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Game over: Trump is going to win

I feel like I should preface this blog post with some things about me:

I am a far left liberal on social issuesI am a moderate on fiscal issuesI don't recall ever voting for a republican
Now that we've establish my meager bonafides, I have come to a sickening realization that Trump will win this election. Don't get me wrong, he has no business winning. He's a crystallization of every qualities of a right wingnut job. He may not have started the birther movement but he adopted it as his child and did a fine job raising that racist myth as his own child. He's a dangerous moron that thinks he can solve complex problems outside his realm of expertise. For a guy that rich, he demonstrates a shocking lack of knowledge of basic economic issues.  He's publicly said he would be dating his daughter if she weren't his child and he wasn't married. Seriously, he said this. Not once, not twice...multiple times. Finally, when asked what his 1-year old daughter took fro…

Product review: Anker RoboVac 10

This is a first. I have never done a product review on my blog. To head off questions, no I am not being paid for this. No, I did not receive this item as a sample or promotional item. Yes, I paid full price for it.

With that out of the way, Anker RoboVac 10 is an automatic self-docking robotic vacuum cleaner. Basically, it's a Roomba. But is a rose still a rose if it goes by a different name and costs far less? I don't know. Never had a Roomba but I bought this Anker RoboVac last week on Amazon and it arrived couple of days ago. Setup was quick and easy but the vacuum wasn't pre-charged (more on this later). So I charged it overnight, set it to clean at 7:30 am and forgot about it. At 7:30 the next morning, it very quietly went to work. While the kids ate breakfast, "Robby" (as my daughter christened it...yeah we have a habit of naming everything...I am typing this on Maggie4) cleaned 2 bedrooms, a dining area, a hallway and the kitchen. Robby was still cleaning…

Handling failure

Blogger's note: I wrote this last year but never posted it. It's still pertinent; so enjoy.


The past few days I have been thinking about failure. Not personal failure but professional failure. It occurred to me that while organizations are very good at highlighting success and awards, very few highlight how they handle failure. And even fewer job applicants are interested in knowing how a future employer handles failure. I have been conducting interviews for 5-7 years now and I have yet to have a job applicant ask me about my failures or my employer's failures. I think this is a very important issue. Because, let's face it, success is very easy to handle. Failure, by contrast, shows you way more about a person's/an organization's character.

If you are about to join a new organization, ask them what happens when they encounter failure. Do the managers look for scapegoats? Do the employees shift blame? Do managers and employees focus on solving the problem, learn…

Reply All?

I wrote about this in 2013; apparently Microsoft must not be listening to me (the horror!) since the option is still there in the business version of Outlook. In fact, I think it might be the default because I had to change it to "Reply" from "Reply All" today.

Why would Microsoft include this option, much less make it the default? I have no doubt there are some people who use "Reply All" every time but surely they have to be in the minority. Besides, that's just bad behavior and it shouldn't be encouraged, even minimally, by having an option for this.

Dear Microsoft, it's 2016...stop encouraging bad internet etiquette.

For real, Microsoft?

Have you ever blogged? This is what Microsoft baked into SharePoint as their blogging platform:



In 2016! Seriously, this is the interface Microsoft expects people to use when composing blogs. Fuck, I don't even want to tweet 140 characters using this crappy layout. This looks like the UI I would have come up with 10 years (you know before the age of great web UI). I am no UI expert but I am self aware enough to know that:

this is crappyyou can "borrow" better UIs  Microsoft, please stop with this nonsense. SharePoint is SharePoint; stop half-baking features like this into it. I have been around SharePoint for years now and I have yet to see any company where people actually use all the social features Microsoft is baking into it. All they've done is made SharePoint even more bloated. 
BTW, notice how there's an asterisk by the Title field in that screenshot? Why does a blog, which is sometimes a stream of consciousness writing, require a title? Because it's st…