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Stripe Corporate Card: The corporate card for fast-growing businesses ๐Ÿ”’ stripe.com

New offering from Stripe for companies. Getting a message from your credit card after a business expense and messaging the photo of the receipt back seems very cool. Very innovative ideas here.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Apple Arcade โ€” Let the games begin ๐Ÿ”’ www.youtube.com

100 second overview of games coming in Apple Arcade. ๐ŸŽฎ

โŽ September 12, 2019

Encrypted DNS could help close the biggest privacy gap on the Internet. Why are some groups fighting against it? โ€”Deeplinks ๐Ÿ”’ www.eff.org

Iโ€™ve done a lot to protect my privacy using tools on my web browsers, but DNS is very hard to protect. Think of DNS like the phone book for the internet, and right now every time you look you an entry, anyone in your network can see what you are looking up. This is a gold mine for companies like Comcast to watch what websites you visit and sell that data.

Alongside technologies like TLS 1.3 and encrypted SNI, DoH has the potential to provide tremendous privacy protections. But many Internet service providers and participants in the standardization process have expressed strong concerns about the development of the protocol. The UK Internet Service Providers Association even went so far as to call Mozilla an โ€œInternet Villainโ€ for its role in developing DoH.

Iโ€™ve considered bringing DNS into my house with Pi-hole, but even better would be encrypted DNS requests.

โŽ September 12, 2019

How the World Would Look in 2050 If We Solved Climate Change | Time ๐Ÿ”’ time.com

Provocative article from Bill McKibben looking back from a fictional 2050 at how we have adapted to climate change.

โŽ September 12, 2019

I Quit Social Media for a Year and Nothing Magical Happened | Josh C. Simmons ๐Ÿ”’ joshcsimmons.com

A year is a long enough time to get real perspective and see more than just the initial changes.

I donโ€™t see myself ever going back to social media. I donโ€™t see the point of it, and after leaving for a while, and getting a good outside look, it seems like an abusive relationship — millions of workers generating data for tech-giants to crunch through and make money off of.

A good read on what itโ€™s like outside of the bubble.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Spoils of #nature on Instagram - Beside ๐Ÿ”’ beside.media

This is bonkers and even just the animation at the top of the story makes you shake your head. Give it a full read for the full depth of crazy that folks will go to for social media, something. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

โŽ September 12, 2019

The importance of humility in product management - Thor Mitchell - Medium ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com

A good dose of humility and empathy is a great thing for nearly (every?) role in a company. This is an interesting read thinking about those aspects for product managers. Worth reading for others as well to get some insight into the complicated world that product managers live in.

โŽ September 12, 2019

When Waterfall Principles Sneak Back Into Agile Workflows ๐Ÿ”’ hbr.org

Very few companies have Agile practices embedded through every facet of their organization. As the Agile process interfaces with non-Agile components, you need to be very mindful of how you structure them.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Waltz: A Distributed Write-Ahead Log ๐Ÿ”’ wecode.wepay.com

Streaming systems are very popular right now, but many of them have challenges around once-only delivery and transactional ordering. Waltz seems to solve that.

Waltz is similar to existing log systems like Kafka in that it accepts/persists/propagates transaction data produced/consumed by many services. However, unlike other systems, Waltz provides a machinery that facilitates a serializable consistency in distributed applications. It detects conflicting transactions before they are committed to the log. Waltz is regarded as the single source of truth rather than the database, and it enables a highly reliable log-centric system architecture.

Definitely a highly focused service, but for certain solutions this would be a big deal.

โŽ September 12, 2019

The iPhone and Appleโ€™s Services Strategy โ€“ Stratechery by Ben Thompson ๐Ÿ”’ stratechery.com

Ben Thompson continues to elucidate on one of the biggest companies in the world, Apple, and itโ€™s very intentional shift to more services revenue.

To that end, how long until there is a variant of the iPhone Upgrade Program that is simply an all-up Apple subscription? Pay one monthly fee, and get everything Apple has to offer. Indeed, nothing would show that Apple is a Services company more than making the iPhone itself a service, at least as far as the customer relationship goes. You might even say it is innovative.

Outside of the gear and software itself, it seems that Apple is making a very intentional shift in services revenue, something it had nearly none of not that long ago.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Apple Watch Series 5: The MacStories Overview - MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

Always-on screen for the Apple Watch is a big deal! The compass as a new sensor isnโ€™t all that interesting though. Iโ€™m due to upgrade my Apple Watch S3 on this cycle, and I expect the screen technology to be a big deal. The delay for Apple Watch to activate itโ€™s display isnโ€™t long, but you have to trigger it. Itโ€™s hard to catch a glimpse at your watch to check the time.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Evolving โ€œnofollowโ€ โ€“ new ways to identify the nature of links ๐Ÿ”’ webmasters.googleblog.com

nofollow has been around for a long time. It makes sense to add additional link relationship values. sponsored and ugc make a ton of sense.

