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  • Feature request: Thumbs up on email

    In work chats, I love that someone will put a thumbs up on a message rather than respond. I will hover over it to see who acknowledged it. To me it means, “what was communicated is complete. No questions. No additional feedback.” Probably it just means, “I accept this, but don’t want to drag this […]

  • Resolutions 2022

    Read 12 books. Not counting kids books. Will count audiobooks. Add 12 read to the kid at least 20 times. Lose 25 pounds. Need to regain some muscle too.

  • Feature request: unwatch

    Streaming services track what I have watched so I can see the progress. But only your first time through a series. If I start over, then it can be confusing where I am. I might start over because I didn’t finish and want to give it another chance. Or I want to watch a series […]

  • Company Storyteller

    Need to add to my LinkedIn something like “company storyteller.” There are individuals in the organization I know to ask the story about why we do what we do. Why do we have this firewall rule not not another? Why are we super strict about this thing but not another? I know many of these […]

  • Thoroughness

    There was a routine SSL certificate renewal. Vendor sends us a CSR. We send the certificate. They applied the certificate. Naturally, wanting to make sure the issue was resolved, I tried to go to the website and check the certificate was in fact updated. I clicked on the link to the website and got nothing. […]

  • Colin Powell quotes

    For thirty years I have liked Colin Powell for his level headedness. I was disappointed in his United Nations speech about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But, he has seemed pretty level headed and effective at getting things done. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy. This battle plan quote is one […]

  • WordPress security for beginners

    The Jetpack (a plug-in) blog has a pretty good WordPress Security for Beginners post which talks about what you need to do to keep your blog safe. The TL;DR: choose a good host keep software updated (WP, plug-ins, themes) use secure credentials off-site backups protect against brute force attacks scan for malware monitor for downtime remove […]

  • A solution to US government shutdowns

    How about if the US government shuts down for lack of a budget, then for that month, no one gets any tax breaks. Also, there are no subsidies. That means mortgage holders lose that month. Corporations actually have to pay their taxes. Farmers and oil drillers don’t get their subsidies. That would shift a lot […]

  • Old enough to drink

    My first blog post from 21 years ago.

  • A modest incentive

    I believe current Federal policy covers medical costs for COVID-19 testing and treatment. If we slightly adjust such policy such that only vaccinated or those allergic to ingredients or medically ineligible are covered, then I think perhaps it might be another incentive to get vaccinated. Of course, this should go into effect after the FDA […]