Finally gave up on "social media"

Posted on Mon 20 March 2017 in Misc

A contact from a recruiter on Friday really infuriated me. It was obvious he was doing a generic search on LinkedIn and blasting out an email hoping for a response. I responded and said I would never work with someone who resorted to SPAM. He gave me a pretty lengthly reply about how he was the good guy and a family business and I should be lucky to receive his email. It was then I realized LinkedIn doesn't do anything for me but fill my inbox with desperate recruiters who don't give two shits about me and who can't take the time to actually read my profile before contacting me. LinkedIn has zero motivation to fix this as paying users that send out these messages support the site.

Something in me snapped. I deleted LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. I can't think of a single meaningful interaction I ever had on any of them. We'll see if anyone notices and contacts me. My email address hasn't changed since the early 90's and is pretty unique so folks who want to can reach out.

I also switched my personal domain from Google to Outlook.com. I have decided to give Microsoft a try and see how they do. They aren't perfect but at least what they do is up front and in your face. I have no idea what Google does with my information and frankly I don't care to give it to them anymore.


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Happy New Year

Posted on Mon 02 January 2017 in Misc

Welcome to 2017. I hope everyone had a good holiday. I spent my holiday moving my companies office from Pioneer Square to Smith Tower on the 19th floor. I have a fantastic view but there is way too much sun. I am hoping to find a dark corner.


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My new iMac arrived yesterday

Posted on Sat 21 May 2016 in Misc

I received my new iMac 4k yesterday. It is replacing a MacMini from 2012. I got the 21” model with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD drive. Beth is getting one as well and hers technically was here on Thursday but it was DOA with the 2TB Fusion drive not being detected. I returned it and will order her another one. I love having a retina display. I use an iMac 5k at work and now when I sit in front of a normal screen I hate it.


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Finally a decent ad-blocker

Posted on Sat 30 April 2016 in Misc

I recently discovered AdGuard. This runs as a daemon on your system and not as a browser extension. It is really nice. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it till now. I bought four lifetime licenses and installed them on all my computers.


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Firewalls and their managers

Posted on Sat 13 February 2016 in Misc

I have used a number of commercial firewalls: Check Point, Watchguard, Barracuda, and Cisco ASA. Why do they all have crappy Windows based management software?


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