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Posted: 11/13/2002 11:34:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2002 11:33:04 PM EDT by Ire]
Well, since we've got our own techie forum, how about everyone introducing themselves....

Me? I'm a Unix (Solaris)/Win nt/2k sys admin. I started out with NT, moved to Linux, then to Solaris. I also work with SQL, Perl, Apache, Sendmail, Bind, PHP, and SSH/SSL. Been doing it for about 10 years, and still find tons to learn.

so, that's me. who are you?
Link Posted: 11/13/2002 11:52:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/13/2002 11:54:50 PM EDT by llanero]
I don't know crap about 'puters and it pisses me off. So can you tell me WTF a sniffer is/does?
Also, I just want to say that I appreciate those who know their way around cyberstuff--I am envious.
Link Posted: 11/14/2002 2:18:25 PM EDT
A sniffer is a program (or device) that hooks up to a network to look at all the traffic. If you are having oddball network problems or trying to find out if a machine is getting an answer back for an arp request, and such, sniffing can occasionally help you out. Oh, in some cases you can sniff passwords for unecrypted services on your local segment.
Link Posted: 11/15/2002 2:50:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/15/2002 2:51:43 AM EDT by gaspain]
Sniffing and are used by criminals to "sniff" out passwords, be aware of the Federal laws regarding this activity, and dont sniff my network...unless you want to get cracked on the head with the stock of my M4.
Link Posted: 11/15/2002 3:32:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/15/2002 3:33:49 AM EDT by llanero]
don't M4s have those wimpy little tele-stocks?
Seriously==I don't even know what the hell a network or a server is.
The only computer class I took in college was basically a "how to use Windows" thing which was a joke. This all sounds intriguing though...

BTW, gaspain--I HATE your sig line.
Link Posted: 11/15/2002 6:59:38 AM EDT
Saying that only criminals use sniffers is completely false. Do criminals use them? Sure. But so do network engineers with valid reasons, none of which break the law.

Just my .02



Originally Posted By gaspain:
Sniffing and are used by criminals to "sniff" out passwords, be aware of the Federal laws regarding this activity, and dont sniff my network...unless you want to get cracked on the head with the stock of my M4.

Link Posted: 11/15/2002 3:16:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gaspain:
Sniffing and are used by criminals to "sniff" out passwords, be aware of the Federal laws regarding this activity, and dont sniff my network...



Let's see....using a sniffer is not a common exercise, and although criminals and hackers may occasionally do so, that's probably not their most common usage.

Perhaps you'd consider securing your network a bit so you don't need to worry about folks sniffing it.
Link Posted: 11/18/2002 11:32:13 AM EDT
Longtime Hardware tech, Now networks and admin..
(Yea I run a maint shop for Umass Compsci..)
started out on Sperry Univacs in the army and then Vaxs and everything else along the way.
Done some Unix sys admin can't stand it and forgot most of it as I don't use it now.. (That and I still try VMS commands at a CLI! then up through the diffent gens of os's I have used had to use..)
Damn CRS..
Link Posted: 11/18/2002 10:33:51 PM EDT
I'm a unix admin for a phone company. Mostly Solaris.
I've been admining Solaris for about 4 years now.
and BSD (free/net/open/BSDI) for about 6 years.
I also have been an NT admin, amature DBA, LAN/WAN admin, tech support, billing admin, and about everything else in the ISP biz.
Servicewise, apache,stronghold,sendmail,qmail,bind,netscap­e and iplanet ldap, netscape enterprise server,oracle,mysql,mssql,emerald billing suite,NTmail,post.office,and abunch of other crap nobody's heard of.
Link Posted: 11/21/2002 10:37:02 PM EDT
I'm a mathematics major working part-time as tech support.
Hacker-in-training(in the Eric Raymond problem-solver notion - it goes well with my math inclinations - not the 2600 script kiddie notion).
Fool around with Win2k/XP at work(i.e. for pay), go home(or to the lab) and mess with *nix for work(educational)/fun.
Trying to assimilate as much as I can in the wee hours of the morning.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 10:32:49 AM EDT
Navy Master Chief, Microsoft MSCE, Novell CNE, CompTIA A+, Net+, GIAC ... and now managment and an instructor of Network Technologies at the Univercity of California Riverside Extension.