โŽ September 12, 2019

iPhone 11 and 11 Pro: The MacStories Overview - MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

My preferred overview of the new iPhoneโ€™s announced this week. The photography geek in me is super excited for the ultra-wide angle lens. It does make me wonder how many cameras are companies going to stick on the back of a phone. If 3, why not 5? Why not 9? A lot of other improvements too, but nothing that Iโ€™ll pine after too much from my current iPhone XS.

โŽ September 12, 2019

My Apple Event Notes โ€“ On my Om ๐Ÿ”’ om.co

I like Omโ€™s highlights of the Apple event this week.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Replay Apple's September 10, 2019 Keynote and New Product Videos - MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

The individual video cuts from this weeks Apple announcements. ๐Ÿ“บ

โŽ September 12, 2019

The Founderโ€™s Guide to Discipline: Lessons from Frontโ€™s Mathilde Collin | First Round Review ๐Ÿ”’ firstround.com

This is written for startup founders but the communication structures and practices suggested could be modified for many in a leadership role.

โŽ September 12, 2019

How to manage up with your boss โ€” Quartz at Work ๐Ÿ”’ qz.com

There isnโ€™t a ton written on this topic, or at least I havenโ€™t read a lot of it. This is short and sweet, and pulls in references from some of my favorite business writers.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Our journey to type checking 4 million lines of Python | Dropbox Tech Blog ๐Ÿ”’ blogs.dropbox.com

I guess this is the kind of thing you can do when you hire the creator of Python to be on your team.

โŽ September 12, 2019

17 Reasons NOT To Be A Manager โ€“ charity.wtf ๐Ÿ”’ charity.wtf

I think every engineer that wants to become a manager should read this list several times over before deciding to make that commitment.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Systems Thinking in Practice ๐Ÿ”’ www.ryanfrantz.com

Iโ€™ve read and shared copies of Thinking in Systems. This link is a good quick overview of the concepts.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Analyzing hundreds of millions of SSL handshakes | Little Short Bulletins ๐Ÿ”’ www.leebutterman.com

Interesting read on real world activity in SSL certs. Itโ€™s awesome that Letโ€™s Encrypt is already servicing the majority of SSL certificates. I didnโ€™t even think you could make a certificate that didnโ€™t expire for a 100 years.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Opinion | Donโ€™t Trust Facebook With Your Love Life - The New York Times ๐Ÿ”’ www.nytimes.com

Itโ€™s hard for me to understand why anyone would trust Facebook with more of their personal data. I concur with the recommendation. The question to ask with nearly any move that Facebook makes is โ€œWhat data does this give them to better monetize me?โ€.

โŽ September 12, 2019

The Egg ๐Ÿ”’ www.galactanet.com

Interesting read to make you think for a moment. ๐Ÿฅš

โŽ September 12, 2019

Travis Kalanick wrote an awesome letter to Uber employees. They never saw it. - without bullshit ๐Ÿ”’ withoutbullshit.com

I always assumed Kalanick was unrepentant about the caustic culture that he helped create at Uber, but it looks like he did see the light right at the end. It was far, far too late by then though. The analysis of this never-sent email is a fun read.

โŽ September 12, 2019

A Radical Guide to Spending Less Time on Your Phone ๐Ÿ”’ forge.medium.com

I know a lot of people that feel like they inadvertently spend too much time on their phones.

Over the years, though, that pride has worn off. My phone, once a source of liberation โ€” I could check my email without having to go home, which meant I could spend more time out doing things โ€” eventually became a weight that tied me down. Instead of making me better at my job, it started preventing what Cal Newport calls โ€œdeep workโ€ โ€” focused, dedicated, creative time. Instead of helping me have fun, it was making me miserable.

So recently, Iโ€™ve been thinking a lot about how to use it less. About how to get the benefits from the technology without all the downsides.

I have done some of these things for a long time, others I would not recommend. All are good food for thought.

โŽ September 12, 2019

Apple Music launches a public beta on the web | TechCrunch ๐Ÿ”’ techcrunch.com

This works really well, and if you have iTunes Match it even shows your own music.

โŽ September 5, 2019

Continuous Compliance | Dave Farleyโ€™s Weblog ๐Ÿ”’ www.davefarley.net

This is a good set of idea if you need to deal with regulators and compliance as you build software.

โŽ September 5, 2019

Minimum Viable Bureaucracy โ€” Acko.net ๐Ÿ”’ acko.net

A rant of sort on many aspects of modern business environments and tools, with a call to action around writing with clarity.

