I discovered two things at age 16, and one of them was Vodka. My parents had a pretty permissive philosophy about raising children – my father told me that as long as I got good grades, I could pretty much do whatever I wanted, provided I “didn’t bring it home.” Discretion, as it were.
I was drinking with the Vavra twins that night. Randy was my best friend, and I had a crush on...
For the first few years, I had to talk myself into paying the $450 annual fee for American Express Platinum card. This little piece is me getting talking myself into it on paper, as it were. The math checks out.
And if anyone is keeping score, I still get the platinum card every year, and it pays for itself.
After receiving some media inquiries around the Philippines national ID system, I put together an essay, with the help of my indispensible personal assistant in the islands, on data privacy and the Philippine National ID system (PhilSys).
Back End Systems quoted me from the essay in this article, but I'm hoping that the original gets reprinted somewhere else, because it was pretty good!
Here's a video interview done by none other than F5's Calvin Rowland himself. He and I are both 17-year veterans of F5 Networks, and we're both good (or at least energetic) on video. He's interviewing me for our Agility Live series, and I'm discussing some of our security research at F5 labs.
Bucket list item achieved. I was interviewed on live TV in the Philippines on the ANC Early Edition news program about consumer internet safety and how Filipinos view it through the lens of convenience vs. security. There were likely millions of people watching and you'd think one would be nervous but it was just so much! Would do it again :)