Friday, February 16, 2018

Blotter.js 

blotter.js.org

“A JavaScript API for drawing unconventional text effects on the web.” Interesting capabilities and fun display, but I noted the fan on my laptop spun up to 100% as I looked at the effects and you could nearly watch your battery drain in realtime.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Evergreen 

ranchero.com

I like what Brent Simmons is doing with this project. I’m a big user of feed readers. I use Feedbin along ReadKit and Unread. Brent has a history with readers having created NetNewsWire in 2002. I also love the story behind the name. 💚

But the name is a prayer for the open web — may it remain evergreen.

Signato 

signato.lt

I’m not a fan of script typefaces typically but this one is very well done.

Signato is a font constructed on the basis of the manuscript of the Act of Independence of Lithuania. It is a gift to all independent people celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the restoration of the State.

Also a really cool idea behind it.

Bringing the power of AMP to Gmail 

www.blog.google

Ugh. 🤦‍♂️ This is a horrible idea. AMP was a bad idea to start with and extending it into email, effectively putting a little website into an email, is a terrible idea for privacy or even just our sanity as advertisers will use this to put all sorts of digital Jack In The Box traps in our email!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How Apple Plans to Root Out Bugs, Revamp iPhone Software - Bloomberg 

www.bloomberg.com

Apple realizing that they need to slow down a bit. Articles like this serve as a reminder to me that nobody has this technology thing figured out. The largest sites on the planet go down at times, and one of the worlds leading software companies has to adjust due to market issues. This stuff is all really hard. 💦

Solid 

solid.mit.edu

It’s not very clear what this is attempting to do, but I like the blurb.

Solid (derived from “social linked data”) is a proposed set of conventions and tools for building decentralized social applications based on Linked Data principles. Solid is modular and extensible and it relies as much as possible on existing W3C standards and protocols.

Notable that Tim Berners-Lee is involved.

Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It - The New York Times 

nytimes.com

It’s happening! Ethics is coming to computer science curriculums!

And at Stanford University, the academic heart of the industry, three professors and a research fellow are developing a computer science ethics course for next year. They hope several hundred students will enroll.

This is a much needed facet for people that are developing the software that many people live inside of for significant parts of their days. 👏

Let's Encrypt Hits 50 Million Active Certificates and Counting | Electronic Frontier Foundation 

www.eff.org

The web has *50 million more secure HTTPS endpoints now in part thanks to Let’s Encrypt. I continue to believe Let’s Encrypt is one of the best things to happen online in the last couple of years. My sites are secured with free certificates from Let’s Encrypt. You should support this, even if you aren’t publishing content. Securing web sites is important for your privacy and security! 🔐

Mall game 

www.bloomberg.com

Fun and insightful way to show the challenges of managing an American Shopping Mall. Learn by playing!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Popcorn Notify 

popcornnotify.com

“Send simple emails and text messages from one API.” Handy library to have, particularly for utility functions or scripts that automate activities. However, a good reminder that email is not a good way to deal with anything at scale.

Let's talk about usernames 

www.b-list.org

If you are writing software for usernames this is an interesting dive into edge cases. If you know programmers and wonder why they are so weird, this is a good illustration of the kind of edge cases that programmers need to readily understand how to predict and then design for. 😳

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Structured Logging and Your Team | Honeycomb 

honeycomb.io

Some very good best practices to consider when designing how your applications logs. I love the human side of this call to action.

Teach your code to communicate with your team, and you will reap the benefits for as long as the code lives!

Teach and communicate. 💯

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Why I stopped using roadmaps and switched to GIST instead 

docs.google.com

I spend a lot of time reviewing roadmaps, identifying how roadmaps connect, exploring what they could be, etc. I have always found the serial, “waterfall-like” format, challenging but time operates in one arrow so why not. This exploration on an alternative, more agile approach, is intriguing.

The system is called GIST after its main building blocks: Goals, Ideas, Step-projects, and Tasks. Each has a different planning horizon and frequency of change, and may use different tools to track, but together they constitute all the core planning any company and team needs to do.

Meeting Blur – Rands in Repose 

randsinrepose.com

What a great term! I’ve experienced this myself on many occasions!

Meeting Blur. When the number of meetings exceeds your ability to remember what was said by whom, when, and where. Let’s forget for a moment why there are so many meetings2 and focus on your mental state. You’re a bright emotionally intelligent human. You walk into a meeting and have a credible mental profile of each human at the table. Why are they here? What do they want? How do they feel about the topic at hand? All of this information is front of mind and readily accessible.

