A blog of rants, screeds, and other nonsense

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  • I no longer answer customer support surveys

    I no longer fill out customer support surveys.

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    • Fake panic: How to get customer support to listen

      Do you WANT to get paid?

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    • Stack Overflow Is Hiring Azure SREs

      Stack Overflow Is Hiring Azure SREs

      Looking for SRE’s with experience in the Microsoft stack!

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    • ISPs Against Fast Internet

      This is my webpage for tracking teleco executives trying to ruin the internet.

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    • My Connection to Alexander Hamilton

      Thanks to my MIL’s exhaustive genealogy research, I can now say with certainty that my house was built by Alexander Hamilton’s wife’s third cousin twice removed.

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    • Dear Sen. Joe Manchin

      Dear Senator Joe Manchin,

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    • Should I run for Governor?

      Here’s my thinking…

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    • My response to the anti-Brexit people

      To the person on Redit who called the Brexit plan obviously poorly concocted.

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    • What Is Yak Shaving?

      What Is Yak Shaving?

      What is yak shaving?

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    • GOP attempt to add a 'January Exception' to the constitution fails

      An attempt to add a “January Exception” to the U.S. constitution failed yesterday as GOP leaders could not muster enough votes to pass their bill. The 44-to-56 vote was a major victory for constitutional originalism, law and order, and other concepts that the GOP used to believe in. “I’m disappointed in the result.” said Joe Embez, “How could I be convicted of stealing from my employer when I don’t work there any more? read more

    • How should SaaS providers charge for training?

      The other day a vendor added $6k of “training” to my quote. Here’s how insulting that is.

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    • Bimodal Politics

      Politics in the U.S. is bimodal.

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    • Prepare for the worst: Part 1, WW1 and Germany

      Copied from Facebook. Not written by me. I’ll have commentary later this week.

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    • It Was Trump, Not Antifa

      Dear friends of mine who support Trump:

      Your “it was Antifa” claims have all been disproven, but it did buy you an additional 12-24 hours to come up with some other cover.

      Good job! Your strategy worked! …but not for long!

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    • PowerShell and NAPTR DNS records: Part 2

      I think I’ve identified the bug in PowerShell’s handling of NAPTR records.

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    • PowerShell and NAPTR DNS records. Help!

      I can’t figure out how to Add- or Remove- an NAPTR record using PowerShell’s DnsServer module. Can you?

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    • Canon Imageclass Scanning to Gmail

      Configuring my new Canon printer to scan to gmail was a bit tricky.

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    • Schools should teach more statistics, less calculus

      Why don’t (most) public schools teach statistics?

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    • Die Hard is anti-American propaganda

      [NOTE: This is a rough draft of a rant.]

      Is “Die Hard” a Christmas film? Who cares!

      Die Hard is anti-American propaganda. It is full of lies that give people the impression that the U.S. government can’t do anything right. Anyone raised seeing that movie will grow up with misconceptions about the government that are harmful to our society.

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    • Lauren Gunderson's advice to actors

      When I read this acting advice by Lauren Gunderson it dawned on me how powerful it would be if every tech conference speaker applied it to their talks. Change her word “scene” to “slide” (or section) and it mostly fits.

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    • The long road to publishing a scientific paper

      Here’s an infographic from Kathryn M. Everson.

      I didn’t write it, but I want to make it available outside of social media where it is hard to surface. (I hope she doesn’t mind.)

      What I love about this is that it explains that real science is slow and takes time. Hollywood movies portray science as a series of overnight miracles; Star Trek shows Jordi inventing entire new categories of science by the end of a 60-minute episode. Real science takes years. Real science is boring 99.99 percent of the time, punctuated by amazing discoveries. Real scientists are underpaid and over-worked.

      Having a youtube channel is unrelated to someone’s qualifications.

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    • Billionaires Shouldn't Exist

      Here’s a meme that I collected from social media. I didn’t write it, but I thought I’d make it accessible here.

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    • Evading or leveraging macOS's DNS mucking

      There are times when macOS mucks with DNS lookups. For example, a corporate VPN client might tell macOS that DNS lookups for certain domains (i.e. domains inside the company) are to be handled differently.

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    • Refactoring a Loop That Was Trying Too Hard

      I fixed bug last night.

      The bug was difficult to fix because the code was so complex. I wasn’t really able to fix it until I simplified the code. Once the code was simplified the bug was easy to fix. While doing this I found an anti-pattern that I now call “One loop trying too hard”.

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    • Biden Has a Mandate!

      Biden has a mandate.

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    • Google GSuite (nee Workplace) Secrets!

      Here are some of my favorite secrets about Google Docs, Google Sheets, Gmail, etc.

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    • The First Amendment tells a story

      Did you know that buried in the U.S. Constitution is a story? It’s in the first amendment!

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    • Trump's COVID-19 Test

      I learned that President Reagan was shot while walking home from school. I was about a block away from my house and I remember running the whole way home.

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    • Which option to pick?

      If you have zero knowledge and need to make a decision, here’s some advice.

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    • Shipping used to be 6-8 weeks

      Remember back in the old days when if you ordered anything from a company, delivery was “6 to 8 weeks”?

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