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Techstars New Health Care Partner: Announcing UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars - Techstars ๐Ÿ”’ www.techstars.com

Target did an effort like this with Techstars and it lasted one cycle and was then shut down. Hopefully this one will have more longevity.

โŽ January 18, 2019

Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation - Motherboard ๐Ÿ”’ motherboard.vice.com

Last week I shared a link to the article about carriers selling location data. This activity got a lot of attention from people, and a mere week later Sprint is stopping this practice.

โŽ January 17, 2019

You Deserve Privacy Online. Hereโ€™s How You Could Actually Get It | TIME ๐Ÿ”’ time.com

Appleโ€™s Tim Cook making the case that we need Congressional action on privacy online. I like the idea, but Iโ€™m skeptical of it happening anytime soon.

The trail disappears before you even know there is a trail. Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy thatโ€™s largely uncheckedโ€”out of sight of consumers, regulators and lawmakers.

Letโ€™s be clear: you never signed up for that. We think every user should have the chance to say, โ€œWait a minute. Thatโ€™s my information that youโ€™re selling, and I didnโ€™t consent.โ€

In the meantime I will continue to run software to defend my privacy.

โŽ January 17, 2019

Thinking Different: Keys to Adopting an iPad-First Workflow โ€“ MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

Iโ€™ve been using an iPad for increasingly more of my stuff at the office for the last couple of years. This statement is so true!

But moving to the iPad still involves some growing pains. The longer youโ€™ve used a traditional computer, the harder an iPad transition can be.

I had to radically rethink how I approached many tasks to get it right on iOS. I will say though, there are now a decent number of things that I get great value out of on my iPad in iOS that I simply cannot do on macOS. Shortcuts is a big part of that.

โŽ January 17, 2019

More PM Problem Areas | Silicon Valley Product Group ๐Ÿ”’ svpg.com

Some areas to look out for development opportunities with product management teams.

โŽ January 17, 2019

Implicit Gender Bias in Startup Funding - Feld Thoughts ๐Ÿ”’ www.feld.com

I really like the promotion and prevention ideas here, and I like Feldโ€™s commentary. This is usable advise that Iโ€™m positive I can put to use. ๐Ÿค”

โŽ January 17, 2019

Why did the PGP Web of Trust fail? โ€“ Henry Story โ€“ Medium ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com

TL;DR? Just way too hard.

โŽ January 17, 2019

mailtolink.me | markup generator for mailto links ๐Ÿ”’ mailtolink.me

Cool utility to generate a mailto link. These are handy and this makes them easy to make.

โŽ January 17, 2019

Nothing Can Stop Google. DuckDuckGo Is Trying Anyway. ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com

Iโ€™ve been using DuckDuckGo for a long time, and this behind the scenes look at the company is pretty great. Via Leah Cunningham.

โŽ January 17, 2019

How Pamela Park became the epicenter of east Edina's teardown trend | Star Tribune ๐Ÿ”’ www.startribune.com

Pamela Park is where we just moved, into one of these new developments. We are on the East side of the park though.

โŽ January 17, 2019

What Itโ€™s Like to Be A Woman On the Internet โ€“ NewCo Shift โ€“ Medium ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com

This is a must read to give some perspective to the experience that many women have on the Internet.

And third, and most importantly, that sometimes being a woman on the internet can be a full-time job. As I mentioned before, my role as a Developer Advocate involves a lot content creation, face-to-face interaction, and requires me to have an online social presence. In the past, Iโ€™ve dealt with everything from men commenting on online videos of me saying I should โ€œget a tanโ€, Iโ€™ve been DMed creepy messages on Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram/etc. with messages like โ€œhiโ€, โ€œnice smile you got thereโ€, and โ€œyour beautifulโ€ (I usually respond โ€œ *youโ€™re โ€, on that last one), and have even stumbled upon entire forum posts about me and how as a woman with a non-traditional background Iโ€™m unqualified to work in tech. Over the last three years, I have learned to brush it off and I almost always โ€œnever read the commentsโ€ if I know theyโ€™re negative (in fact, I have a necklace and pin of the mantra). But these things add up.

Awareness of this, followed by action by men on the Internet, is important. First step is being aware.

