Demo Data as Code
Have you been asked to generate data for a demo system? Here’s some advice.read more
Creating The Demo Disk
Creating a software demo is like creating a TV commercial. You should structure the project that way.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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?read more
A template for sending letters to Congress
I just made it a LOT easier to write letters to my representatives.read more
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.read more
Q: How do cryptographic hashes like MD5 and SHA work?read more
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.read more
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!read more
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.read more
Why I Don't Talk To Third Party Recruiters
Here are the four most important reasons:read more
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.read more
The Lazy Libertarian
I have no more patience for the “lazy libertarians”.
A lazy libertarian responds to everything with one of 3 messages:read more
Stop Problems When They Are Small
If you don’t stop problems when they’re small, you f— it up in historically catastrophic ways.read more
docuSign Wastin' My Time
Let me explain to you how you wasted an hour of my time today.read more
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.read more