I started using unique email addresses with all the websites I create accounts on a few years ago. I think this is still too much work for your average user, and if you aren’t using a password manager don’t even try. But there is a great privacy benefit to using unique email addresses for various services.
I remember hearing Ostroushko on Prairie Home Companion. 😢
Generate infinite blobs. I’m not sure why this is fun, but it sort of is.
Apple deserves some criticism here and I hope they take the same privacy focus they have brought to Safari and extend it to Mail. I love the my Pi-hole protects me no matter what platform or app I’m on. But I would love to see user visible notifications of surveillance in email.
By the way, I do not have any tracking in the Weekly Thing. None.
Human Style with Colors for the win!
Built on top of d3.js and looks like it makes data viz jobs much easier.
I’ve made fun of QR codes for years. One of my favorite laughs is Pictures of People Scanning QR-codes. 😂 I do give that QR codes in books seems like a valid use case. However this post is spot on that with the pandemic I’ve been scanning QR codes routinely to pull up restaurant menus. I also have a QR code at our house that gets you on our guest WiFi network.
Fry’s Electronics is, err, was, an institution for computer hobbyists for years. It is sad to see them closing the doors. Fry’s wasn’t in Minnesota so I couldn’t go there, but it was so well known of a destination that we made a visit to the Palo Alto Fry’s a part of celebrating MarketWatch being in the Windows 2000 launch.
If you are a person of a certain age in Silicon Valley, you have a Fry’s story. I said hello to Andy Bechtolsheim while walking the aisles. And there were others. We have all hit up one of the Fry’s stores at an ungodly hour to find a component or just because we couldn’t sleep. During the internet bubble, I ended up in Fry’s Palo Alto store on a shopping spree with folks who would eventually become my sources. It was the only way for them to loosen up.
R.I.P. Fry’s! 🪦
Boring tech meet boring plans.
So leaders, you owe it your teams, and to your users, to free them from the tyranny and stress of uncertainty. You must do the work to go beyond vision, create concrete actions, and make boring plans.
It is, of course, much easier to complain about how things are bad rather than do anything about it, which is why people prefer to complain. 1/100th the satisfaction, but 1/1000000000000th the effort. Plus, when someone eventually fixes the problem you can pat yourself on the back for having brought attention to it. You can even complain about multiple things in the time it would’ve taken to fix one thing.
This totally made me think of Brené Brown’s quote on the arena:
“If you are not in the arena getting your ass kicked on occasion, I am not interested in or open to your feedback. There are a million cheap seats in the world today filled with people who will never be brave with their own lives, but will spend every ounce of energy they have hurling advice and judgement at those of us trying to dare greatly.”
Keep on making. Keep on doing!
I was bummed to hear that Daft Punk broke up. Their music has been in my rotation for well over a decade. I remember hearing Homework the first time and loving it right away. Their Epilogue video just makes you realize how much they will be missed. Take a moment and check out Da Funk or Revolution 909. Incredible tracks. Technologic too.
My favorite album of theirs is still Alive. Check out this Alive 2007 full visualization. 🤯
Will be sorely missed. 😢
Kids can be so mean to each other, and the scars left last for longer than most think.
This is oddly fun to me. Draw an iceberg shape and watch it float. 😍
I’ve read some of these stories of spouses spying on their partner using their phones. Super creepy at best. This checklist should get some visibility so anyone can easily see if someone has access to their phones.
I 💛 cron. The syntax is pretty simple, but some of the more complicated use cases can be confusing to understand. This tool makes it very easy to understand the more complicated configurations.
This advise captures how I tend to deal with information online. I purposefully do not engage in fringe type content that I perceive as trying to pull my attention, and engagement. If I find myself on a website and it starts to tickle some of my senses about misinformation, I will usually do a
whois lookup on the domain name. If it is hidden or anonymous, I leave the site immediately, with the one exception being a personal blog. The overall approach of lateral reading is a good one, but watch out for very broad sets of misinformation that have established a lateral reinforcing network. Stay safe out there! 👮♀️
The raw images coming from Perseverance. 🤩
Pretty amazing insight into how political, or even just potential political speech, is moderated and censored.
The team I was part of, content moderation policymakers, plus the army of about 20,000 content moderators, have helped shield ByteDance from major political repercussions and achieve commercial success.
20,000 content moderators? 😳
I’ve only seen a small part of Studio Ghibli movies, but I love their style and this is cool.