Friday, February 16, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
I like what Brent Simmons is doing with this project. I’m a big user of feed readers. I use Feedbin along ReadKit and Unread. Brent has a history with readers having created NetNewsWire in 2002. I also love the story behind the name. 💚
But the name is a prayer for the open web — may it remain evergreen.
You’d have to be absolutely bonkers to use Facebook as a VPN service. 🚫
I’m not a fan of script typefaces typically but this one is very well done.
Signato is a font constructed on the basis of the manuscript of the Act of Independence of Lithuania. It is a gift to all independent people celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the restoration of the State.
Also a really cool idea behind it.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Apple realizing that they need to slow down a bit. Articles like this serve as a reminder to me that nobody has this technology thing figured out. The largest sites on the planet go down at times, and one of the worlds leading software companies has to adjust due to market issues. This stuff is all really hard. 💦
It’s not very clear what this is attempting to do, but I like the blurb.
Solid (derived from “social linked data”) is a proposed set of conventions and tools for building decentralized social applications based on Linked Data principles. Solid is modular and extensible and it relies as much as possible on existing W3C standards and protocols.
Notable that Tim Berners-Lee is involved.
It’s happening! Ethics is coming to computer science curriculums!
And at Stanford University, the academic heart of the industry, three professors and a research fellow are developing a computer science ethics course for next year. They hope several hundred students will enroll.
This is a much needed facet for people that are developing the software that many people live inside of for significant parts of their days. 👏
Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20 » Nieman Journalism Lab
Kottke.org defined for many people what a blog is. Now at 20 years old this interview with Kottke is an interesting read.
The web has *50 million more secure HTTPS endpoints now in part thanks to Let’s Encrypt. I continue to believe Let’s Encrypt is one of the best things to happen online in the last couple of years. My sites are secured with free certificates from Let’s Encrypt. You should support this, even if you aren’t publishing content. Securing web sites is important for your privacy and security! 🔐
Fun and insightful way to show the challenges of managing an American Shopping Mall. Learn by playing!
Monday, February 12, 2018
“Send simple emails and text messages from one API.” Handy library to have, particularly for utility functions or scripts that automate activities. However, a good reminder that email is not a good way to deal with anything at scale.
If you are writing software for usernames this is an interesting dive into edge cases. If you know programmers and wonder why they are so weird, this is a good illustration of the kind of edge cases that programmers need to readily understand how to predict and then design for. 😳
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Some very good best practices to consider when designing how your applications logs. I love the human side of this call to action.
Teach your code to communicate with your team, and you will reap the benefits for as long as the code lives!
Teach and communicate. 💯
Alto’s Adventure is one of the few iOS games that I still play years after it’s initial release. The game has a Zen feel to it that I really enjoy and the visuals are artful. I already pre-ordered Alto’s Odyssey!
Saturday, February 10, 2018
I spend a lot of time reviewing roadmaps, identifying how roadmaps connect, exploring what they could be, etc. I have always found the serial, “waterfall-like” format, challenging but time operates in one arrow so why not. This exploration on an alternative, more agile approach, is intriguing.
The system is called GIST after its main building blocks: Goals, Ideas, Step-projects, and Tasks. Each has a different planning horizon and frequency of change, and may use different tools to track, but together they constitute all the core planning any company and team needs to do.
What a great term! I’ve experienced this myself on many occasions!
Meeting Blur. When the number of meetings exceeds your ability to remember what was said by whom, when, and where. Let’s forget for a moment why there are so many meetings2 and focus on your mental state. You’re a bright emotionally intelligent human. You walk into a meeting and have a credible mental profile of each human at the table. Why are they here? What do they want? How do they feel about the topic at hand? All of this information is front of mind and readily accessible.
For me, this is where my trusted GTD system can help. I’ve also tried to use a note taking system but I’ve yet to get the return on that that I would like.
Friday, February 9, 2018
Powerful writing from iA about engaging in the web and our digital platforms with more thought.
The answer to the passive consumption of trash is the active formulation of questions, the active search for answers and the active work of putting complex knowledge and diffuse feelings into clear words.
