My name is Chris Humphries and Sogub Systems is my personal website. I own “Sogub, LLC”, which is my company. I kept the naming the same to avoid naming collisions with others on the Internet, but this website is not a business, the content on it is not for making money, I have no desire to make money off of it directly, and it is solely for personal hobby and learning motivations.
Sogub Systems is for the study of computer systems, as in how they are built by learning how they’re put together and possibly breaking them in the process.
This website and domain is a central place for me to keep my penetration testing and BSD kernel related activities. That includes low-level programming of kernel and assembly code I have no business messing with.
Since July 2019, I am primarily working towards getting the OSCP certification.
Note that blogging activity is random and may happen in bursts. I’m not trying to be a blogger and don’t care about having a loyal reader fan base. If you like stuff, cool; if not, then that’s OK, too.
I keep the design of this website minimal on purpose. Removing anything that is a distraction or isn’t required is best. To be clear, I’m not a web designer.
I got started in the 90s with Linux and BSD for fun and then found work doing it. I’ve been living the dream ever since!
Seeking to always challenge myself, I try to learn things I know little about. I don’t deal with kernels, C, and assembly programming in my day job, so learning about and playing in those tech areas in my off-work hours is a hobby of mine. Much of the time progressing much slower than I’d like due to life and other hobbies but it remains.
Writing viruses and penetration testing is what got me into programming in the first place, but I left behind those ambitions once I got a paid job doing programming pretty quickly. I simply devoted all my energy to whatever job I was at. So, now after many years, I have a ton of experience with server stacks, infrastructure, networking, and web app development. I’m “going back to my roots” in a way, rediscovering the wonder of when I first going a terminal of my own and started working to figure stuff out, with a strong focus on penetration testing from an offensive point of view.
I’m eternally curious and bold enough to think I can do things I know nothing about [yet]. To quote Vincent Van Gogh, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.”
I live in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA with my wife that I met on match.com. We have a little black goofball cat.
I grew up a military brat and moved around for work, too. I ended up moving to Scranton to work at a local data center and ISP, and have been in the city ever since (but I’m not attached to this place).
For a brief period of time, I traveled around Pennsylvania working out of courthouses doing title research for oil and gas companies, mainly living out of hotels.
I love to travel and just recently discovered how awesome going on cruises is, drink beer with friends, eat spicy food and hot sauces, and cook.
I have various hobbies that I dabble in off and on outside of technology that include playing the bass (flat wound strings rule), playing chess (tactics tactics tactics), playing SNES (mostly RPGs), playing MUDs (Achaea MUD mostly), painting miniatures, and playing tabletop roleplaying games (D&D B/X, 1st edition, and 5th edition mostly; I prefer to run the games as DM).
And like almost everyone else, I binge watch Netflix from time to time.