[PftP]: What to do when laid off

You had an ubrupt conversation with your boss (or someone else, depending on the scope) and an HR representative, hopefully in person but maybe remote. You learned you are no longer part of the organization.

Maybe you didn’t expect it. Maybe you had an inclining. Maybe you saw it coming. It doesn’t matter.

You might be one of tens or hundreds or thousands. It doesn’t matter.

When you get “The News”, Douglas Adams said it best: Don’t Panic. Take a deep breath.

  • Don’t accept or concede anything
  • Don’t sign anything (you, of course, want a lawyer to review it first)
  • Collect data, preferably on paper or a personal device
  • Tell the HR representative you’ll respond later, at least 5 days after & including a weekend.

Emotionally YOU ARE NOT PREPARED for the news. Everyone takes it differently. Accept the fact that you will be emotional and don’t fight it. Go Home! You want to leave as soon as you can. I made the mistake of trying to take things from my office. Tell Your Family and Friends as soon as you can. Don’t go through this alone even if you’d prefer to handle it yourself.

Note: If you were terminated for cause this post isn’t for you. While some of these tips may apply, you are best served by legal representation.

Note: This is a Western take on such events, but I think it holds true in other geographies.

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Figuring Out ‘The Good Life’

The idea of the “good life” is a core idea of philosophy, often described with a single Greek word, eudaimonia (there’s your new word for the day, most likely). It simply means aiming for the highest human good – the good life, in other words.

Those pictures, and the others that were shared, all point to rather different day to day lives, even though they all have a few things in common. Rather than rattle on a lot about what elements would make up my idea of the good life, I was actually more interested in what elements are commonly found in the ideas of the good life that lots of people shared with me, so I thought about those stories and asked a few others what they thought the “good life” was.

(Via The Simple Dollar)

The article touches on many concepts that, unsurprisingly, ancient philosophers also documented. What I appreciate is Trent’s typically through tie back to the site’s themes about personal finance.

I’m bookmarking, PDFing to my Kindle, and then taking some time to really dig into this and what it can mean for me.

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CSO and CISO: To whom does each report?

The CSO typically represents physical security. The CISO typically represents non-physical security.

Which is subordinate to the other?

Many organizations defer the question. They see the two as separate regardless of the evidence. Perhaps it’s because of the easily understood physical versus the harder to grasp non-physical.

My opinion for most organizations is that the CSO is subordinate to the CISO. The ratio used to go the other way. Physical security is important. It can’t be diminished. Yet Information Security & CyberSecurity ascends. Appreciating and dealing with physical security is a part of Information/Cyber Security.

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Meet the journalism student who found out she won a Pulitzer in class

On Monday afternoon, Mariel Padilla, a master’s student at Columbia Journalism School, sat around a table with classmates, listening to Professor Giannina Segnini lead a discussion about email encryption for reporting across borders.A couple floors below, journalism bigwigs and other members of the press crowded into the World Room, an ornate, high-ceilinged chamber reserved for the event, eager to watch Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy announce this year’s winners. For Padilla, who moved to New York last year from the small town of Oxford, Ohio, just being in geographic proximity to the announcement was a thrill.

“I knew I was going to be two floors above where it was happening,” she says, reflecting on the moment, “and I remember thinking, Oh, that’s cool, I can tell people that I was in the same building [where] the Pulitzers are being announced!”

Little did she know she was about to become a Pulitzer winner herself.

(Via Columbia Journalism Review)

What a story. 23 years old, only in journalism for about 2 years, and she lands a Pulitzer.

Read the whole story to learn more. I am jealous.

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Today is an absolutely fabulous day in Tokyo. I’ve been reading & 😴 at Yoyogi Park. Now I’m taking out 🍔🍟 to my blankey in the shade

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Moving from Instagram to Sunlit

Apple Should Make an Instagram Clone

I think Micro.blog’s Sunlit gets you pretty close to a more open Instagram … Sunlit does quite a few things better. For one it’s better to share events, or trips, as it includes checkins and groups large sets of photos together. However, as is the curse of Micro.blog it is far less discoverable. The backbone though is just a blog, and remember photoblogging? That used to be a thing, and it was glorious.

(Via The Brooks Review)

I’m with Ben Brooks on this.While the idea of Apple doing something is worth considering, I like the push to re-embrace the open web.

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3rd Party Supply Chain Security in the Tank

Casino Gets Hacked Through Its Internet-Connected Fish Tank Thermometer

Nicole Eagan, the CEO of cybersecurity company Darktrace, told attendees at an event in London on Thursday how cybercriminals hacked an unnamed casino through its Internet-connected thermometer in an aquarium in the lobby of the casino.

According to what Eagan claimed, the hackers exploited a vulnerability in the thermostat to get a foothold in the network. Once there, they managed to access the high-roller database of gamblers and “then pulled it back across the network, out the thermostat, and up to the cloud.”
(Via Hacker News)

I didn’t get a chance to write about this when it came out, but it’s dissemination came at an opportune moment. About 1 hour earlier I was using the Target breach as an example of third-party risks.

This story made an excellent follow-up.

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Send a Link from iOS to any macOS browser

Over on subtraction.com there’s an article on how to sling links from your iPhone (or an iOS device) to your Mac.

The author is one of the developers of a tool I use daily. It’s called Bumpr [App Store], and it lets you chose any of your installed browsers to open a given URL.

The other bit of this recipe uses AirDrop, a utility built into Apple’s operating systems. This is a bit of tooling I’ve never used. Essentially I forgot the thing even exists.

Step one is to install the afore mentioned Bumpr utility on your Mac. 

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DNS for privacy, security, and performance

Cloudflare and Quad9 Aim to Improve DNS

Cloudflare and
Quad9 offer public DNS servers that
provide a combination of verification, privacy-focused protocols, and
encryption to mitigate DNS’s leaks and flaws.

I’ll cut to the chase to tell you how to configure your devices to use
these services before getting into the nitty-gritty of how DNS works
and how these services improve on an insecure and easy-to-corrupt

(Via TidBITS)

Go to the article for the how, but …

For the different services, the IP addresses to enter are: Cloudflare: and (see note below) Google Public DNS: and Quad9: and

The last 60% of the article is a solid, easy to understand write up on DNS and how Quad9 and Cloudflare (and, to a lesser extent, Google) are trying to address inherent issues and risks them without a complete redesign (see the last section in the article).

Nevertheless, every step you take toward greater security and privacy is a positive one. It’s important to think about where your data ends up, and only you can decide whether having your queries available to Cloudflare, Google, or Quad9 is an improvement over your existing exposure to your ISP, which may not employ any of the above mitigations.

Full Disclosure: I work for IBM, a founding member of Quad9.

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