Daniel L. McDonaldDan McD. himself

Hello, world!

I hand-hack my HTML, and as a result these pages won't be the flashiest you see. I don't update these with any regular frequency, either, so some links may be out of date. Send me mail if some link on here is stale, and I'll fix it.

By the way, I have a blog here.

About Dan...

I'm currently a Software Engineer at MNX Solutions. My professional interests include networking protocol research and development (and admittedly, more than a little network security), operating systems development, personal computer software, compiler code-generation, and computer architecture.

I'm a member of the illumos community. You may find me on IRC's #illumos (on freenode) as "danmcd" or sometimes "kebe".

I went to school at The University of Michigan where I got my B.S. in Computer Science. After that, I went to The University of Arizona for an M.S., also in Computer Science, in 1993.

On the lighter side, I enjoy music (both listening and performing, although the latter is rare nowadays), volleyball, softball, travel (especially driving), seeing what's out there, bicycling, reading, and occasionally writing.

Click here for a little more about me.


Over time, I've co-authored a few papers. These include:

  • Kivinen, T., McDonald, D., "Heuristics for Detecting ESP-NULL Packets", RFC 5879, May, 2010.
  • McDonald, D. L., Metz, C., Phan, B. G., "PF_KEY Key Management API, Version 2", RFC 2367, July, 1998.
  • McDonald, D. L., Phan, B. G., Atkinson, R. J., "A Socket-Based Key Management API (and Surrounding Infrastructure)," in Proceedings of INET'96, Montreal, June, 1996.
  • Atkinson, R. J., McDonald, D. L., Phan, B. G., Metz, C. W., Chin, K. C., "Implementation of IPv6 in 4.4 BSD," in Proceedings of the USENIX 1996 Annual Technical Conference, San Diego, January, 1996.
  • McDonald, D. L., Atkinson, R. J., Metz, C., " One-Time Passwords in Everything (OPIE): Experiences with Building and Using Stronger Authentication," in Proceedings of the 5th USENIX UNIX Security Symposium, Salt Lake City, June, 1995.
  • McDonald, D. L., "A Convention for Human-Readable 128-bit Keys," RFC 1751, December, 1994.
  • Presentations

    I've also given some presentations, some tied with the papers above, some not.
  • The illumos Home Data Center illumos Day, San Francisco, October 1st, 2012.
  • Introduction to the post-Surge illumos Day September 27th, 2014.
  • Community Recap, Surge illumos Day 2015 September 23rd, 2015.
  • FOSDEM presentation: illumos at 5 January 31st, 2016.
  • How to reach Dan


    For now, I only give out my other stuff upon request.

    Click here for Dan's list of pointers.

    Because everyone needs to have a list of links to places. Some (not all) of my specific interests can be gleaned from this list. Other links are in there just because they're cool.
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