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Mark Atwood
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There are 8 motivators: fame, fortune, force, fun, freedom, family, faith, and f**king.

(The "force" one is "changing the world".)

Everyone is primarily motivated by 2 of the 8.

Figure out someone's primary and secondary of these motivators, and you are more than halfway to having a useful handle on how to deal with them.
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They, then, thoroughly thought that through.
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Yesterday, I had a corporate internal request to figure out how to send and receive PGP encrypted email. Like all other giant corporations, my employer uses Exchange and Outlook. I spent an hour, and then reported back that it can't be done in a useful and supportable way.

Every one of the options are utter shit. Crap UX, buggy, out of date, terrible installation prerequisites, hook into Outlook via monkeypatch instead of the defined presentation APIs. etc etc.

One can sneer at all the Outlook users in the world, but that's the fact on the ground, and one has to live with it, or be irrelevant.

There is something wrong with the brains of most security and crypto people, that they seem to be unwilling to design a useable UX, and seem to be unwilling to write clean code.
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Yeah, about a billion years ago (probably 2003-ish?), I did some work for a company that wasn't exactly a household name until 2008, and we set up, I think, Bynari Insight Server (?) for them running on their mainframe.  Seemed to work OK, although I don't know if they decided to take it to production or not.

I kinda suspect that that turned into an exercise like I did at a more recent previous job, where once we had convincingly demonstrated that there was a much cheaper alternative to the expensively-licensed solution that was credible and could work, then suddenly, miraculously, the license price fell by 90% and so they stayed on the old platform.

Doesn't look like Bynari makes a drop-in Exchange replacement anymore, though.
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There are people who I rather like, but who's social media presence is almost entirely political tribe affiliation signaling, "social justice" hashtags, links to political clickbait, and participation in social media mobbing and internet shaming avalanches. Unfollow.
I freely admit I am not perfect at this myself, and that I used to be much worse.
Please, post pictures that YOU take, write about things that YOU do, places YOU go to, things YOU create, and random musings about thoughts YOU think, experiences YOU have, art and music that move YOU, parties and meals YOU enjoy, and about YOUR relationships with YOUR family, friends, and lovers.
I will try to keep doing the same. You are welcome to point it out when I slip up.
Stop with the stupid ‪#‎hashtag‬ political signalling. Nobody cares, nobody likes it, nobody is persuaded by it, nobody has their heart softened or their mind changed by it.
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You are welcome to form your presence in social media like you want, noone stopping you.
But why bother about others? Just don't read the parts you don't like? You can also adjust how much presence others have in your stream, do that.
And it is ok that YOU don't care, that is fine. But others care.
Yes, I do agree with +Luna Rebecca Lindsey​​.

And yes, you don't need to follow those that follow you. That is the good part with G+
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There needs to be a better antonym to "interesting". And "boring" and "uninteresting" are not it.

There are categories of narrative that not only do I not care about, I will get angry if it is presented to me anyway.

For example: scandalous revelations of the sexual behavior of minor public figures.
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Bothersome
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The  Asana task and todo service is pretty awesome.  Except when I am braindumping todo lists across multiple projects and accounts all at once.  Then it kinda sucks.
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Its actually very simple.. many ways to do things.
If you can screen share I may be able to help.
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I know it's overdone to post photos of food, but this mocha leaf pour with whip is a work of art.
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I have a new residential address in Seattle.
Message or email me to get it.
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I had a really bizarre hallway conversation today, at OpenStackDay, and have been mulling it over for the rest of the day.  I am going to anonymize it a bit here.

It was with an IT manager who was experimenting with open source cloud and orchestration, who claimed to me that he discovered that his storage and network operations staff people were being rewarded by the sales contacts from some large well-known proprietary vendors for resisting and sabotaging deploying open source storage, cloud, and datacenter management software.

I really want to not believe him.


If it was me in his shoes, I think I would react by firing those employees for cause, followed by a very pointed and very public complaint directed at those vendors.

