Joel Snyder is a senior partner with Opus One, a consulting firm in Tucson, Arizona. He spends most of his time on the road helping people build larger, faster, safer, and more reliable networks. His professional travels have taken him to San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Singapore, Sydney, Santiago, Slough and other cities with names not starting with S.
Joel has been working with networks and information security since 1981, when he started consulting on X.25 and public key cryptography, and he's been very busy ever since. He has been a member of the ISO and ITU committees which write network standards, has authored several books and hundreds of articles. Some recent areas of research include Network Access Control, SSL and IPsec VPNs, IP v6, and VoIP using SIP. He was the conference director for VPNCON, and has advised and trained thousands of people privately and at conferences around the world on networking, security, messaging, and VPNs. His home network has run using almost every protocol, firewall, and VPN device you can think of, and he regularly changes his password.
As an author and speaker, he's received numerous awards, recognizing his work to improve enterprise IT. He's helped over 200 private and public organizations (many of which you've heard of) with their networking, email, and security problems. He is a fierce believer in the value of empowering people, and knows that you can serve a red wine with fish.
Snyder's baccaulureate degree is in Latin, and his PhD is in Management Information Systems. (You can hear his viewpoint on that process if you'd like.) His dissertation is on computer networks in the former Soviet Union. Almost everything he wrote in graduate school (including this huge sketch of his first dissertation) is now classified and he's not allowed to read it anymore, which is good because it wasn't very interesting to begin with. His favorite color Crayola crayon is Burnt Sienna.
Joel lives and works in Tucson with Jan Trumbo and their cats, Wanda Rutkiewicz and Oliver Mellors. (A previous member of the household, Romeo Y Julieta, was the first feline in the Internet Network Information Center's databases to be listed as an administrative point of contact for an Internet domain.) Joel does not speak Italian, but if he did, he'd say C'è qualcuno che Le ha mai detto che ha una testa come una melanzana?
If you're into pictures, I just (1997) got this Kodak digital camera and uploaded a bunch of them. You can see some I took of friends and family ( nonframed), some business trips to New York and Washington ( nonframed), the Tucson Junior Strings reunion ( nonframed), Christmas at the Trumbo Household ( nonframed), and the New Year's Eve party festivities ( nonframed). Jan took some pictures of her garden ( nonframed) and I took some pictures of house ( nonframed) during the Spring of 1999 which you can see. Our Summer, 19991 vacation in Italy is here. I replaced my Kodak with an S100 in late 2000, and here are some pictures I took in late 2000-early 2001 at a furious travel schedule. More recent pictures from Winter, 2001, Spring, 2001, July, 2001, and Summer, 2001 are all available. I also just put up pictures from Spring, 2002, Summer, 2002, Fall, 2002, Winter, 2002, Spring, 2003, and Bonaire (Spring), 2003. You can read about the sailing trip we did in June, 2004 if you want. Interop Spring 2004 and 2005 iLabs pictures (just a few) are here (2005) and here (2004). For 2005, you can see Spring, 2005, Cabo Pulmo, Spring, 2005, Summer, 2005, including the State College fireworks, late summer, 2005, and Italy, 2005. And if you're just desperate for more pictures, you can just grab the whole collection of them here.
Some older pictures are here (back before it was easy to put pictures on the web): You can see Joel and Ehud, (you can tell which one is Joel and which one is Ehud by looking at just Ehud) Joel, Sy, and Bill, or the famous WCHS Network Dude (who doesn't exactly look like Joel, but is close). You could also look at a little photo gallery I put together. Or, if you're techno-literate, you could do the CU-SeeMe thing. And if you like silent movies, here's me and a stingray.
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