โŽ January 17, 2019

Opinion | You Should Meditate Every Day - The New York Times ๐Ÿ”’ www.nytimes.com

More personal stories validating meditating and itโ€™s benefits, particularly with the digital world.

Then, about four months ago, I brute-forced it: I made meditation part of my morning routine and made myself stick with it. I started with 10 minutes a day, then built up to 15, 20, then 30. Eventually, something clicked, and the benefits became noticeable, and then remarkable.

The best way I can describe the effect is to liken it to a software upgrade for my brain โ€” an update designed to guard against the terrible way the online world takes over your time and your mind.


โŽ January 17, 2019

Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time | Ruben Verborgh ๐Ÿ”’ ruben.verborgh.org

This is the best description of what Tim Berners-Leeโ€™s Solid is about.

โŽ January 17, 2019

The unlikely resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons makes its way to the Inland Northwest | The Pacific Northwest Inlander ๐Ÿ”’ www.inlander.com


โŽ January 17, 2019

Nike's Self-Lacing Adapt BB Basketball Shoe Is Actually Smart | WIRED ๐Ÿ”’ www.wired.com

Okay, so I started reading this with the thought of โ€œReally, who needs Smart Shoes?โ€ Then, as I read about the technologies it started to make sense to me for a lot of applications. Elderly people that cannot tie their own shoes? Smart shoes that lace themselves sound great! I personally have been dealing with plantar fasciitis for longer than Iโ€™d care to think, and I wonder if a Smart Shoe couldnโ€™t help me with that. Your feet work hard, maybe some sensor and intelligence could help them? ๐Ÿฆถ

โŽ January 17, 2019

Security Checklist ๐Ÿ”’ securitycheckli.st

This is a good and complete checklist that you could use to review your personal security footing.

โŽ January 17, 2019

Troy Hunt: The 773 Million Record "Collection #1" Data Breach ๐Ÿ”’ www.troyhunt.com

This is a huge dump of usernames and passwords. I use 1Password to protect myself from this stuff, and they have a good blog post on this one. Krebs on Security also wrote about this massive dump, highlighting that in the big picture this is far from the biggest breach of its kind. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

โŽ January 17, 2019

Jenn on Twitter: "Devops meetup January 2019 #devopsmsp" ๐Ÿ”’ twitter.com

A thorough, and nicely contextualized with GIFs, Twitter thread covering Andy Domeier from SPS on SRE teams!

โŽ January 16, 2019

Engineering Management: The Pendulum Or The Ladder โ€“ charity.wtf ๐Ÿ”’ charity.wtf

A fabulous read on the engineering manager path in technology organizations. There is so much Iโ€™d highlight here that Iโ€™ll skip highlighting any of it and just suggest you read it. The 10 reasons to think critically about director or executive roles made are hilarious. ๐Ÿคฃ They are completely true too.

โŽ January 16, 2019

Tracking Blood Sugar - Eric Jain's Blog ๐Ÿ”’ eric.jain.name

This is an amazingly detailed analysis of the blood sugar levels this person did. This is โ€œquantified selfโ€ to a whole new level. I would have thought some of the blood sugar impacts would be more pronounced though.

โŽ January 14, 2019

Stop the presses: How a new publishing platform can help local news ๐Ÿ”’ www.blog.google

Google deserves a bunch of credit for the work they are doing to help news organizations create content. There is a totally justified cynical response to that of โ€œWell, after they destroyed it they should!โ€. I would suggest the more pragmatic answer is Google needs content publishers, they need news organizations to have content to send people to!

โŽ January 14, 2019

How to See Weather on Lock Screen of iPhone with iOS 12 | OSXDaily ๐Ÿ”’ osxdaily.com

I noticed this information showing up on my kids iPhones and I was really confused. Turns out it only shows up under a certain set of configurations. I wouldnโ€™t mind having this on my phone as well! And yes, I realize Android has done this forever. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

โŽ January 14, 2019

The Art of Being an Instagram Husband - The Atlantic ๐Ÿ”’ www.theatlantic.com

When did โ€œInfluencerโ€ become a profession? ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

โŽ January 14, 2019

Four Cool URLs - Alex Pounds' Blog ๐Ÿ”’ alexpounds.com

This happens to be a thing that I find โ€œartfulโ€ as well. A well designed URL structure implies a well thought out architecture and makes it easier for developers, and in some rare cases uses, to understand the service.

