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I am interested in visualization, user interfaces, security and security usability, typography, tinkering, and science, medicine, and technology in general.

Almost anything in software can be implemented, sold, and even used given enough determination. There is nothing a mere scientist can say that will stand against the flood of a hundred million dollars. But there is one quality that cannot be purchased in this way—and that is reliability. The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simplicity. It is a price which the very rich find most hard to pay.—C.A.R.Hoare

I love living in the future! (But I wish the software was better.)


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Current Projects

Older projects

Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker

cover of the second edition of the firewalls book The Second Edition is available in several languages. Details available at It is more fun to have written than to write.

Internet Mapping

small Internet map Hal Burch and I ran the Internet mapping project while at Bell Labs and Lumeta Corp. The thumbnail reveals more information, data, and a gallery of some interesting visualizations of the Internet.

These Internet maps have appeared in dozens of books, magazines, posters, and papers worldwide. Our technology remains at Lumeta, so you should contact Lumeta if you wish to use the images. I am always willing to discuss them with interested parties.

Recently, AT&T put up Internet maps at the Washington airports for the 2009 inauguration. These versions are not available outside of AT&T.

I am still interested in the visualization challenges these kinds of data pose, but am not working on it much.



ticket stub for United flight 93 on 10 September 2001

lot's of small images of locks This lock is your assurance of security.

Brian Clapper is a boofhead. Arden is a boofhead as well.