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The Actuator - September 25th

Level 17

Hi there! It's Suzanne again. You might remember me from The Actuator April 10th, where I stepped in for Tom because he was busy "doing things." He's on his way to yet another conference and asked me to help out, as if I don't have enough things to do while he's away. Of course I agreed to do it, but not before I made him promise to build me a fire outside and serve me a cocktail.

So, here are some links I found interesting this week. Hope you enjoy!

People v mosquitos: what to do about our biggest killer

As I sit here in our yard, swatting away mosquitoes, I think it's time for us to eradicate them from the face of the Earth. And if this process involves flamethrowers, sign me up.

Seven Ways Telecommuting Has Changed Real Estate

As someone who managed a co-working space and now works from home as Director of Lead Generation for a real estate team, every one of these points rings true.

WeWork unsecured WiFi exposes documents

Speaking of co-working spaces, WeWork shows how to not do network security properly. I bet the printers in the office are storing every page scanned too! Oh, WeWork (sigh).

The true magic of writing happens in the third draft

For me, the true magic of writing happens during the third cocktail.

Google Says It's Achieved Quantum Supremacy, a World-First: Report

Tom keeps mumbling to me about quantum computing, so I'll include this for him. I'm not worried about Google achieving this, because it's likely they'll kill the product in less than 18 months.

What to Consider About Campus Safety, Wellness

As we start touring campuses with our children, these types of questions become important. Is it wrong to expect your 18-year-old (who's away at school) to check in with you daily? Asking for a friend.

7 Reasons Why Women Speakers Say No to Speaking & What Conference Organizers Can Do About It

Second of a 2-part series that talks about why women turn down speaking engagements. I remember the time Tom arranged for an all-women speaking event, 24 women speakers in total. It took longer to arrange, and the process was more involved, but I was proud he made the effort.

Out for a morning walk last week and we stumbled upon this beautiful view of a pond, with steam rising off. #Exhale

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We are dealing with Equine Encephalitis in the few counties surrounding me and a few people have died recently.

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My work space at work has 65db of ambient noise from the HVAC system when everything is quiet. Then they installed white noise to make it quieter (which just added to the overall noise)

With people yelling over the white noise the noise level is in the 80db range.

Wish I could work from home.

Level 12

WeWork executives not caring about their negligent lack of security? That is incredibly foolish! They opened the door wide open to big lawsuits when someone can show they had a loss because of a data breach.

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It's not just people vs. mosquitoes, don't forget the link between heartworms and dogs. 

Well maybe it is just people since in the famous words of Radar O'Reilly, "Dogs are people too".

Level 13

It's my favorite thing!  Thanks for the links Suzanne! (great picture by the way).  It will take me a while to dig through all of these.  Really interesting one on the mosquitoes.

Level 14

Thanks for the articles!

Level 12

Nicely done, thank you!

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Legend is Hemingway got up every day and wrote until 11am, then started drinking.

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Nice article.

Level 13

Thumbs UP.

Level 12

I wonder how quickly quantum computers will become as common as current PCs. Or if they will forever be in the SuperComputer category.

Level 14

Well done as always sqlrockstar​!

Mosquitoes/EEE - It has become a real problem where I used to live in South Massachusetts (Norfolk/Bristol Counties). Mosquitoes are are the embodiment of good and bad, vital the food chain and yet have the potential to deliver harm to mammals of all kinds.

WeWORK - Well it this kind of adds fuel to the fire as to why the CEO was told to go. They took the sharing part a bit too far!

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Out for a morning walk last week and we stumbled upon this beautiful view of a pond, with steam rising off. #Exhale -

Level 17

Thanks, but Suzanne was the author, not me.

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You need a good set of earmuffs!

Or instead of white noise, they could crank up some decent music

Level 13

Thanks for the articles

Level 12

thanks for the article

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.