We are living in a rare moment in human history. Thanks to zillions of teeny cameras embedded in iPhones and Android gadgets, the ordinary man or women can record and share the great drama that is their lives: from the absurd (parking space squatters) to the angry ( man shouting at street musician) to sickening Get-Out levels of racial reality bending (Karen as apartment property manager).

It’s one thing to tell a story, as your listeners try to recreate and imagine the events in their minds. But another to see it for yourself in real-time. The recent police videos that…


I Love My Boss!


I was on Reddit for some reason or another, and came across the TIL community for the first time. That’s the subreddit group that ponders some unusual fact or insight the poster believes is not well known and so is worth sharing with the community. TIL is internet shorthand for Today I Learned.

To my surprise, I found the TIL subreddit to be OUI (Occasionally Useful and Interesting). I now bring to your attention this discussion on Mushroom Management in the TIL group.

You can read the Wikipedia content on this style of employer-employee relationships. But I can summarize its…


Over the last few years while listening to our nation’s chief executive and clenching the business end of a Sharpie pen, I’ve often felt the crazed logic, shameless lying, ‘everything is going better than expected’ (and then I have to fire you) had a familiar ring to it.

Where have I heard this cluelessness mixed in with pomposity along with a healthy dose of self-interest before?

Let me think …

Oh, I know! I’ve experienced many Trump-like personalities during my long tour of duty in the business world. These life forms are clustered in the management classes and in other…


Paul Revere was the inspiration for getting me more into PowerShell.

If you haven’t read the excerpts or interviews or actually read the book, Dan Lyons’ Disrupted tells the story of an ancient 50-something tech editor who loses his job at Newsweek and finds another as a ‘marketing fellow’ at HubSpot. That’s the money-losing startup with a billion-dollar valuation where employees have a free candy wall, the founder has written a Powerpoint manifesto, and everyone is on a revolutionary mission. After arriving, he quickly learns that HubSpot is hiring a certain type — 20-something white kids molded by the same New England colleges. Lyons tries to learn the rituals of this…


Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, some to be chewed and digested, and Made To Stick as with many other biz books sold at the airport book store are meant to be skimmed while knocking down Negronis at the high-tech wet bar now found at our major hubs and usually called something like “ConneXions”.

Along with the rest of the planet, I’m a fan of Malcom Gladwell’s Tipping Point (TP). …


Nothing is more hateful to wisdom than too much cleverness.

As part of my marketing job at a data security company, I write about newsworthy breaches and hacking incidents for our blog. After doing this for awhile, you notice not very subtle patterns emerging.

More than a few attacks involving hundreds of millions of records taken from big box retailers or targeting VIPs and CEOs who had sensitive emails were pulled off by guessing passwords, sweet talking the IT help desk, or getting the victim to click on a link.

You don’t have to be a top graduate from Black…


Watergate: Quaint target for bumbling analog hackers (Andrew Bossi)

After the recent political hackings, I’ve been thinking about how a digital version of Watergate might come to pass for millenials. We’ve already seen enough precursors to sketch out a likely scenario. Maybe something like the following.

Our future candidate starts out in college relying on the cyber skills of his frat friends to pull off a few digital pranks while running for student counsel. Really harmless stuff, like a video of his opponent showing her picking her nose in class appearing mysteriously on Youtube. And then, on election day, somehow the online voting app would occasionally leave out his…


The Cyber stops here!

Hoping to learn more about the issues facing our republic, I watched the first debate between the two presidential candidates. …

Andy Green

Privacy and data security blogger. Part-time workplace sociologist. Opinions are for better or worse his own.

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