Most people donโ€™t give them much thought, in part because web browsers increasingly hide URLs away. But some URLs have special powers. Here are some that knock my socks off.


โŽ January 14, 2019

For Owners of Amazon's Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching ๐Ÿ”’ theintercept.com

This article had two central themes for me.

First, Ring isnโ€™t applying commercially reasonable protection to the video content their users are trusting them with. This data should be encrypted, and they should not be allowing anyone in the company access to the data.

Secondly, the ominous undertones of โ€œUkrainianโ€ engineers in this seems like itโ€™s trying to imply a lack of trust, or some implicit fear. I donโ€™t expect the article would have the same tone if engineers in France or Belgium were looking at the video. It shouldnโ€™t be any different.

โŽ January 14, 2019

How I Finally Hit 2000 on Lichess, and Improved my Chess Rating by 200 Points in 16 Days - Trapeze ๐Ÿ”’ www.trapezemobile.com

I would like to be better at Chess. Some interesting ideas here for how to do that with a pretty focused effort.

โŽ January 11, 2019

T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Are Selling Customers' Real-Time Location Data, And It's Falling Into the Wrong Hands ๐Ÿ”’ motherboard.vice.com

It is obvious that the telecommunications companies know your location when you have a mobile phone, but there is some trust that that data isnโ€™t being used for other purposes. We shouldnโ€™t trust.

Microbilt buys access to location data from an aggregator called Zumigo and then sells it to a dizzying number of sectors, including landlords to scope out potential renters; motor vehicle salesmen, and others who are conducting credit checks. Armed with just a phone number, Microbiltโ€™s โ€œMobile Device Verifyโ€ product can return a targetโ€™s full name and address, geolocate a phone in an individual instance, or operate as a continuous tracking service.

This is a crisis of ethics. How is it justifiable to track your location and sell it to other commercial entities when there is no expectation that that is occurring. This has the additional issue that there is no way for the user to even know that it is or is not happening since itโ€™s on the providers end.

โŽ January 9, 2019

Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB Compatibility): Fast, Scalable, and Highly Available | AWS News Blog ๐Ÿ”’ aws.amazon.com

Iโ€™ve been wondering for a long time when AWS would come out with an answer for MongoDB. They must not have been able to reach any deal with MongoDB so developed a compatible solution. Wonder if the lawsuits have been filed yet? ๐Ÿ˜

โŽ January 9, 2019

Qumulo Announces New Minneapolis Office To Support Growing Demand for Hybrid Storage Solutions | Qumulo | Enterprise Scale-Out NAS ๐Ÿ”’ qumulo.com

Another technology company opening up a presence in SPS. This makes sense given the history of successful storage companies in town. Plus, Pete was our CMO at SPS and knows the community here is solid!

โŽ January 9, 2019

The Best App for Taking Handwritten Notes on an iPad โ€“ The Sweet Setup ๐Ÿ”’ thesweetsetup.com

The app space for handwritten notes on the iPad Pro is hotly contested, and constantly improving. Iโ€™ve tended to stick with the KISS approach and just use built-in Notes, but these roundups show an incredible amount of innovation.

โŽ January 9, 2019

SQL is No Excuse to Avoid DevOps - ACM Queue ๐Ÿ”’ queue.acm.org

Many teams have DevOps processes that stop at the database interface. There are a couple of simple things you can do to adopt DevOps practices in databases as well. ๐Ÿ•ด

โŽ January 9, 2019

Using the iPad Pro as my main computer | Hicks Journal ๐Ÿ”’ hicksdesign.co.uk

Another writeup on using the iPad Pro as a primary computer. I find I learn interesting things from reading about peoples experiences doing this. This one is definitely focused on creative work with the Pencil which seems like an area that the iPad Pro is profoundly better than anything else at.

โŽ January 9, 2019

Ditching Medium | JJ's JavaScript Blog ๐Ÿ”’ www.joshjahans.com

Personally Iโ€™ve never been excited about Medium, it is another attempt to cage the free web in to a corporate silo. Now the premium plans on top of that? Iโ€™ll pass.

