It’s good to think “win win” and trust everyone.
However, I spent a few years in nuclear cyber-security and one of the key aspects of security is to think like an attacker.
Granted, nuclear cyber-security is pretty heavy-duty, but this helps even in simple every day scanning of Craig’s List … how do you avoid scams?
I love living in Las Vegas — I can get a corned beef reuben at 11:30 pm after a nice relaxing session of high-speed shooting in Gears of War with my friend. In fact, I enjoy this late-night meal so often that I’m known by name to both the wait staff and the check-out counter group at the restaurant.
Last night they lost a customer … two of them. My friend and I won’t return. The situation was mostly due to a series of unfortunate poor decisions on the part of the staff, but the trigger for the whole fiasco was bad software engineering.
Right before Labor Day weekend 2012 I had my condo’s AC fail, car’s AC fail, XBox die, and I believe one of my monitors die. That year, every holiday weekend had a major failure, and my salvation came when I received an unsolicited call to go to New York City for a year working at Bloomberg (the company, not the Mayor) — which I did, great year, great people!
In short, I fled, leaving all my troubles behind me.
Memorial day weekend this year, my mouth exploded aborting my Mississippi River trip and leaving me unable to get to the dentist until the long weekend was over (at least it was a nomadic failing).
Today, a day before the holiday weekend, my condo’s AC failed again.