Cool to see the Financial Times making their chart generation software available. This is nice since you can just paste in some data and download a nice looking static image.⏎ March 7, 2019
Mostly I read this as Facebook has surveilled it’s users so much, and continues to spy on them in every way possible, that they can easily forego spying on some part of your communication and add encryption to it. Said another way, if the cigarette company has you addicted to nicotine, they can completely afford to put warnings on the packages without impacting sales.⏎ March 7, 2019
This review is much more sedate than the one I would write, something like “It’s awesome!” Simple, and just two words. It’s a decent review however I don’t agree that the touch screen is so inconvenient and distracting from driving. I continue to 💙 my Model 3!⏎ March 7, 2019
This book is on my reading list. I enjoyed to the Recode Decode episode with Roger McNamee.⏎ March 7, 2019
Shuffling status updates in social networks isn’t a big idea. This is one where I give Elon Musk credit, he’s working crazy hard on things that he has identified as big problems.⏎ March 7, 2019
I like the basic concept here that the “lock in” cost of a solution is more complex than just the migration expense. However, I would also add to this that migration cost tends to trend down over time. So, in addition to the opportunity gain referenced here, I think that you compound that on a shrinking migration cost as time moves forward. Why does migration cost shrink? Because software gets more sophisticated over time, and solutions should get easier to replicate. Over a very long time that may actually go back up as the software becomes brittle, but in the first several years I would argue it trends down.⏎ March 7, 2019
This might be one of the best takes I’ve ever read to understand dynamics in social networks. The fundamental idea of “social capital” and “network utility” and how they play together is a very interesting.
What ties many of these explanations together is social capital theory, and how we analyze social networks should include a study of a social network’s accumulation of social capital assets and the nature and structure of its status games. In other words, how do such companies capitalize, either consciously or not, on the fact that people are status-seeking monkeys, always trying to seek more of it in the most efficient way possible?
This calls out the Facebook News Feed as a sea change in how social capital is accumulated.
It’s difficult to overstate what a momentous sea change it was for hundreds of millions, and eventually billions, of humans who had grown up competing for status in small tribes, to suddenly be dropped into a talent show competing against EVERY PERSON THEY HAD EVER MET.
As I read this I kept thinking of LinkedIn. LinkedIn is largely a utility network. However, in recent years they have gotten into the news feed game and added a lot of “like” functionality. They have added a bunch of features that are clearly ways to build “social capital”. And, notably, their user metrics shot up as soon as they did that stuff.⏎ March 7, 2019
Fun read on the planning and background, and sometimes serendipity, that go into some amazing photographs. Many people have no idea of the amount of planning that has to go into getting shots like this.
Also, many locals shoot the Milky Way there. The fact is that this shot was technically not that hard. It is not a single shot but was rather a panorama to get the whole valley in the frame. I planned the alignment and the shot, and “just” needed the volcano to erupt. The planning and the whole trip was the most difficult, but being there was simply executing and enjoying the spectacle unfolding in front of my eyes.
Neat. 📷⏎ March 7, 2019
Good primer.⏎ March 7, 2019
Feld and I seem to be reading some similar books lately. I enjoyed reading this book as well. It was fun to read Feld’s comments on it as well.⏎ March 7, 2019
Authorization is complicated and hard. 🤓⏎ March 7, 2019
I like the 2nd recommendation in here of having other people estimate for you. In a way, that is what agile teams do when they do Planning Poker.⏎ March 7, 2019
I like this approach considering small improvements in the same way that we think about long-term investing.⏎ March 7, 2019
I like how much Fournier focuses on the “integrator” role of managers in a growing company.
Fournier emphasizes that managers will need to develop strong peer relationships to stay connected with everything that’s going on in their growing organization. Equally important, she says, is developing relationships with higher-level directors or executives. These relationships will allow you to be more efficient in communicating and getting work done, while also building trust for your team.
Very true.⏎ March 7, 2019
Interesting data on the tech market in Ukraine.⏎ March 7, 2019
I ordered a Peloton Spin Bike, and this made me laugh out loud. 🤣⏎ March 7, 2019
My view on meditation is very similar to how Gates positions this.
I now see that meditation is simply exercise for the mind, similar to the way we exercise our muscles when we play sports. For me, it has nothing to do with faith or mysticism. It’s about taking a few minutes out of my day, learning how to pay attention to the thoughts in my head, and gaining a little bit of distance from them.
Via Patrick Rhone.⏎ March 6, 2019
I had no idea that you could trigger Archive.org to save a URL like this. This is a pretty cool capability. 👍⏎ March 6, 2019
What if you took a bookmarking or read-it-later service and combined it with a newsletter capability? You get Mailist.⏎ March 6, 2019
What a cool idea! Kudos to Microsoft for putting something truly innovative in like this. This will be a “magic” feature for many people. It did make me wonder about security, but there isn’t a new security risk here, it might just make it easier to take a picture of a screen and not have to type it in.⏎ March 6, 2019
I love that Bill Gates has turned his attention to technology areas that are much more impactful to human health and happiness. You’ll notice social networks and advertising algorithms are nowhere on this list.⏎ March 6, 2019
This photo app looks interesting for long exposure shots. I’ve been very impressed with their other camera app Halide, so this was an “instant buy” for me. MacStories has a good writeup as well. 📷⏎ February 28, 2019
I’ve seen Allison Liuzzi of Compass present some very good demographic data for the State of Minnesota. I finally went to their website and they have a ton of data available.
By tracking and analyzing trends in topics that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state — policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here — a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities.
