I used to be a vociferous defender of prescriptive grammar (I don't like the term "Grammar Nazi" anymore, because that's no longer funny or clever). After listening to, and reading, a podcast and associated transcript-turned-blog entry by Stephen Fry, I realised that it is necessary for language to change, to adapt. I use a lot of … Continue reading Begging the Question
I am a person with many interests. In one conversation, I'll introduce myself as a new filmmaker. In another, I'm a seasoned theatre actor. Sometimes I give talks on Microsoft's data platform products, SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. There's another strong field of interest I have, which I don't speak much about, and that's information … Continue reading Air gaps and secure networks
I hate the term "Internet of Things". I say "Internet of Things" and "IoT" because everyone else does, but I don't like it. Not everything needs to be online. There's a Twitter account called @InternetOfShit which posts regularly on this topic. The first and most important reason why this is a bad idea is security. … Continue reading On the Internet of Things
As of 1 December 2016, Microsoft's BizSpark programme is now only for one year, down from the original three years. Given how useful the free Visual Studio tools are, and what is possible with Azure, I'm not surprised, but this is going to affect a lot of people. From the BizSpark page: A one year … Continue reading Microsoft BizSpark is now a one-year programme
My friend Janie Clayton linked to this article by Don Denoncourt, which has some interesting thoughts and observations. Something with which I agree: I’ve seen too many people lock themselves into technologies (like Lotus Notes and Domino) and find themselves unmarketable after spending 10 years in that industry. Even if you have a high-paying salary, … Continue reading Link: On Getting Old(er) in Tech
In 1993, I was in Grade 11 and a member of the Parktown Boys' High School Public Speaking team. Our four members were as unlikely to be public speakers as you could find. Two were exceptional athletes in their respective disciplines, and stereotypically assumed to be intellectually dim (they weren't), one was a class clown. … Continue reading My funniest line
(With apologies to Billy Joel.) Carrie Fisher, Leonard Cohen, Arquette, Geordie Howe George Michael, Nancy Reagan, Phife Dawg, Zydeco Garry Shandling, Garry Marshall, Rob Ford, Ron Glass David Bowie, John Glenn, Wilder, Castro Prince Rogers Nelson, "Freaky" Leon Haywood Zsa Zsa, Henderson, Ricky Harris, Harper Lee David Smyrl, Caldwell, "Wizard of Woo" Worrell, Green and … Continue reading We Didn’t Start 2016
Happy everything. Leave me alone until next year.
I've taken a break from Twitter for a while. This means unfollowing everyone. I am using Twitter Lists, though, so I am keeping track of events as they occur. I have opened up my Direct Messages, and will respond to DMs (following the golden rule, of course).
Warren Ellis (the British author, not the Australian musician, though both have immaculate beards) asked his friends to recommend one book to read this winter. I recommend subscribing to his Orbital Operations weekly newsletter. I asked a bunch of friends for the name of one book they planned to read this winter. I am delighted … Continue reading Books To Read This Winter