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  • Tom's Finance Guide Part 6: Interlude about 401(k)

    This was a draft. The final version is now available as a pay-what-you-want self-published book called Tom’s Finance Guide: Retire Rich!

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  • Tom's Finance Guide Part 5: Bonus material: Loan sharks

    This was a draft. The final version is now available as a pay-what-you-want self-published book called Tom’s Finance Guide: Retire Rich!

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  • Tom's Finance Guide Part 4: Get Out of Debt

    This was a draft. The final version is now available as a pay-what-you-want self-published book called Tom’s Finance Guide: Retire Rich!

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  • Tom's Finance Guide Part 3: The Destination

    This was a draft. The final version is now available as a pay-what-you-want self-published book called Tom’s Finance Guide: Retire Rich!

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  • Tom's Finance Guide Part 2: The principles

    This was a draft. The final version is now available as a pay-what-you-want self-published book called Tom’s Finance Guide: Retire Rich!

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  • Tom's Finance Guide Part 1: The Plan

    This was a draft. The final version is now available as a pay-what-you-want self-published book called Tom’s Finance Guide: Retire Rich!

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  • Tom's Finance Guide Part 0: Summary

    This was a draft. The final version is now available as a pay-what-you-want self-published book called Tom’s Finance Guide: Retire Rich!

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  • Cryptographic Hashes

    Q: How do cryptographic hashes like MD5 and SHA work?

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  • 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.

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  • Hotel Review: Aloft Charlotte

    Review:

    • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • Why I Don't Talk To Third Party Recruiters

    Here are the four most important reasons:

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  • 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. read more

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  • 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.

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  • The Ends Dont Justify the Means

    (This was originally written in response to someone pointing out all the unethical things the GOP did to gerrymander the US to the point where we are no longer a democracy.)

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  • The Lazy Libertarian

    I have no more patience for the “lazy libertarians”.

    A lazy libertarian responds to everything with one of 3 messages:

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  • Stop Problems When They Are Small

    If you don’t stop problems when they’re small, you f— it up in historically catastrophic ways.

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  • Marketing Beats Campaigning

    (Originally posted on Facebook, Nov 9, 2016)

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  • docuSign Wastin' My Time

    Dear docuSign,

    Let me explain to you how you wasted an hour of my time today.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • How the Internet Ends

    In effort to shut down Telegram, Russia blocks Amazon, Google network addresses

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  • Worst Cut and Paste Error Ever

    The worst cut-and-paste error I ever made.

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  • 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.

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  • Expensify.com: How I Hate Thee

    Expensify drives me fucking nuts.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • Trolling Is Internet Litter

    I live in a nice quiet neighborhood. I’m proud of my neighborhood. When I walk down the street, if I see a scrap of litter, I bend down and pick it up.

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  • How would I answer this concern troll?

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  • Will Facebook fix their 'Fake News' Problem?

    Hell no.

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