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Apple Plus - brand versus subscription — Benedict Evans 🔒 www.ben-evans.com

This is a super interesting way to look at the evolving business model of one of the giants of the tech industry.

The old Apple promise was that you don’t have to worry if the tech works. The new promise is you don’t have to worry if the tech is scamming you.

I find this interesting about Apple, but it’s also just an interesting space to watch as one of the largest technology companies in the world transitions a significant part of their business.

⏎ April 5, 2019

bsed: Simple SQL-like syntax on top of Perl text processing. 🔒 github.com

Kind of weird. Stream editor that allows SQL-like operations. Huh.

⏎ April 4, 2019

Small stickers on the ground trick Tesla autopilot into steering into opposing traffic lane / Boing Boing 🔒 boingboing.net

Okay, I really would hope that nobody would do this but it does make you wonder about what malicious attacks could be put against self-driving cars.

⏎ April 4, 2019

Apple News+ could lead to a massive value destruction for the magazine industry 🔒 mondaynote.com

This is an interesting way of looking at the value that Apple News+ will create, or as the author suggests, destroy. I’m guessing a similar analysis of the music industry would have looked similar before new technology.

⏎ April 4, 2019

The one-salary experiment, ten years in 🔒 iwantmyname.com

I’ve never heard of a company doing this. Pretty interesting experiment.

⏎ April 4, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas. - The Washington Post 🔒 www.washingtonpost.com

I’m far too cynical of Facebook to believe that this is real. It strikes me that Facebook has realized something will happen, so they should get on the right side of the fence before the decision comes. I’m guessing there is also an unfortunate byproduct here that more regulation will actually help the established players, and make it harder for challengers to Facebook to grow to anything meaningful. If you got your advantage under a different set of rules, it may help you forever.

⏎ April 4, 2019

Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management. - The New York Times 🔒 www.nytimes.com

This is what I like about GTD. GTD isn’t about getting more done, it’s about having attention and space to focus on what is present at the time.

⏎ April 4, 2019

Leica SL: A Love Story – On my Om 🔒 om.co

I have a growing desire for a Leica digital. 😬

⏎ April 4, 2019

Low-tech Magazine: The Printed Website | LOW←TECH MAGAZINE 🔒 solar.lowtechmagazine.com

I dig that this website runs on solar power and goes offline if it is out of battery. Makes sense that they would go for a battery-safe alternative, paper. ☺️

⏎ April 4, 2019

Your boss is 90% of the 'Employee Experience'​. Nothing else comes close. | LinkedIn 🔒 www.linkedin.com

Funny anecdotes here but mostly just something that I agree is absolutely true.

But there’s that other 90% that keeps nagging me. The part that simply will not change unless corporations do some dramatic work to focus on the major element in employee experience. Your boss is your employee experience. I am not alone in this assertion. Researchers in organizational development find this to be true.

Important for everyone in organizations to consider.

⏎ April 4, 2019

Apple Card Doesn't Need to Be Revolutionary to Be a Hit 🔒 www.tomsguide.com

More thoughts on the new Apple Card.

⏎ April 4, 2019

The Eight Best Ulysses Superpowers – The Sweet Setup 🔒 thesweetsetup.com

I keep flip flopping between iA Writer and Ulysses. I like the bare” experience that iA Writer provides, but Ulysses has some amazing capabilities. 🤷‍♂️

⏎ April 4, 2019

Why I Replaced Disqus and You Should Too - victorzhou.com 🔒 victorzhou.com

I’m using Commento on my Link Blog because it aligns with my view on privacy. It’s great to see it’s also lightweight and fast.

⏎ April 4, 2019

Editor.js 🔒 editorjs.io

If you need a web based editor, this looks very solid and extensible.

⏎ April 4, 2019

These stunning drone photos really put humanity in its place - The Verge 🔒 www.theverge.com

Amazing photography.

⏎ April 3, 2019

Why we moved our servers to Iceland · Simple Analytics 🔒 blog.simpleanalytics.io

Surveillance pushing data to other countries.

Although, Iceland is somewhat following the laws of the European Economic Area, it has its own approach to privacy. For example, the Icelandic Data Protection Act encourages anonymity of user data. ISPs and content hosts are not held legally liable for the content that they host or transmit. According to Icelandic law, its not the domain name provider, but the registrant of an .is domain name that is responsible for ensuring the use of the domain is within the limits of the law (ISNIC). The government does not place any restrictions on anonymous communication and no registration is required when purchasing a SIM card.

Iceland has been making strides to be a data haven for digital rights. I do wonder how they can have enough bandwidth for serious use though, given they are a remote island in a very difficult climate.

⏎ April 3, 2019

Facebook: Old posts by Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared - Business Insider 🔒 www.businessinsider.com

The really surprising thing here is that Facebook ever deletes anything. I didn’t think they did. Huh. 😯

⏎ April 3, 2019

World Map of World Religions - Big Think 🔒 bigthink.com

Very cool way to look at this data.

⏎ April 3, 2019

Apple cancels AirPower product, citing inability to meet its high standards for hardware | TechCrunch 🔒 techcrunch.com

Seems like there was at least some magical thinking” involved with this planned product, and surprising cancelation of it when it was referenced just a couple weeks prior in the release of another new product. 👀

⏎ April 3, 2019

How Apple Card works | TechCrunch 🔒 techcrunch.com

A lot of good details answered here on how the Apple Card will work. MacStories has a very good writeup as well. I’m more intrigued about what Apple is doing here than I thought I would be. If you go way back to when the iPhone was introduced, Apple introduced Visual Voicemail. Today that is all just assumed, but back then voicemail worked with key presses. Apple changed the usability of voicemail in a big way, and made that the default. What they are doing with credit cards feels a little bit like that.

