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Building versus doing

I was thinking the other night – I don’t think any of the late nights and weekends I’ve put in working on stuff in this industry has moved the ball a single inch. Reading this I think that’s widespread – many people are doing, not building. Nobody cared about the Fire Phone, nobody cared about MSN Mobile, nobody cared about y2k, nobody cared about all the cool crypto stuff we did at $SUNW.

Need to learn to pick projects more carefully, I suppose – but I needed to learn that in the 80s.

Written by Ry Jones

22 January 2016 at 14:43

Posted in Tech

CES 2016 “enhanced” security posture

For months leading up to CES I’ve been getting email warning about the new rules and bag inspection regime. I watched thousands of people go through the gates in front of me without the metal detector guys wanding anyone. My laptop bag inspections consisted of:

  • Watching me put the bag down, begin to unzip it, waving me through 
  • Waving me through
  • One lady was too busy texting or playing Angry Birds to even look up
  • The two people at the gate too busy talking dirty to each other to even pay attention to everyone walking in

Total theatre. I did make it to Battlefield Vegas, though; shot two magazines through an StG44 and ran 100 rounds through a minigun. That was fun.


Written by Ry Jones

10 January 2016 at 17:09

Posted in Tech

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


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