Jeff Silverman's web page
I'm the sysadmin of www.commercialventvac.com.
However, my day job is as Linux System Administrator for
non-standard infrastructure at Google. Prior to that I was
Developer Supporter at Google. I've been a software test
engineer at F5 Networks and a Network
Support Engineer for F5 Networks. Prior to that, I worked two
stints for Real Networks as a
linux sysadmin. I've been a general computer expert for Seattle Forestry Sciences
Laboratory (SFSL) (See the section on below).
sysadmin at Mathsoft's Data
Analysis Products Division (next known as Insightful, now part of Tibco,
and formerly known at Statistical
Sciences (Statsci). Sometimes I write web pages and sometimes
I write other software for other things. I am also the president of
Men Working Against Abuse
(MWAA), a domestic violence organization dedicated to helping
men with their abuse issues. I am a father, and I purport to
think about Jewish topics, and sometimes all of these things overlap
in various strange and wonderful ways. However, I have written an affirmation of
cluelessness, where, after much thought and deliberation, I
decide I haven't a clue.
I am also doing some free lance consulting for Area 51 Productions,
a start independent startup film and TV production studio.
Table of contents:
(Text in this Arial font are references
to external pages)
Computer Stuff and Consulting Services I do.
Personal Stuff (friends and family) and also
I have a page of pictures. and a page
with links to all of my HTML files.
My Geek Code.
Domestic violence (really abuse) Stuff.
Real World Stuff including transit information and links
to the government and my essay on fear of
My resume (using open
office BTW. The resume in Microsoft Word format.
Temple Beth Am did a Trip to Israel, including a list of web pages.
Transportation resources: planes,
trains, buses, bicycles, boats, automobiles.
I am writing a science fiction novel in the my spare time, The
Woman who was unstuck in time. It always bothered me that
So first of all, all of the units are in the metric system, and
second of all, the protagonist is a woman, and three, she doesn't
fall in love at the end of the book: she falls in love near the
beginning, and she is happily married with children. Please read the
book and then send me
- There was relatively little science in science fiction, and
- The hero always gets the girl at the end of the movie
Software engineering and computer
system design topics
My software engineering page. I am
trying to make an unbiased comparison
of operating systems. I also have a comparison of
operating system security between MS-Windows and Linux which I
hope you will enjoy.
I am working on an open source project, an open source DNS monitor,
with connections to E-mail, SNMP, a web server a command line
interface and a VT100 interface. I am also writing a book, Failure is Not an Option: a guide to
building highly reliable computer systems from cheap hardware
and open source software.. Also, I wrote an essay on Network Neutrality,
which tries to explain why this is a big deal.
In response to the recent break-ins at Target and Neiman Marcus,
I wrote an essay comparing the
relative security of MS-Windows compared with Linux.
A tutorial on how to
send secret information over an insecure system, or, how to send
private information over E-mail (This is for you, Hillary
Documenting the python dpkt package.
I am working on documenting Jon Oberheide's dpkt
python package, which is a python interface to raw packets. I
am building a decoder. The documentation is at dpkt.html.
Google Charts and Google's visualization API
For more information on my work with Google's visualization API,
More essays on software engineering, most of which are now out
Why Not Microsoft? A manifesto
on software reliability and Microsoft operating systems. Windows/NT on the DEC
Alpha (Ha, Ha! If you want
64 bit computing, you can use Tru64 Unix, Spell Check (or is that Czech?) poem.
E-mail, Viruses and Virus Hoaxes
The Year 2000 crisis
There is a new standard in work from W3C for typesetting
Do you have an Epson 1670 Perfection scanner running under
linux and SANE? Installing it is a pain, so I wrote an installation procedure
for the Epson 1670, SANE, and RedHat Fedora Core 1.
Humor: If operating systems
On light and being: Kabalah
Creations: A comparison of creation
stories. Evolution, the big bang, and the creation stories of
A management audit of the sedrah Noach - the Noah story and the Tower of Babel.
Elastic Judaism and the Pittsburgh Platform,
or why I am having troubles getting Daniel to judaica studies.
Jewish Humor . Also, recipes for obscure burgers.
Experiments in rendering Hebrew for the Web.
This is somewhat ironic because I don't know hebrew (maybe I
The end of the world, or
should Jews eat out every once in a while?
Why are we here, which I
A short story about how how I met the Messiah.
The map of the middle east I
always wanted to draw. Now google apps gives me the technology to
Stop the war in the Persian Gulf!
I got a letter
from Ingrid Brucato which was published Dec 12 2002 in the
Seattle Post Intelligencer. Ingrid also wrote a
letter to the editor with regards to North Korea, which has
not been published. Finally, I wrote a
letter about Ingrid's story, and how it is relevant to the Iraqi
Have you wondered why removing dams
from the Columbia river might be a bad idea? Me niether, but my
son did, so I created a calculation
of Carbon Dioxide emissions resulting from removing a dam
from the lower columbia river.
I wrote an essay comparing gravity, elecromagnetism, and
the Strong Force. In reading it over again, I see that it
really needs more exposition.
convinced me to start blogging in public.
An Action Alert: Israeli Politics!
Please see ActionAlert.htmfor
what the radical right religious minority is doing in Israel.
portfolio of selected writings and presentations, gathered
into a single page.
This section is devoted to material
which doesn't really fit into other categories and is mostly about
people I care about. It does have a link to My resume, and to my
patent (or, you can look at Delphion.com's
patent server). and my geek code.
My wife is an experienced
nanny in the Seattle area.
Maps: I love maps
The US Census TIGER
database (your taxpayer dollars at work!). The United States
Geodetic survey (USGS). Yahoo's Map server.
MapQuest has topological maps.
I am mastering a program called
GRASS, which is an Open Source GIS system. Here
is a map I made of the pacific northwest.
Weather, tides, and other time
The current time in Seattle, Washington
The weather is from the U.W Department of
weather from NWBoating and NOAA. The tide information is
generation weather radar for Seattle and vacinity.
See also the Time and Weather
Current highway conditions are at
State DOT. Where is my bus (Metro
Transit in the University
District and at the Hub)?
the U district! The railroad station in Wenatchee,
WA. Amtrak Train 8 to Chicago leaves at 8:52 PM and
Train 7 to Seattle leaves at 5:30 AM.
Sometimes, I visit my sister in San Francisco. There is transit information
City of Seattle
Want to take a bus from Seattle to the Evergreen State College
(TESC) in Olympia? I created a page especially for the weekends.
My legislators from the 43rd district in the
Chop (D), and Murray,
Edward (D). In the senate: Sen.
Pat Thibaudeau (D-43).
The Washington State Department of
Transportation, who has webcams of
Pass, and Stevens
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The United States Department of
The National Forest
The Forest Service The Pacific Northwest Research
Station in Portland Oregon.
The Seattle Forestry Sciences
Laboratory, which is also known as the Fire and
Environmental Research Applications Team.
US Coast and Goedetic Survey (USGS)
The White House
United States Congress
Our senators, Patty Murray and Jim McDermott
My openSSL public key
If you want to send me a secret email, then encrypt it with Jeff Silverman's openssl public key:
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For instructions on how to do it, refer to How to send encrypted email over an insecure connection.