I'm pretty sure that if my employer caught me being rewarded by a vendor like that, they would fire me, and they would be entirely correct in doing so.
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Mark, you know I haven't done any business with China Chinese businesses.
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It's said "About 11 minutes" for the past 15 minutes.

Why are proprietary software installers such mounds of shit?
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+Mark Atwood, yeah -- only I've seen users get confused by too much information. it really does happen, and they often panic and do random things and make everything so much worse when they do. (A common response is to assume "oh it's gone mad" and turn the power off. This rarely makes things better.)
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When Silver was looking at the schedule grid for OSCON Kid's Day on Sunday, she complained that there were 3 different sessions she wanted to see that were all on at the same time.

My blurted out reaction: "Welcome to my life!"
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I've been pondering the OPM data breach.

I fail to imagine how the US government could have more utterly betrayed every single one of it's Praetorians in single careless thoughtless stupid (but after the fact, completely unsurprising) way.

In civilizations past, a leadership class that made that category of mistake was swiftly faced with the choice between graceful suicide or being killed by their own enraged bodyguards.
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By that same logic all governments that the NSA considers legit targets (i.e. governments of all countries except one) have utterly betrayed their citizens. You'll notice that not all the world's governments have been swept away.
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I've heard it said that when writing a novel, the manuscript can usually be improved by throwing away the entire first chapter.

I'm spending the day reviewing abstracts for speaking proposals to a technical conference, and appears that the same rule of thumb holds true. Most short abstracts are improved by throwing away the entire first sentence, and longer abstracts are improved by throwing away the first paragraph.
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Director of Open Source Engagement for HP, Resident of Seattle
Introduction
I meet interesting people and learn interesting stuff, and then introduce them all to each other.

I regularly commit autodidactism.

I have demolished a house with a crowbar while wearing a business suit.

I am an introverted people watcher, yet I enjoy public speaking.

I pay attention. I listen, I watch, and I learn.

I drink red wine, green tea, and dark beer.

I love the feel of a smooth nib against good paper, because thoughts and images have to go into books, as well as come from them.

