Jeffrey C Honig


I live on a small farm in the Finger Lakes area of Central NY, USA.

I like to play with tractors and old farm equipment.

I coach a local FIRST LEGO Robotics team.

To keep fit I bicycle and downhill ski.

Technical Interests

Home automation
IP Telephony

Work experience

After attending Clarkson University for two years I worked for the Educational Resources Center (formerly the Computing Center) installing and supporting systems, communications and networking.

I moved to the Cornell University Theory Center in 1987 as chief developer on the Gated project. In addition I provided support of the phase I NSFnet project. Since the Merit-run NSFnet took over I focused mostly on Gated. In 1991 the Gated project moved to the Advanced Technologies and Planning group of the Network Resources division of Cornell Information Technologies in support of the campus backbone and I followed. In 1995 CIT realized that the Gated project could be managed better elsewhere and transferred it to Merit.

I joined Berkeley Software Design, Inc. as a member of the technical staff shortly after the Gated project left Cornell.

I joined Wind River Systems,Inc. as part of an acquisition of the BSD/OS and FreeBSD groups of Berkeley Software Design in May of 2001.

More detail on my work experience is available.

Quotes and other Irreverence

``Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order''
-- George Michaelson

``OSI: Same day service in a nano-second world.''

-- Van Jacobson

``Solaris 2.0: bad system call''

``AT&T is a modem test command.''

``Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.''

-- unknown

``With enough thrust even a brick can fly.''

-- Milo Median

``You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.''

``The Stealth bomber doesn't work well in wet weather," says the Cutler Daily Scoop. "Here's hoping we never have to bomb Seattle.''

``For years, we thought that a million monkeys sitting at a million keyboards would produce the complete works of Shakespeare. Today, thanks to the Internet, we know that's not true''

Programmer 1: 'There's a nice quote here - "Always code as if the person who will maintain your code is a violent psychopath who knows where you live"'.

Programmer 2: (Looks over at maintainer) 'What do you mean "as if"?'

-- Alan Braggins

``What is this talk of "release?" We do not make software "releases." Our software "escapes" leaving a bloody trail of designers and quality assurance people in its wake.''

--, as seen on the on the PerlTK mailing list


With Yoda strapped to his back, Luke climbs up one of the many thick vines that grow in the swamp until he reaches the Dagobah statistics lab. Panting heavily, he continues his exercises--grepping, installing new packages, logging in as root, and writing replacements for two-year-old shell scripts in Python.

YODA: Code! Yes. A programmer's strength flows from code maintainability, but beware of Perl. Terse syntax... more than one way to do it... default variables. The dark side of code maintainability are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you when code you write. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.

LUKE: Is Perl better than Python?

YODA: No... no... no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

LUKE: But how will I know why Python is better than Perl?

YODA: You will know. When your code you try to read six months from now.

-- Lorrie Wood

``If I let you know where I am going I won't be on holiday''

 -- Ethan Hunt, MI:2

``They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.''

-- Benjamin Franklin

``Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you weren't asleep!''

-- Unknown

``Walmart: better living through slavery''

-- Raymond Richardson

``It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.''

-- Sir Peter Ustinov


PO Box 708
Trumansburg, NY
14886-0708 USA




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