Saying It Out Loud

This week I learned something new about myself.    I learned that what I’m thinking in my head,  when not explicitly told to those I love,  is not necessarily known to those love ones.

This seems like a very obviously point,  but I often make this mistake.   I think this could be that I am an introvert by nature and I like to bounce thoughts in my own head.     Also I assume my love ones can feel what I am thinking because of my actions.   Actions speak louder than words right? 


Sometimes words are more powerful than simple action. 

  • I am reminded to tell my child that I accept her no matter what path she chooses for her self. 
  • I am reminded to tell my child that I think about her future.   That as a parent,  I have obvious biases.   That I worry about her future.   I worry that if she doesn’t choose the obvious path to success,  that she will struggle in life.    I tell her that I don’t know the right path for another human being to take.    It is up to her to decide on her future.   Success is not guaranteed,  happiness is not necessarily the end goal.   Fulfilling work,  self expression and realization of your own talents is a worthy goal of life as well.

    Sometimes random conversations with a child in a car leads to interesting learnings about myself and my child.

    I love you.

    Your Email Communication Is Not Secure


    A random tile in front of a house in the Inner Sunset in San Francisco


    All of us have a key that enters our front door.   We believe that no one else can get in without a key and we entrust this front door key only to people we absolutely trust. The security of your front door is an illusion.   The door can be easily broken down.   The windows are easier to enter from via a broken glass.

    We should assume the same about our passwords to login to our email systems and our PIN codes to unlock our phones.   The recent hacking of the DNC emails only serves to remind us that email communication is not secure.   Anything written and sent via email can be hijacked in various ways.

    Your email communication is not secure, understanding this is the first step.   The second step is understanding why it is not secure.

    • The receiver of the email can forward,  save and disclose to anyone they choose
    • The email service provider (Hotmail,  Outlook, Gmail,  Yahoo)  can be hacked,  or more likely hand over the email to the government.
    • Careless handling of passwords by the owner of the email account,  not turning on 2 factor authentication
    • A phone using IMAP which downloads all of your emails and stored locally on the phone gets stolen without encryption and without a strong PIN to protect it.
    • Various conviniences like cloud backup storage (I Cloud,  Dropbox,  Box,   Google Drive)  that you store email backups and password files that are unencrypted can compromise your emails
    • IT departments underfunded,  with not enough security measures, hosting machines that emails are downloaded for their employees also could get hacked.
    • A co-worker or family members installs malware on their devices can comprise everyone
    • State sponsored hacking is impossible to stop.

    Just a friendly reminder to myself and others that email is not secure,  did I say that already?

    No one needs 256GB of storage on their iPhones

    Source: Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus expected to come with 256GB of storage – Business Insider

    After reading this headline, I ask myself why we need 256 GB of storage?  Most phones I’ve looked at from my family has these top 3 types of data that consumes the storage on their phones

    1. Apps
    2. Photos
    3. Videos

    If Apple were not a hardware company and wanted to sell you expensive memory upgrades that probably net them > 50% gross margins, then Apple will offer a cloud offering that will backup your photos and videos and auto delete them on your phone (like Google Photos)

    But alas.. Apple wants you to buy more memory on your phones and load them up with videos and photos and never delete them.


    Dear LinkedIn, Make Diversity Data Transparent For All Companies?


    Dear LinkedIn,

    You are the only service out there to discover data about companies both private and public, what type of employees work there, which universities the employees graduated from and lots of other useful data about the professional lives of the workers.

    LinkedIn is a fantastic service for professionals.

    There have been many articles in recent years published about the lack of diversity in technology.  Even the Federal regulators call on tech companies to improve diversity.  (sfgate article May 18th, 2016)

    Many top technology companies voluntarily publish annual reports on diversity. For example in 2016 Google has 19% women, 1% Black, 3% Hispanic in tech roles.  (2016 data from Google on diversity). Pinterest (2015) has 21% women, 1% Black, 2% Hispanic in tech roles.  Twitter (2015) has 13% women, 1% Black, 3% Hispanic in tech roles).  Facebook (2015) has 16% women, 1% Black, 3% Hispanic.

    While voluntary data from companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter is great. This data is not available from all companies and the data is not consistently published to make it easy to compare data across companies.

    What if LinkedIn actually made diversity data transparent and real time to the public?

    Would this encourage different long term behaviors for tech companies now that the data is no longer just voluntary?

    Would this transparent diversity data lead to a much interesting interaction between job seekers and employers since this data could be extra dimension for job seekers to judge the type of companies they want to work for?

    Tony T.

    Readers:  What do you think?  Would you like to see diversity data published by LinkedIn?   Share and tag on LinkedIn please.


    Latte Art w/ Homemade Almond Milk


    This morning I was lucky to have some homemade almond milk left over and decided pull a shot of espresso and foam some milk.  Usually almond milk doesn’t foam up enough micro foam to allow my amateur skills to be able to do any sort of latter art.  This morning, I was able to finally make something that resemble a leaf.  Yay!

    Thanks to my wife who made a special blend of homemade almond milk.

    • Soak a cup of almonds overnight or even better 2 nights with a pitted date
    • Drain and put the almonds into a blender with 2 cups of water
    • Strain with a cheese cloth and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days
    • Optionally add 1/2 cup of coconut cream to thicken