The best way to capture the necessary mindset is that of Minimum Viable Bureaucracy: we need to make our tools and processes work for us, with a minimum amount of fuss for the maximum amount of benefit, without any illusions that the technology will simply do it for us. It can even save your bacon when the shit hits the fan.

Wikis deserve a lot more credit than people give them.

โŽ September 5, 2019

The history of Tetris randomizers - Simon Laroche ๐Ÿ”’ simon.lc

Iโ€™m a sucker for anything about the history of Tetris. I honestly hadnโ€™t considered that the randomizer for Tetris was anything but random, but it makes sense that it would be specialized with some rules.

โŽ September 5, 2019

Spam In your Calendar? Hereโ€™s What to Do. โ€” Krebs on Security ๐Ÿ”’ krebsonsecurity.com

This is one of the most insidious forms of spamming that I see. Easy to follow directions for ways to limit the impact of this garbage. ๐Ÿ˜ก

โŽ September 5, 2019

swissmiss | How To Write by Elizabeth Gilbert ๐Ÿ”’ www.swiss-miss.com

Great suggestions for writing. Doesnโ€™t matter what you are writing, all of these could be applied.

โŽ September 5, 2019

How to plan and write pieces of any length - without bullshit ๐Ÿ”’ withoutbullshit.com

Simple advice for writing things, anything.

โŽ September 5, 2019

Camera sales are falling sharply โ€“ On my Om ๐Ÿ”’ om.co

I have made significant investments in Canon camera gear. Expensive lenses, powerful bodies, etc. Itโ€™s hard to see any path for this gear outside of the very specific needs of professional shooters.

I have a five-year old camera, and I canโ€™t conceive of a convincing reason to get a new one. The one I own was very good at the start of its life, it cost me a lot of money, and I suspect it has a long life ahead of it. And to be clear, I am extremely fond of my camera. I find absolutely no joy in the demise of the standalone camera.

When someone that put up the money for a Leica is saying that, camera companies must realize they are in a no win spot.

โŽ September 5, 2019

Just Delete Me | A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services. ๐Ÿ”’ backgroundchecks.org

Great resource to easily find pages to delete your profiles places. I like that it also includes an indication of the level of difficulty. If only there were API methods for these kinds of requests!

โŽ September 5, 2019

Journaling :: Up and to the Right โ€” Jonathan Borichevskiy ๐Ÿ”’ jborichevskiy.com

This idea of multiple โ€œlevelsโ€ of journaling is worthwhile. I often think level 1 is a waste of time, but maybe a better way to think of it is as a doorway to the other levels.

โŽ September 5, 2019

Youโ€™re Not Lazy, Bored, or Unmotivated - Forge ๐Ÿ”’ forge.medium.com

Not getting to that project, or that thing you want to do?

Youโ€™re not lazy. Youโ€™re not bored. Youโ€™re not unmotivated. What you are โ€” what all of us are โ€” is afraid. And the best advice for overcoming fear is the bland three-word sentence Nike turned into the most successful marketing slogan of all time (after slightly tweaking a serial killerโ€™s last words): Just do it.

This reminds me a lot of what Pressfield calls โ€œthe resistanceโ€

โŽ September 5, 2019

Enigma machine / Tom MacWright / Observable ๐Ÿ”’ observablehq.com

Cool visuals.

โŽ September 5, 2019

Time Tracking with Timeular โ€” MacSparky ๐Ÿ”’ www.macsparky.com

I use my calendar along with some custom Shortcut scripts and Toggl to track my time, and I donโ€™t attempt to track non-scheduled time. Capturing your time is a very useful tool though, and having a physical object that you move to different positions seems like something that would actually work to track non-scheduled time.

โŽ September 5, 2019

Tim Harford โ€” Article โ€” What we get wrong about meetings โ€“ and how to make them worth attending ๐Ÿ”’ timharford.com

A short essay on meetings.

A good meeting is a good meeting less because of what happens at the time, but because of what came before โ€” and most importantly, what comes after.

This is very true.

โŽ September 5, 2019

Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure | Ars Technica ๐Ÿ”’ arstechnica.com

This is a fun read on the early history of Unix. Consider the 50 years of Unix in two ways. itโ€™s truly amazing that every smartphone you see is powered by a Unix-based system that started 50 years ago, that the technology has lasted that long. On the other hand, consider that itโ€™s taken five decades for the combined intelligence of software developers to create a Unix kernel that is as stable as what we have today.

