Welcome to the Actuator! I'm looking to make this a series of posts that provide links, musings, and snark from the series of tubes known as the Internet. If you don't know what an actuator is, you may be in the wrong place. You can show yourself out now.




This is what happens when you reply to spam email

Reminds me of a similar conversation I had with a Mr. Yan years ago. He was disappointed that I did not show up at that hotel in Lagos. Twice.


How to avoid brittle code

“If it hurts, do it more often.” That’s the same advice I would give my players back in my days of coaching basketball. Anytime you find yourself out of your comfort zone, find a way to make things more comfortable. Applying this concept to development just makes sense to me (now, of course).


Developers can run Bash Shell and user-mode Ubuntu™ Linux® binaries on Windows 10

Coming on the heels of the SQL Server® on Linux announcement, this is something else that is making adatole cry tears of joy. At least I think they are tears of joy. Hard to tell from here.


Thanks For Ruining Another Game Forever, Computers

Has it been 20 years since Deep Blue? Nice recap of how computers are slowly ruining games for humans, and how.


Passwords, 2FA, and Your “Digital Legacy”

I’ve started using some password management software recently, but didn’t think about the implications of 2FA and what it means should a family member need to access my accounts. This post is a good reminder about the extra steps needed.


United Airlines implements web security based upon surveys of their users that are infected with keystroke logging.

I wish I were making this up, but it’s a real conversation folks.


Hacker reveals $40 attack that steals police drones from 2km away

I’d like to propose that we rename IoT the “Internet of Unsecured Things” (iOUT). Maybe that way we can educate people about the nature of connected systems.


Microsoft® launches Bot Framework to let developers build their own chatbots

I’ve seen this movie before. It doesn’t end well for the humans. Then again, maybe it does:


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