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FastCharts.io ๐Ÿ”’ fastcharts.io

Cool to see the Financial Times making their chart generation software available. This is nice since you can just paste in some data and download a nice looking static image.

โŽ March 7, 2019


Facebookโ€™s Privacy Cake โ€“ Stratechery by Ben Thompson ๐Ÿ”’ stratechery.com

Mostly I read this as Facebook has surveilled itโ€™s users so much, and continues to spy on them in every way possible, that they can easily forego spying on some part of your communication and add encryption to it. Said another way, if the cigarette company has you addicted to nicotine, they can completely afford to put warnings on the packages without impacting sales.

โŽ March 7, 2019


The Tesla Model 3, reviewed (finally) | Ars Technica ๐Ÿ”’ arstechnica.com

This review is much more sedate than the one I would write, something like โ€œItโ€™s awesome!โ€ Simple, and just two words. Itโ€™s a decent review however I donโ€™t agree that the touch screen is so inconvenient and distracting from driving. I continue to ๐Ÿ’™ my Model 3!

โŽ March 7, 2019


Book: Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe - Feld Thoughts ๐Ÿ”’ feld.com

This book is on my reading list. I enjoyed to the Recode Decode episode with Roger McNamee.

โŽ March 7, 2019


Big Idea Famine ๐Ÿ”’ jods.mitpress.mit.edu

Shuffling status updates in social networks isnโ€™t a big idea. This is one where I give Elon Musk credit, heโ€™s working crazy hard on things that he has identified as big problems.

โŽ March 7, 2019


LockInCost ๐Ÿ”’ martinfowler.com

I like the basic concept here that the โ€œlock inโ€ cost of a solution is more complex than just the migration expense. However, I would also add to this that migration cost tends to trend down over time. So, in addition to the opportunity gain referenced here, I think that you compound that on a shrinking migration cost as time moves forward. Why does migration cost shrink? Because software gets more sophisticated over time, and solutions should get easier to replicate. Over a very long time that may actually go back up as the software becomes brittle, but in the first several years I would argue it trends down.

โŽ March 7, 2019


Status as a Service (StaaS) โ€” Remains of the Day ๐Ÿ”’ www.eugenewei.com

This might be one of the best takes Iโ€™ve ever read to understand dynamics in social networks. The fundamental idea of โ€œsocial capitalโ€ and โ€œnetwork utilityโ€ and how they play together is a very interesting.

What ties many of these explanations together is social capital theory, and how we analyze social networks should include a study of a social networkโ€™s accumulation of social capital assets and the nature and structure of its status games. In other words, how do such companies capitalize, either consciously or not, on the fact that people are status-seeking monkeys, always trying to seek more of it in the most efficient way possible?

This calls out the Facebook News Feed as a sea change in how social capital is accumulated.

Itโ€™s difficult to overstate what a momentous sea change it was for hundreds of millions, and eventually billions, of humans who had grown up competing for status in small tribes, to suddenly be dropped into a talent show competing against EVERY PERSON THEY HAD EVER MET.

As I read this I kept thinking of LinkedIn. LinkedIn is largely a utility network. However, in recent years they have gotten into the news feed game and added a lot of โ€œlikeโ€ functionality. They have added a bunch of features that are clearly ways to build โ€œsocial capitalโ€. And, notably, their user metrics shot up as soon as they did that stuff.

โŽ March 7, 2019


People Call My Photos Fake... But They're Not ๐Ÿ”’ petapixel.com

Fun read on the planning and background, and sometimes serendipity, that go into some amazing photographs. Many people have no idea of the amount of planning that has to go into getting shots like this.

Also, many locals shoot the Milky Way there. The fact is that this shot was technically not that hard. It is not a single shot but was rather a panorama to get the whole valley in the frame. I planned the alignment and the shot, and โ€œjustโ€ needed the volcano to erupt. The planning and the whole trip was the most difficult, but being there was simply executing and enjoying the spectacle unfolding in front of my eyes.

Neat. ๐Ÿ“ท

โŽ March 7, 2019


Python + Memcached: Efficient Caching in Distributed Applications ๐Ÿ”’ julien.danjou.info

Good primer.

โŽ March 7, 2019


Book: Digital Minimalism - Feld Thoughts ๐Ÿ”’ feld.com

Feld and I seem to be reading some similar books lately. I enjoyed reading this book as well. It was fun to read Feldโ€™s comments on it as well.

