Open Source Competitive Moats
· β˜• 6 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
I’ve recently been thinking about how companies that both produce and consume open source software (OSS) behave in the markets that develop around them. This post examines the incentives on both sides - and considers multiple third sides - to gain advantage from use of OSS in enterprises. The obvious first order case of advantage is using OSS because it’s free of ongoing license costs. This is true for SMB but less so for enterprises that purchase licenses for versions of the OSS that contain proprietary features.

Amazon
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
recorded on iMac using the chrome browser. Okay, this is a post that probably guarantees I never get hired by Amazon, which is amusing since I went through that process back in May and got a rejection. I already talked about that. A friend messaged me about 15 minutes ago and pointed me to Cory Quinn’s post this morning about why he turned down a job offer at AWS.

How This Works
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
recorded on the iPhone using Tincup Voice in the safari browser Tincup Voice is pretty easy to use. You go to the web form on your iphone using safari, supply a post title, your user name and your email address and click the record button and begin speaking. Once you’re done speaking, you click the stop record button and the recording that you’ve just made is sent to S3 and from there is sent into the transcription service.

Integrity
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
recorded on iPhone using the default Safari browser This is a post about integrity. A couple of days ago, there was news that Capital One credit card company had been hacked.  A former AWS engineer utilized her knowledge of how AWS works to gain access to one of the AWS roles that Capital One used to store customer data in S3, which is their simple storage service. Once she gained access to that account, or pardon me, that role she was able to download just scores and scores and scores of customer data files from S3.

Securing S3 Assets
· β˜• 3 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
recorded on iMac using the Chrome browser This post is about securing S3 assets. Certainly, S3 has been used to back applications for a long time. Uh, no big surprise there - it works. Well, this post is about a particular scenario that I found challenging to get right and had a couple of edge cases. A very obscure case is that could leak confidential member data. And by member data, I mean, posts.

Your Account
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
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Dna Testing
· β˜• 3 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
I received a DNA test kit for Father’s Day. I’m not going to use it. Here’s why. Submitting a DNA test to Ancestry requires signing up for an account and agreeing to their terms of service. I can imagine lots of people do this without actually reading the ToS. The Ancestry ToS is a contract. When you sign it, you’ve entered into an agreement that allows them to, among other things, take an in-perpetuity license to your DNA.

The Beach
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
Recorded on iPhone Using default Safari browser This transcription has been recorded literally on the beach. I am less than one hundred feet from the water, probably seventy feet from the water. I’m in a lounge chair at the resort in Playa Del Carmen and having a cerveza.  Life is good. - jbminn

Privacy and Trust
· β˜• 4 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
Recorded on iPhone using the default safari browser. -- All right, here we go. This is a post about privacy and trust in the tech news. Actually, in the news news over the past twenty four hours have been two stories - three stories really, that I have got my attention. First is Facebook’s nefarious trickery in conning what sounds like minors into giving control of their phones to Facebook in exchange for twenty dollars a month.