This article is a great read if only for the writing.
Social Media is a mental prison where Facebook exists to make us believe that Google is still open.
That made me laugh 😂 and think at the same time 🤔.
I’m shocked that I had never read this article. Sadly John Perry Barlow, the founder of the EFF and the author of this declaration recently passed away. Cory Doctorow has a very nice remembrance of him. From Doctorow:
Today, Barlow is dead, and his vision is vindicated: the risks Barlow foresaw (along with other EFF founders like John Gilmore and Mitch Kapor) are more imminent than ever; the organization that he started and the movement he kicked off has never been more badly needed.
I’ve been thinking about mental focus and also meditation. This recent GTD podcast offered some great color on the topic.
This talk will reveal just how much the thoughts we hold in our head have the potential to affect the types and qualities of action we take. From athletic performance to prepping for that next big meeting, what we think about while we act can affect how we act.
Plus David Allen is pretty funny in some of his talks.
ACME is Let’s Encrypt protocol for managing encryption certificates. There are a number of clients but one in pure
bash would make it easy to add certificates in a variety of situations.
Some interesting learning here on the deeper ways that you can use Kubernetes in your application architecture.
Kubernetes offers a full set of distributed primitives (such as pods, services, controllers) that addresses the requirements and drives the design of our applications. These new primitives and the platform capabilities dictate the guiding design principles and design patterns we use to implement all future services.
It also highlights the broad surface area of Kubernetes. The points on broad adoption across various platforms are also important to note.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
A fun experiment to show what behavioral information your ISP can mine from your families use of Internet of Things devices. I like that they specifically didn’t try to break encryption, this is just basic analysis of data coming out of your home as we adopt more “smart” devices.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
A gaming device that is the size of a keychain? Yep! 🎮 This seems really silly but it I love that it exists. 👏
Managers spend a lot of time in 1:1 meetings, and company’s as a whole spend a lot of time in them. If you have 1,000 employees and managers spend 30 min/week in 1:1 that is nearly $2 million of expense that there is little time spent improving. I’m curious to know how to make that time more effective.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
An interesting take on how the future of “micro-transportation” may look. 🚲 Having recently purchased an electric Fat Bike I can attest that it changes the ways you can use a bike and opens up a lot of options. I don’t see any way for these models though to deal with climate and the fact that it’s very cold and very hot in some places.
I’ve met Rajiv Pant many times and have a lot of respect for him as a leader and thinker. I continue to enjoy how he breaks down the keys areas that CTO’s need to focus on. 👍
This was all amazing! What a feat for SpaceX.
When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.
Watching the two Falcon engines land nearly simultaneously made me think I was watching a science fiction movie!
Monday, February 5, 2018
If you have watched King of Kong you know the story of Billy Mitchell. After some incredibly detailed analysis, it seems his records were faked.
In light of the evidence presented here, I am removing Billy Mitchell’s current score of 1,062,800 from the Donkey Kong Forum High Score List.
The Internet is so great. If you find this story interesting, watch the movie! 🎬
Good reflection of one person’s journey from individual work in technology to leading a team. I’ve seen nearly all of these points happen as I’ve moved in my career and as I’ve helped others do the same.
Good introduction to the problem that GraphQL is solving and the history of RPC, SOAP and REST thus far. I continue to think GraphQL has high applicability to many application. Interestingly I think that REST and GraphQL may find a reason to co-exist for a long time. Make sure to read part 2 of this as well.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
The web has been consolidating to major corporations, losing sight of some of the original objectives.
The Web has lost its spirit. The Web is no longer a distributed Web.
There are however sprouts of new activity.
There seems to be a weak undercurrent of old and young bloggers like us that feel sentimental or curious and want to bring back blogging. Blogging won’t save the world. But, hell, after two weeks now, we can confirm: it feels great to be back on the blogging line.
I have nothing against successful companies online, but there needs to be space for other things. Commercial areas are fine, but I also want parks. Industrial activity is needed, but we need residential areas too. This all applies to the web as well.