The rest has quite literally made tech history. By the late 1970s, a copy of the operating system found its way out to the University of California at Berkeley, and in the early 1980s, programmers there adapted it to run on PCs. Their version of Unix, the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), was picked up by developers at NeXT, the company Steve Jobs founded after leaving Apple in 1985. When Apple purchased NeXT in 1996, BSD became the starting point for OS X and iOS.

Writing an operating system is not for the faint of heart.

โŽ September 5, 2019

devopsdays Minneapolis 2019 - Megan Tischler - The Art of Continuous Improvement - YouTube ๐Ÿ”’ www.youtube.com

One of #TeamSPS doing a lightning talk at DevOpsDays Minneapolis 2019! ๐Ÿ™Œ

โŽ September 5, 2019

Sharing the Data: How Technical Women Navigate Their Career | Developer Resources ๐Ÿ”’ developer.wordpress.com

Good insights and data from Automattic, the makers of WordPress, and what they learned about how women navigate the technology industry. I found this highlight interesting:

Respondents read job descriptions almost exclusively for red flags; for instance, they search for language encouraging all relevant employees (not just women) to take parental leave.

Iโ€™ve highlighted other articles in the past that showed changing the style of job postings had a radical impact on the pool of candidates that companies got.

โŽ August 28, 2019

You can heal the internet - Signal v. Noise ๐Ÿ”’ m.signalvnoise.com

Iโ€™m with DHH on this one. Best way I can think of, put your content on your own website.

โŽ August 28, 2019

Inno-Versity Presents: Greatness by David Marquet - YouTube ๐Ÿ”’ www.youtube.com

This is the author of Turn the Ship Around!, which Iโ€™ve seen recommended many times but has never made it to the top of my reading list. This is a great 10 minute version of the concept with a well done video.

โŽ August 28, 2019

GitHub has SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 reports - The GitHub Blog ๐Ÿ”’ github.blog

A few years back I went looking for GitHubโ€™s certifications and was pretty surprised, particularly at their size and the function they provide, that they didnโ€™t have any independent certifications. itโ€™s great to see them now doing this. ๐Ÿ”’

โŽ August 28, 2019

Credit card privacy matters: Apple Card vs. Chase Amazon Prime Rewards Visa - The Washington Post ๐Ÿ”’ www.washingtonpost.com

When you start looking at where your activity is tracked, it seems like there is no end of it.

What I learned: The card data business is booming for advertisers, for aiding investors and for helping retailers and banks encourage more spending. And there are many ways a card swipe can be exploited that donโ€™t always require a transaction being โ€œsoldโ€ or โ€œsharedโ€ in a way that fully identifies you. Data can be aggregated, anonymized, hashed or pseudonymized (given a new name), or used to target you without ever technically changing hands.


โŽ August 28, 2019

Mario Kart Tour Coming to iOS September 25 - MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

Mario Kart is one of my favorite Nintendo titles on nearly every platform. It will be fun to play this on iOS! ๐ŸŽฎ

โŽ August 28, 2019

Things I Learnt from a Senior Software Engineer | Neil Kakkar ๐Ÿ”’ neilkakkar.com

Itโ€™s notable to me that things like deploying, monitoring, and derisking are on this list. These are the things you learn from writing, and more importantly, supporting your code in a 24x7 production environment.

โŽ August 28, 2019

The Official Bulletproof Coffee Recipe - It's Not Just Butter Coffee ๐Ÿ”’ www.bulletproof.com

I feel like Iโ€™m wired in on nearly every way of making and drinking coffee, but this one was not at all on my radar! I havenโ€™t tried it yet, but plan to, and folks I know that drink this love it. โ˜•๏ธ

โŽ August 28, 2019

For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic | WIRED ๐Ÿ”’ www.wired.com

Men working in the technology industry, especially those in leadership roles, need to read articles like this that share the experience that women in technology have. This article is even more troubling as it is focused on internships!

More than half of the respondents said they either had a negative experience while applying for engineering internships or knew another woman who had a negative experience, such as being subjected to gender-biased interview questions and inappropriate remarks, or observing a noticeable lack of diversity when they interacted with company representatives during the interview process.

Although the survey did not explicitly ask about sexual harassment and discrimination, respondents raised both issues in written responses at the end of the survey. They described instances where a male interviewer flirted with them during the interview, sent an unsolicited photo of himself, asked if they had a significant other, or made sexual remarks in their presence. The respondents also reported feeling dismissed or demeaned because of their gender. One respondent was asked why she would want to go into tech as a woman; in another instance, a male interviewer laughed when the candidate said she saw herself becoming a software engineer in five years.

The inappropriate behavior they describe is alarming considering that the average age of the respondents was 19 and, for the most part, theyโ€™re describing interactions with grown men who have some control over their access to opportunity.

The scale of this problem is big, but it cannot be ignored.

โŽ August 27, 2019

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