Wealth of data here. Good resource.⏎ February 28, 2019
Kubernetes on a diet?⏎ February 28, 2019
Nice library for building menus in CLI tools.⏎ February 27, 2019
This looks interesting but I don’t totally get how the product work, and where Slack ends and it starts.⏎ February 27, 2019
I’ve been totally uninterested in foldable phones, but seeing these pictures is sort of interesting. Having something fold out into a much bigger display could be pretty interesting. Sort of magic! 🎩⏎ February 27, 2019
I’ve been using the Siri face ever since it came out on watchOS and my thought is very similar to this article. I like how it puts stuff in a stream for me throughout the day. My calendar is the bedrock, but I like that it sprinkles in other things. It’s by far my favorite way to keep tabs on the few sports teams I follow.⏎ February 27, 2019
What a horrible stream of bile to deal with, and the trauma it causes for the people that are paid to inspect and judge that stream of bile. I’m so happy to have nothing to do with these social platforms.⏎ February 27, 2019
Don’t let your kids publish videos on YouTube, don’t publish videos of them on YouTube. Probably just don’t publish stuff on YouTube.⏎ February 27, 2019
I totally thought this was an April fools joke, and then…
I’ll use the ten years of Redis as an excuse to release something I played a bit in the previous days, thinking to use it for the 1st April fool: but such date is far and I want to talk to you about this project now… So, happy birthday Redis! Here it’s your present: a Gopher protocol implementation.
I 💚 Redis and it’s fun to see this. Made me think I would like to make a Gopher version of my website. 😍⏎ February 27, 2019
I really don’t understand how all this time is supposed to be made for a morning routine. I can’t see getting up at 3am so I can read, meditate, exercise all before heading into the office for an early meeting.⏎ February 27, 2019
My preferred journal application for macOS and iOS got a big step up on the Mac. Official Day One 3.0 announcement. I like the improvements.⏎ February 27, 2019
This is a solid set of recommendations, easy to parse and follow. Good stuff. Via AVC.⏎ February 27, 2019
Compelling recap of the HQ2 process that Amazon has being going through.
From the start, the entire HQ2 optics have been terrible. When the world’s wealthiest man happens to run the world’s most most valuable company goes looking for a new place to call home, perhaps compelling self-flagellation by states and local officials to win his business . . . well, let’s just say that is not the greatest look.
Totally agree. Via Daring Fireball.⏎ February 27, 2019
This is a very scary ransomware story. If you are in charge of a bunch of computers, you need to be thinking about ransomware.⏎ February 27, 2019
Performance metrics of various API methods in AWS. Some nice data.⏎ February 27, 2019
More improvements to WebKit’s baked in privacy protections.⏎ February 27, 2019
My friend Garrick recommended this book and I thorough enjoyed it. This writeup captures the theme well. Over the years I have made great strides in optimizing my time and insuring that I have slots available for things I need to do. However, It’s common that I get to that time and lack all motivation and energy to actually do it! This sucks. The idea of managing time and energy efficiently is an important one. I like the pyramid that this book considers for building energy into your day.⏎ February 27, 2019
These are profound violations of trust and privacy.
In the Journal’s testing, Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor, the most popular heart-rate app on Apple’s iOS, made by California-based Azumio Inc., sent a user’s heart rate to Facebook immediately after it was recorded.
Flo Health Inc.’s Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker, which claims 25 million active users, told Facebook when a user was having her period or informed the app of an intention to get pregnant, the tests showed.
Real-estate app Realtor.com, owned by Move Inc., a subsidiary of Wall Street Journal parent News Corp , sent the social network the location and price of listings that a user viewed, noting which ones were marked as favorites, the tests showed.
None of those apps provided users any apparent way to stop that information from being sent to Facebook.
Via Daring Fireball.⏎ February 22, 2019
Stephen Wolfram gives an exhaustive inventory of his personal gear. Wow, just wow.⏎ February 21, 2019
Only in Minnesota! 🤪⏎ February 21, 2019
Jean-Louis Gassée has been writing some very fun retrospectives of his time in tech. If you remember BeOS and the BeBox this is a fun read. I also found this little inside baseball look at NeXTSTEP and Apple’s acquisition of NeXT fun.
Later, I learned another version of the story from a NeXT and Apple insider. By 1996, Jobs had given up on NeXTSTEP and had focused the company on WebObjects, a set of tools and building blocks aimed at the design and implementation of high-performance, feature-rich websites. But the noise from the Apple-Be conversations attracted the attention of Avie Tevanian, VP of software at NeXT, who urged Jobs to dust off NeXTSTEP and whip up a demo. The master persuader convinced Gil Amelio to pay the price Apple didn’t want to pay for Be: $429M for NeXT.
It’s unlikely Apple acquiring BeOS would have been transformational, but maybe. The leadership behind NeXTSTEP was very transformational for Apple.⏎ February 21, 2019
If this were on April Fool’s Day I would be positive it is a joke, but I don’t think it is. 😕⏎ February 21, 2019
Fun writeup on the evolution into Microservices and then adopting Event Sourcing to provide additional capabilities. Good discussion of tradeoffs and benefits. Plus a fun read!⏎ February 21, 2019
I like this annual review that David Sparks walks through. 🤔⏎ February 21, 2019
Super simple to do list service. ✅⏎ February 21, 2019
Handy service if you need to collect form data. 📝⏎ February 21, 2019
I’ve waited and waited for someone to come out with a commenting service that doesn’t surveil users, charges a reasonable fee, and isn’t filled with ads (I’m looking at you Disqus). This service looks high-quality and respects everyones privacy. I’ve deployed it on my Link Blog to give it a try.⏎ February 21, 2019
I’ve thought about this, but have no great answers. I first read about this back in this 2011 blog post on the topic. It is a way bigger topic today, particularly with photos being some prominent. 🤷♂️⏎ February 21, 2019