Persuasion engineering

Mentorship stands out as one of my favorite parts of working in technology and I’ve been fortunate to be on both sides of mentoring relationships over the years. One common aspect of career growth is the ability to come up with a solution and then persuade other people to get on board with it. Not every change is a winner, but if you feel strongly that your solution will improve your product, transform your customer experience, or just make everyone’s lives a little easier, how do you convince other people to join you?...

2021-07-11 · 12 min · Major Hayden

Do professional certifications belong in your e-mail signature?

After a discussion amongst coworkers about professional certifications in e-mail signatures yesterday, I decided to throw the question out to Twitter to gather some feedback: rackerhacker: Quick Twitter poll for the nerds: How many certification abbreviations do you put in your e-mail signature? [Permalink] The question must have struck a nerve with folks as I had over 50 replies in less than 10-15 minutes. I expected to hear a lot of people say “zero”, and there were quite a few responses that didn’t surprise me:...

2010-10-16 · 4 min · Major Hayden

Securing your ssh server

One of the most common questions that I see in my favorite IRC channel is: “How can I secure sshd on my server?” There’s no single right answer, but most systems administrators combine multiple techniques to provide as much security as possible with the least inconvenience to the end user. Here are my favorite techniques listed from most effective to least effective: SSH key pairs By disabling password-based authentication and requiring ssh key pairs, you reduce the chances of compromise via a brute force attack....

2010-10-12 · 4 min · Major Hayden

A nerd’s perspective on cloud hosting

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way: The following post contains only my personal opinions. These are not the opinions of my employer and should not be considered as such. The term “cloud hosting” has become more popular over the past few years and it seems like everyone is talking about it. I’m often asked by customers and coworkers about what cloud hosting really is. Where does traditional dedicated hosting end and cloud begin?...

2010-08-25 · 3 min · Major Hayden