Worked with NT4, Win2000, Novell, Sun Solaris and Macintosh servers for a bunch of years. Haven't done much administration in the last four or so years, I do management and some security now.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 11:03:35 AM EDT
Assistant Director of Technology at a public school district.

I'm a Novell guy, and have some Win 2K training. CNA Netware 5, 5.1, and 6, MCP, Network +, A+. Mostly manage day to day stuff, keep the techs in line.

Every now and then, they let me work on the network.

Av.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 11:48:22 AM EDT
Network Admin
NT, Netware 4.11 (I know), Terminal Server, Exchange, PC support, etc etc...

General do-it-all kinda thing.

Scott
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 10:24:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/22/2002 10:25:05 PM EDT by ColonelKlink]

Originally Posted By ProfessorEvil:

Originally Posted By gaspain:
Sniffing and are used by criminals to "sniff" out passwords, be aware of the Federal laws regarding this activity, and dont sniff my network...



Let's see....using a sniffer is not a common exercise, and although criminals and hackers may occasionally do so, that's probably not their most common usage.

Perhaps you'd consider securing your network a bit so you don't need to worry about folks sniffing it.



Yeah they usually use key stroke recorders and then share the folder out as something innocent looking.
Link Posted: 11/24/2002 11:17:37 PM EDT
UNIX software developer. Work on Solaris at the office, but like FreeBSD for home use. Develop mostly in C, but do some Korn shell and perl scripting. I've been programming professionally for three years, before it was just for a interesting hobby (like building black rifles). I used to be a finance guy.
Link Posted: 11/25/2002 11:58:02 PM EDT
Solaris Sys Admin.


Got snoop?
Link Posted: 12/2/2002 7:54:41 PM EDT
Comp Sci instructor.

20 years exp in computer science. (1983+)

Link Posted: 12/8/2002 12:41:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2005 9:59:49 PM EDT by Delta_3_63]
Automation Controls Engineer/Integrator/Programmer.

Your basic soup to nuts guy.
Link Posted: 12/12/2002 2:05:07 AM EDT
CNE, MCP (x5 long story), A+, Net+, GIAC.

Teach computer networking, A+, and some application use for the University of California.

Use to administer Novell and Microsoft NT machines, a few Solaris/Unix machines. Now I'm more of a network security advisor and packet level guy who get's called in when the shit is really really deep.

Mostly manage people vice electrons anymore
Link Posted: 12/19/2002 3:49:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By llanero:
I don't know crap about 'puters and it pisses me off. So can you tell me WTF a sniffer is/does?
Also, I just want to say that I appreciate those who know their way around cyberstuff--I am envious.



I thought a sniffer was what a dog did to another dog or tire or etc...

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 12/23/2002 1:25:32 PM EDT
I'm an engineer by education, but longtime computer hobbyist. I play a bit on Linux, using a dedicated box as a gateway for my DSL line. Hoping to get some more machines in the future to play with home automation and such. Learning Java, learned a bit of C, all fun stuff.

rm -rf /
Link Posted: 1/19/2003 9:58:43 PM EDT
Web designer and hard coding when I have too,
3D artist, graphic designer.
Link Posted: 1/19/2003 9:59:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
Comp Sci instructor.

20 years exp in computer science. (1983+)





You and your wooden computer.
Link Posted: 1/19/2003 10:05:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:
Sex toy designer and I hardly touch a woman, except when I have too,
masochist, graphic porn is my game.

Link Posted: 1/19/2003 10:22:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:
Sex toy designer and I hardly touch a woman, except when I have too,
masochist, graphic porn is my game.




Thats supposed to be our little secret!
Link Posted: 1/21/2003 9:17:11 AM EDT
I am thinking about building a wooden PC - do you have plans for one?



Originally Posted By ilikelegs:

Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
Comp Sci instructor.

