A blog of rants, screeds, and other nonsense

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  • My offer to Jeff Bezos to bring HQ2 back to NYC

    Reporters say that NY Gov Cuomo is calling Jeff Bezos begging him to reconsider.

    I’m sure he’s offering even MORE concessions.

    Here’s what I would do as governor:

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  • Demo Data as Code

    Have you been asked to generate data for a demo system? Here’s some advice.

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  • Creating The Demo Disk

    Creating a software demo is like creating a TV commercial. You should structure the project that way.

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  • 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.

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  • AT&T Fails At Internet

    Let’s put this “AT&T could have owned the entire internet” idea to rest. No f—ing way it could have happened.

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  • What Should Executives Know About Software?

    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?

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  • A template for sending letters to Congress

    I just made it a LOT easier to write letters to my representatives.

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  • 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.

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  • Tom's Finance Guide Part 8: More soon!

    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 7: Retire rich!

    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 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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