By the time you read this, I will already be in Austin for Tech Field Day #13 hosted at SolarWinds. I am looking forward to attending my first ever TFD, after having virtually attended some of the previous events. I enjoy learning from the best industry experts and TFD allows for that to happen.


As always, here's a bunch of links I found on the Intertubz that you may find interesting. Enjoy!


Trump aides' use of encrypted messaging may violate records law

Leave it to our government to decide that encrypting messages somehow means they can't be recorded, despite the fact that industries such as financial services have been tracking encrypted messages for years due to SEC rules.


A Quarter of Firms Don’t Know if They’ve Been Breached

That number seems low. I think it's closer to 100%, because even firms that know they have been breached likely have no idea about how many breaches they have suffered.


Why security is best in layers

And here's the reason companies have no idea if they have been breached: they don't have the right talent in-house to discover such things. Identifying a breach takes more than just one person—it requires analysis across teams.


Microsoft Almost Doubled Azure Cloud Revenue Last Quarter

Articles like this remind me about the so-called "experts" out there a few years back who were dismissing the cloud as anything worthwhile. And maybe, for some workloads, it isn't. But there is one thing the cloud is right now, and that's a cash cow.


Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, Friday Reflection for Remote Team Management

A must read for anyone working remotely. I've done a similar weekly report in the past, listing three things I did, three things I want to do next week, and three roadblocks.


Why your voice makes you cringe

Listening to me speak is awful. I don't know how anyone does it, TBH, let alone watch me.


Should the cloud close the front door to the database?

Why is this even a question? As a host, they MUST protect everyone, including the ill-informed customer. If the host left security up to the customer, the cloud would collapse in days.


Booted up in 1993, this server still runs—but not for much longer

If you replace 20% of the hardware components for a server, is it the same server as when it started? Never mind the philosophical question; this is quite a feat. And yes, I did think of Battlestar Galactica, and how the lack of upgrades proved to be the thing that saved it from destruction. I'm hoping they never turn this thing off.


A quick image from a flight last week—somewhere over Hoth, apparently: