Show of 4-15-2007

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  • Where Are the Missing White House Emails?
    • An estimated 5 million white house emails have disappeared
    • Time range for missing emails is between March 2003 and October 2005.
    • Political email accounts used to avoid Hatch Act restrictions
    • White house staff is using at least three additional email accounts
  • Getting a Job without Experience – The Chicken and the Egg
    • We are going to start a career section that addresses the age old problem: "I can’t get a job without experience and I can’t get experience without a job." So what comes first: The Job or the Experience? This is the classic chicken and egg problem. What comes first: The Chicken or the Egg?
    • First understand where the field is going by reading industry magazines or "rags." Most of these publications are free and give you something interesting to talk about during the interview.
    • Second, get the competencies demanded by the industry, either through self-study or through an educational institution, like Stratford University.
    • Third, learn the standards and procedures that support your industry in order to demonstrate that you will be in a position to make valid technical decisions.
    • Fourth, package yourself with a well written resume that emphasizes where you are going rather than where you have been (particularly if you are making a radical career change).
    • Fifth, network by joining user groups and trade associations (and don’t make the mistake of asking for a job at these meetings!). You will uncover opportunities and make many friends through this process.
    • Finally, survey employers to find out where they are going. Research each firm you visit and send thank you notes after you the complete informational interview. This process normally leads to a "lucky" discovery. Remember, you can’t find a gold coin in the grass unless you are walking around the lawn.
    • And, if you are a woman, don’t forget to tap the Women in IT support groups. They are excellent.
  • Home Project 1: Use Backtrack2 to Learn Hacking Tools (Review)
    • BackTrack is the top rated Linux distribution focused on penetration testing.
    • Currently BackTrack consists of more than 300 different up-to-date tools which are logically structured according to the work flow of security professionals.
    • Download Disk Image from www.remote-exploit.org
  • Home Project 2: Set up a Beowulf Linux Cluster
    • Beowulf is an epic poem about a 6th century warrior
      • Beowulf kills the sea monster Grendel to save King Hrothgar’s Kingdom.
      • He twists off Grendel’s arm and Grendel bleeds to death.
    • Linux Cluster was named Beowulf because it was designed to slay the Mainframe.
    • In late 1993, Donald Becker and Thomas Sterling began sketching the outline of a commodity-based cluster system designed as a cost-effective alternative to large supercomputers.
    • They started Beowulf project (www.beowulf.org) in early 1994.
    • Beowulf Clusters are scalable performance clusters based on commodity hardware, on a private system network, with open source software (Linux) infrastructure.
    • The commodity hardware can be any of a number of mass-market, stand-alone compute nodes as simple as two networked computers each running Linux and sharing a file system or as complex as 1024 nodes with a high-speed, low-latency network.
    • Class I clusters are built entirely using commodity hardware and software using standard technology such as SCSI, Ethernet, and IDE. They are typically less expensive than Class II clusters which may use specialized hardware to achieve higher performance.
    • Other Linux cluster sites
  • Distributed Computing Projects on the Internet
    • SETI@home (need some space music here)
      • Web site: setiathome.berkeley.edu/
      • SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth.
      • One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space.
      • In 1995, David Gedye proposed doing radio SETI using a virtual supercomputer composed of large numbers of Internet-connected computers, and he organized the SETI@home project to explore this idea.
      • SETI@home was originally launched in May 1999.
      • SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
    • Folding@home
      • Web site: folding.stanford.edu
      • What is protein folding and how is folding linked to disease?
      • Proteins are biology’s workhorses — its "nanomachines."
      • Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold."
      • The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.
      • Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences (Alzheimer’s disease, Mad Cow (BSE) disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes
    • World Community Grid
      • Web site: www.worldcommunitygrid.org
      • World Community Grid’s mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity.
      • Projects include Muscular Dystrophy, Fiocruz Genome Comparison, Cancer Research, Human Proteome Folding, FightingAids@home
      • IBM funded and launched this program in November 2004
    • How to participate in SETI@home, Folding@home, or World Community Grid.
      • Go to their respective web sites.
      • Download the screen saver.
      • When your screen saver is active you computer will do calculations have been downloaded from a central server.
      • When the calculations are complete, the results will be uploaded and another problem block will be downloaded.
      • No calculations are done while you are using your computer