โŽ January 9, 2019

The Complete List of 140 Things You Canโ€™t Say About Assange or WikiLeaks โ€“ Emma Best ๐Ÿ”’ emma.best

Initially I thought WikiLeaks, while potentially a dangerous organization, was ultimately driven by good motives. I donโ€™t think so anymore.

โŽ January 9, 2019

Court: Politicians who block citizens on social media violate 1st Amendment | Ars Technica ๐Ÿ”’ arstechnica.com

Iโ€™ve been following this topic and as far as I know this is the first ruling from a court on it. It makes sense to me that politicians that choose to use private platforms to communicate with citizens should not be able to block people. Particularly when those people are their constituents!

โŽ January 9, 2019

New year, new GitHub: Announcing unlimited free private repos and unified Enterprise offering | The GitHub Blog ๐Ÿ”’ blog.github.com

This is great to see! Hopefully people will still mostly default to public repositories, but having private ones is a great utility for everyone. Please remember that itโ€™s still not a good idea to put passwords and other secrets in revision control, private or not.

โŽ January 9, 2019

What I learned at work this year | Bill Gates ๐Ÿ”’ www.gatesnotes.com

I love what Bill Gates is working on now. ๐Ÿ’š

โŽ January 9, 2019

Oil Fail - ongoing by Tim Bray ๐Ÿ”’ www.tbray.org

Interesting post that reminded me of Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air, a book my book club read a while back. Both that one and this Oil Fail book sound interesting.

โŽ January 8, 2019

The simple hack to make meetings better | Torchbox ๐Ÿ”’ torchbox.com

Solid framework for improving meeting quality. This stuff is always much easier said than done.

โŽ January 8, 2019

N.O.W. Tone Therapy System ๐Ÿ”’ www.nowbysolu.com

I got these mindfulness aids for my birthday and have tried them a few times already. They are a nice complement for other meditation practices. ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

โŽ January 8, 2019

Adding a Task Anywhere in Project List on iOS โ€” Using OmniFocus ๐Ÿ”’ www.usingomnifocus.com

Very cool usability trick in OmniFocus!

โŽ January 7, 2019

Coconut Programming Language ๐Ÿ”’ coconut-lang.org

Functional language implemented in Python so you can mix and match.

โŽ January 6, 2019

The 2018 Emoji Report โ€” Rands in Repose ๐Ÿ”’ randsinrepose.com


Emoji continues to be one of my favorite work habits. As I wrote earlier, I initially resisted emoji. But the efficiency of the lightweight communication that occurs via emoji and emoji reactions canโ€™t be denied. It also happens to be fun.


โŽ January 6, 2019

Links & Recommendations โ€” On my Om ๐Ÿ”’ om.co

Om Malik is starting link blogging. This is guaranteed to be a worthwhile stream of good information. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

โŽ January 6, 2019

Pokรฉmon GO Caught Nearly $800 Million in Global Revenue Last Year, Growing 35% Over 2017 ๐Ÿ”’ sensortower.com

35% revenue growth for an established game like this is very impressive.

โŽ January 6, 2019

How to Delete Online Accounts You No Longer Need - Consumer Reports ๐Ÿ”’ www.consumerreports.org

Handy set of links to delete accounts on a number of big social networks. Via Recomendo 129.

โŽ January 6, 2019

In 2019, blockchains will start to become boring - MIT Technology Review ๐Ÿ”’ www.technologyreview.com

Blockchain getting boring may be the best thing to ever happen to it.

โŽ January 3, 2019

What Is Going To Happen In 2019 โ€“ AVC ๐Ÿ”’ avc.com

Well, Fred Wilson gets tight to the point.

I believe and have been telling those around me that I think 2019 will be a โ€œdoozy.โ€ I think we will see major dislocations in the leadership of the United States, a bear market in stocks, a weakening economy, a number of issues with the global economy including a messy Brexit and a sluggish China.

Yikes. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

โŽ January 3, 2019

People with depression use language differently โ€“ here's how to spot it ๐Ÿ”’ theconversation.com

I wonder how many other things can be determined by analyzing peopleโ€™s writing and word choices.

โŽ January 3, 2019

Happy Public Domain day: for real, for the first time in 20 years! / Boing Boing ๐Ÿ”’ boingboing.net

Rare day when the public domain gains some new things.

โŽ January 3, 2019

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