20 years exp in computer science. (1983+)





You and your wooden computer.

Link Posted: 1/24/2003 10:29:04 PM EDT
I was born and raised on winBLOWS (yes, I am really a computer program born on windows) and know my way around the cheap system pretty well. I know 95,98,NT,& 2000. I even know 3.x and DOS! Damn those sucked! I recently (about a year ago) got Redhat Linux. It is the most powerful tool I've ever used, but sometimes pisses me off. "With power comes complexity". Also, I would like a gig or so of RAM to run it because it is kind of slow when installed in full. I figure I need to roll my own kernel. I'll get around to it one day.

Patrick
Link Posted: 2/16/2003 4:33:40 PM EDT
A sniffer (either program on a PC or specific piece of equipment) can only be used if someone has access to your network. Unless one is using a wireless network, in which case anyone with a wireless sniffer (or program) can look at EVERYTHING anyone is doing on the network. A sniffer can decode each any every packet of UDP or TCF/IP.
Link Posted: 2/16/2003 8:55:56 PM EDT
Grock...I'm still learning...are you up tonight ???
Link Posted: 3/10/2003 9:54:41 PM EDT
Old thread but...

Mac test tech (Apple/Colorado until it closed)
Storage Works Tech (DEC died)
Level 3 phone tech(Gateway burnout)

Since Paul did it… (I normally lie and make fun of people with certs )
MCSE 2k, MCP 98, A+, NET+, SCNA, CCNA... and a few manufacturer specific certs.

Also
ASCE, ASIT soon (3 months) BSCS, BSIT

Know a little C++, C#, HTML, ASP, SQL, PL/SQL, VB, PERL. Sprech und zee AD, GPO, IP, TCP, Firewall, Solaris, NT, 9x, Linux And I slept at a Holiday Inn Express once. In fact my family owns one in New Mexico.

... unemployed (mostly because I wanna be)
Link Posted: 3/14/2003 8:03:54 AM EDT
I'm a software engineer by trade. I've done a bit of programming as a developer, but mostly I've been a process/support guy. Generally, I'm found in a configuration management or QA or CMM team somewhere.

Due to the unfortunate timing of this little tech sector slump, I'm quite unemployed nowadays. Didn't quite graduate (BS CS) in time to get the magical 5 years' experience for the resume, and 4 years is too much for anything entry level. Oh, and a degree is too much for anything 'temporary', especially when employers get to be picky. Bah.

Link Posted: 3/19/2003 3:26:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/7/2003 12:22:46 PM EDT
I work in ISD for the "Most Admired Company". Kinda neat.

Lots of Windows, Unix, and SQL. Lotso timezones, too.



Link Posted: 4/14/2003 1:59:32 AM EDT
I'm a tech support scumbag for one of the larger domain name Registrars (no, not Network Solutions). Been doing that for about 3 months since I got canned from my Mall Ninja wannabe job. Oh well, I'm a geek at heart and I belong with the kinds of people I work with. hat

Bleah.
Link Posted: 5/3/2003 12:28:11 AM EDT
I got my A+ when I ETSd...but folks at the help desk called me a "breaker" since I know how to be dangerous.

However, that has gotten me a position of backup network admin. Thankfully, I can keep the work computers running just fine, but the home computer sucks!

-Zmeja
Link Posted: 5/3/2003 10:18:27 PM EDT
Law Enforcement Officer (17 years) and part-time computer geek. I administer my home network (three computers running Win2000 and Win98). Last year I completely rewired the house with CAT 5e cable so I can pipe our broadband anywhere in the house. I have some experience programming in Delphi, Visual Basic and Java. I'm currently working on getting my A+ and Network+ certifications.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 6:50:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/12/2003 6:54:25 PM EDT by MadProfessor]
Hi


Im currently in school for a Information Systems and Networking degree.


