Fax Machines Arent Magic
I can’t believe my health insurance makes me fax certain forms. What year is this?
Well, anyway… that reminds me of something that happened to me many years ago back when fax machines were more common.read more
Q: How do cryptographic hashes like MD5 and SHA work?read more
A few years ago I saw a group of guys with jackets that all had a patch that said, “Safety Third”.
I thought it was hilarious. I’ve heard the phrase “Safety First” since I can remember and this seemed hilariously contrarian.read more
Hotel Review: Aloft Charlotte
- Aloft Charlotte Uptown at the EpiCentre
- 210 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
The Aloft Charlotte Uptown at the EpiCentre is an upscale boutique hotel with helpful staff, beautiful decor, and a unique theme that will surprise and delight the most jaded traveler!read more
Why your AI-based monitoring startup will fail
Please don’t call me if you are selling a monitoring project that uses AI to do amazing things.
Since 1991 I have been contacted by sales people from startups that use AI to make their monitoring system awesome.
The first couple times I took their call and set up a demo. I was always disappointed.
Now I just ignore these phone calls and emails.read more
Why I Don't Talk To Third Party Recruiters
Here are the four most important reasons:read more
The Naming of Talks and Papers
I’m reviewing a LOT of talk proposals, draft papers, draft chapters, etc. I’ve noticed that people’s titles tend to rarely be plainspoken descriptions of the topic.read more
The Lazy Libertarian
I have no more patience for the “lazy libertarians”.
A lazy libertarian responds to everything with one of 3 messages:read more
Stop Problems When They Are Small
If you don’t stop problems when they’re small, you f— it up in historically catastrophic ways.read more
docuSign Wastin' My Time
Let me explain to you how you wasted an hour of my time today.read more
Hell Is Server Hardware Firmware Upgrades
So, I met with a major hardware vendor today to talk about firmware update processes. They have a few different products for managing firmware. The “best in class” that they offer is… a reminder of why enterprise IT is so f—ed up.read more
Congress, PDFs, and CSVs
The Sunlight Foundation spent years meeting with congresspeople trying to convince them to pass laws to get various government data (fundraising domains, government contracts and spending, etc.) published electronically.read more
Worst Cut and Paste Error Ever
The worst cut-and-paste error I ever made.read more
Response to: Our Security Auditor Is an Idiot
Some thoughts on the SO question about the idiot security consultant that demanded a list of everyone’s plaintext password plus some rather impossible things.read more
Let Me Answer That Tired Old Driverless Car Question
You: Driveless cars? Oh no! What if the car is in a situation where the only way to avoid running down a baby is to crash into 4 other people? What will it do?read more
30 Years Ago I Became an Activist
(Originally posted to Facebook on October 11, 2017)
Today is the 30th anniversary of the day I became an activist. Today in 1987 I went to the 2nd March On Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights. I drove down with four other students crammed in Joellen’s ludicrously bright orange station wagon. At the time I didn’t consider myself an activist; I wasn’t even calling myself bisexual at the time. I was just going to be supportive.read more