โŽ March 7, 2019


Kubernetes Authorization via Open Policy Agent โ€“ ITNEXT ๐Ÿ”’ itnext.io

Authorization is complicated and hard. ๐Ÿค“

โŽ March 7, 2019


How to get better at estimating your time ๐Ÿ”’ www.fastcompany.com

I like the 2nd recommendation in here of having other people estimate for you. In a way, that is what agile teams do when they do Planning Poker.

โŽ March 7, 2019


How to Apply The Principles of Long-Term Investing to Everything ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com

I like this approach considering small improvements in the same way that we think about long-term investing.

โŽ March 7, 2019


Camille Fournier on Scaling, Structure, and Growing as an Engineering Manager ๐Ÿ”’ blog.gitprime.com

I like how much Fournier focuses on the โ€œintegratorโ€ role of managers in a growing company.

Fournier emphasizes that managers will need to develop strong peer relationships to stay connected with everything thatโ€™s going on in their growing organization. Equally important, she says, is developing relationships with higher-level directors or executives. These relationships will allow you to be more efficient in communicating and getting work done, while also building trust for your team.

Very true.

โŽ March 7, 2019


Tech Ecosystem Guide to Ukraine 2019 ๐Ÿ”’ data.unit.city

Interesting data on the tech market in Ukraine.

โŽ March 7, 2019


This Hilarious Twitter Thread About Peloton Illuminates the Reality of Riding Indoors ๐Ÿ”’ www.bicycling.com

I ordered a Peloton Spin Bike, and this made me laugh out loud. ๐Ÿคฃ

โŽ March 7, 2019


Why Iโ€™m into meditation | Bill Gates ๐Ÿ”’ www.gatesnotes.com

My view on meditation is very similar to how Gates positions this.

I now see that meditation is simply exercise for the mind, similar to the way we exercise our muscles when we play sports. For me, it has nothing to do with faith or mysticism. Itโ€™s about taking a few minutes out of my day, learning how to pay attention to the thoughts in my head, and gaining a little bit of distance from them.

Via Patrick Rhone.

โŽ March 6, 2019


Bookmarklet: Archive Page to Wayback Machine // Plasticmind ๐Ÿ”’ plasticmind.com

I had no idea that you could trigger Archive.org to save a URL like this. This is a pretty cool capability. ๐Ÿ‘

โŽ March 6, 2019


Mailist App โ€“ Save links for later and get reminded ๐Ÿ”’ mailist.app

What if you took a bookmarking or read-it-later service and combined it with a newsletter capability? You get Mailist.

โŽ March 6, 2019


Microsoft Excel will now let you snap a picture of a spreadsheet and import it - The Verge ๐Ÿ”’ www.theverge.com

What a cool idea! Kudos to Microsoft for putting something truly innovative in like this. This will be a โ€œmagicโ€ feature for many people. It did make me wonder about security, but there isnโ€™t a new security risk here, it might just make it easier to take a picture of a screen and not have to type it in.

โŽ March 6, 2019


10 Breakthrough Technologies 2019, curated by Bill Gates - MIT Technology Review ๐Ÿ”’ www.technologyreview.com

I love that Bill Gates has turned his attention to technology areas that are much more impactful to human health and happiness. Youโ€™ll notice social networks and advertising algorithms are nowhere on this list.

โŽ March 6, 2019


Introducing Spectre โ€“ Halide ๐Ÿ”’ blog.halide.cam

This photo app looks interesting for long exposure shots. Iโ€™ve been very impressed with their other camera app Halide, so this was an โ€œinstant buyโ€ for me. MacStories has a good writeup as well. ๐Ÿ“ท

โŽ February 28, 2019


Minnesota Compass - Measuring Progress Inspiring Action ๐Ÿ”’ www.mncompass.org

Iโ€™ve seen Allison Liuzzi of Compass present some very good demographic data for the State of Minnesota. I finally went to their website and they have a ton of data available.

By tracking and analyzing trends in topics that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state — policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here — a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities.

Wealth of data here. Good resource.

โŽ February 28, 2019


k3s - Lightweight Kubernetes | k3s ๐Ÿ”’ k3s.io

Kubernetes on a diet?

โŽ February 28, 2019


bullet : Beautiful Python Prompts Made Simple ๐Ÿ”’ github.com

Nice library for building menus in CLI tools.

