Bob Bernstein's Rather Badly Out-dated Home Page
I continue to follow Unix operating system affairs, with a focus
on NetBSD, and Debian and Red Hat Linux. Of
particular interest are:
Throughout most of the year 2003 I worked under a series of
contracts from the Narragansett, Rhode Island office of NOAA
Coastwatch, doing website design and system administration.
Coastwatch Northeast Node maintained a web presence via two
servers, one running an older version of Red Hat Linux, and the other,
Both machines needed a fair amount of work to bring them up to
an "in sync" condition relative to their respective vendors'
bugfixes and security patches.
All of the web serving chores were moved to the Linux box, and
the Irix was configured to provide, as much as it could, some
redundancy for this function.
Both machines had their network connectivity honed down to the
lowest possible degree, and firewall software was installed and
configured on the Linux machine.
Currently a proposal is in development to replace and revamp the
What I'm doing
As noted, I remain interested in structured document
preparation, and content management systems.
For most documentation purposes I find that DebianDoc, rendered
into PDF formatted output, is a suitable solution, a blending of
convenience in composition, and elegance in appearance. (Ask me for
My personal favorites in the Content Management category are
Plone, and Movable Type.
What I'd like to do in
I love working with systems that provide easy access to, and
efficient delivery of, documents that number among their principal
virtues simplicity of presentation and intuition-near navigation.
Let's keep the medium out of the way of the message. A prime result
of this orientation: the quality of the messages improves.