Home from Orlando and SQL Live, my last speaking event of the year. I now have less than two weeks to get all my holiday shopping done. Oh, and so do you.

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

Microsoft Edge goes Chromium (and MacOS)

If you still needed a sign that Microsoft is a different company, this should do it for you.

 

The Problem With Feedback

Not all feedback is good feedback. When opinions are treated as information without any quality control, you end up with a billion people hoping to create a viral video on Facebook.

 

Even self-driving leader Waymo is struggling to reach full autonomy

Yeah, but sometimes you need to ship the product, and not wait for perfection. I’m still hopeful for autonomous cars in my lifetime.

 

What the Marriott Breach Says About Security

Security, privacy, convenience. Pick two.

 

250-page document dump is another nail in Facebook’s coffin

If this was Microsoft, we’d be talking about breaking the company into 37 pieces. I don’t understand why Facebook is allowed to continue operations in light of these data privacy issues, and the evidence that they knew and did not care.

 

How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days

This is how you engineer things. Plan for failure and plan your response to that failure. Application developers could learn a lot from Alaska highways.

 

How Being Busy All the Time is Hurting You – plus 3 ways to stop

I’ve fallen into this trap as well, being too busy to do anything. Take a step back and reflect on your tasks and your accomplishments. Being busy is not a trophy.

 

My favorite event of the year, SQL Live in Orlando, where my room has a view of Hogwarts: