This post is an overview of my home backup system and my motivations behind it. It replaces an old system that relied on an External NAS (RAID 1), Time Machine, Google Drive, iCloud, Backblaze, Glacier… Frankly things were getting complicated!

This an overview of the system, 2021 Edition:

Here are the details:

  • Mobile devices (iPhones) backup via iCloud.
  • The photos/videos from each mobile device are copied to a laptop.
  • The photos/videos folder from one laptop is mirrored to a second laptop.
  • The data from each laptop is copied to an external hard drive via rsync.
  • Each laptop backs up to…


“Book Notes” are a way to synthesize my thoughts on a book before setting it aside. I like to read, but frankly I forget the details of a particular book over time. Hopefully this helps!

This “Book Notes” is about Team Topologies, by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais.

Key Takeaway: Conway’s Law is real, and sound organizational and communication patterns can help wield it to your advantage.

Conway’s Law

Conway’s Law comes from a 1968 paper by Mel Conway titled “How Do Committees Invent?” Conway summarizes his law as:

Any organization that designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information…


“Book Notes” are a way to synthesize my thoughts on a book before setting it aside. I like to read, but frankly I forget the details of a particular book over time. Hopefully this helps!

Key takeaway: Act to change racist policy.

It is absurd to distill Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist to only five words. The book is dense and thought-provoking, part personal memoir, part history, and part thesis paper. While I learned a lot on this journey, my fundamental shift was from viewing racism as a nebulous blob to a concrete thing maintained by policy.


“Book Notes” are a way to synthesize my thoughts on a book before setting it aside. I like to read, but frankly I forget the details of a particular book over time. Hopefully this helps. Enjoy!

Team of Teams is part management guide, part history lesson, and part military memoir. General Stanley McChrystal’s experience leading the Joint Task Force is the backdrop for how to transform a rigid, stratified organization into an adaptable team of teams.

While I found the jumps between memoir and history to be a bit long, I learned a lot from this book. …

Monsur Hossain

Engineer @ Google, Author: CORS in Action

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