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Salesforce announces it’s moving Marketing Cloud to Microsoft Azure | TechCrunch 🔒 techcrunch.com

This is a big win for Azure. I don’t know how meaningful these megadeal announcements with cloud providers that are obviously negotiated at the CEO level really mean, but they do give credibility to providers.

⏎ November 14, 2019

Breaking: Private Equity company acquires .Org registry - Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News 🔒 domainnamewire.com

The physical world works better because we have zoning — residential, commercial, industrial, etc. You don’t expect to be sold things when in a park. You shouldn’t expect privacy and freedom of speech in a commercial zone. I wish the domain name systems served a similar purpose, but it seems we are getting even further away from that.

⏎ November 14, 2019

Calendar Strength Training - Next Action Associates 🔒 www.next-action.eu

I use a bit of this calendar blocking technique myself. Depending on your role and the organization you are in defending your calendar, your time, can be critically important to your success.

People seem to treat their diaries as though they have no say in them anymore, and they simply have to obey what is in there — even if someone else has put it there.

To take this up a level, I recommend using Shortcuts (on iOS) to automate the creation of these blocks, rather than creating repeating events that become routinized and forgotten.

⏎ November 14, 2019

How to cultivate a lifelong network when you suck at networking - without bullshit 🔒 withoutbullshit.com

I enjoyed this read because I also am terrible at networking. When faced with a room of people mingling and having small-talk about whatever it is people have small-talk about, I tend to want to avoid it all.

If you want to rapidly build your network, my advice is useless to you, because it takes lots of time — decades.

But if you want to build a solid network, it may help. My advice is based on being curious, being helpful, and doing a good job. Even if you suck at networking, as I do, you need to do your job. These are just a few tips on how to do it in a way that will support you later in your career.

I haven’t been intentional about it, but I think I’ve been doing something similar to what he describers here.

⏎ November 14, 2019

Sketchviz - Create and publish Graphviz graphs on the web for free 🔒 sketchviz.com

This creates some nice looking graphs.

⏎ November 13, 2019

Toolbox Pro Review: A Must-Have Companion Utility for Shortcuts Power Users - MacStories 🔒 www.macstories.net

This is for sure a power user tool for Shortcuts users, but what an awesome tool it is! This was an instant buy for me and I’ve already made some great enhancements to my Shortcuts using it. It also has a cool Global Variable feature, that allows you to set and get variables between devices and scripts. I’ve done this before using iCloud files, but Toolbox Pro’s global capabilities are nicer. 🛠

⏎ November 13, 2019

The Pac-Man Rule at Conferences — Eric Holscher - Surfing in Kansas 🔒 www.ericholscher.com

This is a great idea for indicating openness to newcomers in many situations.

⏎ November 12, 2019

Portrait of Lotte, 0 to 20 years - YouTube 🔒 www.youtube.com

What a cool project. Wow.

⏎ November 12, 2019

How to Build an Audience of 1000 True Fans in a Noisy World - Unmistakable Creative 🔒 unmistakablecreative.com

I hadn’t encountered this concept of 1,000 True Fans” before, but I really like it. It’s an interesting approach to a project, a hobby, or even a business.

Building your audience this way is a commitment to showing up day after day, year after year, and being ok with the fact that you might not hit a home run, but instead you’ll win through a lot of base hits. It might take you 1000 days to reach 1000 true fans.

This deserves a read and some thinking through.

⏎ November 12, 2019

Let's Not Misuse Refactoring 🔒 thoughtbot.com

Interesting clarification. I’ve used the word refactor to just mean larger than normal” change. I guess the proper usage is to make a change in the implementation without changing the behavior of the software.

⏎ November 10, 2019

When XML beats JSON: UI layouts - Instawork Engineering 🔒 engineering.instawork.com

I do think a lot of developers are biased that XML is just bloated and bad”. This article makes a good point, it’s a different thing than JSON.

Both XML and JSON can represent complex nested data structures, but they excel at different types of structures. JSONs origins as a subset of JavaScript can be seen with how easily it represents key/value object data. XML, on the other hand, optimizes for document tree structures, by cleanly separating node data (attributes) from child data (elements).


⏎ November 10, 2019

Airbnb Promises to Verify All 7 Million Listings After VICE Report Exposes Scam - VICE 🔒 www.vice.com

This feels like a strong response from a company on an important topic. 👏

⏎ November 9, 2019

The Deletion of Yahoo! Groups and Archive Team's Rescue Effort – Waxy.org 🔒 waxy.org

Looks like the Archive Team is going to be busy again. We mostly think of things on the Internet being permanent, but they really aren’t.

⏎ November 9, 2019

System design hack: Postgres is a great pub/sub & job server 🔒 layerci.com

This falls into the category of using boring, proven technology to solve a critical, behind-the-scenes task. I don’t think many teams would come up with this answer when faced with this need, but probably more should.

