On elephant graveyards

An elephant graveyard, when applied to a corporate setting, is a team, company, or some other set of conditions in which otherwise bright engineers are forced into positions or assignments where there is no hope for future career growth. In this post, I hope to define the conditions that must be present for an elephant graveyard to form, how to detect them, and how to navigate them.

Debunking some twisted facts surrounding the Peloton IPO

Now that Peloton filed for IPO, there is a whole lot of opinions in the media from people who don’t own the product or subscribe to the digital service. I don’t intend to offer an investment opinion in this post. I do, however, want to dispel some of the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) being spread around by so-called “experts” and “journalists.”

All emails are free — except they are not

I have no idea what the cold caller was trying to sell as I did not have the brain power to process it. My mind was preoccupied with something else. What cold callers from vendors don’t seem to grasp is that they are asking the person to switch context from what they are doing and focus on the conversation.

Returning security back to the user

I am not a fan of apps encouraging users to sign up using their social network credentials. The other popular alternative is creating individual accounts on each service, but it has its own pitfalls. There are emerging techniques like password-less authenticators that help simplify and secure the process. This post reviews some of them.