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Inspiring others by asking why, not what

I love this line in Chuck Freedman’s post about inspiration in developer relations on LinkedIn: “What are your hopes and dreams for what developers can do with your platform?” It’s subtle, yet profound. Asking what can people do generates a bulleted list of features. Asking what you wish people could see beyond those features creates…

Rock star teachers

I’m married to a teacher. I get a front row seat witnessing how hard teachers work and how dedicated they are to their students — their kids. I have, on more than one occasion, used the phrase “rock star” to describe my wife and her colleagues. Once a year, I get to use that phrase…

Protesting Policy 321

Yesterday, Central Bucks School District teachers and students protested Policy 321, a controversial rule enacted by the school board that bans teachers from talking about or displaying decor that advocates for “any partisan, political, or social policy issue.” The ban includes the display of Pride flags. I was able to step out to record the…

The signs don’t lie

Stumbled across this article in Digital Camera World highlighting some of the iconic destinations around the world that don’t allow — or heavily frown upon — travelers taking photos. I’m pretty good about doing my research into local customs before we travel and try to play by the rules. But sometimes an image appears in…

Keeping a New Year’s Day tradition alive

When we moved into our house twenty years ago, we moved into a tight-knit neighborhood. Friday nights meant poker games. Halloween meant Liqu-‘or-Treat with bespoke cocktails at the end of each driveway for the adults. Over the years, what began as impromptu gatherings became traditions. One of those traditions originated in St. Louis long before…

Talking cloud with TFiR

I had an opportunity recently to chat with TFiR host Swapnil Bhartiya about the current state of the hyperscale cloud computing market.

The GOAT: Pelé

The period between life and death is filled with countless moments and memories. Most get lost in the voluminous noise of everyday minutiae. A select few — the big ones — become part of us. For me, seeing Pelé on the pitch playing for the New York Cosmos in the late ‘70s is one of…

2022: My year in review

It’s time once again to look back on the things that made the days, weeks, and months on my calendar memorable this year. And what a year it was. Let’s dive in. As we rolled into 2022, I found myself neck-deep in behind-the-scenes planning to announce Akamai’s nearly billion dollar acquisition of Linode, where I…

Bald Guys on Bikes: Episode 1 with Chris Meacham

A wise friend once imparted advice that has stuck with me: “Just say yes.” I’ve done my best to live by that rule. It’s given me the opportunity to do and experience amazing things, and — since my friends have a habit of concocting some outrageously questionable ideas — it’s also given me the opportunity…

The GPT moat

Back in 2016, I wrote a post about people naturally wanting to work for the good of humanity. I included a pullquote highlighting OpenAI’s non-profit mission. OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company. Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained…