Chad Perrin: SOB

17 July 2007

security blogger at TechRepublic

Filed under: Geek,Metalog,Profession,Security — apotheon @ 10:20

Things sure do change in a hurry.

In Sterling’s recent piece, Even if you can beat ’em, he pointed out that he “blew a blog gasket” and unsubscribed from all of TechRepublic’s newsletters, and was subsequently asked to contribute to TR’s IT Consultant weblog regularly. As he put it: “Always wanting to back up my critical remarks by being part of the solution, I said yes.”

Well, whatever he caught, it seems to be going around — and I didn’t get vaccinated in time (thank goodness). Shortly after my own reluctant hit piece about TR’s issues, I too received an inquiry about writing for one of TechRepublic’s weblogs. At about the same time, I was assured (both on-site and off) that things would be getting better in terms of the format of email alerts at TR, so that I would hopefully find them useful again. I indicated that things had indeed improved, and hinted cryptically at the other matter in my follow-up developments at TechRepublic, but (alas) wasn’t ready to tell you any more.

That has changed, quite obviously.

I’m now a regular (about twice a week, it seems) paid contributor to the TR “IT Security” weblog, and my first post there is available under the title Five steps to becoming the local security guru. Enjoy, subscribe, and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to submit me to reddit or digg from time to time — and let me know when you do so, if you don’t mind.

By the way, I don’t actually recommend hit pieces on TR as a means of getting hired on, there. Remember — once is a fluke, and twice is only a coincidence. It takes at least three times to make a trend.


  1. So, I wonder who will try to be number three…

    Congrats, apotheon! I look forward to reading you even more often.

    Comment by Sterling Camden — 17 July 2007 @ 10:27

  2. I just tried logging in again to see if that gets me past moderation.

    Comment by SterlingCamden — 17 July 2007 @ 11:20

  3. I guess it’d be nice to see Absolutely writing for TR. He’s definitely got some brains, and expresses himself well. He’s also feeling a little unsatisfied with recent changes at TR, if I’m not mistaken, so he’d be ripe for a turn of events like this.

    edit, re: moderation Apparently it didn’t make any difference. I think WordPress has it in for you.

    Comment by apotheon — 17 July 2007 @ 11:23

  4. Congrats, and welcome aboard! I may have inadvertently been the one to bring your blog to TR’s attention… when you wrote about the changes to the email alerts, I sent it onto George Ou because no need to write the same thing over when you did a good job of it. He sent it onto Jason Hiner… maybe that’s how it happened? In any event, I’m happy for you, always good to expand the crew!


    Comment by Justin James — 17 July 2007 @ 05:51

  5. In terms of other people I would like to see blogging there, Mark Miller tops my list. His blog ( is excellent.


    Comment by Justin James — 17 July 2007 @ 05:52

  6. I think there was a serendipitous combination of events at play in my invitation. Between you notifying Jason Hiner, me commenting in the thread where he was seeking new bloggers for topics completely unrelated to security, the fact that I’ve already done some writing for TR, and a couple other people I know of who may or may not have suggested me as a good addition to the team, it’s anybody’s guess what was the actual tipping point.

    Regardless, I’m happy with the way things turned out. I have readable email alerts, I’m writing more regularly for TR about a subject I find endlessly fascinating, and I get to contribute yet more to a community I value. It’s all good stuff, at the moment.

    Thanks for your part in it, in any case.

    I’ll have a look at Mark Miller’s blog later on this evening. The name strikes me as familiar, but otherwise I’m drawing a blank.

    Comment by apotheon — 17 July 2007 @ 06:52

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