but I don’t have time to do a torture test and the VMs run fine from them so there we go.

Written by Ry Jones

13 October 2015 at 11:33

Posted in Tech

USB 3.0 thumb drive benchmarking

Bought five thumb drives to find one worthy of handing out by the gross. The goal is to run virtual machines directly from the thumb drive. I bought all of the USB 3.0, 16 gig thumb drives Amazon Fresh had on offer. Here are the results:

I also tested a personally owned one:

  • Kingston 64 Gb $21.95: one. Speed was so bad I didn’t run a second test.
  • Lexar same as above: one, two.

I ran the test on my personally owned Lexar drive because the failures I’ve had with it are the reason I’m doing this test at all.

The next test is to copy the VM over to each of the four drives that scored about the same and give it a whirl. Actually, if it works well enough on the Samsung, I’ll stop there.

Written by Ry Jones

11 October 2015 at 15:07

Posted in Tech


Got the word today that a large portion of my former team has been let go; we had a GTG scheduled for Friday afternoon already, it just turns out it will be more of an Irish wake than planned.

Written by Ry Jones

16 September 2015 at 21:29

Posted in Tech

BeyondCorp is Google’s rethink of corporate IT security

Here’s the white paper (pdf). WSJ blurbs for slightly different details. This longer form post from 2013 includes two USENIX talks from LISA 2013. Not everyone works at Google’s scale, or with Google’s money, of course. Another search phrase for this is “zero trust networking”

Written by Ry Jones

9 July 2015 at 23:57

Posted in Tech

Which is it?

From the front page of The articles are right next to each other – no editing needed.

Written by Ry Jones

31 January 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Tech

It kills me

I see some puff piece like this and there’s no ticker symbol next to Sun Microsystems. eBay survived and fucking Sun bit it. I may not bleed purple but I really enjoyed my time in NSPG and the products we worked on.

Written by Ry Jones

28 January 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Tech


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