Friday, August 29, 2014

GHC14: Seeking Online Community Volunteers!

First and foremost: I will be attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing again this year! I missed last year, so I am excited to be coming back!

Second: I am co-chairing the Online Community Committee again with Gail Carmichal, and we need volunteer bloggers, note-takers (on the wiki), wiki managers, tweeters, LinkedIn group managers, video bloggers, etc - so we can capture all of the content for those who were unable to get a pass to the conference this year.

Also - we could you remote volunteers to help manage questions from other volunteers, manage the online groups and keep the wiki free of spam.  So, even if you can't attend, if you are available to help before and during the conference - we want you!

We are accepting applications through September 8, 2014 - please sign up sooner than later, so we can get you set up well ahead of the conference start!  Apply now!

Thanks!

Valerie Fenwick
Online Communities Committee Co-Chair

This post is syndicated from Security, Beer, Theater and Biking!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Success! Team Salty Dawgs Do Marin!

We did it!  Mark, Mike and I completed the 100K Marin Century Route on Saturday, August 2.  Mike noticed at the last rest stop that the route was actually only 57 miles, so Mark and I added a 20 minute loop at the end of the ride to make sure we got our full 62 miles in.

Stats: Since April, I rode 900 miles, burned 36,204 calories and rode for 75 hours and 35 minutes to train for this 100K ride to raise money for the American Lung Association.

Results: I rode 62 miles, climbed 3830 feet, and burned 2360 calories in 6 hours and 15 minutes. (that includes time at rest stops).

Best results: I raised nearly $4500 for the American Lung Association of California, and Oracle will be chipping in about another $1500 in matching donation.  I have been overwhelmed with everyone's generosity.

Not bad for a woman who thought she'd never ride a bicycle again just 3 years ago!

The ride was fabulous, and the rest stops had the best food! They had all the standards: m&ms, nuts, chips, cookies, PB&J and Gatorade.  But then they had even more: focaccia bread, brie, strawberries, figs, beef jerky, peaches, grapes, cherries, coffee cake and more.

That really helped me avoid stomach cramps while I rode (more fruit, less heavy/fatty stuff).

The day started out cool and nice (and missing Mike, who started 38 minutes after us...)


Mark beat me to the Big Rock (he appears to be being very silly)

but I got there eventually...


We did see a little bit of sun and Mark warmed up enough to take off his arm warmers, though they came back on for some of the descents.


Mike did find us and ride with us for a lot of the ride - completing Team Salty Dawgs!


We were still grinning at the finish!


Photos courtesy of Captivating Sports and Event Photos!

I couldn't have done this with out the support of my friends and family, and without Mike and Mark.  Mark even pushed me a bit up the steepest climb - I think he was getting bored.

I felt like I could've easily done another 10 miles... with more training, maybe next year I can try 100 miles...

THANK YOU!!  Valerie

Monday, July 28, 2014

Support Requested: Salty Dawgs Ride Again for the American Lung Association!

As you faithful readers know, I love riding my bicycle and I love raising money to help the American Lung Association of California fight lung disease!

Due to my earlier injuries, I haven't been able to support the ALAC for a few years.  The ALAC no longer does their Two Rock Ride, but that's not going to stop me!  I'm riding the Marin Century this Saturday!  I'll be doing the metric century (100K/60miles) - quite a challenge for me, as I haven't done more than 40-45 miles since my injury.  My trainer - my husband, Mark - has been working with me every weekend on longer rides with more climbs. I'm sure I'll be ready.

This ride is important to me, as a long time asthma sufferer and since I've lost so many loved ones to lung cancer and other lung diseases.  My mother, a non-smoker who survived her ordeal with lung cancer, inspires me to ride every day and not to take my lungs for granted! My mom lost 1/2 of one lung to cancer, and I know she misses it!

So, please support my ride! I'm trying to raise $8,000 and I'm only 30% of the way there - the ride is on Saturday!  I know together that we can do this!

Thank you so much!

Valerie

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OASIS PKCS#11 v2.40 in final 15-day public review!

After starting work in February 2013, I am so excited that just 14 months later, our recently formed OASIS technical committee has our first standard revision under the OASIS banner out for final public review.

I am proud of the hard work everyone put forth into this new version of the standard, particularly so of our editors who all integrated changes and fixes with nary a complaint.

PKCS#11 v 2.40 is just what we need to move this cryptographic standard forward into the future.

I'm excited about the new work we're starting on the next revision already!

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Thank you!

Valerie, co-chair OASIS PKCS11 TC
[Update July 2014: Not sure why I said "Final"... some minor mistakes were found, we're cleaning them up and should have another review out shortly!]

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Solaris 11.2: Security Blog Round Up

In case you missed it, last month we launched the Solaris 11.2 Beta! Now is your chance to download the OS and kick the tires and let us know what you think.

To help you catch up on what's out there in security, check out:
Enjoy!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Drivers: Don't "creep" towards bicyclists!

Riding into to work this morning, I encountered an all too common event: I have the right-of-way, I'm in the intersection and a car who does NOT have the right-of-way starts.... creeping in.

I'm sure the driver is creeping into the intersection because they want to save that 1/2 a millisecond after I've cleared the intersection to enter it.

Please do not do this!
  1. As a cyclist, it is impossible for me to distinguish between you seeing me and thinking it's okay to creep into the intersection and you not seeing me and starting your move into the intersection.
  2. What if you sneeze, cough, or your foot just slips on the throttle and it goes from creeping to fast acceleration?
  3. As I usually ride with 1-2 other folks, and you're stopped when one of them passes and then you start creeping - I really don't think you see me. I am the slowest in the pack, so there is often a small gap (about one car length - which is NOT enough space for you to pull through).
  4. Bicyclists are going faster than you think.  Or slower. It depends on the rider. Pay attention, please.
When this happens, I will yell (I've already dinged my bell as I approached the intersection).  Do NOT rev your engine in response. See #2 above.

I'm lucky that much of my commute is on quiet neighborhood streets and trails, but I've even encountered the "creeper" in parks!

Please just stay stationary as bicycles pass you. Look at them so that they can see your eyes and know you see them.  If your windows are darkly tinted and I can't see you - I don't know that you saw me.

The worst creepers are those who are clearly playing with their phone or radio (ie NOT looking).  While it's illegal to play with your phone while stationary, if you MUST do it - please have your foot on the break.

Right now, my regular trail is closed due to construction on the new SF 49ers Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, so I have to ride through a parking lot for a park/tennis courts/golf course/ACE Train/SF 49ers construction (yes, that IS the official bike detour).  That is scary enough. Drivers not stopping at the T intersection (which is a 1 way stop - I do not have a stop sign) is pretty scary, especially when they are large construction trucks or employees running late.

There is always a Santa Clara police officer there, but he seems to be on break as he's always at the far end of the parking lot where the bike trail begins again and not where everyone is running their stop sign and revving their engines at bicyclists.

Be careful out there, y'all! :-)
 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Congratulations to Radia Perlman: Inductee to the Internet Hall of Fame

Radia Perlman was just inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame asa pioneer in Internet technologies.  Radia also frequently shared her genius with the security teams as well at Sun.

She's a brilliant and fascinating person that I've always been very excited to work with. I know many of you have worked with her in the past, so I wanted to share this with you.

Ms. Perlman has been such an inspiration to me and my area of focus.