Mike Harris

96 points
Denver, CO

Mike Harris is passionate about Security, Free Software, and Educating our community.

Mike currently works for Red Hat as a Sr. Platform Consultant.

He is certified as a CISSP, GCIH, GISP, CCNA-Security, CCNA, and RHCE. Mike has additional technical certifications which include Digital Forensics Examiner, Network Protocol Analyst, Project+, Linux+, and A+. He will soon graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Security.

Mike has built a CSIRT from the ground-up, including a secure infrastructure using Linux systems (Red Hat and Ubuntu). Mike has extensive knowledge as a Technology Security Auditor conducting assessments, measuring vulnerabilities, security posture on internal and external networks, and account activities for insider threats and abuse.

He is one of the founders and a former board member of TinkerMill, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge of our kids, adults, businesses, and municipalities in the use of high tech with the incorporation of creativity and art. He is also a Red Team Member of the Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

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So, TBH, my pack wasn't from Infomagic, as pictured. A co-worker was kind enough to let me use that picture of his tri-linux CD set. As I remember it. . . I actually had 2 tri-CD sets. I had one from Linux Systems Labs (LSL, but please, don't attempt to go to their website, as it has since been taken over, and NSFW). I also, believe I had another set, from LinuxMall (I have since, met a board member from this org).

I don't fully remember, why I had two tri-CD sets, I don't know if it was related to the Slackware 3.0 -> 3.1, or it could have been to try the Debian 1.0 -> Debian 1.1, Or maybe even Red Hat 3.9 (if it was available via those CD sets). Let's just say, that there were a whole lot of linux releases in Summer 1996, especially June of 1996.

So, the one thing, that I do remember, about my CD sets, is on the Slackware disc, it had a outlined image of J.R. Bob Dobbs, and sent me down a interesting rabbit hole, in reading about him, and his organization.

Oh, don't I know. So, I'm still hanging on to some old relics of hardware, for unknown reasons, however, I happen to have an old SouldBlaster PCI512 card, and remembered the joys of finding the right module(s) to compile to get it to work.

Don't even get me started in talking about "WinModems" that came out a smidge later, where the modem relied (at the time) on some specific drivers, only written for Windows, that allows the modem to use some (some more) processes related to the CPU to help the modem offload some of its duties.