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Cloudflare S-1 ๐Ÿ”’ www.sec.gov

Cloudflare has begun the process of filing to go public. Iโ€™ve been very impressed with Cloudflareโ€™s offerings, the technical depth that they bring to global Internet delivery is amazing. Plus, they are focused on being on the side of good on the Internet.

โŽ August 15, 2019

โ€œBicycle for the Mindโ€ - Learning By Shipping ๐Ÿ”’ medium.learningbyshipping.com

Some great history here. ๐Ÿค“

โŽ August 14, 2019

WARREN ELLIS LTD | This Ainโ€™t Walden Pond, Mate ๐Ÿ”’ warrenellis.ltd

I like this perspective from Warren Ellis on his engagement with social platforms.

I process a lot of stuff, and keep up with a lot of things, and a shift is required to allow for the career step-change. You canโ€™t be dogmatic about anything. Situations tend to be fluid and dynamic, and you need to be able to flow and adjust in response.

Those adjustments are a good thing.

โŽ August 14, 2019

Michael Tsai - Blog - Verizon Sells Tumblr to Automattic ๐Ÿ”’ mjtsai.com

At this point Tumblr the company has long ceased to exist. Tumblr the Community, finding a home at Automattic with WordPress is by far the best outcome that could have ever happened for it. Mullenweg and team will treat this with care and respect.

โŽ August 14, 2019

Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 60+ companies โ€“ย Simple Opt Out ๐Ÿ”’ simpleoptout.com

Nice set of links to immediately drop you to the hidden, obfuscated pages to opt-out of various data sharing things. Great reference!

โŽ August 14, 2019

Escape rooms are very big business - Vox ๐Ÿ”’ www.vox.com

Our family has done well over 20 Escape Rooms. They are a lot of fun!

โŽ August 14, 2019

How YouTube Radicalized Brazil - The New York Times ๐Ÿ”’ www.nytimes.com

There is a lot of great content on YouTube, but this stuff is far too prevalent.

As his time on the site grew, YouTube recommended videos from other far-right figures. One was a lawmaker named Jair Bolsonaro, then a marginal figure in national politics โ€” but a star in YouTubeโ€™s far-right community in Brazil, where the platform has become more widely watched than all but one TV channel.

Last year, he became President Bolsonaro.

It lowers YouTube (Googleโ€™s) revenue by blocking this stuff. I wouldnโ€™t expect much to happen.

โŽ August 14, 2019

RSSMailer ๐Ÿ”’ rssmailer.app

Simple app to send emails when an item appears in an RSS feed. Cool tools like this are just one of the reasons I ๐Ÿ’š RSS.

โŽ August 14, 2019

Tips from 16 years of working from home โ€“ A Whole Lotta Nothing ๐Ÿ”’ a.wholelottanothing.org

Good list of things to consider if you work from home regularly.

โŽ August 14, 2019

Python is eating the world: How one developer's side project became the hottest programming language on the planet | ZDNet ๐Ÿ”’ www.zdnet.com

Thorough read on the story behind Python, itโ€™s introduction and rise in popularity. I donโ€™t do any professional coding, but I do goof around on things and I nearly always do that in Python.

What Python offered, and still offers, is clear and unambiguous syntax, where indentations group code into blocks, making the code easier for developers to understand.

It is a joy to use and very readable.

โŽ August 13, 2019

xkcd: E Scooters ๐Ÿ”’ xkcd.com

I used my first Lime scooter a few weeks back. The first ride made me a bit nervous. The second ride, I had a ton of fun.

โŽ August 13, 2019

How We Keep Learning ๐Ÿ”’ blog.dbsmasher.com

One of my most repeated references is โ€œAll great technology companies, are learning companies.โ€ You simply cannot be a great tech company without that learning foundation.

Invest in your engineersโ€™ learning. There is no way around the need for this to be an explicit investment by fast growing companies.

Yes, and twice on Sunday.

โŽ August 13, 2019

Standard Ebooks: Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover. ๐Ÿ”’ standardebooks.org

Very cool project, non-profit, creating high quality digital books from public domain titles. I like that they also make their template available for others to use.

โŽ August 13, 2019

Hereโ€™s What Those Phone Charging Lockers Are Doing With Your Personal Information ๐Ÿ”’ onezero.medium.com

Donโ€™t go plugging your phone with so much personal information into some random plug at a retail location! Much less let it take a picture of you and collect personal data.

