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Back Door Access to Google/Facebook/Apple/etc/etc

Here is the one thing I’m not quite tracking with in this whole provide-data-to-the-NSA-en-masse debacle.    How is it that it hasn’t already been an exposed issue on any of these … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Comparing Splunk and Splunk Storm with Sumo Logic

The company I’m working for is looking to move some of its server equipment to Amazon Web Services (AWS) type infrastructure, and in doing so, is also re-looking at products … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

Flickr: PLEASE Improve your Video Compression Codec!

Kiddo Trail Hiking is more fun with a Dog! a video by tadnkat on Flickr. Ever since Flickr rolled out the feature to upload videos as well as photos, Flickr … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Mercedes-Benz C250 Sedan & Coupe – Rental Car Review

I recently rented, on separate trips, a Mercedes-Benz C250 sedan, and then later a Coupe, from my trusty friends at Enterprise Rent-a-Car.  Now, I had a ton of folks who … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Kia Optima – Rental Car Review

My Optima vs. My Nemesis, a photo by tadnkat on Flickr. Well, this is going to be another in what is likely going to be a recurring theme for this … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Our Rental Chrysler Town & Country – Family Review

Kat & Our Rental Ride, a photo by tadnkat on Flickr. We recently got back from a fairly epic trip to LA and Oregon — flying to LA, then taking … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

In case I was unsure before, now I’m pretty sure I’m at the right conference. #nerdexpress

In case I was unsure before, now I’m pretty sure I’m at the right conference. #nerdexpress, a photo by tadnkat on Flickr.

June 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Silicon Valley – High Tech & Haybales

Downtown San Jose Hay Bailing, a photo by tadnkat on Flickr. Snapped this image while riding the VTA light rail train in to the Velocity Conference this morning. I feel … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Baron Schwartz giving an Epic Talk on Benchmarking

Baron Schwartz giving an Epic Talk on Benchmarking, a photo by tadnkat on Flickr. Baron Schwartz from Percona gave an amazing talk on Benchmarking.  As someone who’s always loved reading about … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ian White from Neustar – Performance Optimization & Build Process

Ian White from Neustar – Performance Optimization & Build Process, a photo by tadnkat on Flickr. Ian White from Neustar gave a talk on Dev, Prod & Developer environments & … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cowie from Etsy – Cooking with Chef

Cowie from Etsy – Cooking with Chef, a photo by tadnkat on Flickr. John Cowie from Etsy gave insight on how they use Chef at Etsy. This is a turbo-overview … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bryan McQuade’s Measuring Web Performance Talk

Bryan McQuade’s Measuring Web Performance talk, a photo by tadnkat on Flickr. A quick dash-out of my notes from the opening talk of Velocity 2012 — Bryan McQuade’s (from Google) … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Linus Torvalds gives Nvidia the Finger

I’ve had my fair share of issues getting Nvidia-based 3D drivers to work on Linux desktops for the last several years, so it did give me a bit of a … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Oh my goodness the ZL1 sounds fantastic!!

Oh my goodness the ZL1 sounds fantastic!!, a photo by tadnkat on Flickr.

June 9, 2012 · Leave a comment