Safety Third!

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.

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!

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.

This Web Site Uses Cookies

Ok, Europe. We get it. You want every website to tell people if they use cookies. Here’s the problem. ALL WEBSITES USE COOKIES. Cookies are how websites allow you to “stay logged in” or have a shopping cart, or just about anything that a website does now a days. Yes, cookies can be used to track what you do, but there are plenty of other ways to do it too.

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.

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.

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. I was just going to be supportive.