"I've been involved with the World-Wide Web since 1992, and a member of the Apache Group since 1997. I'm no longer active in DECUS (the Digital Computer Users' Society). I stopped in 1999 when it became clear that DECUS (and its successor EnCOMPASS) was a lost cause, mired in bureacracy and politics. The acquisition of Digital by Compaq, and then Compaq by HP, did nothing to improve matters that I can see -- but the roots of DECUS' demise stretch back to the 1980s when the volunteer organisation was destroyed by the Board. Grr.. Never mind.
"I started participating in the Internet Engineering Task Force at IETF-43 in December, 1998. I'm working on the CGI RFC project, which is trying to formalise the Common Gateway Interface from the collection of fairly loose descriptions at NCSA into a fairly tight and complete specification. We're not an IETF working group (yet?), but it's fun. I also follow the WebDAV (Distributed Authoring and Versioning) and related working groups, and the HTTP working group to a lesser extent.
"I teach sessions and seminars around the world on the topics of computer/network security and the World-Wide Web. Some of my presentations (like the sessions I gave at Eureka98 in Paris) can be found here. I'm also the author of the 360-page Apache Server for Dummies (published February 1998), one of the lead authors of Apache Server Unleashed (published March 2000), and co-author of Apache Cookbook from O'Reilly & Associates. I have a suspended book project entitled Apache Module Development in C (meaning that the project got cancelled, but I'm still working on it). I also write Amazon.com reviews about books I've read and videos I've seen.
"I keep online copies of some of the presentations and seminars I give. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I am trying to bring it up to date.
"Check out my
list of favourite books
if you're looking for something to read in a lighter vein.
And if you haven't seen it yet, I can highly recommend
The Wizard of Speed and Time.
"I discovered Advogato in 2000, and I think it's a brilliant idea. Sort of a self-selecting SlashDot, focussed on open software, only without as many trolls.
"In addition to the stuff I write for formal publication, I ramble on a bit about various things as I feel compelled. If you're truly bored, you can find some of them in my 'Ken's Musings' area. When it comes to purchases, particularly online ones, the CONSUMERMAN Files include opinions and impressions of products and services that are being made available to the online community as a public service.
"I keep my genealogy work concerning my family name at the Coar.Org site, but I do have some stuff online about my immediate family. If you're looking for photographs of our cats, that's where you'll find them.
"I own several firearms and enjoy shooting them. I'm an NRA certified firearms safety, pistol, and rifle instructor, and I hold several expert marksmanship ratings.
"If you're at all interested in becoming an author and writing a book, I've compiled some notes based upon my single experience with the process. I can also recommend Philip Greenspun's online story about his experiences, and the Studio B Web site and mailing list.
"You can occasionally find me online in real-time in the
#apache IRC channel at IRC.FreeNode.Net."
I owe a lot to a lot of people. Here's a partial list, in no particular order. I've forgotten hundreds of people, I know, but I'll add to this list as I remember them.
I've written a book about the Apache Web server software (Apache Server for Dummies), co-authored another (Apache Cookbook), and contributed several chapters to another (Apache Server Unleashed), written a number of articles for magazines and Web publications, performed proposal and technical reviews of various books, and contributed here and there to other books about Apache, open-source, and the Web.
I have written articles about Apache for ApacheToday.Com; some of my earlier articles for Internet.Com can be found on the LinuxPlanet.Com site. I'm open to suggestions for future projects.
I am available to do reviews of book proposals and TOCs; my standard fee for such is US$100 apiece. Depending upon the deadlines and time investment involved, I am also available for technical reviewing and editing projects, at rates negociated on a case-by-case basis. Contact my agent (see below) for more information.
I'm represented by Neil Salkind at the Studio B Literary Agency; please contact either Neil or myself about potential opportunities.
Here are some links to pages about my various participations:
Out of curiousity, I occasionally scan the search engines to see into what weird byways of the Web my name has found itself. Here are a few, by way of credentials if you like:
I receive a significant number of requests for referrals -- for job openings, article or book writing, and so on. I receive so many, in fact, that I have had to institute a fee schedule in order to keep them from consuming an inordinate amount of my time.
Therefore: If you want me to provide you with the names of people whom I think might be interested in or well-suited for an opportunity, I require an up-front fee of at least US$250. If any candidate referral I make is actually chosen to fill the opportunity, I require a finder's fee of at least US$1000. (These fees are obviously waived if you're approaching me personally about the opportunity. :-)
Sound greedy, mercenary, or money-grubbing? Before you judge, allow me to point out that my time is valuable to me, if not to the people who are asking me to spend it on their behalf. And by referring someone, I am staking my reputation (or at least some of it) on the opportunity being a worth-while one. If these fees result in no more referral requests, then I'm not displeased -- the lack represents time I can spend as I wish, rather as someone else would like. And if someone is willing to pay the fees, they get the very best referral effort of which I'm capable.
Voice: +1 (919) 844 7796
Facsimile: +1 (919) 844 3791 (by prearrangement)
privacy and other personal freedoms, tae kwon do, firearms, riflery, encryption, quality assurance, customer satisfaction, user interface design, Java, the Book of Mormon, hats, French, Dungeons & Dragons® and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons®, digital electronix, science fiction, computer grafix, security (physical, computer, and information), the World-Wide Web, software architecture and design, BLISS, Internet use, the Information Superhighway, chemistry, C, process analysis and automation, motion study.
I'm going to try to keep track of all my trips. I am doing so on Dopplr, but I keep forgetting to update the maps..
|I'm a member of|
The Apache Software Foundation
The CGI RFC Project
National Rifle Association
American Civil Liberties Union