โŽ August 13, 2019

Why Arenโ€™t We Talking About LinkedIn? - The New York Times ๐Ÿ”’ www.nytimes.com

LinkedIn has adopted all of the addictive patterns of social media, to great affect. The site has continued to grow in every dimension of engagement.

Considering its size and social footprint, LinkedIn has been a notably minor character in major narratives about the hazards of social media. The site hasnโ€™t proved especially useful for mainstreaming disinformation, for example, nor is it an obvious staging ground for organized harassment campaigns. It is unique among its social media peers in that it has not spent the last five years in a state of wrenching crisis.

But LinkedIn is very different since it is a โ€œprofessionalโ€ or business network. it is a vertical network focused on a single dimension. You donโ€™t go there for news. The only thing itโ€™s a battleground for is recruiters, not partisans.

โŽ August 13, 2019

Scaled agile helps modernize Guardian's operations | CIO ๐Ÿ”’ www.cio.com

I worked closely with Dean Del Vecchio when I was at Dow Jones. Smart, fast-paced leader. Heโ€™s been doing some great stuff at Guardian!

โŽ August 13, 2019

One job, many roles. The different skills needed to be a successful CTO - madewithlove ๐Ÿ”’ madewithlove.be

I suspect that many roles, particularly leadership roles, have this type of evolution in a growing company. Iโ€™ve personally experienced this type of path being a CTO for more than 20 years now. The important aspect to me is to regularly inventory what you need to start doing, and more importantly what you need to stop doing. Refactor yourself, and you can make the changes needed.

โŽ August 13, 2019

Buying Coffee Wonโ€™t Make You Poor - The Atlantic ๐Ÿ”’ www.theatlantic.com

Keep your budget away from my single-origin hand-washed coffee beans. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

โŽ August 13, 2019

RegExr: Learn, Build, & Test RegEx ๐Ÿ”’ regexr.com

I like collecting regex tools for some odd reason. ๐Ÿค“

โŽ August 6, 2019

John Allspaw: โ€œGetting the messy details is criticalโ€ ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com

Success results in more stuff.

Another way of saying this is successful software never gets simpler. I think thatโ€™s something we can all agree on. That growing success and therefore that growing complexity makes it more and more difficult for people to understand how it all works right.

Doing this well is one of the hardest tasks in technology companies.

โŽ August 6, 2019

Matterwiki - A simple and beautiful wiki for teams ๐Ÿ”’ matterwiki.com

Iโ€™m still a fan of wikis and what they enable. We need more simple and easy wikis like this.

Matterwiki is just that, a simple wiki for teams to store and collaborate on knowledge. People use it to store documentation, notes, culture guidelines, employee onboarding content and everything else they want to.


โŽ July 31, 2019

Our Biggest Mac Release Ever: The New Toggl Desktop App Is Here - Toggl Blog ๐Ÿ”’ blog.toggl.com

I use Toggle along with automation in Shortcuts to keep track of where my time goes. Nice to see they have a handy macOS app now too!

โŽ July 31, 2019

Annual SPS fundraising brew off mixes fun with corporate community service | SPS Commerce ๐Ÿ”’ www.spscommerce.com

This is one of my favorite events that we have at SPS Commerce!

โŽ July 31, 2019

Apple Maps in iOS 13: Sights Set on Google โ€“ MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

I use Apple Maps almost exclusively and find it works pretty great for my stuff. I am eager to see what this newest generation of mapping is capable of. The Apple Map cars are collecting an impressive array of data.

โŽ July 31, 2019

Daring Fireball: Superhuman and Email Privacy ๐Ÿ”’ daringfireball.net

Iโ€™m not a fan of read receipts. I disable them in the Weekly Thing, and I really wish that email software did a better job of protecting users from this form of surveillance.

โŽ July 30, 2019

Whimsical โ€” The Visual Workspace ๐Ÿ”’ whimsical.com

This looks like a very powerful tool to use for diagrams, flowcharts. Just the collaborative sticky notes are pretty amazing. Iโ€™m definitely going to keep this around. ๐Ÿ‘

โŽ July 30, 2019

The helicopter team that films the Tour de France is one of a kind | Ars Technica ๐Ÿ”’ arstechnica.com

Broadcasting the Tour de France as it travels throughout the country is a complicated job!