⏎ November 9, 2019

Episode #54: David Allen on Someday/Maybe and Incubation Best Practices - Getting Things Done® 🔒 gettingthingsdone.com

I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about my Someday/Maybe structure, and this talk gave me a bunch of good ideas. Afterwards I restructured entirely how I was doing Someday/Maybe and it’s a marked improvement.

⏎ November 9, 2019

RSS Feed Generator, Create RSS feeds from URL 🔒 rss.app

Cool web app that will build an RSS feed for you from a site that doesn’t have one. These tools used to be really common, but many of them went away a few years ago. It is exciting to see them come back!

⏎ November 7, 2019

File systems unfit as distributed storage backends: lessons from ten years of Ceph evolution – the morning paper 🔒 blog.acolyer.org

Using shared filesystems for distributed systems is pretty common, and it works fine when it’s small and lightly used. It starts to break in very bad ways at scale.

⏎ November 7, 2019

Things I wish someone had explained about functional programming 🔒 jrsinclair.com

Innovation in cloud platforms as well as some resurgence of more esoteric languages have brought functional programming more popularity. It’s a good reminder that this isn’t just another language, this is another way of thinking.

Learning functional programming is different. It’s more than some extra concepts that slot in with what you already know. No, functional programming is a whole new way to think about programming. If you come from an OOP or imperative background, it turns a lot of received wisdom on its head. Things that you thought were bad ideas turn out to be good ideas. Things that you thought were convenient and clever turn out to be problematic. Or plain impossible.

Beware, there be dragons there. 🐉

⏎ November 6, 2019

⏎ November 6, 2019

On Digital Minimalism, Loneliness and the Joys of True Connection - Study Hacks - Cal Newport 🔒 www.calnewport.com

I suspect that there are multiple effects of the mobile and social waves that negatively impact people, and I truly do believe one of them is that our brains are always occupied. Solitude is an amazing thing, and something we take away from ourselves regularly. I have often wondered if this isn’t part of the surge in people meditating over the last few years.

To fill every moment of solitude with a droning hum of twitter timelines and pull-to-refresh swipes reduces the nobility of our social nature.

Indeed. 🧘‍♂️

⏎ November 5, 2019

Tech and Liberty – Stratechery by Ben Thompson 🔒 stratechery.com

I like the concepts in this article, and I’m a big fan of Thompson’s perspective. I struggle though to the extent that this article applies to Facebook the same logic that would be applied to the Internet. They are not the same thing.

⏎ November 5, 2019

What do you want to schedule? - cally.com 🔒 cally.com

Emails trying to find dates to get together with a group drive me bonkers. I’ve used Doodle for years to coordinate those things. This looks like a slightly newer take on that concept.

⏎ November 4, 2019

How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables 🔒 meatspacepress.com

The concept behind this book is interesting to me.

The idea behind the book is to ask what would it be like to live in a city administered using the business model of Amazon (or Apple, IKEA, Pornhub, Spotify, Tinder, Uber, and more), or a city where critical public services are delivered by these companies?

I feel the answer to this is very much know. Cities do not have the same goals as companies. Why would you run them the same.

⏎ November 4, 2019

What's Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much | WIRED 🔒 www.wired.com

I’ve been a bear on blockchain for a while. I do believe that the technology solves a problem. It is a solution for trust in systems that need to provide that. However, outside of cryptocurrencies, in most developed countries we have trust. I would also note that negative articles on blockchain would be queued to start increasing right about now if the technology follows a typical hype cycle.

⏎ November 4, 2019

Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain | WIRED 🔒 www.wired.com

When I read Why We Sleep it introduced me to the different types of non-REM sleep. This new research shows a bit more about what those other four stages of sleep do.

What she discovered was that during non-REM sleep, large, slow waves of cerebrospinal fluid were washing over the brain. The EEG readings helped show why. During non-REM sleep, neurons start to synchronize, turning on and off at the same time. First you would see this electrical wave where all the neurons would go quiet,” says Lewis. Because the neurons had all momentarily stopped firing, they didn’t need as much oxygen. That meant less blood would flow to the brain. But Lewis’s team also observed that cerebrospinal fluid would then rush in, filling in the space left behind.

There is a lot of important and poorly understood things that happen when we sleep. Of course I’m typing this comment late at night, when I should be drifting off to sleep instead. 😬😴

⏎ November 4, 2019

How a Harvard class project changed barbecue | Engadget 🔒 www.engadget.com

For years I’ve ignored all this technical innovation going on in the barbecue world. Honestly, I have enough tech in my life and I like that BBQ, in my opinion, is fire, smoke, and love. With that said, these devices have gotten pretty amazing, and I feel the urge to consider getting one. Link from Tom.

