Not a Marketing Person…

I was tuning my DNS and SSL configurations this morning when it dawned on me that even though I moved “Loosebolts” over two years ago to my own instances on Amazon (and before the current reboot), I had never bothered to actually say anything on the old site. I had assumed that making all of the basic technical changes (moving DNS, etc.) my long time followers would follow me. And many did. So I logged on to the old WordPress hosted site, just for completeness, and posted a “I’ve Moved” post. I immediately got responses on social media, my email, and other venues letting me know that many folks (especially RSS followers) had lost touch and were happy to reconnect. …

OMG THIS! – Elon Musk’s Three Rules for a Meeting

This Inc Article on Elon Musk’s three rules for meetings is a must read. I say that as it is a spiritual companion philosophy to my own meeting rules where a meeting can only be one of three types: Distribute, Discuss, or Decide. Distribute – Usually a town-hall or informational update where the flow of information is one way and specifically topical. Discuss – We are there to deeply go through an issue, item, or effort. Its a time to get the variables on the table, options evaluated and interested parties engaged. Decide – This is not a Discussion. This is a formal, specific decision on something that has already had one or multiple discussions. \Mm

Balancing Redundancy and Availability – A good think

I recently read an interesting blog post by Marc Brooker who is an engineer at Amazon working on Lambda Services. The full post (found here) is worth a read and some real think time for your own environments. It discusses his four rules around when/how to identify if Redundancy actually assists availability. His rules are simply: The complexity added by introducing redundancy mustn’t cost more availability than it adds. The system must be able to run in degraded mode. The system must reliably detect which of the redundant components are healthy and which are unhealthy. The system must be able to return to fully redundant mode. Source: http://brooker.co.za/blog/2019/06/20/redundancy Some might read those and say “Of course. Common sense.” Except that …

2019 Interns

2019 Internship Program

Lots of Internship programs promise to give university-going candidates a glimpse of what it is like to work in the real world. Especially in their fields of study. While in many cases they may get to work on real project for their short time partnered with an employee, build spreadsheets, maintain systems or processes that employees have no desire to do, or in the worst cases become glorified gophers – I have a much different view of how these things should go. Every year I sponsor a special program for internships that is aimed at building leadership skills, focuses on self-direction, driving technical depth, and ultimately building actual products or capabilities that will actually be used by the firm itself. …

Poof! Where did all your posts go!

If you are a long time reader you may be wondering what happened to all of my posts from 2002 through roughly August of 2019 and where they went. The simple answer is this: The posts are still there. All archived off. Including all of the witty and not so witty comments I have collected over almost a decade of running this blog. It is an amazing amount of work to curate such a massive pile of nonsensical ramblings and observations. In my bid to simplify and strive for a new and improved “LooseBolts” I kind of wanted to start with a clean slate. To that end, I will be very happy to re-post any items that you want, but …