โŽ February 27, 2019


Carrot | Leadership communication for fast-growing and remote teams. ๐Ÿ”’ carrot.io

This looks interesting but I donโ€™t totally get how the product work, and where Slack ends and it starts.

โŽ February 27, 2019


Huawei Mate X hands-on: our foldable future - The Verge ๐Ÿ”’ www.theverge.com

Iโ€™ve been totally uninterested in foldable phones, but seeing these pictures is sort of interesting. Having something fold out into a much bigger display could be pretty interesting. Sort of magic! ๐ŸŽฉ

โŽ February 27, 2019


Why the Siri Face Is All I Need from My Apple Watch โ€“ MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

Iโ€™ve been using the Siri face ever since it came out on watchOS and my thought is very similar to this article. I like how it puts stuff in a stream for me throughout the day. My calendar is the bedrock, but I like that it sprinkles in other things. Itโ€™s by far my favorite way to keep tabs on the few sports teams I follow.

โŽ February 27, 2019


The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America - The Verge ๐Ÿ”’ www.theverge.com

What a horrible stream of bile to deal with, and the trauma it causes for the people that are paid to inspect and judge that stream of bile. Iโ€™m so happy to have nothing to do with these social platforms.

โŽ February 27, 2019


AT&T Suspends YouTube Ad Spending as Boycott Over โ€˜Pedophiliaโ€™ Videos Scandal Widens ๐Ÿ”’ news.yahoo.com

Donโ€™t let your kids publish videos on YouTube, donโ€™t publish videos of them on YouTube. Probably just donโ€™t publish stuff on YouTube.

โŽ February 27, 2019


Gopher: a present for Redis - <antirez> ๐Ÿ”’ antirez.com

I totally thought this was an April fools joke, and thenโ€ฆ

Iโ€™ll use the ten years of Redis as an excuse to release something I played a bit in the previous days, thinking to use it for the 1st April fool: but such date is far and I want to talk to you about this project nowโ€ฆ So, happy birthday Redis! Here itโ€™s your present: a Gopher protocol implementation.

I ๐Ÿ’š Redis and itโ€™s fun to see this. Made me think I would like to make a Gopher version of my website. ๐Ÿ˜

โŽ February 27, 2019


How to Create a Morning Routine that Works for You โ€“ SaneBox Blog ๐Ÿ”’ blog.sanebox.com

I really donโ€™t understand how all this time is supposed to be made for a morning routine. I canโ€™t see getting up at 3am so I can read, meditate, exercise all before heading into the office for an early meeting.

โŽ February 27, 2019


Day One 3.0 for Mac Introduces Cleaner Design and Simplified UI โ€“ The Sweet Setup ๐Ÿ”’ thesweetsetup.com

My preferred journal application for macOS and iOS got a big step up on the Mac. Official Day One 3.0 announcement. I like the improvements.

โŽ February 27, 2019


How to Be a Good Board Member โ€“ Both Sides of the Table ๐Ÿ”’ bothsidesofthetable.com

This is a solid set of recommendations, easy to parse and follow. Good stuff. Via AVC.

โŽ February 27, 2019


HQ2: Understanding What Happened & Why - The Big Picture ๐Ÿ”’ ritholtz.com

Compelling recap of the HQ2 process that Amazon has being going through.

From the start, the entire HQ2 optics have been terrible. When the worldโ€™s wealthiest man happens to run the worldโ€™s most most valuable company goes looking for a new place to call home, perhaps compelling self-flagellation by states and local officials to win his business . . . well, letโ€™s just say that is not the greatest look.

Totally agree. Via Daring Fireball.

โŽ February 27, 2019


Payroll Provider Gives Extortionists a Payday โ€” Krebs on Security ๐Ÿ”’ krebsonsecurity.com

This is a very scary ransomware story. If you are in charge of a bunch of computers, you need to be thinking about ransomware.

โŽ February 27, 2019


AWS API Performance Comparison: Serverless vs. Containers vs. API Gateway integration ๐Ÿ”’ www.alexdebrie.com

Performance metrics of various API methods in AWS. Some nice data.

โŽ February 27, 2019


Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.1 | WebKit ๐Ÿ”’ webkit.org

More improvements to WebKitโ€™s baked in privacy protections.

โŽ February 27, 2019


The Power of Full Engagement: The Four Energy Management Principles That Drive Performance ๐Ÿ”’ fs.blog

My friend Garrick recommended this book and I thorough enjoyed it. This writeup captures the theme well. Over the years I have made great strides in optimizing my time and insuring that I have slots available for things I need to do. However, Itโ€™s common that I get to that time and lack all motivation and energy to actually do it! This sucks. The idea of managing time and energy efficiently is an important one. I like the pyramid that this book considers for building energy into your day.

