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2023


On diversity

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Diverse teams lead to great outcomes, but how we measure diversity remains a challenge. Enforcing it is even more challenging. 🌎

Car buying guide

··2170 words·11 mins
If you love to nerd out on just about anything, give it a try the next time you buy a car.

Open source contributions: Just do it

··1169 words·6 mins
Want to make a change in an open source project? Take the Nike approach and Just Do It. 👟

Engineering through layoffs

··1457 words·7 mins
Layoffs create traumatic times for many. Find ways to break through the frustration and pain. For those that stay, your ability to influence the business can grow. 🪴

Red flags

··1380 words·7 mins
Every job has its ups and downs, but when is it the right time to double down or the right time to leave? Make a list of red flags that help you decide. 🚩

2022


Amateur Guide to Running

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Running gets me outside and gives me a challenge where I can compete against myself. Here are my tips for becoming an amateur runner. 🎽

Strong impacts require soft skills

··811 words·4 mins
Success at work depends on more than your technical ability. Improve your soft skills to increase your impact. 💪

How I write blog posts

··740 words·4 mins
This feels very meta, but I thought it would be a good idea to share my blog post writing process anyway. 📝

Raise the bar with an SBAR

··1457 words·7 mins
Efficiently communicate a problem and your recommendation in record time with an SBAR. 📝

2021


Persuasion engineering

··2359 words·12 mins
Improve your persuasive skills to get your team on board with solutions to tough problems. 🤔

2016


Lessons learned: Five years of colocation

··1958 words·10 mins
Back in 2011, I decided to try out a new method for hosting my websites and other applications: colocation.

Fight cynicism with curiosity

··779 words·4 mins
I’m always interested to talk to college students about technology and business in general.

2015


Talking to college students about information security

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I was recently asked to talk to Computer Information Systems students at the University of the Incarnate Word here in San Antonio about information security in the business world.

Impostor syndrome talk: FAQs and follow-ups

··1079 words·6 mins
I’ve had a great time talking to people about my “Be an inspiration, not an impostor” talk that I delivered in August.

Fedora Flock 2015: Keynote slides

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Fedora Flock 2015 is still going here in Rochester, New York, and I kicked off our second day with a keynote talk about overcoming impostor syndrome.

Book Review: Linux Kernel Development

··760 words·4 mins
I picked up a copy of Robert Love’s book, Linux Kernel Development, earlier this year and I’ve worked my way through it over the past several weeks.

2014


Evade the Breach

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This post appeared on the Rackspace Blog last week and I copied it here so that readers of this blog will see it.

DevOps and enterprise inertia

··781 words·4 mins
As I wait in the airport to fly back home from this year’s Red Hat Summit, I’m thinking back over the many conversations I had over breakfast, over lunch, and during the events.

Be an inspiration, not an impostor

··514 words·3 mins
Many of the non-technical posts on the blog are inspired by the comments of others.

2013


Need an edge at work? Learn accounting and finance.

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I spent two days last week in a class called “ Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers” at UT Austin’s Texas Executive Education program.

Reprint: Stop Disabling SELinux!

··708 words·4 mins
This article appeared in SC Magazine and I’ve posted it here as well.

Seriously, stop disabling SELinux

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After many discussions with fellow Linux users, I’ve come to realize that most seem to disable SELinux rather than understand why it’s denying access.

2012


Monitoring and protecting your reputation online

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After a recent issue I had with some users in the Puppy Linux forums, I thought it might be prudent to write a post about how to monitor and protect your reputation online.

Why technical people should blog (but don’t)

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I originally wrote this post for the Rackspace Blog but I decided to post it here in case some of my readers might have missed it.

Preparing for Red Hat Exams

··1006 words·5 mins
I originally wrote this post for the Rackspace Blog but I’ve posted it here just in case anyone following my blog’s feed finds it useful.

2011


How to write e-mails to nerds (that they will actually read)

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Standard e-mail etiquette is pretty obvious to most of us and if you’re good at it, you’ll get your point across more often without stepping on toes or causing unneeded confusion.

Success with stress

··529 words·3 mins
This is a copy of a post I wrote for the Rackspace Talent blog.