⏎ November 2, 2019

Mobile phone apps like Citizen aim to curb neighborhood crime — Quartz 🔒 qz.com

I call BS on all of these apps. The marketing angles for services like NextDoor are all about preying on your fear. Add Ring to that as well.

People have always been curious about crime, fearful for their safety, and yearned for community. But today, technology can supercharge these feelings, and sometimes helps people give into their worst inclinations. Privileged (often white) users are defining safety by excluding those who are already disenfranchised (usually people of color). At the same time, the platforms and devices grant tech companies and law enforcement new ways to build their networks of surveillance.

Do yourself a huge favor, and delete your Nextdoor account if you have one. I tried it for a while, and after noting how they amplify fear in their messaging and use cases decided I had enough.

⏎ November 2, 2019

Piper Announces New M600 SLS. First GA Aircraft to be Standard Equipped with HALO™ Safety System and Autoland Capability. Available Q4 2019. | Piper Aircraft 🔒 www.piper.com

This sounds like science fiction.

The Halo system, once engaged either automatically or by a passenger, gains immediate situational awareness and assumes control of all systems necessary to bring you and your passengers safely to the best suited runway. During all phases of flight it communicates with passengers and appropriate air traffic control facilities regarding the new flight plan route and estimated time until landing. Halo continually monitors all aircraft system parameters and real-time external inputs as if the pilot were at the controls. It takes into account runway size and orientation, wind, time, fuel range, glide path and considers weather conditions and terrain en route to the nearest suitable runway. Once Halo has landed the aircraft, the braking system will activate and will bring the aircraft to a full and complete stop. Finally, the engine will shut down and instructions will be provided on how to exit the aircraft.

That is amazing. It’s odd to me that self-driving airplanes is in so many ways an easier problem than self-driving cars.

⏎ November 2, 2019

The SpaceX Starship is a very big deal – Casey Handmer's blog 🔒 caseyhandmer.wordpress.com

This is a pretty amazing look at the aims of SpaceX. 🚀

⏎ November 2, 2019

Weaving Books into the Web—Starting with Wikipedia | Internet Archive Blogs 🔒 blog.archive.org

When you get all depressed about the Internet, the surveillance, the social media garbage, just read amazing cool stuff like this that is happening. Also, this is a good time to setup recurring donations to both Wikipedia and Internet Archive! 💸

⏎ November 2, 2019

The first map of America's food supply chain is mind-boggling 🔒 www.fastcompany.com

It is sort of amazing how not local our food supply is.

⏎ November 2, 2019

XML is almost always misused 🔒 www.devever.net

Most technologists dislike the idea of working with XML, and nearly always prefer JSON. The core of this article is accurate, and comparing XML and JSON is really a misguided comparison.

From time to time someone will do something really strange and compare XML and JSON, proving that they understand neither. XML is a document markup language; JSON is a structured data format, and to compare the two is to compare apples and oranges.


⏎ October 31, 2019

Thank you, Guido | Dropbox Blog 🔒 blog.dropbox.com

A very sincere and heartfelt thank you to the former Benevolent Dictator for Life (BDFL) of Python, Guido van Rossum, as a retires from Dropbox. Dropbox was pretty lucky to get someone of his background on their team, and reading how much Dropbox uses Python I suspect it was hugely beneficial to him to work with the language he created operating at such scale!

⏎ October 31, 2019

5 things Rob Pike attributes to Go's success —The Changelog 🔒 changelog.com

Very few people get the opportunity to create and launch a new programming language. It’s interesting to see the key success criteria that Gos creators believe were so important.

⏎ October 31, 2019

Daring Fireball: AirPods Pro First Impressions 🔒 daringfireball.net

I would agree with most everything in Gruber’s writeup on the new AirPods Pro. I would highlight the comfort in the ear. These AirPods Pro fit in the ear very differently than any previous earbud that I’ve used.

⏎ October 31, 2019

Shopify's Global Economic Impact Report 🔒 www.shopify.com

Some very impressive numbers here. 😲

⏎ October 31, 2019

1Blocker for Mac Introduces New Features and a Subscription-Based Business Model - MacStories 🔒 www.macstories.net

I use 1Blocker through Safari on all of my computers and devices. I pretty much don’t browse the web without it, and I love the immense power it gives me. The ability to create custom rulesets that I can use to block content of my choosing is a key feature. Moving to a subscription offering is welcome and was an instant buy for me.

⏎ October 31, 2019

⏎ October 31, 2019

Inside the iPhone 11 Camera, Part 1: A Completely New Camera 🔒 blog.halide.cam

Exquisitely detailed examination of the camera capabilities of the new iPhone 11 Pro and it’s computational photography capabilities.

With these huge improvements in processing, the iPhone 11 is the first iPhone that legitimately challenges a dedicated camera.