Work
Occupation
Open Source & Open Standards Advocate
Employment
  • Hewlett-Packard
    Director, 2012 - present
  • Red Hat Software
    Developer Evangelist, 2011 - 2012
    I travelled extensively to speak to audiences ranging from small users groups and meetups and classrooms, up to conference audiences of thousands of attendees. I helped develop relationships with other technology projects and open source projects. I wrote demos and created blog content. I marketed the power of open source practices internally and externally, and helped external community members make useful contributions to open source projects.
  • Eucalyptus Systems
    Community Manager, 2010 - 2011
    I travelled extensively to speak to audiences and conferences about the Eucalyptus cloud-computing technology. I managed and promoted recognition and engagement with the the project's community of users and developers.
  • MySQL
    Senior Professional Services Consultant, 2007 - 2008
    Professional Services consulting for users of MySQL, concentrating on custom storage engines, specialized server patches, and MySQL User Defined Functions. I travelled extensively to clients' worksites. I worked closely with client web developers, DBAs, IT staff, and project managers, often under conditions of high stress. I worked in a remote distributed manner, while collaborating via email, IRC, phone, Skype, Wiki & XMPP Instant Message.
  • Digeo
    Senior Software Developer, 2001 - 2006
    Responsible for networking features for a Linux based networked consumer appliance (security, iptables, PCMCIA, USB, hotplug). Implemented key parts of a IPTV client (HDTV MPEG over multicast IP). I drove the configuration and management of a custom computing Xen-based grid running DistCC.
  • F5 Networks
    Test Engineer, 2000 - 2000
    Complex, automated, and ad hoc testing of an internet appliance. Wrote new automation test frameworks. Wrote network fault injection and simulation plugins for Linux iptables. Added protocol dissectors to Ethereal Wireshark.
  • Ampersand
    Software Developer, 1996 - 1999
    Wrote SNMP subagents. Wrote a translator for a proprietary telephony control language into Java. Designed, implemented, tested, debugged and documented large software systems. Very large, complex, and advanced Perl development environment. Held a US DOD clearance.
  • HomeStar Communications
    System and Network Administrator, 1996 - 1996
    Provided short-term and long-term expertise for customers on maintenance contracts and on a billed per-hour basis. All aspects of WAN/LAN integration, UNIX, X-Windows, TCP/IP, routers. Customers included ISPs, Internet Transit Providers, and business offices running UNIX, Windows, and Netware. Experience in crisis situations, rapid troubleshooting, telephone and remote network support, and customer relations. Innovated interfacing Web servers and SQL servers in 1995. Installed, configured, and administered Oracle8 and Sybase. Programmed using Oracle OCI, Perl modules, Delphi C/S, CGI, and custom modified HTTP servers. Ran seminars, one on one training, press interviews, and pre-sales for customers, executives, and the press in "internet", "web servers", and "HTML".
  • A&M Networking
    Principal System Administrator & Architect, 1996 - 1996
    Provided short-term and long-term expertise for customers on maintenance contracts and on a billed per-hour basis. All aspects of WAN/LAN integration, UNIX, X-Windows, TCP/IP, routers. Customers included ISPs, Internet Transit Providers, and business offices running UNIX, Windows, and Netware. Experience in crisis situations, rapid troubleshooting, telephone and remote network support, and customer relations. Innovated interfacing Web servers and SQL servers in 1995. Installed, configured, and administered Oracle8 and Sybase. Programmed using Oracle OCI, Perl modules, Delphi C/S, CGI, and custom modified HTTP servers. Ran seminars, one on one training, press interviews, and pre-sales for customers, executives, and the press in "internet", "web servers", and "HTML".
  • WBK Controls
    Lead Software Developer, 1992 - 1995
    Implemented several embedded systems, mostly for USAF military contracts. Responsible for all phases of software specification and design. Primarily responsible for all custom software, including design, coding, testing, and documentation. Participated in formal design and engineering reviews. Adhered to formal standards, including MIL-STD-2167A. Languages used were Ada, C, and assembly (68HC11) on UNIX workstations and embedded processors. User interfaces to automated test control systems. Very low level hardware interfaces, timing and bit twiddling.
  • Sun Microsystems
    Senior Technology Advisor, 2008 - 2009
    I participated in design and value reviews of existing and proposed internal and external technologies, and their usefulness in Sun's cloud technology initiatives. I reported directly to the Sun Cloud CTO. I contributed work to a number of open source projects, with the goal of integrating them with Sun's offerings.
  • Gear6
    Director of Community Development, 2009 - 2010
    This was a director level position. I directed all aspects of community management for the company in general, for the company's contributions to external open source projects, and for growing the community of those projects themselves. I worked with non-employee community developers, and with the developers and staff of other organizations that were engaged in the same projects. I helped manage publicity and tech press engagement for the projects. I interacted directly with PR firms, event organizers, well-known reporters and editors in the technology press, spoke at conferences, and participated in relevant online forums. I also managed the flow of bugs and patches between the company fork and the community versions of the Memcached. I drove the successful and profitable effort to port the company's products to Amazon Web Services.
  • Sun Microsystems
    Professional Services Solution Architect, 2008 - 2008
    Professional Services consulting for users of MySQL, concentrating on custom storage engines, specialized server patches, and MySQL User Defined Functions. I travelled extensively to clients' worksites. I worked closely with client web developers, DBAs, IT staff, and project managers, often under conditions of high stress.
  • Eucalyptus Systems Inc.
    Community Manager, 2010 - 2011
    I travelled extensively to speak to audiences and conferences about the Eucalyptus cloud-computing technology. I managed and promoted recognition and engagement with the the project's community of users and developers.
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