Circling at 2,000 feet (600m), the relay helo takes camera feeds and sends them to a fixed-wing aircraft flying higher at 10,000 to 25,000 feet (3,000-7,600m), depending on weather. The airplane sends the combined feeds back down to two receive trucks located along the race course.

The work they put into it shows. The views from the helicopters are often stunning while watching the Tour.

โŽ July 30, 2019

Coach.me | Instant Coaching for Any Goal. ๐Ÿ”’ www.coach.me

An online coaching platform.

โŽ July 30, 2019

Zoom Zero Day: 4+ Million Webcams & maybe an RCE? Just get them to visit your website! ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com


This vulnerability leverages the amazingly simple Zoom feature where you can just send anyone a meeting link (for example https://zoom.us/j/492468757) and when they open that link in their browser their Zoom client is magically opened on their local machine. I was curious about how this amazing bit of functionality was implemented and how it had been implemented securely. Come to find out, it really hadnโ€™t been implemented securely. Nor can I figure out a good way to do this that doesnโ€™t require an additional bit of user interaction to be secure.


Response from Zoom.

And a better response from the CEO of Zoom.

โŽ July 8, 2019

How can you improve your organizationโ€™s data strategy? ๐Ÿ”’ www.blog.google

A bit pithy but the categories would work well to identify areas to focus on.

โŽ July 8, 2019

Cloudflare outage caused by bad software deploy (updated) ๐Ÿ”’ blog.cloudflare.com

Actually caused by a regular expression change.

Unfortunately, one of these rules contained a regular expression that caused CPU to spike to 100% on our machines worldwide. This 100% CPU spike caused the 502 errors that our customers saw. At its worst traffic dropped by 82%.

Reminds me of that great sayingโ€ฆ

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think โ€œI know, Iโ€™ll use regular expressions.โ€ Now they have two problems. (source)


โŽ July 8, 2019

Emberยฎ: The Worldโ€™s First Temperature Control Mugโ„ข ๐Ÿ”’ ember.com

A coffee mug that has itโ€™s own heater? OMG. Via Orbital Operations 7 July 19.

โŽ July 7, 2019

Sunshine ๐Ÿ”’ sunshine.fyi

Simple page to tell you how much daylight there is left.

โŽ July 7, 2019

Choose Boring Technology ๐Ÿ”’ boringtechnology.club

This is a very well known talk at this point and this is a great way to take in the key concepts.

If you think about innovation as a scarce resource, it starts to make less sense to also be on the front lines of innovating on databases. Or on programming paradigms.

Choose to innovate where it matters.

โŽ July 2, 2019

How to pick a random number from 1-10 ๐Ÿ”’ torvaney.github.io

This is a fun read, and why is 7 such a popular number for people to pick? ๐Ÿค“

โŽ July 2, 2019

An intro to the great language with the strange name โ€“ IBM Developer ๐Ÿ”’ developer.ibm.com

Iโ€™ve used awk in a copy/paste way not really knowing what was happening under the hood. This is a quick and easy overview. I bet there are a decent chunk of little Python, Ruby, or Perl scripts that awk would do better or as good.

โŽ June 30, 2019

Wavฤ“y โ€” A set of vibrant wallpapers ๐Ÿ”’ hector.me

A set of vibrant wallpapers in 4 themes, for Mac, iPad & iPhone.

โŽ June 30, 2019

Coaching - Managing Time | Silicon Valley Product Group ๐Ÿ”’ svpg.com

Good advice for product managers on prioritizing their time to objectives.

One way or another, if you canโ€™t manage to clear four hours a day during your workday, then I only know of two possibilities — either you extend your workday, or you fail to deliver results and so you fail at your job.

Everything here applies to any job. The specifics may be different, but if you donโ€™t have control of your time how can you possibly believe you have control of your outcomes? โŒš๏ธ

โŽ June 28, 2019

Fowling, the Ultimate Tailgating Game ๐Ÿ”’ www.fowling.org

So we were watching the final episode of The Amazing Race and it featured a fowling challenge. I had never seen this and it looks awesome. Kubb, Bags, Ladder Golf โ€” time to add Fowling to the list! ๐ŸŽณ๐Ÿˆ

โŽ June 28, 2019

Track This | A new kind of Incognito ๐Ÿ”’ trackthis.link

I love this kind of sabotage. Do everything you can to block internet surveillance machines, and while your at it intentionally create activity that will confuse the algorithms to no end.

