John A. Murphy
Works at Philips Research North America in Briarcliff, NY
Who's this John Murphy guy?
Well, if you've seen me, chances are I was wearing
jeans and sneakers. I am a professional member of
I spend a lot of time doing Sun (son)
, Linux (lee-nooks),
and UNIX (you nix) systems administration.
I work with Internet
stuff, news, email, Linux ,
GNU and various other pieces of net
software. If you got mail from someone named Murf, that was me.
If you saw a posting from Erin's , &
Kevin's dad , that was me.
If you see me outside dancing around like a mad man, chances are I'm
avoiding a bee (to which I am allergic) or playing hackysack.
I come from a small town in western NY called Chautauqua (home of
Lucille Ball and the 10,000 Maniacs).
I have a nice family ,
a loving wife,
I like cats, I let two cats own me .
Apparently I like dogs too, but they test my faith a bit more. I've
noticed that in bed a cat becomes infinitely heavy, while a dog becomes
infinitely large.........and heavy.
I'm a lousy speller, but I let my come pewter pass me off as
someone who can.
I'm also lousy at remembering names and faces; it took me 2 years to
recognize my own mother and father.
I drive a crappy green Saturn (or is it a green crappy Saturn). I was
kicked out of the Saturn family because I'm not a happy camper and do
not recommend anyone else ever buy one (unless you want a reliable car
that annoys you, pick your poison).
I like Pink Floyd
which is why this page has this annoying Wall background image.
But at least its a cheap forgery and not a copyright infringement.
I've been skydiving twice, tandem.
I highly recommend it if you have a discretionary $200 to spend.
You'll go farther and faster if you assume the pose of
If you ask nice, I might juggle cats for you.
Contrary to popular belief,
sysadmins do NOT have eyes in the back of their head
, nor do they possess psychic powers.
I enjoy hiking ,
Dungeons & Dragons ,
computer games (sometimes I play
, I fly as Ether Bunny or sometimes Batman), puzzles, riddles,
(I especially like
New York Yankees
and the Boston Celtics ), and a
After 10 years with Philips I finally got to go to
Holland. I took pictures
so you don't have to go yourself.
I use Perl
a bit. I'm starting to muck a bit with
pTk (Tk & Perl)
(and looking at TCL - ugh!).
I've even been known to write a
few lines of HTML
...such as the ones you're currently reading.
Some useful technical reference links
List of USENET FAQs - Great reference about lots of net
software and lore. Checking these out can save you weeks
of reading news.
comp.windows.x.apps FAQ - Its hard to keep up with what X applications
are out there, let someone else do the work.
WWWW - the WORLD WIDE WEB WORM - Helps you find WWW pages of interest.
Welcome to the Used Software Exchange! - I've browsed, but never bought, caveat emptor.
UNIX and Network Security, for my line of work its important
COAST Homepage ( 7-Mar-1995)
Commercial Firewalls and Related FW Products
Humor, in my line of work its very important
The Dilbert Zone - This is genuinely funny...in a techie world.
The Doctor Fun Page - Gary Larson wannabe. Images are unnecessarily large and detailed.
The cathouse.org British Comedy Pages - The Brits have a great sense of humor. I
think they develop it at a young age by making fun of English food.
RPG & DnD links
woodelf's RPG Index
Dice and other random stuff ...
Information About Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Eric's Compendium of Free RPG's from the Net
Hobby Centre Interactive
Sundragon Games Home Page
Government hard at work
White House Home Page - Bubba
and Gore frequently author pages when they have nothing better to do
United States Geological Survey Stuff about the ground and whats below it
NASA Information Services Stuff about the sky and whats above it
Smithsonian - Lame glossy for the museum
NPR Online - Ok, this isn't government, I put it here to annoy Newt
God, I love the Internet (subtitled, these authors need a life)
Bill Swinyard's Random Internet Cameras
Welcome to XPilot and the Newbie Manual
Honolulu Community College Dinosaur Exhibit Sysadmins are sometimes confused with T-Rex
If you can read this, you're too close to the screen. On
the upside, your nose is now tan. I told you I liked jokes.
For some reason I really like the idea of
online books .
They're not easier to read, but more accessible and in my mind, just a good idea.
Another really good idea is programs with source code. I'm a major fan of
freely shared software and source, and thus the
BTW, you may have noticed, that no where on this page is a link to Yahoo.
This is not in error. For some reason, people who author web pages seem
to think that maybe someone who is reading their page could have possibly
been on the web for all this time and somehow NOT managed to been led to
Yahoo. I'm starting to think that authoring tools automatically add the
lines and links to Yahoo. Web browsers will soon be built with automatic
timers that every few minutes bring up a popup window that reminds you
of the location of Yahoo. Don't get me wrong. I like Yahoo, I use it a
lot. I just think that adnauseam references to it are now a bit redundant.
The Erin Rose Murphy Project
The Kevin John Murphy Project