Jeff Silverman's web page
I'm the sysadmin of www.commercialventvac.com.
However, in the past, I've automated test software for Juniper
networks, software test software for Impinj, system administration for
Tommy Bahama, 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. I've also done Natural Language Processing for Prosoft.
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
- Science fiction for the American and British markets were frequently in the English or Imperial system,
- There was relatively little science in science fiction, and
- The hero always gets the girl at the end of the movie
Natural Language Processing (NLP)
I met this guy, Kerry Fultz, at a Puget Sound Python Users Group (PuPPY) meeting. He said that he needed a python programmer to do some Natural Language Processing.
I told him that I knew nothing about NLP. He said that that was
okay, he didn't have any money to pay me. So, I studied NLP.
There are a couple of places you should go. If you are a student
of NLP, and want to learn how it works, then go to the Natural Language Tool Kit (NLTK). On the other hand, if you just to get something done, then spacy.io is the way to go. There is a web page called displacy, which shows off how to do a block diagram of a sentence, and uses spacy's technology.
If you are going to "do" NLP, then you should be familiar with the Pennsylvania Treebank Part of Speech (POS) tags.
Question: What is the difference between "Let's eat, kids" and "Let's eat kids". And before you are horrified, consider that "kid" can mean a human child or a young goat.
Software engineering and computer
system design topicsI 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.
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,
Also see the annotated line
More essays on software engineering, most of which are now out
of date.Spell Check (or is that Czech?) poem.
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
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. A link to Google'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.
City of Seattle
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 Maria Cantwell.
My public keys
If you want to correspond with me secretly, then use openssl to
encrypt and decrypt messages. I have documented the
procedure at Jeff Silverman's
public Keys page, which has both openssl and GPG public keys.
My home website
I have created a website for experimenting with various web
Silverman's experiments in website design.