I’ve seen Brandi Carlile perform this great song a few times live. This video of her singing it to her daughter, who it is about, is fabulous. Album comes out on February 16. 🎶
Friday, December 15, 2017
I like that this enumerates the things that we often do, knowingly or not, and how we can fight those negative patterns.
Jay Rosen: This is what a news organization built on reader trust looks like » Nieman Journalism Lab
There is a lot of soul searching in news for how a news organization should work. I like how this one is approaching it.
Nice video overview of the core concepts of basic income including examples where it has been tried.
Insightful observation that the negative aspects of platforms like Facebook don’t come from their specific implementation of social networking but is instead fundamental to the characteristics of the platform and business model.
When I read The Master Switch I was particularly struck by the claim that large monopolies are really helpful for governments to manage and control things. It makes sense, if the government wants to monitor communications it’s easier if there is one communication service. This was the cozy pairing that AT&T had with the government before it was broken up. This article shows how a malevolent government could leverage the monopoly of Facebook in their company to achieve there ends. Worrisome examples of pretty terrible practices to manipulate a society.
Some details on what differential privacy is and how it works in order to build more intelligent applications that use real data from real users without the negative privacy implications. Are there other companies applying rigor like this for privacy? I continue to see Apple making a long bet on privacy as a feature and I like that.
I have a Coinbase account and have a very tiny amount of Bitcoin. This letter from the CEO should be read as “please, please don’t regulate us”! 😏
This reminds me of the slow food manifesto, basic principles that should be applied to the software and systems we build. 👏
Cool open source project to bridge two very useful AWS services that aren’t natively connected.
This has a good writeup on the Maker v. Manager subject that Paul Graham originally wrote up. I like this article because it goes into more examples of how people use these and very importantly how people use both. I find that I need to effectively use both schedule types to achieve my objectives and being clear about which you are using at different points is critical.
We are building a new organization dedicated to reversing the digital attention crisis and realigning technology with humanity’s best interests.
Sounds like a good idea!
Here is the SEC giving a warning to Coinbase and others that “hey, we might be regulating you.”
I’ve paid Fastmail a very reasonable fee to host my email for years. They have a great service and I love the power features they have like full support of the sieve mail filtering language. If you feel like signing up use my affiliate link.
I continue to have a strange fascination with Lua. I really should find a project to learn it. This is a nice multipart writeup to easily learn basic Lua structure and syntax. If you ever need an embedded language Lua is a great choice.
A treatise on the economic and financial challenges facing millennials. An interesting read. Related, I’m on the fence with this new way of packaging special news stories as mini-applications. I find it fun in ways, but it’s also frustrating when they involve new user paradigms that you have to discover through trial and error.
This article is worth a read to realize how much tracking can and often does occur in your email client. I think a lot about tracking in the browser but this is a very difficult place to deal with. I don’t think any email programs really offer good protection from this type of tracking. And, by the way, if you are using a tracker for personal emails? Yuck. (In full disclosure, the Weekly Thing is sent with MailChimp and it has trackers all over the place. I can’t remove them unless I pay MailChimp to take them out. 😕)
As expected the Net Neutrality rules were voted down in a 3-2 vote at the FCC. Expect to hear from opponents of net neutrality that after the vote the internet is still working. Erosion of neutrality will take a while. Companies aren’t dumb, they will slowly start charging more. For the foreseeable future it’s important to start thinking about how to manage around this and put pressure on the corporations.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Wow! Finally Microsoft Windows based admins can just natively
ssh from there machines! Microsoft really has changed! 😂 ⛄️🔥
Wow – this is pretty interesting and a bit scary. A bad actor injecting routes into the BGP system of the internet and routing large amounts of data onto foreign territory. This seems like it’s intentional and hard to imagine it’s not a state sponsored activity.
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Performance Report 2017 - Catchpoint's Blog - Web Performance Monitoring
Interesting data collected by Catchpoint looking at the performance of various retail websites during the busiest time of the year.
Interesting application that tracks how many times you look at your phone and how long you’ve looked at it. Helps you be cognizant of how much time you spend by just informing you in 15 minute increments. Interesting concept. I’m trying it out to see what I think.
Wow! This is great to see. Is there a decline is people relying on Facebook to get their news? Let’s hope! 🤞
This is really nifty – putting Lua functions into your DNS server! I didn’t realize there were DNS servers that could do this type of function but it opens up some pretty interesting solutions. Word of caution though, perhaps they are a little too interesting. I could see this confusing people when troubleshooting.
Yet another Facebook executive that is frightened and disturbed by what they have built. You have to take a moment and reconsider when the people that build a thing don’t think it’s a good idea to use that thing!
