How a Developer Fell in Love with Keyboard Maestro

  • January 25, 2022

You may have heard that I’ve been getting more in to automation recently, specifically automating more of my work and personal macOS environments. There are countless apps and tools and plugins and widgets for this on the Mac and over my 20 years using the Mac I have ignored all of them.

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My Bat Phone Holiday Project

  • January 9, 2022

With three kids I don’t need a holiday break project to give me something to do like I used to, but I do still like to find something on my list and give it a time limit so I can use the time to accomplish something fun and improve some non-day job skills.

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I Fell in Love with the Stream Deck

  • January 3, 2022

I shift gears a lot throughout the day both at work and at home between various projects as things pop up, and while I miss the days when I could just put headphones on and chip away at a single project all day, it’s just not an option for me in any of my roles (CTO, Dad, etc).

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Apple’s App Store Policy Solution is Staring Them in the Face

  • September 8, 2020

Apple has a problem with their App Store. It’s potentially a big problem if it turns in to an official antitrust case, but at best it’s a problem with developer relations and looking like a bunch of greedy jerks. You may say that Apple has lots of problems, but this is problem I’m referring to: Payments on the App Store and the forced 30% cut of purchases.

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DEFCON 28 Wrap Up

  • August 12, 2020

DEFCON, the world’s largest hacking convention and always one of the highlights of my year, was last weekend and, of course, remote. I missed being in Vegas with tens of thousands of hackers, but there were still some fantastic talks and conversations over Discord. A quick “Top Five” highlights: If your password is eight characters or less, you essentially don’t have a password.

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A Home Office DND Button

  • May 18, 2020

I’m extremely fortunate that I have a true home office at our house. It’s my favorite room in our whole place with an both an internal door and a door to to the back yard, and it affords me plenty of room to store my various projects and geeky collections. Of course, the most important aspect of my home office is that it’s a room where I can get some time work on…well…these days I work on work in there.

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The Infosec Cold Call

  • February 14, 2020

I get asked occasionally about ways to improve corporate information security or what kinds of things get easily missed, and while I’m no expert, and there are an endless number of little things you can miss these days, there’s one way I rarely hear mentioned and I like to remind technical leadership about:

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The Sandwich List

  • November 4, 2019

I’m a sandwich guy. Ok, that’s an understatement. I’m really in to sandwiches. I love the variety, the simplicity (or occasionally the complexity), the different textures, the bread, the meat (yes, meat), and usually, the cheese! I’ve spent my nearly 40 years in existence looking for the best sandwiches and then going to great lengths to eat them again and again.

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Paywalls are OK, but Dumb Paywalls Aren’t

  • November 3, 2019

I have hacked the paywall of my hometown newspaper’s website,, two or three times now. The first time came with more fanfare than I expected and the subsequent times have been more quiet, but each time I get some version of this pushback: Look, I understand this point of view.

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The Top Five Highlights of Defcon 27

  • August 25, 2019

I love Defcon. For years, since I was a young script kiddie in high school, I had attending Defcon, the crazy huge hacker convention held every year in Las Vegas, on my bucket list. Now, Defcon 27 was my third Defcon and I seem to enjoy the conference more every year.

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A Mention in Variety

  • March 2, 2019

I’m late on this on the blog, but after a few years of working in entertainment and two years of living in Los Angeles, I got my first name drop in Variety. A few weeks ago, we were talking internally about the entanglement of buyers and sellers and products and platforms, when someone wondered aloud about how many different ways there are to sell branded content in the market.

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Techcrunch Gives the Finger to Journalism and Kicks Newborn Puppy While Slapping Your Mom

  • January 8, 2019

In the latest segment in the endlessly long syndicated program entitled “Every Thing is On Fire at Journalism’s House” we have Techcrunch writing an article about the new but only Wednesday mid-day level news of Amazon Web Services launching the DocumentDB service. I’ll let you guess what the title of this article, written by Federic Lardinois, is running in a (formally) respected tech news source.

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