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What If: Ditching Social Security Numbers for Personal ID Keyschipx86

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 02:33:10 +0000

I’ve been thinking about this discussion on a National ID and the end of using Social Security Numbers. We’re used to having these 9 digit numbers represent us for loans, credit card transactions, etc., but in the modern age one would think we could do better. Any replacement for Social Security Numbers would need to […]

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Terror with Glazechipx86Happy Donuts in Palo AltoEnigma MachineSo many donutsBox of donuts

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 22:56:20 +0000

The 2016 US Presidential Election has seen its share of controversies and hot-button topics, from the leaked Clinton e-mails to Donald Trump’s statements on Muslims. All have weighed in on the horrible attacks on Paris and Brussels, the threat of ISIS, and even Apple’s fight with the FBI over an encrypted iPhone. As someone in […]

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Memories from VMware’s Hosted UIchipx86329705_10150459281007831_715261101_o

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 08:25:38 +0000

I wrote a tribute last week to my old team at VMware, the Hosted UI Group (aka HUG). These people were like family, and through their hard work and dedication, mutual respect and insane depth of knowledge, they built some amazing products, Workstation and Fusion being just two of them. I was so proud to […]

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A Tribute to VMware Workstation, Fusion, and Hosted UIchipx86Hosted UIPoker NightWorkstationWorkstationWorkstation with UnityFusionFusion

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:42:14 +0000

Updated February 2, 2016: Once you learn about our team and who we are, come take a trip down memory lane with us! Yesterday morning, the Hosted UI team, responsible for VMware’s Workstation and Fusion products, woke up to find themselves out of a job. These products, despite being award-winning and profitable, are probably not long […]

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You’re not safe on the Internet (but you could be)chipx86

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:31:08 +0000

It’s a wonderful Friday evening. You’re out enjoying it with some friends, eating dinner at a classy Italian restaurant, telling stories and laughing together as you share a delicious bottle of wine. It’s the perfect end to the week. As dinner wraps up, you hand the waitress the first card you grab from your wallet, a […]

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A better web through spreadsheetschipx86That's not what I meant!This is the primary use of the web. Not so much torpedoes.We could have had this!Look at those graphics.

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:55:12 +0000

I’ve spent the past couple of days basically living in spreadsheets, crunching sales data, entering equations, building pivot tables and forecasts, and painstakingly toggling cell borders… Your typical spreadsheety stuff. (And I didn’t go crazy at all.) While spreadsheet work is a task an engineer would often dismiss, loathe, and try to pawn off onto […]

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Remembering the Line Ridechipx86

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 21:30:00 +0000

I spent the holidays at Disneyland this year with my girlfriend and my family. We stood in numerous lines for hours on end during the busiest week of the year, waiting to see Disney’s take on classic rides such as the Haunted Mansion and Small World. Their take was fantastic, but this post is not […]

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Using Freshdesk with PagerDuty for Better Customer Supportchipx86titleDispatchr ruleResolve on Close ruleResolve on Reply ruletitle

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:03:15 +0000

At Beanbag, we’ve been using Freshdesk to handle customer support for Review Board, Power Pack, and RBCommons. We’ve also been using PagerDuty to inform us on any critical events, such as servers going down, memory/CPU load, or security updates we need to apply to our servers. Our customers’ problems are just as important to us […]

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Breaking back into your network with the Synology Web UIchipx86

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:58:54 +0000

Have you ever left town, or even just took a trip to the coffee shop, only to find that you’re locked out of your home network? Maybe you needed a file that you forgot to put in Dropbox, or felt paranoid and wanted to check on your security cameras, or you just wanted to stream […]

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A new adventure beginschipx86IMG_0720

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:53:48 +0000

Act 1, Scene 1 August 23rd, 2004. A young kid, not even 21, freshly dropped out of college, passionate about open source and programming. He walks into his new office at his new job at VMware, his first job, ready to start the day, eager to impress and meet his new co-workers. Nobody was there. […]

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