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In the spirit of @sehurlburt on Twitter: I'm always open to helping with questions about systems engineering, network engineering, DNS, SRE, working at Google, working in the infosec business, starting a business without VC, or anything else you can think of!

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I'm Tim. I'm a geek. I love systems, networks, and software. I started (now, an Oracle company, of which I have no part). I now work at Google. All opinions are my own.

Bitcoin is fun to play with. Tor is becoming more and more important with each passing day. Crypto isn't just for nerds anymore.

The world's political situation is scary. Does anyone have any rocks I can hide under?


I'm pleased to announce I've taken a job as's new head of marketing.
AWS: "Wait, we didn't--"
While AWS may not be aware that I've been offered this role, much less accepted, I don't see why that should matter.


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The irony of course is, Trump’s disregard for our laws, our Constitution, and the integrity of our civil institutions is akin to him stomping all over our flag. He is the last person to hand out kudos on respecting symbols of America.

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An Ethiopian B737 was on approach of Dire Dawa (Ethiopia), when it encountered a swarm of grasshoppers.

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Again: no you can't copyright a toot, unless it's really long like a blogpost or something. Copyright law is more fucked than you could imagine.

Factorio last two weeks: 53 hours.

I don't have a problem. Really.

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Things I have learned today: mining for opal in the Australian outback is ... dangerous and scary and doesn't pay that much.


Curse you Discovery for teasing me with Outback Opal Hunters after Gold Rush. Now I have to watch more people risking their lives for small returns!

On the plus side, Lastpass doesn't appear to do an insecure automatic / "free" fallback to app 2FA, you have to actually go through a "disable the Yubikey" process.

On the minus side, exactly that. :)

Doh, I enabled my Yubikey on my Lastpass but haven't gotten into the habit of always having it with me yet.

Okay, what have I forgotten off the old computer before I wipe it?

The question is... do I really need them? I mean, who would send me Bitcoin? Without confirming where to send it first? I don't know. BUT IT COULD HAPPEN! ?

I mean, the actual switching is easy, but being confident you got everything is less so. Especially in a world of cryptocurrencies.

I have old Electrum wallets that I haven't actively used in years but I've got this terrible fear that someone will send something to them and I won't have the keys anymore so I must keep them!

Switching computers is a lot of work, especially if you want to de-cruft along the way so you don't do the "just copy everything for me" thing. And now “Customer Protection” removes the hold after calling a phone number that I gave them. How is that security? How is that anything but causing me needless stress and angst? As a customer of over a decade. WTF.

Wow. I sell a house and freezes my accounts, including existing funds, over Christmas?!? They refuse to even allow access to existing funds - what the hell?


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