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The Actuator - April 13th

Level 17

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 key....

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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Cheers sqlrockstar​! I will enjoy delving into these links

Level 14

All worth the read.  Thanks.

looking forward to it.

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Good read. Fun, especially on a day where I don't feel like doing much! I look forward to more.

Some serious thought goes into this.  More time is required to review--and enjoy--these than I have at my disposal. 

But the gist of it seems to be how life may change unexpectedly through the adoption of (new) technology.

Reminds me of the oxymorons we used to laugh about years ago:

100 Awfully Good Examples of Oxymorons


Top 47 Oxymorons -- Pretty Funny Stuff!

Don't forget the thoughtful work that also went into sniglets:

Google Groups

alphaDictionary * Language Jokes * Sniglets

sniglet - definition and examples of sniglets


Thanks for sharing. Great post.


A fun read

Level 11

I only had time to review the first link, Hilarious!  Thanks.


Thanks for the links. Haven't had chance to read 'em all but there's some good stuff there.

Level 14

The Spam video was great.  I have done the same thing with unsolicited phone calls telling me my computer was infected.  I had so much fun with the callers, that my wife has started doing it,  If I chew up their clock cycles, that is fewer people they can call.

Level 17

Years ago I received a call from a telemarketer asking for someone that *sounded* like my name. I replied with "No, but what are you wearing?" After a bit of back and forth the woman asked me if I thought this "was a s-e-x call", to which I said "I don't care what you want to talk about, it's your $6.99 a minute." She hung up. I'd like to think I was removed from their list, too.

Level 14

Awesomeness!  I'm going to use that.

Level 14

Those are good and pretty funny.  Thanks! 

Level 20

I thought the best part was the picture lololol... Nice shirt!!!!  I could go for that kind of sack lunch some days!

Level 21

Some great links here, thanks for sharing!

About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.