On Splitting Hairs

As most of you know, I write  lot. I enjoy it. I started out writing 800-page books; when I was offered by first 800-word monthly magazine column, a wise editor told me, “this’ll make you a better writer.” That’s because, when you only have 800 words, you choose every one with care. An unfortunate side effect of that is it can make you a bit of a syntactic hair-splitter.

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Here’s Why SOMEONE Wants to Hack YOU

You know the number one excuse given for not having stronger security measures?

“Who would want to hack us?”

This is used to justify not having 2FA for everyday logons, not having a better firewall service, not having better internal security controls – everything, really. And it’s so naive and wrong.

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So Long, and Congratulations, Mark Minasi (@mminasi)

Mark Minasi’s most recent e-mail newsletter, it seems, will be his last. He’s announced his end-of-2017 retirement from his most active tech pursuits, including his world-famous public seminars and private classes. For me, it’s definitely the end of an era.

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All Software is Preview, Now

Eh, let’s wait for Service Pack 1.

Right? Standard wisdom, with changes in terminology, across the commercial software industry since pretty much forever. Good times.

Those times are gone.

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DevOps Camp Preview: More Topic Proposals

DevOps/DSC Camp isn’t a conference – it’s a “working group” of enthusiastic professionals who share their experiences, practices, challenges, and triumphs. Only 20 people are admitted and we have a high alumni rate – and alumni are asked to prepare a presentation. No, we don’t record or stream – you need to be here live! Register […]

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DevOps Camp Preview: Machine Learning

DevOps/DSC Camp isn’t a conference – it’s a “working group” of enthusiastic professionals who share their experiences, practices, challenges, and triumphs. Only 20 people are admitted and we have a high alumni rate – and alumni are asked to prepare a presentation. No, we don’t record or stream – you need to be here live! Register […]

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Grammar Police: Issue

Issue has become one of those annoying “soft” words that’s intended to take the sting – and all legitimate meaning – out of a conversation. It sounds mean to say, “we have a problem,” and so instead we say, “we have an issue.” But the word has a meaning already, and by misusing it, you’re neutering your conversations.

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