The test shots show the capabilities and limitations very well. I love seeing these advances in camera technology. 📷

⏎ October 31, 2019

SLOs Are the API for Your Engineering Team 🔒 www.infoq.com

Interesting way to think about this. 🤔

⏎ October 31, 2019

Apple reveals new AirPods Pro, available October 30 - Apple 🔒 www.apple.com

These look great, and I badly needed to replace my first generation AirPods after they took a trip in the pool with me. They still worked, but the battery life took an extreme drop. This was an easy order to replace those. I’ll be curious how the noise cancelling works, and I’m very interested in the transparent” mode. AirPods have been one of my favorite products in recent years, and I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying them with me every day which made me realize I have more use cases for headphones than I thought I did!

⏎ October 28, 2019

Peloton Is Spinning Faster Than Ever 🔒 www.thecut.com

I enjoy my Peloton spin bike a lot.

The company loaned me one over the summer, and I’ve been taking classes. I was arrogant at first: I’ve been going to SoulCycle for years. I figured it would be cake, that I’d soar calmly to the top of the leaderboard and then gently dry my brow. But Peloton classes are really hard!

I can say with total confidence that the hardest spinning sessions I’ve ever had have been on my own, on the Peloton, usually in a live streaming class with an eye towards the leaderboard. 💦

⏎ October 28, 2019

DevOps: Tools Can Lead The Culture Change – Alt + E S V 🔒 redmonk.com

I think this is a very good, pragmatic perspective.

If you are trying to drive organizational transformation with procurement alone you’re in for disappointment. Tools cannot fix a broken culture. You can’t buy your way out of a culture issue. Tools can’t save you if you’re ignoring underlying issues like internal power struggles, lack of trust across teams, siloed communication, etc. There are no silver bullets.


Tools can be critical to changing people’s mindset. It’s hard to practice the right behaviors without the right foundational toolset. Tools can enable new ways of working and collaborating.

Not all changes you wish to affect in an organization are the same. Changes that are more complicated”, have tended in my experience to require both a cultural transition and can, at times, require tooling to facilitate that change.

I’ve recently been working on incorporating OKRs into our team and that is an example to me where tooling is needed. We tried to do it without, and the act of managing and tracking things became so complicated that the hope of cultural change was lost. We realized we need tooling to support that in our environment as well.

⏎ October 28, 2019

Deploy on Fridays, or Don't. - By Dave Mangot 🔒 hackernoon.com

Personally, I’ve not been a big fan of Friday afternoon deploys of most things. It’s pretty common that folks are rushing to get to something and might unwittingly shortcut something.

⏎ October 28, 2019

5 Ways To Stop Hating Your To-Do List (According to Science) 🔒 doist.com

Some solid suggestions on mental tricks to play with your to do list. This isn’t GTD focused, but the suggestions work for anyone doing GTD. I’m a particularly big fan of, and practice, the idea of putting all the stuff in the task that you need to complete it including a phone number, sometimes the hours a business is open, etc.

⏎ October 28, 2019

Skip level meetings: What they are, and exactly how to run them - Signal v. Noise 🔒 m.signalvnoise.com

This is a good overview on approaching skip level meetings.

For you as a manager, the purpose of a skip level meeting is to get out of your good news cocoon: How are folks on the team really feeling about the work, the culture, and the team around them. What could be better? What needs to be resolved? It’s valuable, sacred time what you truly won’t get any where else.

Skip level meetings are dually beneficial for the employee, as well. It’s an opportunity for them to get aligned and centered around the vision — and ask you valuable questions that helps them with their own work.

By far the thing I like the most here is the list of things you don’t do. I do skip level 1:1s, and should do them even more, and it’s critical that you not interfere with or get in the way of the work the direct manager is doing.

⏎ October 28, 2019

An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Eng Management. 🔒 www.lethain.com

This looks like a very good book. I have a few copies on the way to the office. Thanks to Sam Pierson for the link.

⏎ October 27, 2019

Latest Firefox Brings Privacy Protections Front and Center Letting You Track the Trackers - The Mozilla Blog 🔒 blog.mozilla.org

For the first time in what seems like forever Firefox is actually interesting to me. I like this new focus on privacy as a core feature, actually that’s too small, capability is a better word. I personally would never use Chrome for privacy reasons. I will likely continue on Safari with 1Blocker to give me additional protection. But I like how Firefox is showing the user what sites are doing. This is a good thing, and I hope more browsers do this. Remember, in todays web, you should not run a browser that doesn’t protect you in some way.

⏎ October 27, 2019

SPS Commerce leads List of Twin Cities-based SaaS companies - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal 🔒 www.bizjournals.com

Great to see SPS at the top of this list. 🙌

⏎ October 27, 2019

Foxconn finally admits its empty Wisconsin ‘innovation centers’ aren’t being developed - The Verge 🔒 www.theverge.com

It seems likely these will never open. 💸

⏎ October 27, 2019

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