This post will be a little outside the norm for my blog in that I’ll be reviewing software, an Alpha release from a company called Keybase.

Let’s start out by looking at public key cryptography between two individuals.  A work flow that is somewhat common and in today’s day and age, where privacy should be of the utmost concern between even the most basic of Internet users, but still somewhat difficult to achieve for anyone that’s not an advanced user.

Before we go any further, a level set.  This post will not dive into the working of public key cryptography, the differences between certificate based and an approach such as GnuPG, or the pros and cons of each beyond what’s needed to illustrate various points.  There are multiple posts online that cover these topics and I encourage you to become familiar with them if you are not already.  I am also simplifying some aspects of how public key cryptography works in order to convey a point to the widest possible audience.

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Calling all NCR tech types…

Tired of your user’s group being a marketing lecture?  Ready to learn, network, and job hunt all at the same time?  Well, the Capitol Region Virtualization Technology User’s Group is where you need to go.  Hyper-V, VMware, Citrix will all be discussed by various local industry experts.

Check it out here: (Flyer) – Be sure and purchase your ticket now (cheap).

Hit me up on Twitter (@erichammersley) during the event if you want to talk Federal Security, STIGs, or pretty much anything else.  Especially if it’s over beer!


Every year I either forget, or in the case of the past two years don’t realize I could do it as an employee.  Well, now that I’m no longer a VMware employee… at the moment :), I decided to apply and I got it.

What does it get me?  Nothing really, some cool stuff from Partners which I’m sure I’ll appreciate, but ultimately it’s about the recognition that I do in fact blog for you, the community.  Thanks everyone and commenting on the material.  I really appreciate all that you do in the industry.

Catch me on Enterprise E-mail, or DCO (eric.hammersley) if you need anything immediate.  Sadly it takes up almost all of my time now and I’m exhausted.

First and foremost, welcome to VM Field Tips.  I encourage you to read a little about who I am and my experience on the About page.  This will give you some insight as to where I’m headed with this.

As an engineer in the field for VMware I am exposed to a great many things.  Some internal, from within the company, and some external from our customer base and the general public.  The internal channels are amazing here at VMware.  The number of truly brilliant people in this company is staggering.  The depth of which you cannot fathom from the outside looking in, but trust me it’s true.  However, the external channels are what makes this job worth doing.  Interacting with the public and being an evangelist for our products or virtualization in general is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

What I’d like to do here on #VMFieldTips is share some of that internal and external experience with you.  Many times it will take the form of a technical question or issue being faced, and hopefully the solution to the issue as well.  Other times it may be ideas or thoughts about new ways to use our products, or to improve your infrastructure as a whole.  This isn’t going to be your typical VMware employee blogging, nope, won’t have it.  I don’t pretend to know it all, or be right every time, so I encourage discussion, questions, and topic suggestions at any time.  If you find anything I’ve posted to be incorrect, call me on it.  We may not always agree, but I live for the discussion.  That is, truly, how we each learn and grow in this field.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy what I have to offer.  As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @erichammersley.