Monthly Archive: April 2015

IT is not a service organization 0

IT is not a service organization

I’m going to shock and possibly offend you (for certain values of “you”): IT is not a service organization. Wait, the title of the page already says that. Oops. In the olden days, IT may have been “just” a service organization, but that hasn’t been true for a long time (even before I got involved in IT over 10 years ago). What is IT? IT is your company’s secret weapon....

Making Of: The MFA Phone (Because Twilio is too easy) 1

Making Of: The MFA Phone (Because Twilio is too easy)

Like so many others, I strongly believe that multi-factor authentication (MFA) should be a requirement for every website. It is a cheap and (fairly) easy way in which we can secure the sites of today, that use the authentication from yesterday (well, a few decades ago), until we have the secure authentication of tomorrow. Companies like Authy and Duo are making it faster and easier than ever before to adopt...

A wild author? Welcome Josh! 0

A wild author? Welcome Josh!

In this edition of “spot the newbie”, I’d like to introduce Josh (aka @snofox) to our ranks. John and I, mostly the “I” have been a bit remiss in content over the last year so we’re hoping Josh’s addition will spice up the ranks a bit. While you’ve already met Josh once or twice before, he does deserve a proper introduction.

Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment 1

Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment

As previously mentioned, I work in a “Cloud company” which typically means we claim we’re a “serverless” office. However sometimes I need a server-like machine to make a point. For this particular project we needed a machine that was, for all intents and purposes, a server… except I wanted to build it myself. It wasn’t so much to save money, but so I could customize the machine to get exactly...

Never EVER leave vendors alone (in your server room) 0

Never EVER leave vendors alone (in your server room)

Gather round kiddies and I’ll tell you a story that is 100% true and happened to myself, my team, and my company. Since all humans make mistakes and those shouldn’t be held against them, I will not be naming the parties involved. The moral of the story is the very title of this post, never ever leave vendors alone. Especially never let them alone in the server room. Sure, there...