I’m currently reading Sapiens and that probably makes this post resonate with me even more, but I love all of the benefits highlighted here from reading on a consistent basis. 📚
Friday, May 25, 2018
GPDR XKCD FTW! 😁
Abby Wambach deliveres an amazing, inspiring call to action for the women graduating from Barnard in 2018. “BARNARD WOMEN—CLASS OF 2018—WE. ARE. THE. WOLVES.”
Thursday, May 24, 2018
A thorough writeup on the authors experience building software used for defense purposes, and the ethical and moral dilemmas associated with it.
Don’t get distracted by deadlines and feature requests. Think about the consequences of what you’re building. Build in safeguards to prevent misuse, or don’t build it at all because it’s too dangerous.
Technologists need to consider this as we continue to build ever more powerful capabilities.
Some great advice on making your processes embody security objectives.
Refining your interviewing process is a constant process. Some interesting observations and changes from thoughtbot on what they have done.
Federico Viticci writes is one of my favorite tech authors, and this post has plenty of that, but it’s also a reflection on how he has changed his life after a cancer diagnosis a few years ago.
It’s important to me because I can’t squander this opportunity. Because life isn’t like an arcade – you can’t put more coins in to continue – yet somehow I was given the chance for a do-over and I failed to appreciate it at first. Now I have to make sure I can return the favor with positivity and stories that can help others.
This is a great article on its own, but is also a treasure trove of resources for people who want to use technology to make their lives better.
Not much depth, but interesting highlights of Xero’s migration to AWS.
Xero also thanked the AWS migration for improving its gross margin by 81 percent.
Significant improvements and additional functionality unlocked as well.
I use many of the apps mentioned in this article - including Day One, Bear and Ulysses. I also add the built-in Notes app to the mix. I found it interesting to see how this person thinks about flow between those.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
I think the author is on to something here thinking of emails a bit like a virtual meeting.
At any given moment, upwards of 50 to 75 percent of the email in my inbox (beyond the spammy stuff or newsletters) are actually to-dos from other people.
The critical issue with all asynchronous communications systems is that they allow tasks to come into you without block. Meetings are limited to time and space, you cannot receive a to do outside of the meeting time. Email however has infinite scale ability to receive work, regardless of your time.
This looks like a really cool calculator for a high schooler in your life. I love that it can run Python too! 👍
Interesting take on working to alleviate issues and how the well known “5 Why’s” approach may lead you astray.
Using automation tools like Workflow can take friction out of journaling. I’ve tried some of the methods described here in the past with mixed success. I think there is a fine point between journaling and “life logging”. Life logging, to me, is a tactical function of recording your day. Journaling feels more introspective. You cannot automate introspection.
I can attest to feeling this and know many friends, particularly technologists, who do as well. I’ve referred to this as “digital fatigue” in the past.
The destruction of our inner selves via the wired world is an even more recent, and more subtle, phenomenon. The loss of slowness, of time for reflection and contemplation, of privacy and solitude, of silence, of the ability to sit quietly in a chair for fifteen minutes without external stimulation — all have happened quickly and almost invisibly.
I believe this is part of the reason people are seeking out practices like meditation in seemingly larger numbers than the past.
Friday, May 18, 2018
I really like Day One and this article has some great use cases for how to use Day One for a variety of different journal types.
Following the path of this story, my daughter has found this fascinating. 👂
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The original jargon.txt file from around 1998. Many of these terms are still in active use.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
If you use Safari on macOS and are bugged with certain websites blocking default behavior, this is a fix.
StopTheMadness is a Safari extension for Mac that stops web sites from making Safari harder to use. Some web sites disable Mac user interface features in Safari that you normally expect to work.
Purchased and installed. ✔
A good essay on gaming, family and kids. I liked the perspective and agree with the platform and game choices discussed.
This is awesome! 💚 Learn Regex and have geeky fun at the same time.
This newsletter caught my eye. The first few issues have impressed me with how well they are executed.
Morning Cup of Coding is a daily programming newsletter featuring long form technical articles of all fields of software engineering.
Why not? 🤷♂️ Similar to Raspberry Pi Kubernetes Cluster.
Let’s make the Internet weird again.
The video here is a compelling way to think about teams collaborating with technology.
As more companies use technology at their core, adopting well defined and thought out incident management processes becomes a skill that more organizations need.
A dive into the true meaning of null.
I use OmniFocus all the time and I’m very eager to get my hands on the new OmniFocus 3!
I don’t use Google Photos for the same reasons Om sites in this article. I join him In hoping for some improvements in the Apple software side for photos.
The “dumbest publishing platform on the web”. Markdown in, URL out.
Free online book on functional programming. 📖
I like goofing around with bash and this style guide is simple and pragmatic. 🤓
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
🎮 Switch Online getting cloud save.
27 things I learned about hiring in tech from looking for a new engineering management role – very much alive.
This is a great post highlighting Lena Reinhard’s search for a new role. I really like the “13 things to keep in mind when you’re hiring” section. There are some valuable lessons she is reflecting back to employers to consider during the hiring process and your public brand.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Instilling curiosity in your kids is one of the best gifts you can give them.
What a cool idea – a service that allows you to send yourself an email in the future! I can think of a number of cool uses for this. It does make me wonder though, how do you have trust that this service will still be around in 5 years? You can set future dates very far out.
Dave Winer is a good “North Star” for the open web.
I have the audiobook of Principles in my queue. This new 30-minute video overview is very well done. Ray Dalio is an impressive storyteller.
Schneier does a good job of illustrating just how hard (maybe impossible) it is to insure that the software-based devices that run much of our infrastructure and services have not been tampered with for security purposes. One of the very believable items shared in the Snowden papers was that the NSA can install a backdoor in US-made network gear before it is sent overseas. There isn’t a clear answer to this issue.
This is amazing! 🤟 My metal residency lies squarely in Thrash Metal according to this map, and some side trips to Industrial Metal. 🎧 That makes sense with Speed Metal and Original Hardcore Punk being the contributors to Thrash. Independent of the content this is incredibly well done way to present a complex topic. I love how it embeds YouTube videos for the songs too. Also note how time is represented so well! 👍👏
Looks like a solid tool. 🔨
Saturday, May 12, 2018
A call to consider GraphQL in a bigger-picture context.
It lets you model the resources and processes provided by a server as a domain-specific language (DSL). Clients can use it to send scripts written in your DSL to the server to process and respond to as a batch.
I hadn’t considered the connections the author is making here, but they seem valid and extend the way you can build on GraphQL in very novel ways.
Interesting study suggesting the ads become less effective when people understand the data tracking informing the ad. As I read this I wondered if this is maybe the same part of our decision process that turns people away from foods that have “imitation” or “artificial” prominent in the packaging. Do we see overly complex delivery systems as not being genuine?
Also, I’m so tired of ad industry representatives justifying a complete disregard of privacy and intrusive surveillance tactics under the guise of “people want relevant advertising”. This is a poorly formed bit of verbal jujitsu to get us to try and think people want to be surveilled?
Friday, May 11, 2018
I like the easy to remember “C’s” in this article and can see that being a good way to communicate to your team as well as when hiring. Organizations and leaders should have solid, clear messages on all three of these.
The discussion about Millennials to me feels off though. I would suggest the weighting of different values is more connected to where a person is in their lifespan, not about the generation of their birth. Cause, which I would suggest is closely connected to the “Why?”, grows in importance with age. I believe that’s true for Baby Boomers, Gen X/Y and Millennials.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The audio examples and natural language of Google Duplex is amazing. Almost too good. Separately, how long will it take telemarketers to drop their costs further by just having the machines do it all? 🤨