This page has been blank since this site began in the Summer of 2000, so I
thought that it might be time to finally write something...
What is SlackSite.com?
SlackSite is, at its core, a site devoted to the spread of accurate,
useful, and easy-to-understand information on a variety of computing
topics. Originally the site was devoted to the Slackware distribution of
Linux, hence the name 'SlackSite'. Ironically there really isn't much
here for the Slackware enthusiast, other than a few articles on Slackware
itself, as well as the more general Apache and FTP articles. SlackSite
has become more Solaris oriented as time passes. Why Solaris? Aside from
it being the focus of my job, I find many things in Solaris different or
peculiar. This feeling is probably due to my comfort level with
Slackware, which is really my 'home, sweet home'. Certain Solaris topics,
such as DiskSuite, lend themselves really well to short concise articles.
At the very least my hope is that they will help other folk who may be
moving to Solaris from other UNIXes or even just starting out with
The primary focus of my system administration duties is 'Internet
Information Services', such as DNS, email, FTP and HTTP servers. This,
combined with the fact that they are all multi-platform services insures
that greater attention is paid to these topics. As some of my interest
(and job functions) move more towards networking, expect to see future
articles pertaining to the wonderful world of Cisco IOS.
The most popular document on the site is, hands down, "Active vs. Passive
FTP, a Definitive Explanation" (found under the "Other Technical Docs"
section of the site). This article has its roots in a series of notes
that a colleague wrote up and put on an internal web site. I then took
those notes and expanded upon them, trying to make a very confusing topic
into something that can be universally understood. Over time other things
were added, including diagrams, transcripts of actual FTP sessions, and
notes on specific FTP servers. Is it a bit egotistical to call the
article a "Definitive Explanation"? Perhaps so, but based on reader
comments and referrer logs, the document is widely read and linked to.
I'll let you, the reader, be the final judge. All comments, both praise
and criticism, are graciously accepted.
Who Runs SlackSite.com?
The simple answer to that question would be "I do", however, that would
lead to further questions, such as "Who are you?". My name is Jay Ribak,
and I live and work in the Southern New Hampshire/Northern Massachusetts
region. What is my qualification to run SlackSite? I could say that one
doesn't need qualifications to put up a website, but that would not
instill much confidence in the technical material presented here. I have
over ten years of experience in UNIX systems, including Solaris, HP-UX,
Irix, and of course, Linux. I have a few less years of experience
in networking (primarily Cisco), as networking comes as a logical
extension to UNIX administration. And, like nearly everyone else, I have
many years of experience with various Microsoft offerings.
Of course, I am not perfect--errors can and do occur on the site from
time to time. Luckily these are kept to a minimum by third-party
proofreading (thanks to my wife, Erika!) and peer review. If something
seems amiss or wrong, I want to know about it--please don't hesitate to
contact me! Reader input is one of the things that makes SlackSite
stronger and more useful to future users.
While all of the articles on SlackSite currently (early 2002) are my
creations, I do hope to make the site more than just a showcase of my
writing. If you wrote, or are planning on writing a short document on a
'SlackSite topic' and you would like to have your article 'published' on
SlackSite, or just linked, let me know. Needless to say, credit will be
given to all authors, and you will retain the copyright to any original
material you write which is featured on this site.
Again, thanks for visiting SlackSite! If you've come here in search of a
solution to a technical issue, I hope that all of your problems are
resolved in a favorable manner. Good luck and happy computing to all!
26 March 2002