Im good with computer repair and can do minor networking, I also have a good broad knowledge of Win XP/2K/9x/Dos/Mac/Linux

Still in my first year so Im still learning.
Link Posted: 6/1/2003 9:16:29 PM EDT
Hey 82ndabn...
You wouldnt happen to have MSN as your ISP would ya? My buddy complained of the same thing at the same time you mentioned. Turned out the prob has to do with them switching from POP3 to HTTP. Had to D/L the upgrade and reconfig Outlook. Hope this helps.....

Anyways I am a Lineman/Cablesplicer with a A+, MCP XP (i really don't like XP)and a MCSE WIN2k little HTML SQL VB cause I don't want to do electrical in Houston(just moved-can you say humidity!!) love networking (xbox anyone) Worked for little computer shop in AK for 3 years doing basic tech repairs, builds, networked public library blah blah back when it was BNC,coax and DOS.

By the way anyone else ever try to do ICS under a DHCP ROUTER actually got MSN techs to work on this prob for 2 days. hehehe

The more I learn the less I know
Link Posted: 6/30/2003 4:27:20 PM EDT
sw engineer - work on energy distribution systems.

os - win3.x, win9x, NT, 2000, XP, linux, solaris, bell labs, OSX, commodore 64... kidding.

langs - c/c++, java, python, perl, javascript, pl/sql, sql, fortran, matlab, MIPS-RISC assembly

techs - jsp, jndi, xml, uml, xhtml, css, oracle dba, struts, ant

give me a day and i'll figure out anything. too bad my job bores the snot out of me. anyone looking for a programmer, web architect, dba, project engineer in the seattle area?
Link Posted: 7/16/2003 11:37:31 PM EDT
I had an Atari once.

