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Rich and Judge Hi there! You've found the home page of Rich Teer, publisher of Vinylphile Magazine, and author of the book Solaris Systems Programming (in a previous life I was a Solaris consultant). From this page you can find out more about my book, read articles I've written for various publications, find some information about setting up DHCP and NAT on Solaris, and even find out some info about me.

The photo on the right shows me in my office, accompanied by my dog, Judge. He was my constant companion during the 3.5 years I spent writing my book.

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hacker I am a Solaris and UNIX hacker, and have been for more than 15 years. I've been playing with computers since 1980, when I got my first computer-a Commodore PET 2001. This had a built in cassette deck and monitor, a massive 8K of RAM, and an awful chiclet keyboard. Still, it was enough to get me hooked on programming; first BASIC, and then 6502 machine code (the latter was pretty tricky without an assembler!).

A couple of years later I got myself a BBC Micro, this time with 32K of RAM, a pair of 400 KB disk drives, and a 6502 2nd Processor. With Acorn's 6502 Development Package, I was able to get down to some serious hacking. The last thing I wrote using this set up was the operating system for a computer system I designed for my final year HND project: a 65C02 based microcomputer. I wrote an emulator of it in C while I was at Insignia Solutions. Now that I've got, courtesy of my friends at Acclinet and Sun, a pair of Real Computers at home (currently a dual-900 MHz processor Sun Blade 1000, with 2 GB of RAM, dual 36 GB 10K RPM FC-AL disks, and an XVR-1000 and a Creator 3D Series 3 frame buffer, and a 2.6 GHz Opteron-based Ultra 20 with 2 GB of RAM, 250 GB 7200 RPM SATA disk, and an Nvidia FX1400 frame buffer respectively), I'm re-writing the whole lot, making the code more optimised and modular. One day, I might write (yet another) a Beeb emulator, but that's a different story, for another day...

Nearly all the programming I do is in C, but I still like to play with 65C02, 68000 and more recently, SPARC assemblers.

When I'm not programming, I'm either doing something related to Solaris systems administration (I'm a Sun Certified Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, and Security Administrator), or writing. Or spending far too much time posting to Usenet! :-)

Hire me

Are you looking for an experienced Solaris/UNIX system administrator or developer? I am available for hire (preferably on a contract basis), so drop me a line if you'd like to discuss any opportunities with me. My CV (or as we say in North America, my résumé) is available in PDF format.

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