Going West

Attention, attention, everybody I know: For the purposes of this exercise, I have categorized you into two (2) groups. Please determine which group you are most likely in (it should be easy), and act accordingly and without delay. I am trusting you here. This is not a drill. Here are the two groups:

  • Those of you who live in Seattle are hereby instructed to email me if you are interested in meeting up while I am in town. We'll attempt to arrange something that suits our various schedules.
  • The rest of you, who do not live in Seattle, are encouraged to email me if you would like to be added to my postcard list.
Thank you for your cooperation.



My office is a despicable mess. This, despite my best intentions to actually clean it up and get it organized. Part of the problem is laziness I suppose, but another part is that I keep accumulating more and more computers for various work-related reasons. Gaagh! I am now up to six. This is more than enough.

Recently I slapped a spare hard drive into my main workstation and installed Edgy on it. I'm reasonably happy with it. Actually I'm still getting used to using IMAP instead of POPping and manually synchronizing all my email (yes yes, welcome to the 90s, thank you I know), but one handy advantage of my current setup is that I can synchronize my PDA's calendar with my MacBook's and workstation's calendars, so that, no matter where I am, I can see how late I am for things! Hooray!

(Semi-surprisingly, the calendar synchronization worked much better in Ubuntu with Evolution than it did at first with my Mac. On the latter, I had to install Palm Connect and use its iSync conduit, and hack USB vendor and product codes into an XML file somewhere. It works, but I think I wasn't supposed to get away with it. Fortunately, Mac Mail.app seems to kick Evolution's butt for everything else.)



We're juggling a lot of things right now, and it's going to be really interesting to see what happens with all of them. Having joined the Air Transport Association, Carillon is representing the DSWG (Digital Security Working Group of the ATA) on a number of fronts. We're actively spreading awareness of digital security standards around the air transport industry (hence my presentation in Louisville last month), and Carillon is now more or less the primary author of the DSWG Certificate Policies, which is pretty cool since DSWG certificates are going to be used all over the industry in the coming years.

Unsurprisingly, one current hurdle is that PKI is only well understood by a small set of people. To the industry's credit, things have come a long way in the last few years and many manufacturers and airlines now have PKI experts on staff. This sort of knowledge doesn't necessarily cross boundaries well, though, but it needs to in order to get projects kick-started. We've written a set of documents, which I call the Fingerpuppet Theatre, that explain PKI fundamentals. Using fingerpuppets. Because fingerpuppets are informative and witty. The goal is to present enough technical detail to accurately get the point across, in the kind of language that actually allows the point to accurately get across.

It sounds odd to write technical security tutorials in such a frivolous way, but I believe it serves a purpose.

There's a lot of stuff going to happen in the year 2007. It should be an interesting ride.

Running tree?

(Posted on November 27, 2006 00:49)


Faithful reader, I like you. I really do. That is why I bring you places with me.

Presently I am in terminal 2 of YYZ, where the Caesar salad doesn't taste like anything (!!) and the New York steak comes with woefully inadequate plastic utensilry. However, for there is always a however, I am Close Enough (tm) to a Maple Leaf Lounge that I can leach their free wireless, which offers a pretty nice way to kill a couple of hours.

This trip gets more and more interesting every time I check my email, a phenomenon about which I can say little more. See you in Seattle, assuming my plane can land amid all the snow.

(Posted on November 29, 2006 23:05)