Product Marketing is often considered the tip of the spear for a marketing team. …


I often get people asking me how to get started in racing the Laser, aka ILCA Dinghy. For a lot of sailors, the simplicity and ubiquity of the Laser is incredibly compelling — you can find a fleet just about anywhere in the world — heck, the 2020 Olympics even…


If you sail a Laser (also called ILCA Dinghy), and launch your boat on a ramp, you don’t want to be “that person” blocking the ramp and keeping others from launching. …


Don’t be this guy

Looking back at a recent Gartner Security & Risk Summit, a recurring theme was the SaaS Tsunami — the security and compliance issues that arise from the surprisingly large number of SaaS apps in use at companies — and how to address it.

To understand the SaaS Tsunami, ask yourself…


Over the past few years, the IoT community has embraced InfluxDB as a cornerstone of the solutions they build. …


Here at InfluxData, we’ve been focusing recently on deepening our support for Microsoft Azure. First we turned on InfluxDB Cloud on Azure West Europe, in Amsterdam, back in July. Then we launched InfluxDB Cloud on Azure East US, in Virginia, in September. …


At InfluxData, we believe it makes sense to use a time series database for security monitoring. …


At InfluxData, we focus on our customers’ productivity — time to awesome, as we call it. Usually this is about product capabilities — InfluxDB’s features, speed, scalability, etc.

But for some, your project will grow in size to the point where you need to purchase InfluxDB. And in some cases…


Recently one of my neighbors wrote:

We’re all familiar with the rampant garage break ins in our hood, but I felt compelled to post because there was an aspect of our break-in that I haven’t seen posted.

We got Ring cameras for the very purpose of deterring a break in…


Recently, Tomasz Tunguz published an essay on Rediscovering the power of the Command Line. One bit stuck out:

The learning curve is steep, and I mean precipitous. I had to learn vim first, and then I read piles of configuration examples to get things working properly. …

Al Sargent

Occasional thoughts on tech, sailing, and San Francisco

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