Lessons from the top of a snowy hill

Things are rather treacherous out there. In my neighborhood, we have new-fallen (unplowed) snow, on top of wet (now frozen) fallen, partly-decayed, slippery leaves that were never swept or cleaned up because nobody seems to deal with those here either.

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How I became “glue”

As has often been the case in my life, I was in a category of people who were not supposed to exist. I was that “Type II misfit.” How I got there is the story.

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It’s not coming back: work travel

Every day when I walked into my old office I’d pass a couple dozen people waiting in the lobby for their assigned interviewers to come down and take them up to a conference room where they’d spend the day being grilled by 5-6 different people. 90% of them would not get a job offer. Most…

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It’s not coming back: work

The impact of so many people working remotely for so long is going to have it’s impact. There are some things that we’ve already found to be wastes of time and money, that will never go back to “the way they were.”

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It’s not coming back

In 1945, some still expected the world to go back to familiar pre-crisis reality. They would be disappointed, as will those who are waiting for “the good old days” today.

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Software is hard

A horribly embarrassing software disaster happened on Monday. It was caused by a bad certificate, which is a mechanism used to verify and authenticate a software service. As big as it was, I doubt anybody will lose their job over the Microsoft Teams outage even though it had an impact on millions of paying customers….

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Wrapping up 2019

In January, I packed up and shipped everything I wanted to keep, got in the car with Flash, and drove to Seattle. I arrived on January 19th, checked in to my temporary apartment, and started work on the 21st.

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