The Outer Circle

Introduction

My name is Peter Wood and I am a Network Security Specialist for the Technical Infrastructure Group of Information Systems Services at Lancaster University. I have a BSc (Hons) in Computing Science from Staffordshire University and have since been employed in varying capacities at British Waterways and Macrovision Europe.

Professional Life

At Lancaster University I spend my time devided between general tasks that our entire team performs and tasks unique to my role in Network Security. I also lead and take part in several large scale project based work. I am currently involved with the following projects:

Free and Open Source Software

I have been an advocate of using Free and Open Source software for over ten years. While I admire what Linux has achieved, I am a bigger fan of BSD-based unix, especially FreeBSD. I find FreeBSD's directory layout and configuration system to be more agreeable then others.

Embedded/Single Board Computers

I enjoy the challenge of working on embedded and single board computers, in particular the amount of permiment and transiant storage available. While both are relativly inexpensive I don't believe that they should be wasted if it can be avoided. I highly recommend Soekris SBCs for projects, I currently have a net4801 running a cut down version of FreeBSD controlling my flat central heating.

I am currently planning to use a net4521 in my car as a GPS tracking system, additionally adding a wireless card in order to constantly wardrive. With positional information updated via GPRS and wardriving information updated once the car returns in range of my home wireless network.

There are many guides about making cut down versions of FreeBSD and Linux, but in particular I highly recommend the UltraDesc miniBSD 6.x guide. If you really wish to cut down an OS to do a particular job I recommend their miniBSD eXtreme guide.

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GPG/PGP Key

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