• Day 31 - Postscript

    In the very early 80's, a small team of developers at the XEROX Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) developed a new page description language and dubbed it Interpress. Like many innovations that were initially conceived ...
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  • Day 29 - Segment

    In my prior life, I spent a good deal of time speaking and writing about customer loyalty and engagement, and how marketers needed to adapt to support customers’ changing needs. Marketers have traditionally vie...
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  • Day 21 - Noise

    It’s a favorite topic here at SolarWinds, particularly in reference to noisy alerts. There’s a lab all about alerts because poorly defined alerts can have such an impact on the effectiveness of your networ...
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  • Day 3 - Insecure

    The word is insecure, and insecure is the feeling…   But "insecure" is not to be confused with the word, "unsecure," which is more commonly referenced in the hallowed cubicles and data centers of IT. Ther...
  • Day 12 - Obfuscate

    Obfuscate – to make less clear.   Love the word! It’s fun to say. Now there may be some negative connotations with this word, especially in contemporary times. Alternative facts, cell phone bills, my...
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  • Day 13 - Bootstrap

    It’s a mindset. (And yes, it’s also the name of Twitter’s front-end web framework, amongst other things.)   Bootstrapping is essentially the commitment to getting something done no matter what ...
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  • Day 9 - Binary

      Binary Haiku With just two fingers Counting to two fifty-five Joined with seven friends   When I was first learning about computers and the idea of binary numbers was introduced, I was lost. This was aroun...
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  • Day 1 - Identity

    What, exactly, makes up an identity? In IT security circles, an identity is built on authentication factors:   What you know - A password or pin What you have - A security token or device What you are - Biomet...
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  • Day 14 - Cookies

    I was taught to bake, not cook. As a child, my mother and grandmother showed me how to measure flour, crack eggs, and transform simple ingredients into one magical, delicious, comforting whole. I made cookies, muffins...
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  • Day 30 - Density

    "Isolated Neutron Star"https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5905339 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5905339   Density is an interesting word. In science, it refers to the amount of &...
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  • Day 28 - Recovery

    During the time of which I speak it was hard to turn the other cheek To the blows of insecurity Feeding the cancer of my intellect the blood of love soon neglected Lay dying in the strength of its impurity Meanwhile o...
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  • Day 4: Imposter

    I’ll let you in on a little secret. Everyone is an imposter. It’s not just the people who feel like they are an imposter, but literally everyone is an imposter. Nobody fits into every situation every time....
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  • Day 27: Initial

    According to dictionary.com, initial is an adjective meaning “of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first.” (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/initial)   The important part about this is to ...
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  • Day 26 - Utility

    It’s Boxing Day, and If you’re reading this on the day itself, here’s to you and yours! I hope your Yuletide celebrations have been filled with family, friends, and above all, good times!   Tod...
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  • Day 25 - Platform

    When I think of the word platform, my first thought may not be your first thought. I immediately think of a social media platform: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Knowing this, it probably doesn’t surpri...
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  • Day 24 - Peripheral

    Full disclosure: I’m not an especially tech-y person, despite working for SolarWinds. So, when I chose peripheral for this challenge, the first thing that came to mind wasn’t a peripheral device, but perip...
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  • Day 23 - Parity

    (Image credit: Artist: Mayumi Tokuda) Parity. While the word means many different things, I think that in the world of infrastructure, we tend to lean towards the idea of parity within storage. (Insert seriously in...
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  • Day 22 - Object

    I had received an object of complaint letters, stating that the object of the project had not been met and that as Project Manager, I had myself become the object of the failure. My immediate response was to object to...
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  • Day 20 - Inheritance

    My parents – and my in-laws – like to tell us they’re cruising away our inheritance. Which is pretty much true.   But truer than that is the gift of so many memories. Last year, I wrote about l...
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  • Day 19 - Gateway

    In the contexts of Information Technology and of humanity,  I define “gateway” as a portal for change. We, and our data, may enter new environments by passing through that gateway.   When you di...
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