It's time for Chocolately

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?

Reduce the maximum validity period for TLS/SSL server certificates

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).

The Slightly Broken Door Problem

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.

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.

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.