The past week has been a bit of a whirlwind. Last Friday I flew out to Denver for a family thing, then transferred over to Boulder for a advisory board meeting, Camp DevOps (where I presented), and Gluecon.

In between I spent a day with the friends who are loaning us their house for the month of July (while they caravan around the US with their kids), snuck in a 30 mile bike ride and 5 mile run, and hit some of my favorite Boulder restaurants (SouthSide cafe, Southern Sun, & Mountain Sun). I also learned I have a bad habit of telling people I’m “from Boulder but I live in Phoenix” when they ask.

Camp DevOps was a really great event on multiple levels. First it was pretty great to be back on the University of Colorado campus. I spent 8 years there as an undergrad, and worked everything from low-level student jobs to full-time staff. It is where my IT career started, and I loved getting back and having the opportunity to share some of what I’ve learned in the decades since.

Alan Shimel put on a solid first-time event. The very first track talk resolved an issue I have been researching (sending backups and logs to Amazon S3), and I picked up plenty of tidbits through the day. The Boulder tech community has a great vibe. It is very supportive in a way that is hard to replicate in larger cities which don’t shut down on powder days. Gluecon in Denver was also a solid show, although I wish I didn’t have to bail out early in an attempt to avoid some bad weather (more on that in a moment).

Camp DevOps was also slightly intimidating for me personally. I was giving a technical security talk to a bunch of developers. The challenge was to keep their interest, provide relevance, and meet their deep content expectations. According to the feedback, I was right on target. And based on other sessions I attended, I have rebuilt a lot of skills I lost when I moved more into the analyst world.

We in the security community often talk about developers like we do about Mac users. We assume they don’t care about security or prioritize it. In both cases, as I have become part of these communities I realized that they do care about security, but within a different context. It has to meld with their primary priorities, and we can’t harangue or insult them for their naivete. Participate, don’t preach, and you get a very positive reaction. Everyone wants to stay safe.

And speaking of staying safe, Adrian left the event right in time to dodge a tornado at the Denver airport. We were in different terminals when the tornado warning hit, and Adrian texted that he was evacuated to the shelter as I started to wonder if my terminal… was less important. About 10 minutes later we got the order, and as a well-trained emergency responder I found a big window right next to one of the shelter areas.

I joined the crowd gawking as the storm clouds started rotating overhead and the hail moved in, followed by blue skies. The tornado touched down 8 miles away, and my flight took off only an hour late. Oh well – I was really hoping to knock that one off the bucket list.

On to the Summary:

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  • Mike Rothman: Firestarter: The Wife-Beater (t-shirt) edition. No spouses were harmed in the production of this week’s Firestarter. But we were able to give Adrian a hard time about his attire before we started recording. Which was full of win. The actual video cast was pretty good too, even though Rich was mostly pixelated.
  • Rich: CEO on Line 2.

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