John Perry Barlow
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I am a lawyer. I graduated in 1978 from Loyola of Los Angeles
with a J.D. (cum laude) and am an active member of the California
State Bar. I have also been admitted to practice before
the Federal Courts. Click here to see
one of those expensive pieces of paper.
I do have a past. I don't remember it all, but here are some
of the high (and low) points:
- I'm currently doing some very
exciting work with networking and multimedia. We started
out life as Precept Software but through a process of acquisition
we ended up as part of Cisco
- Despite appearances, I did
receive an education at the hands of the public authorities.
Rumor has it that I did graduate from UC Berkeley.
I know the diploma is around here someplace.
- I'm particularly interested
in the policy issues surrounding the Internet. I helped
form the Boston Working Group (BWG).
And I've been trying to write up some notes on this as a
series of notes entitled "As
the CaveBear Growls".
- I've been associated with "the
Internet" since the early days. I have a photograph (warning,
it's 240K bytes) taken on New Year's Eve 1974 showing
a black board containing some of the early ideas that eventually
became TCP and IP.
- I've been served up on an audio
platter as a Geek of
- For some years, I worked in
Southern California on secure operating systems and secure
networks. I had the honor to design and build the
very first B level secure OS.
- After a few years of wandering,
romance, marriage, I ended up in San Francisco doing some
really practical work keeping networks alive, day and night,
for a rather large bank. This sort of thing
really gives one a new perspective about what real network
management is all about.
- Around 1986 I founded Epilogue Technology Corporation.
John Romkey and
Dave Bridgham came out to California
to work with me. (Wow, was I flattered!!) John wrote
a router one weekend. Since I consider myself a pretty
good hacker, I tried to write SNMP in a weekend. It took
me three weeks, but overall it is was a rather nice piece
of code. That SNMP engine is, I believe, the most
widely deployed SNMP in the universe.
- In 1991 I formed Empirical
Tools and Technologies Corporation, where I had a chance
to code up some ideas I'd been thinking about for a few
years. The result is (was?) a product
Watson, the Network Detective's Assistant". (199K bytes)
In my humble, and clearly unbiased opinion, it is the single
most useful tool for the installation and troubleshooting
of TCP/IP networks. You are welcome to download
- And now ... drums roll... CaveBear.
Practices, Interests, and Beliefs
- Interop -- I've spent an enormous
amount of time designing, building, operating, troubleshooting,
and dismantling the various show networks for the Interop
trade shows. It's a lot of work, but it is a nice
way to work with good, smart people and get down-and-dirty
with interesting technologies. I must say, however,
that I'm sad at the way that the show has changed over the
years to the point where it is no longer a very meaningful
vehicle to demonstrate the interoperation of diverse implementations
- I believe that Punched Paper
Tape is the medium of the future. (What other medium
weighs less the more data you put on it?) OK, you
win, punched cards.
- I believe that the Internet
should be governed by individuals, not by corporations.
I believe that domain name holders deserve to hold
and use their names in peace and, except in cases of actual
infringement, not be harassed by those who hold trademarks.
Are these radical thoughts? They seem to be.
- I strongly believe that SNMP
is not network management. SNMP is a useful access method,
but it certainly shouldn't be confused with "the real
thing." Take a look at Towards
Useful Network Management and delegation protocols.
- Steam Locomotives are way cool.
I occassionally help out restoring Southern Pacific
2479 -- a 1923 mainline locomotive. I've also
been seen (not recently) laying track out in Niles Canyon.
Click here for
a photo of me and some real "hardware".
And if you remember the doubleheader with the SP 2472
and SP 4449, then the following might be of interest. All
of these were taken one morning near Aromas, California.
You might want to visit The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation