VMware WorkspaceONE Notifications are a crime against productivity
VMware’s WorkspaceOne has an annoying feature on macOS where every time it does an update you get a notification. This steals my cursor, interrupts my work, and breaks my concentration.read more
Dear Sen. Joe Manchin
Dear Senator Joe Manchin,read more
Should I run for Governor?
Here’s my thinking…read more
What Is Yak Shaving?
What is yak shaving?read more
GOP attempt to add a 'January Exception' to the constitution failsAn attempt to add a “January Exception” to the U.S. constitution failed yesterday as GOP leaders could not muster enough votes to pass their bill. The 44-to-56 vote was a major victory for constitutional originalism, law and order, and other concepts that the GOP used to believe in. “I’m disappointed in the result.” said Joe Embez, “How could I be convicted of stealing from my employer when I don’t work there any more? read more
How should SaaS providers charge for training?
The other day a vendor added $6k of “training” to my quote. Here’s how insulting that is.read more
Politics in the U.S. is bimodal.read more
Prepare for the worst: Part 1, WW1 and Germany
Copied from Facebook. Not written by me. I’ll have commentary later this week.read more
It Was Trump, Not Antifa
Dear friends of mine who support Trump:
Your “it was Antifa” claims have all been disproven, but it did buy you an additional 12-24 hours to come up with some other cover.
Good job! Your strategy worked! …but not for long!read more
Schools should teach more statistics, less calculus
Why don’t (most) public schools teach statistics?read more
Die Hard is anti-American propaganda
[NOTE: This is a rough draft of a rant.]
Is “Die Hard” a Christmas film? Who cares!
Die Hard is anti-American propaganda. It is full of lies that give people the impression that the U.S. government can’t do anything right. Anyone raised seeing that movie will grow up with misconceptions about the government that are harmful to our society.read more
The long road to publishing a scientific paper
Here’s an infographic from Kathryn M. Everson.
I didn’t write it, but I want to make it available outside of social media where it is hard to surface. (I hope she doesn’t mind.)
What I love about this is that it explains that real science is slow and takes time. Hollywood movies portray science as a series of overnight miracles; Star Trek shows Jordi inventing entire new categories of science by the end of a 60-minute episode. Real science takes years. Real science is boring 99.99 percent of the time, punctuated by amazing discoveries. Real scientists are underpaid and over-worked.
Having a youtube channel is unrelated to someone’s qualifications.read more
Billionaires Shouldn't Exist
Here’s a meme that I collected from social media. I didn’t write it, but I thought I’d make it accessible here.read more
Biden Has a Mandate!
Biden has a mandate.read more
Shipping used to be 6-8 weeks
Remember back in the old days when if you ordered anything from a company, delivery was “6 to 8 weeks”?read more
Trump's Virus, Trump's Pandemic, Trump's Fault!
According to The Red Cross, there are fewer house fires in December and January.read more
I Support Ex-Homophobes
You know what I want in the world? I want people that are on the other side of political issues to change their mind. I want them to “see the light”.read more
Google Meets and Sneezes
Dear Google Meets,
We need to talk about your product.read more
Those Two Dozen Republicans Should Be Arrested
When the two-dozen GOP senators disrupted Laura Cooper’s deposition, they didn’t just create a publicity stunt… they created a security hole that every spy agency in the world could take advantage of.read more
Comcast's concern is that they can't fuck you hard enough
Comcast’s #1 concern is that if they can’t fuck you hard enough.
Or, as Vice reported it, Comcast Is Lobbying Against Encryption That Could Prevent it From Learning Your Browsing History.read more
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?read more
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).read more
When you think about Google, what disappoints you the most?
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