The human brain reacts differently to lists of different sizes. When we align what we say with what the human brain expects, we are more effective communicators.
One cool trick to get an audience to ask more questions: Silence inspires questions.
When you ask “Any questions?” be silent for least 10 seconds for someone to speak up. 15 seconds is better.
When the two-dozen GOP senators disrupted Laura Cooper’s deposition, they didn’t just create a publicity stunt… they created a security hole that every spy agency in the world could take advantage of.
Comcast’s #1 concern is that if they can’t fuck you hard enough.
Or, as Vice reported it, Comcast Is Lobbying Against Encryption That Could Prevent it From Learning Your Browsing History.
These opinions have been developed from 3 decades of attending and organizing conferences. This advice applies whether a conference non-profit or for-profit, all-volunteer or professionally run, community-driven or commercial.
Time is precious. A bad conference wastes people’s time. As as conference organizers you owe it to the attendees to make sure their time was well-spent.
The single biggest thing you can do to improve your conference’s content is to require all speakers rehearse their presentation two weeks prior to the conference, via video conference, with someone that has not seen the talk before. Everything else is spinning your wheels.
When I was in 8th grade I got a job working for a small company that was a reseller of electronic drilling and measuring equipment. I was just the office boy… mostly doing paperwork, shipping, and occasional data-entry.
Increasingly, vendors understand that the inability to rapidly deploy their products affects the customers’ ability to rapidly purchase their products.
(quoted from Page 152 of The Practice of System and Network Administration, Third Edition)
I believe I first wrote that quote in 1999 when the first edition was still in draft form. That was 20 years ago. I’m embarrassed to say that in the last month I’ve had to remind two different vendors of this fact.
Any vendor that thinks automated installation is a new concept… sigh.
So what does that have to do with Chocolately?
Question: What would be the impact on your organization if the CA/Browser Forum approves a ballot reducing the maximum validity period for SSL/TLS server certificates from the current 825 days (27 months) at present to 397 days (13 months), effective for new certificates issued on or after March 1, 2020? (Existing certificates will remain valid for their full term).
When did the word “Ask” become a noun and how do we stop this butchering of language?
Did you know that DST was first proposed by socialists?
Have you been asked to generate data for a demo system? Here’s some advice.
Creating a software demo is like creating a TV commercial. You should structure the project that way.
When I worked at Bell Labs, there was a door that slammed really loudly when it closed. This wouldn’t be a big deal except that it was right near me. Oh, and it was in the middle of my team’s offices so when it slammed, nearly everyone on the team would jump.
Let’s put this “AT&T could have owned the entire internet” idea to rest. No f—ing way it could have happened.
As “software eats the world” executives need to “understand software”. If you were an executive that was old-school and wanted to “understand software”, what would you teach them?
I just made it a LOT easier to write letters to my representatives.
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.