Spam Nation

Spam Nation

Spam Nation is cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebbs’ journey into the darker parts of the web. While most of us think of email spam as primarily a nuisance, Krebbs lays out all the ways that it’s a much bigger problem than we generally think it is. Before...
Everything’s connected

Everything’s connected

I have spent pretty much all of last week in pain. Thankfully, not on my wrist, which is a much more worrying kind of pain. No, this pain has been pretty much entirely focused on my lower body. There’s no new injury, just trying to fix a very old one. You see,...
Take a break

Take a break

I’m having a bit of trouble with my tendonitis again. It’s nowhere near as bad as it has been at times. But I had a pain flareup the Friday a week ago, to the point where I needed to take a sick day. I’ve been trying to rest it since then as much as...
Crisis of age

Crisis of age

I am turning 40 this week. I tend to like getting older, mostly because it’s a sign of success in many ways. But this one is hitting me hard. I had a lot of plans of where I wanted to be this week. Most of those did not come to pass. And that smarts. I’ve...
Budget progress and YNAB

Budget progress and YNAB

I’ve been using YNAB (my referral link) since probably around 2014 when I decided that I needed a budget. I’ve written about my journey here before. But it’s been two years, so I figure it’s time for an update. I’m in a pretty good place...
Renting Access

Renting Access

I’ve been reading a lot of books in the past couple of years about technology, privacy, and technology laws. I’m planning a book around those topics, and I’m still having trouble figuring out my angle to that book. That’s actually why I’m writing A Path Through the...
Spam Nation

The danger of physical access

Well, 2021 certainly got off to a start. There’s a lot to be said about the coup attempt in the US. A lot of that has already been said by people far more qualified than I am to talk about it. But, I’ve worked as a programmer for over 15 years now and I do...
Take a break

Planning for 2021

Over on YouTube I talked a little about how I plan for a new year in general. But here I want to take a moment to address the specifics of planning for 2021. Because some parts of what made 2020 the special little shit sundae that it was are not gone. There’s an...
Gone – the End of the Year

Gone – the End of the Year

It’s the end of the year that wouldn’t end. I have a running, good-natured argument with a friend on whether a decade starts on the year 0 or year 1. Whatever measure you go by, this week the second decade of the 21st century is definitely gone. And it has...
Using Anger for Good

Using Anger for Good

I’ve been angry for a long time. I’m turning 40 in a few months and I feel like I’ve been getting progressively angrier and angrier since at least my mid-thirties. And I’ve been trying very hard to find productive ways to use that anger...