For me, this is where my trusted GTD system can help. I’ve also tried to use a note taking system but I’ve yet to get the return on that that I would like.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Take the Power Back – iA 

ia.net

Powerful writing from iA about engaging in the web and our digital platforms with more thought.

The answer to the passive consumption of trash is the active formulation of questions, the active search for answers and the active work of putting complex knowledge and diffuse feelings into clear words.

This article is a great read if only for the writing.

Social Media is a mental prison where Facebook exists to make us believe that Google is still open.

That made me laugh 😂 and think at the same time 🤔.

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace | Electronic Frontier Foundation 

www.eff.org

I’m shocked that I had never read this article. Sadly John Perry Barlow, the founder of the EFF and the author of this declaration recently passed away. Cory Doctorow has a very nice remembrance of him. From Doctorow:

Today, Barlow is dead, and his vision is vindicated: the risks Barlow foresaw (along with other EFF founders like John Gilmore and Mitch Kapor) are more imminent than ever; the organization that he started and the movement he kicked off has never been more badly needed.

Episode #38 – The Power of Outcome Thinking 

gettingthingsdone.com

I’ve been thinking about mental focus and also meditation. This recent GTD podcast offered some great color on the topic.

This talk will reveal just how much the thoughts we hold in our head have the potential to affect the types and qualities of action we take. From athletic performance to prepping for that next big meeting, what we think about while we act can affect how we act.

Plus David Allen is pretty funny in some of his talks.

The Kubernetes Effect 

www.infoq.com

Some interesting learning here on the deeper ways that you can use Kubernetes in your application architecture.

Kubernetes offers a full set of distributed primitives (such as pods, services, controllers) that addresses the requirements and drives the design of our applications. These new primitives and the platform capabilities dictate the guiding design principles and design patterns we use to implement all future services.

It also highlights the broad surface area of Kubernetes. The points on broad adoption across various platforms are also important to note.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The House That Spied on Me 

gizmodo.com

A fun experiment to show what behavioral information your ISP can mine from your families use of Internet of Things devices. I like that they specifically didn’t try to break encryption, this is just basic analysis of data coming out of your home as we adopt more “smart” devices.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The 8 best questions to put on your next one-on-one meeting agenda 

m.signalvnoise.com

Managers spend a lot of time in 1:1 meetings, and company’s as a whole spend a lot of time in them. If you have 1,000 employees and managers spend 30 min/week in 1:1 that is nearly $2 million of expense that there is little time spent improving. I’m curious to know how to make that time more effective.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Matter. | How to be an effective CTO 

matter.vc

I’ve met Rajiv Pant many times and have a lot of respect for him as a leader and thinker. I continue to enjoy how he breaks down the keys areas that CTO’s need to focus on. 👍

Falcon Heavy Test Flight - YouTube 

www.youtube.com

This was all amazing! What a feat for SpaceX.

When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

Watching the two Falcon engines land nearly simultaneously made me think I was watching a science fiction movie!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Billy Mitchell's Direct Feed Recordings are MAME Generated 

donkeykongforum.com

If you have watched King of Kong you know the story of Billy Mitchell. After some incredibly detailed analysis, it seems his records were faked.

In light of the evidence presented here, I am removing Billy Mitchell’s current score of 1,062,800 from the Donkey Kong Forum High Score List.

The Internet is so great. If you find this story interesting, watch the movie! 🎬

lcamtuf's blog: Progressing from tech to leadership 

lcamtuf.blogspot.com

Good reflection of one person’s journey from individual work in technology to leading a team. I’ve seen nearly all of these points happen as I’ve moved in my career and as I’ve helped others do the same.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Web Trend Map 2018 – iA 

ia.net

The web has been consolidating to major corporations, losing sight of some of the original objectives.

The Web has lost its spirit. The Web is no longer a distributed Web.

There are however sprouts of new activity.

There seems to be a weak undercurrent of old and young bloggers like us that feel sentimental or curious and want to bring back blogging. Blogging won’t save the world. But, hell, after two weeks now, we can confirm: it feels great to be back on the blogging line.

I have nothing against successful companies online, but there needs to be space for other things. Commercial areas are fine, but I also want parks. Industrial activity is needed, but we need residential areas too. This all applies to the web as well.