โŽ June 28, 2019

โ˜… Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple โ€” Daring Fireball ๐Ÿ”’ daringfireball.net

Wow! ๐Ÿ’ฅ John Gruber is probably the best person in the world to write about this news release and what it means. While I think Ive has been pretty disconnected for a while now, I will still miss Iveโ€™s white room, voice from nowhere video introductions of new devices.

โŽ June 27, 2019

Minneapolis Women in Tech Breakfast with Jennifer Tejada, CEO fo PagerDuty - YouTube ๐Ÿ”’ www.youtube.com

SPSโ€™ own Amy Patton co-hosted this event with Jennifer Tejada of PagerDuty, and led the Fireside Chat Q&A format. I greatly enjoyed the event and Jenniferโ€™s experiences as CEO of PagerDuty were insightful and fun to hear. This was the first Women in Tech event that I have attended, but it wonโ€™t be my last. Having men in technology involved in these conversations is important to our industry making progress.

โŽ June 27, 2019

Ethical Principles, OKRs, and KPIs: what YouTube and Facebook could learn from Tukey | Data Science Institute ๐Ÿ”’ datascience.columbia.edu

Making the case that driving to continuous improvement of objectives and key results, absent of ethical principles, is a recipe to potentially do significant harm. You need to make sure you know where you are going, in addition to how quickly you are getting there!

โŽ June 26, 2019

Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game โ€“ Stratechery by Ben Thompson ๐Ÿ”’ stratechery.com

Ben Thompson with a thorough article about Facebookโ€™s Libra and the trade-offs in itโ€™s design, as well as where Facebook would win.

To put it another way, Libra has the potential to significantly decrease friction when it comes to the movement of money; of course this potential is hardly limited to Libra โ€” the reduction in friction is one of the selling points of digital currencies generally โ€” but by virtue of being supported by Facebook, particularly the Calibra wallet that will be both a standalone app and also built into Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, accessing Libra will likely be much simpler than accessing other cryptocurrencies. When it comes to decreasing friction, simplifying the user experience matters just as much as eliminating intermediary institutions.

Good read if you are interested in this new thing that Facebook is going after.

โŽ June 25, 2019

How Verizon and a BGP Optimizer Knocked Large Parts of the Internet Offline Today ๐Ÿ”’ blog.cloudflare.com

Great post from Cloudflare about a large scale routing issue that impacted some big sites on the Internet. it is amazing how much impact a small error like this can have.

Today at 10:30UTC, the Internet had a small heart attack. A small company in Northern Pennsylvania became a preferred path of many Internet routes through Verizon (AS701), a major Internet transit provider. This was the equivalent of Waze routing an entire freeway down a neighborhood street โ€” resulting in many websites on Cloudflare, and many other providers, to be unavailable from large parts of the Internet. This should never have happened because Verizon should never have forwarded those routes to the rest of the Internet. To understand why, read on.

Yikes. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

โŽ June 25, 2019

Painting a Picture of Your Infrastructure in Minutes | Spotify Labs ๐Ÿ”’ labs.spotify.com

This type of dynamic, graph-based service map work is a big deal in a modern Microservices architecture. This used to be done with documentation, but modern environments change far too fast for that, and the complexity is too much for a people-based process.

โŽ June 25, 2019

Stack History: A Timeline of Slack's Tech Stack Evolution | StackShare ๐Ÿ”’ stackshare.io

โ€œNascar shotsโ€ of all the tech Slack has used at various stages. I absolutely love that PHP was there in the beginning. ๐Ÿคฉ

โŽ June 25, 2019

What itโ€™s like to be on House Hunters and House Hunters International ๐Ÿ”’ slate.com

House Hunters is one of our families guilty pleasures, particularly if we are all in a hotel and winding down for the night. Iโ€™ve always assumed it was embellished, but itโ€™s actually much more so than expected.

โŽ June 25, 2019

How do you delegate to a group of people? ๐Ÿ”’ www.annashipman.co.uk

Interesting walkthrough about working across a leadership team.

โŽ June 25, 2019

Introducing time.cloudflare.com ๐Ÿ”’ blog.cloudflare.com

Cloudflare keeps introducing these foundational services for the Internet. They have incredible technical chops, and seem to be doing amazing work.

โŽ June 25, 2019

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