โŽ February 27, 2019


You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook. - WSJ ๐Ÿ”’ www.wsj.com

These are profound violations of trust and privacy.

In the Journalโ€™s testing, Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor, the most popular heart-rate app on Appleโ€™s iOS, made by California-based Azumio Inc., sent a userโ€™s heart rate to Facebook immediately after it was recorded.

Flo Health Inc.โ€™s Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker, which claims 25 million active users, told Facebook when a user was having her period or informed the app of an intention to get pregnant, the tests showed.

Real-estate app Realtor.com, owned by Move Inc., a subsidiary of Wall Street Journal parent News Corp , sent the social network the location and price of listings that a user viewed, noting which ones were marked as favorites, the tests showed.

None of those apps provided users any apparent way to stop that information from being sent to Facebook.

Via Daring Fireball.

โŽ February 22, 2019


Seeking the Productive Life: Some Details of My Personal Infrastructureโ€”Stephen Wolfram Blog ๐Ÿ”’ blog.stephenwolfram.com

Stephen Wolfram gives an exhaustive inventory of his personal gear. Wow, just wow.

โŽ February 21, 2019


New Minnetonka restaurant's deep-fried burger is like eating at State Fair year-round | Star Tribune ๐Ÿ”’ www.startribune.com

Only in Minnesota! ๐Ÿคช

โŽ February 21, 2019


50 Years In Tech. Part 16: From One Ice Floe To The Next ๐Ÿ”’ mondaynote.com

Jean-Louis Gassรฉe has been writing some very fun retrospectives of his time in tech. If you remember BeOS and the BeBox this is a fun read. I also found this little inside baseball look at NeXTSTEP and Appleโ€™s acquisition of NeXT fun.

Later, I learned another version of the story from a NeXT and Apple insider. By 1996, Jobs had given up on NeXTSTEP and had focused the company on WebObjects, a set of tools and building blocks aimed at the design and implementation of high-performance, feature-rich websites. But the noise from the Apple-Be conversations attracted the attention of Avie Tevanian, VP of software at NeXT, who urged Jobs to dust off NeXTSTEP and whip up a demo. The master persuader convinced Gil Amelio to pay the price Apple didnโ€™t want to pay for Be: $429M for NeXT.

Itโ€™s unlikely Apple acquiring BeOS would have been transformational, but maybe. The leadership behind NeXTSTEP was very transformational for Apple.

โŽ February 21, 2019


COI - Chat Over IMAP ๐Ÿ”’ www.coi-dev.org

If this were on April Foolโ€™s Day I would be positive it is a joke, but I donโ€™t think it is. ๐Ÿ˜•

โŽ February 21, 2019


Evolving Microservices with Event Sourcing โ€“ Damon Allison โ€“ Medium ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com

Fun writeup on the evolution into Microservices and then adopting Event Sourcing to provide additional capabilities. Good discussion of tradeoffs and benefits. Plus a fun read!

โŽ February 21, 2019


Intentionality โ€” MacSparky ๐Ÿ”’ www.macsparky.com

I like this annual review that David Sparks walks through. ๐Ÿค”

โŽ February 21, 2019


Tasksaur ๐Ÿ”’ www.tasksaur.com

Super simple to do list service. โœ…

โŽ February 21, 2019


FormSubmit | A Contact Form to Email Service ๐Ÿ”’ formsubmit.co

Handy service if you need to collect form data. ๐Ÿ“

โŽ February 21, 2019


Commento: A fast, privacy-focused commenting platform ๐Ÿ”’ commento.io

Iโ€™ve waited and waited for someone to come out with a commenting service that doesnโ€™t surveil users, charges a reasonable fee, and isnโ€™t filled with ads (Iโ€™m looking at you Disqus). This service looks high-quality and respects everyones privacy. Iโ€™ve deployed it on my Link Blog to give it a try.

โŽ February 21, 2019


When Kids Google Themselves - The Atlantic ๐Ÿ”’ www.theatlantic.com

Iโ€™ve thought about this, but have no great answers. I first read about this back in this 2011 blog post on the topic. It is a way bigger topic today, particularly with photos being some prominent. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

โŽ February 21, 2019





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