Farmers Fight for Our Right to Hack

Out of necessity, farmers wear many hats: electrician, veterinarian, carpenter, botanist, mechanic, businessperson + in this high-tech era, hackers. Their ability to maintain their own implements is currently being challenged, becoming an issue that will potentially impact future generations of farmers, as well as our rights as consumers to hack, modify + tinker with our own devices.

Impervious to Change.

The working world is unpredictable. It already exists as something other than it did 20 years ago. Work doesn’t look the same as it did then. Working looks the same as playing to many people. When we are doing work around our parents, for example, it’s difficult for them to tell if we’re “doing social media” or looking at that spreadsheet Bill from accounting just sent over.

TAG, you’re it.

Yesterday was kind of a big deal, celebrated quietly inside my own heart. It was the 10th anniversary of the day I completed a labor of love that changed my life for so much the better.

Star Wars, Role Models + Making Choices

Few things are more satisfying to geeky parents than watching Star Wars with their child(ren) for the first time and noticing which character they take to. I was 5 years old when I saw it, my first movie. It wasn’t just a movie. It was a drive-in movie. It wasn’t just a drive-in movie. It was Star Wars.

Gratitude for Lunch Napkins

One of the many things I’m grateful for this year is my little boy + the gifts of imagination + inspiration he gives me with his ideas to draw a unique napkin for his lunch each day.

Make lists!

Like making lists? Me, too. Even though my lists may not look like lists in the traditional sense, they still serve a pretty cool purpose.

Thanks, Mom + Dad

Dear Mom + Dad,

Thanksgiving was your favorite holiday, bar none. It was the most special of them all, the only day of the year everyone else acted the way you two did each and every average Sunday: preparing food for the ones you love in a most festive way, with great attention to detail for the ritual and sheer joy of it.

Who Needs Empathy?

Building better UX for Cyber: the most effective skill or tool isn’t what I might have thought it would be.

Trust vs. Control: Empowering vs. Limiting

We technologists are partially to blame for the death of Cyber Security. We are largely responsible for the havoc of Cyber Crime that’s impacted our privacy and overall ability to use the internet safely. It’s not too late to fix it.

Identity Theft + Credit Freezing

It’s important for us to understand the implications of the Equifax breach and ways to protect our identities. What options are best? Experts on the subject suggest freezing our credit. What does that mean? What does it involve and what do we need to know?

Oh, honey!

Since becoming a grown-up, there are many things about childhood I remember fondly. One thing I was happy to forget about forever was allergies. For several years during my early life, growing up in mostly in Colorado and Michigan, I had the pleasure of getting allergy shots each week, rotating arms because it took about…

Hide + Seek – Incident Response

I wrote about this on my professional blog the other day but sometimes it makes sense to cross-post as some of my more technically-minded pals and colleagues read stuff here. Hopefully, this sort of thing will be helpful to someone at the right time when they need it the most. If you’re the intrepid type,…

The Future of DevOps

Since I last wrote about it, DevOps has become widely adopted and continues to evolve, coupled with new technologies that have been directly influenced by it and the culture it has helped shape. Even though many organizations are still struggling to realise the potential of DevOps due to a lack of expertise and/or cultural challenges,…