Link Posted: 8/11/2003 2:04:49 AM EDT
BS/MS Comp Sci. Been in the field since 1981. Done lots of programming, some network design, sysadmin. Currently specializing in middleware technologies and leading a large software engineering team in the middleware/Service Oriented Architecture/Web Services space. Don't get to code nearly enough anymore, but still play with it when I get the chance. Currently interested in Aspect Oriented Programming and thinking about robotics programming so I can put a million programmers in India out of work.
Link Posted: 8/13/2003 12:35:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/13/2003 12:35:49 AM EDT by Penguin_101]
I have been in computers for 8 years. I am learning to program in Java. I have a Linux box. (Guess where penguin_101 came from. I also have a Win 98 desktop and a Windows XP Dell laptop. I am also into hadhelds. I have a Dell Axim X5 300 Mhz and a Palm m100.
Link Posted: 10/23/2003 7:15:11 PM EDT
I was a helpdesk level 1 for 1.5 years and now a support analyst level 2 for 2 years. I have a B.S in Business Information Systems and I am currently studying for MCP, 70-210. I worked for Rythms Net Connections until they went chap 11 and now I work for CIBER Inc.
Link Posted: 12/15/2003 5:52:03 PM EDT
I'm a Linux/Unix programmer and admin. I've programmed in C, sh, SQL, Perl, and PHP. I've designed and build database driven web sites. Most recently I was part of a company to build and support a Linux distribution, funding didn't come through and the company is out of business. I'm looking for a job. email: ar15@cosmicfires.com icq uin: 21758535
Link Posted: 1/7/2004 5:13:12 PM EDT
Computer experience as follows ---- none. Been fumbling around with computers for a few years. Seems it is a hobbie to try and undo, what I seem to have done. [:)]
Link Posted: 1/7/2004 5:43:09 PM EDT
Working on a BS in CS....handfull of machines laying around here, dos 3.3 on one, dos 6.22/wfw3.11 on another, various versions of linux on 4 others, laptop running win95, laptop running win98, an XP machine, and a PDA running pocketpc2002. Oh yeah....there's an old macintrash laying in the corner; was going to put linux on there, but ran out of time/interest..and i've got most of the parts to a sun ultra10...another project that fell by the wayside. And then there's also a work-in-progress, that right now has nothing on it since its compiling the bootstrap code for gentoo linux. It *used* to be a win98 machine as well. Yippee...this semester I'm taking AI and interactive computer graphics, and the compilers/translators class, plus some bullshit law class (required) and a for-fun history class. I joke about my schedule requiring me to live in a computer lab this semester...then I look around here and I realize I've got more c/sf (computers/square foot) than the labs do. I DO live in a computer lab. lol.
Link Posted: 1/28/2004 4:24:39 PM EDT
IT Director for a non-profit. 10 yrs of InfoSec consulting before that. CISSP - the only cert i give a damn about mcse, mcse+i, ccda, ccna, cna, cne I hate virus writers and I love smakin' h4x0r5.
Link Posted: 3/16/2004 1:19:20 PM EDT
TRS-80 Model 1. Level II though. With expansion interface, CTR-81 AND disk drives. Almost as good as a model 4P but not quite as 'portable' Also an AES model 100B with twin 8" floppies. And some stuff since then. [:\]
Link Posted: 4/3/2004 8:47:36 AM EDT
Long long ago on a Timex Sinclair 1000 far far away... OK, showing my age. Been involved in Networking an InfoSec for aroud 12 years now and still don't know it all (damn.). Still having fun learning and laughing at skript-kiddiez still trying. (It's the worms you gotta worry about, in the medical AND computing fields.). Winblows networks (sigh) are my job, but OBSD is where I really have had fun for the last year or so. DEFCON: The only place where you get to talk "shop" with the other 3l33t AND shoot a few things (DC-Shoot).
Link Posted: 5/18/2004 3:15:44 AM EDT
Played around with computers since about '88. Stayed in the windows enviroment and tried my hand at graphics and 3D stuff in 3dsmax 2.0 - 6.0, Bryce 2 - 5, Lightwave 5.5, Photoshop 3.0 - 8.0 (CS,) Quark Xpress, Pagemaker, Illustrator, Painter, Poser and probably some others. I play occassionally, but nothing like I use to.
Decided that I wasn't good enough to make a living doing it. Plus, I couldn't keep up in hardware costs to run the programs properly.
Tried my luck at building computers, but found out that people rather buy a piece of shit that breaks down (that has payment plans) then buy a unit that will last 5 years for obviously, a little more money.
I still put together units for those who seek out my services, but I no longer prostitute myself out to nail a sale.
Example:
In November I put myself together a new computer after about 5 years of using the same one which I built then.
Abit IC7-MAX3
Pentium IV 2.4ghz 800mhz FSB
1gb Geil PC3200 400mhz RAM (should of gotten the 500mhz)
RAID0'd 2 Western Digital Raptors, 10,000 rpm, 8mb cache
Liteon DVD Burner
350watt PSU (should of went higher)
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb
Primary Monitor:
21" Viewsonic P815
Secondary:
Princeton Graphics Systems Ultra 72 17 or 19 inch, (hard to tell)

Hasn't found a game yet that could whip its ass. OC's to 3ghz with no problem. Memmory is the limiting factor. If you're considering using duel monitors, do it. I drag my mouse off the right side of my primary 21", and it shows up on the 17" on the left side.

I'd like to upgrade a few things. Like putting a TV card in it to hook to my digital satelite. Plus, a 7.1 speaker setup would be sweet. I'm getting ready to go through the Police Academy, so money is tight.

The most amazing part? The case is actually on the computer.
-Steve
Link Posted: 5/21/2004 7:47:56 AM EDT
Started playing with PC's on a Commodore 64 while stationed in Japan in the early 80's. Got off active duty in '89, bounced around a bit and now work as a Net Admin for an insurance software company. The work can be interesting but usually boring as hell. It does have the up side of paying well enough to allow me to afford my toys. LOL ! Went back in the reserves in 2002, made a one year mobilization and deployment to the gulf riding patrol boats. 500 HP and belt fed weapons...it get's no better !! Ending up playing SysAdmin for my unit trying to keep everyone's laptops alive in horrible environmental conditions. I've been back at the office since December and the boredom level is really creeping up there. A year ago I was riding 27' patrol craft at 40kts either driving or manning one of the .50 cals. hmmm, I'll have to talk to the family about putting in for another deployment.
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