* Posts by Kmgriffi

4 posts • joined 27 Jul 2015

Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls


Jessie Frazelle is still a rara avis in tech, the architect, so adept and expert in her deep dive specialty that she makes excellent offhand jokes and conveys her coolest innovations with a wonderful, piratical glee. Of course she inspires malice and hate from lesser practitioners. She does all of this while female. I'm a hard tech sysadmin, female and of a certain age. The nastiest treatment I receive is from men over 50. She (and I) aren't supposed to revel in being good at what we do, we're not properly deferential, we TELL MEN THEY ARE WRONG (that's the mortal sin). I likely get a bye from trolls under 40, because I'm older, I'm not as threatening. Jessie Frazelle is attacked in a personal, violent, and sexual way that should be investigated and prosecuted in order to eventually make tech safe for excellence to be gender-free.

All that said, I have found "women in computing" groups to be sadly deficient in actual tech. I come to the meetings a woman who has been deeply immersed in hardware, networking, OS, and applications for 30+ years. Find the entire group focus to be about managing tech groups or companies. Young women with essentially no tech who see tech management as a hot ticket. It's very disappointing.

Somehow, I want to spend time with the Jessie Frazelle's, listening and learning, laughing and encouraging, maybe with a few drinks. They are our treasures, protect, nurture and advance them.

Telling your wife why you were fired is the only punishment


Again, actual woman, in IT for over 20 years. Trouble started with Windows 2000, when directories with image files automatically turned thumbnails on. I work for an organization that does GIS & mapping, so had big monitors, so thumbnails were recognizable. When moving the clueless to a new computer, you plumb the depths of the filesystem, looking for stuff they need, but "dropped" somewhere odd. What I tell horrified "Women in IT" conference groups, you just shut up and do your job. The years you spent building trust with your users? The possibility that a woman will ever be hired in that position again if you complain? I WILL gossip about the porn collectors, generally something to the effect of "Doesn't make me want to touch HIS keyboard."

BTW, NEVER found porn on a woman's computer.


Re: Use your own machine!

Hey there, actual woman in IT for over 20 years. They do it at work SO their wife won't find it.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy


Just No! No lard, EVER! No cheese or onions. You ppl need help.

I'd never contemplated making gravy with sausage until attending college in Bloomington, Indiana, USA (Google it, Brits. It's lush, green, sub-tropical, & we have Internet Two). I make damn good biscuits and gravy, and here's how. Butter, NOT LARD (yuck), & NO FINGERS!! Cold butter, pastry blender or food processor, like piecrust (you have that in UK, yeah?) Dry ingredients and butter should look like very coarse meal. Make drop biscuits - use a bit more milk (whole milk, no cream), mix til combined, but no more, drop by .25 cop measure onto greased baking sheet. Goal is no handle dough as little as possible, makes for tender, flaky biscuits.

Sausage gravy is best made from a spicy hot sage sausage. I use a brand called "Old Folks" which barely renders enough fat for gravy. This is a feature, not a bug. Brown sausage in a dry pan, remove meat and add flour. You're making a roux, cook flour/fat a while, then use a sauce whisk to begin to incorporate the milk. Keep whisking, bring to simmer, things should thicken. Dump cooked sausage back in, adjust consistency. Adjust seasoning, probably need salt, if you use spicy sausage, you don't need pepper. Biscuits should be broken into chunks on plate, the better to trap and hold gravy ladled over.

Anyone visiting Indiana University, where I wrangle servers and more, I will be happy to clear up the misconceptions about biscuits and gravy. Will admit it looks like concrete chunks in cream sauce. Have seen way too much cat vomit to agree there.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019