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Network Effects Manual: 13 Different Network Effects (and counting) 

www.nfx.com

Long article that goes into classifying the different types of network effects that businesses can achieve.

Our three-year study, which we released recently, shows that nfx are responsible for 70% of the value created by tech companies since the Internet became a thing in 1994. Even though they are only a minority of companies, companies with nfx end up creating the lion’s share of the value.

Understanding if you have a network effect is neat, but the type of network effect is critical to understanding how to take full advantage of it.

Mental Noting: Insight Meditation Center 

www.insightmeditationcenter.org

I’ve been exploring meditation and through that have gotten some exposure to mental noting.

In contrast to most thinking, noting is not discursive. It does not involve analysis or judgment. Rather, we simply give our current experience a one-word label. For example, upon hearing a sound we note ‘hearing’ without thinking further about the sound. Other common mental notes are ‘seeing’, ‘touching’, ‘feeling’, and ‘thinking’.

I’ve found this to be an interesting technique and even apply it to thoughts beyond meditation. I’m a novice to be sure at it but the concept is interesting. 🧘‍♂️

Stimulus: A modest JavaScript framework for the HTML you already have. 

stimulusjs.org

This looks pretty handy. Small and lightweight, very easy to implement.

Stimulus is a JavaScript framework with modest ambitions. It doesn’t seek to take over your entire front-end—in fact, it’s not concerned with rendering HTML at all. Instead, it’s designed to augment your HTML with just enough behavior to make it shine.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Empathy Mapping: The First Step in Design Thinking 

www.nngroup.com

Wow, this is pretty interesting and seems like it would be useful.

Visualizing user attitudes and behaviors in an empathy map helps UX teams align on a deep understanding of end users. The mapping process also reveals any holes in existing user data.

In the DevOps movement there is a lot of discussion of empathy. I’ve personally put teams or projects together to specifically encourage developing empathy. A tool that you can use to map out empathy seems like it would be very useful.

With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit 

theconversation.com

What happened so that so many more teens, in such a short period of time, would feel depressed, attempt suicide and commit suicide? After scouring several large surveys of teens for clues, I found that all of the possibilities traced back to a major change in teens’ lives: the sudden ascendance of the smartphone.

Oh no. It is really hard to separate the smartphone and social media.

Those who avoided Facebook reported feeling less depressed at the end of the week.

🤔

Twitter Quitter - curtclifton.net 

curtclifton.net

Hey look, more people quitting Twitter.

After some reflection, I’ve concluded that even posting to Twitter is just providing content to a platform for hate and anger. I can’t fix that problem, but I can stop contributing to the platform. And so I will.

This is the argument that I can’t square myself.

I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great - The New York Times 

www.nytimes.com

A high-profile Twitter user signing off.

I’m frequently approached by colleagues, usually women, who ask me about quitting Twitter with hushed titillation, as if I’ve escaped a cult or broken a particularly seductive taboo.

🤔

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

If You Multitask During Meetings, Your Team Will, Too 

hbr.org

Interesting to see some analysis on being distracted in meetings and the tone it sets.

This sends the signal, “It’s OK to not pay attention.” Managers that frequently send emails during meetings are, according to our analysis, are 2.2 times more likely to have direct reports who also multi-task in meetings.

This makes a lot of sense. I try to stay focused and not get distracted in meetings, and this gives even more reason to make that a priority.

Principles of Chaos Engineering 

principlesofchaos.org

Reminds me of the Agile Manifesto, but for Chaos Engineering:

Chaos Engineering is the discipline of experimenting on a distributed system in order to build confidence in the system’s capability to withstand turbulent conditions in production.

Regexper 

regexper.com

Yet another regular expression tool in your browser. This one has a cool visual aspect.

The images generated by Regexper are commonly referred to as “Railroad Diagrams”. These diagram are a straight-forward way to illustrate what can sometimes become very complicated processing in a regular expression, with nested looping and optional elements.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Welcome to Minnesota: A Primer - Surly Brewing Co. 

surlybrewing.com

Very funny introduction to Minnesota for Super Bowl visitors from Surly.

Welcome to Minnesota. You probably have a lot of questions. We don’t blame you. It’s cold (it’s been colder, as someone already told you) and there are giant piles of snow and people keep talking about “Juicy Lucy” and you don’t even know a Lucy. Here’s what we can tell you.

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