User:Eric M Gearhart
Hello, and welcome to CZ!
I've always been passionate about and interested in technology in its myriad forms, from computers to Sci-Fi, since around age 12 (the "Age of Reason" as it were). In the past few years my career has led me into the information security field, for which I have always had a "soft spot in my heart." I've always been curious about pushing technology to its limits, and this curiosity dovetails will with the InfoSec field.
If you're so inclined, a summary of my 'professional life' is located here on LinkedIn: 
What We're Doing Here
- Please see the video here for a description of what we're doing here & the future of knowledge in general, from "the horse's mouth," Dr. Larry Sanger himself.
- If there is any doubt on the necessity of this project, please see Wikitruth for all the (somewhat biased) convincing one could possibly need.
Call for Help
Images on CZ
See Image_talk:MOS_6502.jpg for an interesting dialog between myself and constable Stephen Ewen about importing images from Wikipedia or Wikipedia Commons. Things are definitely not always what they seem to be.
Articles I'm collaborating on
The Unix / Linux / Open Source Software family:
- Unix: A computer operating system originally conceived and developed by a group of researchers as an unofficial project while they were working at AT&T's Bell Laboratories.
- Linux: A free and open source operating system kernel designed by Linus Torvalds. The kernel is typically augmented by a plethora of other software, creating a Linux distribution.
- Open source software: Software where the source code is freely modifiable and redistributable.
- Berkeley Software Distribution: Free Unix distribution created by the University of California at Berkeley.
- Mac OS X: BSD-based, POSIX-compatible graphical Unix operating system made by Apple for use on Macintosh computers.
- Apache HTTP Server: An open source world wide web server software suite; currently the most popular HTTP server on the web.
- TUX web server: A high performance World Wide Web server that can be run partially inside the Linux kernel, in order to serve web pages faster than traditional web servers such as Apache.
- Software fork: Add brief definition or description
The Computer security family of articles:
General Computer articles
- Beowulf cluster: Distributed supercomputer cluster made from commodity hardware (e.g. PCs).
- Java platform: A bunch of programs needed for creating and running programs written in the Java programming language.
- Network topology: Defines the method in which a computer network is architected; topologies can be either physical (meaning how the actual hardware is interconnected) or logical (meaning how that network is implemented by protocols in software)
- Operating system: The main software of a computer system; controls the execution of applications and provides various services to them.
- Open Systems Interconnection Reference Model: ISO standard that describes a layered approach to designing computer networks
- Virtualization: In computing, a broad term that usually refers to the abstraction of resources on a computer, using a container such as a "virtual machine" or several "virtual machines." Usually this is accomplished using either a virtual machine or an operating system that has tools to enable virtual environments to run inside it.
- Email system: General overview of how the Internet electronic mail system works.