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Name: Arthur F. Tyde III
Member since: 2001-07-29 09:41:14
Last Login: 2012-06-11 20:04:12

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Co-Founder of Sputnik Inc. (

Wireless communication security, management and provisioning solutions for any size business.

Co-Founder of Linuxcare Inc. (

Linuxcare was founded in 1998 by Dave Sifry, Dave LaDuke and myself. The concept was to create a distribution neutral / platform neutral customer focused organization providing a variety of support and professional services to companies leading the adoption of GNU/Linux. Today Linuxcare is the leading provider of traditional support and professional services to the OEM, ISV and Global 1000 companies.

Founder & President - BALUG (SF Bay Area) Linux Users Group (

BALUG is the oldest independent GNU/Linux users group in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area and has been serving local enthusiasts since 1994. Meetings are always held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the center of San Francisco's historic Chinatown. We have remarkable speakers, and serve a full Family Style chinese dinner at every meeting. See for details.


Business (technology, business development and sales), electronics, pervasive computing (PDA's, WinCE software development, HID), flying (licensed private pilot), cultural anthropology (pre-spanish era american indian economies in the west/southwest, migrant workers, dead languages), CA licensed Private Investigator (#22361). Am a frequent speaker and panelist at Open Source and Linux conferences typically covering the deployment of GNU/Linux in enterprise or fault tolerant environments, business cases for GNU/Linux and occasionally a technical talk on integrating Samba into Win networks or Smartcard applications under Linux. Four times a year, I teach a course on investigating high tech crime, and another in surveillance technologies for private investigators, state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.


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I wonder if anyone still looks at this site? You can find me on Facebook and LinkedIn these days.

Keeping the wight off - weighed in at 180 yesterday, a sight better then 240 back in 2003.

Just loaded the top-secret eval version of Project David from SpecOps Labs in the Philippines. This thing is going to scare the shit out of Microsoft - it even had me looking over my shoulders. To start with, it runs Office XP Professional at least 60% faster then when I'm booted into XP itself. I mean, it was like BAM! It's up. There wasn't a single app I tried - IE 6.0, Powerpoint, Photoshop and games that the thing didn't run incredibly well. Actually, I wouldn't mind being able to throttle it back a bit. What amazed me more then anything was it's ability to run Microsoft Windows Server backoffice stuff like MS SQL Server. I'm convinced that their "Alpha" code designation means you can't print with it - cause that and USB devices were the only things I couldn't get working. It still needs some serious polishing - however, they do deliver on the ability to simply insert any Windows app CD, install and run it right off the Linux desktop. Much easier to use then straight-up Wine (there is some Wine in it) and much better integrated then the other Win on Lin offerings.

I'll be in Boston at Linuxworld hanging around the Linuxcare (Levanta) booth. I'd welcome the opportunity to see old friends if you're at the show. We'll even be running a Sputnik AP in the booth - levanta levanta... ;)

Lastly, thinking a lot about the LSB lately. I'd love to hear your opinions on 2.0, the upcoming 3.0 and ways the LSB could be more effective. I'm just diving into it - so feel free to educate me (kindly please).

In other news, I've lost 60 lbs since November 1st! No fad diet, no Atkins, no pills. Just cut out the soda, stopped eating like a pig - no junk food... and gym for an hour every day (keeping the heart rate at 150).

Bought a Powerbook 17 - very cool machine. When it arrived (fresh off the boat from Taiwan) I powered it up... DEAD PIXELS ALL OVER THE SCREEN. I was super surprised, as I've ordered no-name Intel notebooks from seriously questionable suppliers (in the past) and have NEVER had a screen with even a single dead pixel. While I have to hand it to Apple for designing a super cool notebook, I'm thowing this one back and hoping they'll send me a unit that works!

Need Linux device drivers?

I find it interesting that the management of this company have decided it best to conceal their identities. I wonder if these people have noticed?

Want to set up your own network of WiFI Hot Spots? Sputnik Claus has arrived. Check out this incredible deal at Sputnik. You can be your own Wireless ISP - or set up a network of secure, managed access points at your office(s). It's Cisco class performance at Wal-Mart prices. (please don't quote me) :)

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