“Collection #1”. You’ll be hearing about it over the weekend as a “catastrophic data breach.” But it’s not a single breach, it’s a massive collection of at least a few hundred data breaches, cleaned and unencrypted.Continue reading Collection 1 Data
I swear: my next kitchen needs to be built entirely of commercial grade stainless steel so I can just pressure wash and bleach the whole space down and be done with it.
In a few years, our kids will think it was weird that we didn’t speak to our microwave telling it to reheat last night’s leftovers.Continue reading We Might Want to Reconsider…
Drones are the hot topic for Times Square tonight.Continue reading New Years Eve
Riddle me this: the local news will cover a comical story of a grown woman taking a dump in the middle of an isle of a grocery store, chuckling that they “won’t dare show any images of the act.”
Yet the horrific scene of a father throwing his infant to the ground in front of his mother during a domestic dispute is replayed over and over and over again.
I’ve developed software robots with a better sense of humanity than the jackholes who are deciding what and how the morning news is covered.
Sitting in the conference room with the in-house recruiter who is whispering secrets about the company to me when the CEO enters. I stand, we shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and he then stares at me, emotionless, for 1…2…3…4… seconds, then sits.
I sit and smile, looking to the recruiter to direct the conversation or at least make the first move. Instead? Silence. I guess this is my meeting to run, then. Ok, I launch with my understanding with where the product is at and the short term upscale trajectory that needs to deliver in nearly 60 days.
The CEO sat and just looked at me, mostly without emotion, for nearly 30 seconds. He scratched his nose (there’s a tell), rolled his head to look at the recruiter sitting next to him, and said nothing. Then he rolled his head back towards me and waited for at least another 10 seconds and said, “You look different than your picture.”
After 30 minutes of rambling questions that were really nothing more than an opportunity for the CEO to speak, he departs and another gentleman enters. A COO of some sort. Suddenly, we’re engaged. Hard hitting questions with no nonsense answers about leadership, tough decisions and managing the unique personalities of a diverse development team struggling with an antiquated code base. This is my realm! Yes!!
At one point he asked how comfortable I would be doing a code review of software written in PHP v4. I deadpanned my expression and paused while waking up some neurons from 15 years ago.
“Bring it. That’s ancient but so am I.”
We talked for nearly 2 hours. He had to run having gone grossly over schedule. The recruiter had been fighting to stay awake throughout it all as we went deep on the tech. Once the COO left, the recruiter asked me, “you know who he was, right?”
“Yeah, James, the COO, right?”
“No,” he whispered, “That was James, this company’s founder and original developer.”
An associate of mine – who is not a technical person by any means – just called to let me know that Apple called him alerting him of a virus on his computer. The story just goes south from there in flames.
If you get a call like this, even if the number appears to come from Apple or Microsoft or Dell or anyone else, you are being scammed, victimized. Here’s what to do in the event someone says you have a virus and needs access to your computer:
Step 1: hang up.
End of scam.