Monthly Archives: October 2014

Good stuff

By | October 31, 2014

This is the only article I’ve ever read outside of IT-focused media that gets the facts 99% correct about exactly what ISPs are doing (or, rather, not doing) to slow down Netflix and other services to extort more money. Either Susan Crawford has an enterprise-level networking background or she’s very smart and someone very knowledgeable… Read More »

Hunger

By | October 31, 2014

Even though obviously the Hunger Games movies are very successful, they still get far more derision than other action movies primarily because the audience is over 50% female and because the lead is played by a young woman. Similar but much, much worse action movies get far less disapprobation. Is it misogyny? Fuck yes it… Read More »

Tools

By | October 31, 2014

We make tools. But tools also make us. Thinking about this article on spreadsheets from 1984, I wonder how much spreadsheets and their pervasive use have changed culture, changed the world in nearly-unobservable (directly, anyway) ways. I call it the tyranny of the quantifiable. A certain class of people believe that if something can be… Read More »

Pursed

By | October 29, 2014

Sorry to link to an animated gif, but it’s true that masculinity is fragile. No one is immune to it. The culture is absolutely steeped in the denigration of femininity and for males the constant policing of one’s masculinity*. This is well-illustrated by the guys clapping for the milquetoast fopdoodle who can’t even bear to… Read More »

Bored

By | October 29, 2014

Reading this, it makes me wonder how adults so easily forget what it is to be young? I remember it very well – the utter boredom of school, the monotony, the expectations that had little to do with anything real. Schools are for warehousing and training to be good corporate citizens. That is about all.… Read More »

Route

By | October 28, 2014

The funniest term in all of routing is the “totally not so stubby area.” Yes, this is real. I want to create my own area called the “really gnarly bodacious stubby area with a side of hollandaise.”

MyMac

By | October 28, 2014

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a piece of hardware as much as I want the 5K iMac. Soon, my precious. Soon.

Simpler is usually better

By | October 28, 2014

This article relates to a point I’ve tried to make for years to other IT people and they mostly just don’t seem to get it. Complexity creates its own problems. The more complicated you make a network with redundancy and failover features, the fewer people understand it. Sure, I can create a network and server… Read More »