New Book: Linux Hardening in Hostile Networks by Kyle Rankin

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — Administrator at 1:30 pm on Friday, July 21, 2017


Kyle has a new book coming out! It’s called Linux Hardening in Hostile Networks: Server Security from TLS to Tor.

It’s about computer security. How do you protect computer networks from hackers and other unwanted snoops?

Kyle knows how. He’s so smart. The book is out on July 28th.

My Husband Is An Interesting Man

Filed under: Kyle Rankin,Personal — Administrator at 2:21 pm on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I’ve been married to Kyle 14 years this June. One of my favorite things about him is that he never ceases to explore his intellectual interests in a curious and accomplished way. Here are some things Kyle has been interested in lately:

* He decided to take up Speed Cubing, which is when people solve a Rubik’s Cube quickly. I think he has it down to 2 minutes so far.

* He’s 3D printing an entire tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, which will be the size of a turkey when he’s done.

* He’s reading all eight volumes of the The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He’s on volume three.

* He taught himself to play Bach’s Invention #13 on the banjo.

But I was most excited about his decision to make croissants. I love croissants, and I know how difficult they are to make. It was an elaborate, three-day process of making croissant dough, laminating it, taking it in and out of the fridge at various times, then cutting it:


And shaping it:


And letting it rise again before finally baking it.


We had them on the morning of Gideon’s 4th birthday. They came out fresh from the oven, and they were exactly right. I say that as someone who has high standards for bread.

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They may have looked a little stripey, but they were all the things a croissant should be: crunchy, buttery, soft in the center, with good layers.


Seeing these excellent croissants, my dad said to me, “You know, everything Kyle does turns out like that.”

And it’s true.

Merry Christmas! Here’s Kyle Playing The Banjola

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 9:13 am on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Here’s Kyle playing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen on his banjola.

Merry Christmas!

DevOps Troubleshooting In Chinese

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 2:15 pm on Thursday, November 5, 2015


Check it out! It’s the Chinese translation of Kyle’s book, Dev Ops Troubleshooting.


Can you read this? I can’t.

So proud, though.

Kyle 3D Printed His Halloween Mask

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 1:44 pm on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Check it out. Kyle printed out a mask to wear for Halloween.


He’s going to add elastic so he doesn’t have to hold it on his face.


Who’s that creepy man standing in your yard?


The best part is that it glows in the dark.

You Can Take A Man Out Of Kentucky…

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 8:19 am on Friday, May 17, 2013

But sooner or later he’ll want to put up a porch swing and play banjo on it.

Kyle Rankin To Keynote At SCALE

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 7:51 am on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kyle is going to be the keynote speaker at the Southern California Linux Expo in February. It’s Kyle’s first keynote.

The speech will be about 3D printing, which I mentioned in this post. Description of the speech:

Your average geek has probably heard of 3D printers but may not know about all of the Open Source underpinnings that have made the 3D printing boom possible. In this talk Kyle will discuss the similarities between the history of hobbyist 3D printers and the history of some popular Linux distributions. He will then talk about some of the 3D printers available today and help you justify buying your own 3D printer with examples of useful things you can print for around the house.


DevOps Troubleshooting Is Here

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 7:50 am on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DevOps Troubleshooting: Linux Server Best Practices is out!

I am so proud of Kyle for finishing his 8th book!

In DevOps Troubleshooting: Linux Server Best Practices, award-winning Linux expert Kyle Rankin brings together all the standardized, repeatable techniques your team needs to stop finger-pointing, collaborate effectively, and quickly solve virtually any Linux server problem.

Opening up the author’s copy has to be one of the best feelings ever–to finally hold in your hand the thing you have been working so hard on.


Kyle On Make Blog

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 10:07 am on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

More from Make: Kyle wrote a post for their blog titled A Printrbot Fixed My Dishwasher. It did!

DevOps Troubleshooting

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — Administrator at 4:10 pm on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Here is the cover of Kyle’s new book, DevOps Troubleshooting: Linux Server Best Practices. It’s due out in October 2012, but you can pre-order it on Amazon.

More about the book:

In this book, pioneering Linux sysadmin Kyle Rankin teaches DevOps’ standardized, repeatable troubleshooting techniques, showing administrators and developers how to work together to reduce costs and improve effectiveness. Rankin helps both developers and admins fill the gaps in their respective troubleshooting skillsets, so they can stop pointing fingers – and start getting results.

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