Tammy read this book and really liked it. She found a lot of compelling information on sleep 💤 and the benefits associated. I put this on my book clubs list to read too. Was interesting to see Brad Feld write it up as well.
David Allen getting real with some tough love. 💪💛
Monday, December 11, 2017
New Relic has access to some interesting data on usage of Lambda functions for serverless workloads. This has some really interesting insights into how people are using lambdas.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
This is fabulous story about this song. Thanks to Steve Yaeger for the introduction to this. 👍
However, the drive is actually possible, driving at an average of about 65 mph. If he leaves Los Angeles around midnight, he can drive the 373 miles to Phoenix in about six hours to arrive when she “rises” at 6:00 am. If she “stops at lunch” to “give him a call” at 12:30 p.m. when he is in Albuquerque, it gives him six-and-a-half hours to make the 420-mile drive. The drive from Albuquerque to the Oklahoma border is about 390 miles, giving her plenty of time to get home and go to sleep.
Friday, December 8, 2017
I’m a big fan of Let’s Encrypt and I think they are fundamentally making the web safer and better with their work. They served 61 million unique domains SSL certificates in 2017! That is amazing. Consider that SSL certificates easily cost $20/year (on the cheap side) that is over $1.2 billion in value!
Kottke’s extremely thorough gift guide! 🎁
Introducing ProtonMail Bridge, email encryption for Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail - ProtonMail Blog
This is pretty cool! 👏 Email by default has no security features. And adding encryption to email is shockingly difficult. I’ve tried doing PGP plugins before and it is a nightmare. ProtonMail makes a very robust and entirely encrypted webmail product, but their limitation to a regular mail client is a big gap. This ProtonMail Bridge is a really ingenious way of delivering secure, encrypted email to Mail clients that have no idea how to deal with security!
As you consider the arguments around Net Neutrality being removed take a moment to observe that Google and Amazon can’t even agree on selling each others devices. Somehow we are supposed to believe that net neutrality isn’t needed?
I’ve considered using Disqus many times. The reality though is that Disqus is a commenting toy that you can deploy on your website while exposing your users to tracking and reducing their privacy. The fact that Disqus was bought by “largest independent marketing cloud” should give you confirmation of what I just said. If you use Disqus on your personal website, you should pull it off. Personally I block the Disqus widgets from loading using 1Blocker.
First off, this is a service you can buy? 🤦🏼♂️ Second, we’ve got a long ways to go in the tech industry.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Long and super detailed review of the iPhone X. If you are thinking about buying one this has every little nit and nat you could ever care about.
Tim O'Reilly's WTF? A book that tells us how to keep the technology baby and throw out the Big Tech bathwater / Boing Boing
This sounds like an interesting read. Definitely going on my reading list. 📚
With the launch this week of Apple Pay Cash this is a nice overview of how to set it up and use it. I’ve sent $1 around to a bunch of friends. Works amazingly well! I think Apple Pay Cash over iMessage could be a big deal. I could easily see this at Art Fairs and other ad hoc venues to make payment.
It’s absolutely stunning that AlphaZero did this well so quickly.
Oh, and it took AlphaZero only four hours to “learn” chess. Sorry humans, you had a good run.
This is another case where the algorithm just learned by playing.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The camera in the iPhone X is amazing. These shots are great and straight off the phone. The only place it isn’t going to get it done is a long lens for zoom and something for shallow depth of field.
Gruber’s take on this is so spot on:
This is like Philip Morris introducing officially licensed candy cigarettes. You’re nuts if you sign your kids up for this.
Software, Tech Talent, Diversity, and the Future of Everything | Mark Hurlburt | TEDxFargo - YouTube
I’ve used Bartender for a number of years now and didn’t know there was another option. Vanilla is interesting and more subtle. Also has a free version and is only $4 to buy the pro add-ons.
Monday, December 4, 2017
I had no idea this Sort Once feature was in OmniFocus. That is handy to have. (I skipped all the automation stuff with Keyboard Maestro.)
Saturday, December 2, 2017
More should be written about how technology teams evolve their organizational models as they scale. I liked the goal setting in this one “We picked our top five outcomes, which became our organizational principles.” You have to start with something like this and then drive to that objective.
I’m liking some of these holiday gift lists I’m seeing come through my feeds lately.
- Nintendo Switch is on my list for this year. I continue to hear very good things about the Switch from everyone that I ask.
- The Magnetic Pencil Sleeve is a good idea.
- I have AirPods and completely agree that they are amazing.
- The Caps for Apple Pencil is also a good idea for folks that have more than one.
- I just got a ScanSnap iX500 myself and it is a great device.
I like David Sparks screencasts and he just produced nearly an hour of new ones for the new release of MindNode 5.