Friday, February 2, 2018
Long article that goes into classifying the different types of network effects that businesses can achieve.
Our three-year study, which we released recently, shows that nfx are responsible for 70% of the value created by tech companies since the Internet became a thing in 1994. Even though they are only a minority of companies, companies with nfx end up creating the lion’s share of the value.
Understanding if you have a network effect is neat, but the type of network effect is critical to understanding how to take full advantage of it.
I’ve been exploring meditation and through that have gotten some exposure to mental noting.
In contrast to most thinking, noting is not discursive. It does not involve analysis or judgment. Rather, we simply give our current experience a one-word label. For example, upon hearing a sound we note ‘hearing’ without thinking further about the sound. Other common mental notes are ‘seeing’, ‘touching’, ‘feeling’, and ‘thinking’.
I’ve found this to be an interesting technique and even apply it to thoughts beyond meditation. I’m a novice to be sure at it but the concept is interesting. 🧘♂️
This looks pretty handy. Small and lightweight, very easy to implement.
Good dive into the Kubernetes release philosophy and various approaches to keeping up with the pace, or choosing not to.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
In response to my expert fatigue, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite old school management techniques. Included are the stories of the folks that told me about them.
Some good stuff in here to adopt and fold into your management practices.
Wow, this is pretty interesting and seems like it would be useful.
Visualizing user attitudes and behaviors in an empathy map helps UX teams align on a deep understanding of end users. The mapping process also reveals any holes in existing user data.
In the DevOps movement there is a lot of discussion of empathy. I’ve personally put teams or projects together to specifically encourage developing empathy. A tool that you can use to map out empathy seems like it would be very useful.
We’ve been doing some testing with this and the performance has been very impressive!
What happened so that so many more teens, in such a short period of time, would feel depressed, attempt suicide and commit suicide? After scouring several large surveys of teens for clues, I found that all of the possibilities traced back to a major change in teens’ lives: the sudden ascendance of the smartphone.
Oh no. It is really hard to separate the smartphone and social media.
Those who avoided Facebook reported feeling less depressed at the end of the week.
Hey look, more people quitting Twitter.
After some reflection, I’ve concluded that even posting to Twitter is just providing content to a platform for hate and anger. I can’t fix that problem, but I can stop contributing to the platform. And so I will.
This is the argument that I can’t square myself.
💚 Love everything here! Mario Kart coming to iOS is an instant-buy for me — I just wish it was coming sooner! I also love the idea of the Switch Online plan including access to virtual “classic games”. Given Nintendo’s catalog that could be great and the price seems very reasonable!
A high-profile Twitter user signing off.
I’m frequently approached by colleagues, usually women, who ask me about quitting Twitter with hushed titillation, as if I’ve escaped a cult or broken a particularly seductive taboo.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Interesting to see some analysis on being distracted in meetings and the tone it sets.
This sends the signal, “It’s OK to not pay attention.” Managers that frequently send emails during meetings are, according to our analysis, are 2.2 times more likely to have direct reports who also multi-task in meetings.
This makes a lot of sense. I try to stay focused and not get distracted in meetings, and this gives even more reason to make that a priority.
Reminds me of the Agile Manifesto, but for Chaos Engineering:
Chaos Engineering is the discipline of experimenting on a distributed system in order to build confidence in the system’s capability to withstand turbulent conditions in production.
Interesting theory on how Apple may be thinking about the Apple Watch and the wearable space. Seems pretty far fetched to me but thought provoking either way.
Yet another regular expression tool in your browser. This one has a cool visual aspect.
The images generated by Regexper are commonly referred to as “Railroad Diagrams”. These diagram are a straight-forward way to illustrate what can sometimes become very complicated processing in a regular expression, with nested looping and optional elements.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Very funny introduction to Minnesota for Super Bowl visitors from Surly.
Welcome to Minnesota. You probably have a lot of questions. We don’t blame you. It’s cold (it’s been colder, as someone already told you) and there are giant piles of snow and people keep talking about “Juicy Lucy” and you don’t even know a Lucy. Here’s what we can tell you.