⏎ March 28, 2019

Don’t solve the problem. - Signal v. Noise 🔒 m.signalvnoise.com

I know I’ve fallen into this trap many, many times. I see others do it a good amount as well. I have a feeling in technology disciplines this might happen more frequently than others.

What you’ll notice when you ask these questions is that most employees already have an answer (or several answers!) to a given problem. But they were uncomfortable with it, or they were worried about getting it wrong.”

Part of asking the questions isn’t just to help them think through the problem more clearly, but also to help them realize they know more than they think, they’re more capable than they think, and that they’ve mitigated the risks better than anticipated.

Your job as a leader isn’t to just help clarify thought process — but to give confidence in their thinking.

The questions suggested here are a good set to start with, but the more fundamental concept is rethinking how you engage in problem solving as a leader.

⏎ March 28, 2019

Shortcuts 2.2 Brings New Apple Notes Actions, Travel Time Enhancements – MacStories 🔒 www.macstories.net

I love seeing continued improvement in Shortcuts. I get a ton of value out of the Shortcuts that I’ve built, and these enhancements helped me tweak a couple of mine to have some nicer capabilities.

⏎ March 28, 2019

Drafts for Mac: The MacStories Review – MacStories 🔒 www.macstories.net

Drafts has been a powerful tool for me on my mobile, and I’ve been using the beta of Drafts for Mac for a bit. It’s nice to see this out in release and will support some additional use cases for me. Honestly I find that I have almost too many places to deal with text on my devices. It seems like iA Writer, Drafts and Ulysses are the ones worth thinking hard about.

⏎ March 28, 2019

Why Fastly loves QUIC and HTTP/3 🔒 www.fastly.com

Some key reasons to be excited about HTTP/3.

⏎ March 28, 2019

Privacy's not an abstraction 🔒 www.fastcompany.com

This article does a good job of highlighting what privacy concerns look like from different perspectives.

On a more basic level, infringing on people’s privacy for your own purposes is exploitative. The assignment reflects the logic of digital platforms, which treats people’s data as raw material to be extracted and put to one’s own uses. While this extraction is currently legal, it is a norm” inflicted upon us by platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. This kind of extraction is surveillance, and whether it is done online or in the real world,” it intrudes upon people’s rights to move about in public in relative obscurity if they so wish.

The author introduces the idea of luxury surveillance”, where you are being watched with at least a partial intent to help you. I think we should also consider the idea that there is a surveillance that is forced onto people if they don’t have the technical understanding to counter it.

⏎ March 28, 2019

The Most Important Writing Lesson I Ever Learned – Steven Pressfield 🔒 stevenpressfield.com

As someone that writes a blog, a newsletter and comments on links regularly I enjoyed this read the lesson it contains.

When you understand that nobody wants to read your shit, your mind becomes powerfully concentrated. You begin to understand that writing/reading is, above all, a transaction. The reader donates his time and attention, which are supremely valuable commodities. In return, you the writer, must give him something worthy of his gift to you.

Channel your inner Hemingway. ✍️

⏎ March 28, 2019

This Is Your Brain on Exercise | Outside Online 🔒 www.outsideonline.com

Exercising is good for the noodle as well.

These structural changes in the brain generally take at least a few weeks to develop but lead to long-lasting improvements in regions of the brain associated with cognitive tasks, like working memory. A lot of intervention studies that are out there show that aerobic exercise increases neurogenesis in the hippocampus, for example” says Giesbrecht. The hippocampus is really critical for memory.”


⏎ March 28, 2019

Jessie Frazelle's Blog: Defining a Distinguished Engineer 🔒 blog.jessfraz.com

This is a great set of desires traits for technical leaders, and most apply to all leadership roles.

⏎ March 22, 2019

Good enough to eat? The toxic truth about modern food | Books | The Guardian 🔒 www.theguardian.com

Solid overview of numerous issues related to our modern food system.

… it’s becoming abundantly clear that the way most of us currently eat is not sustainable — either for the planet or for human health.

Having just read Growing a Revolution, these topics hit a strong note with me.

⏎ March 21, 2019

Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years — Krebs on Security 🔒 krebsonsecurity.com

You could definitely put this in the bucket of Hey, people make mistakes’. I would be surprised if Facebook engineers intentionally stored passwords in plain text, but this data wasn’t just sitting on a server somewhere.

The Facebook source said the investigation so far indicates between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users may have had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by more than 20,000 Facebook employees. The source said Facebook is still trying to determine how many passwords were exposed and for how long, but so far the inquiry has uncovered archives with plain text user passwords in them dating back to 2012.

The article says logs showed some 2,000 engineers” accessed this data. How is it that nobody reported this? It’s much more concerning to me that none of these 2,000 engineers seemed to see this as a problem.

⏎ March 21, 2019

Executive Presence when declining a meeting 🔒 www.blogchangemasters.com

Things change, and we all have to decline things, sometimes frequently. This is a good reminder to think about how you do that.

One of the largest human fears is rejection. We are not normally conscious of the strong tie. It comes out in less obvious ways. A gracious decline can reduce or even eliminate the rejection emotion if the message affirms the desire to meet at a future time.

Think about the person on the other side of the screen. It might help avoid problems or frustration.

⏎ March 21, 2019

Meritocracy doesn't exist, and believing it does is bad for you 🔒 www.fastcompany.com

This is one of those counter-intuitive revelations. When I read Thinking Fast and Slow it was filled with this kind of stuff.

… a growing body of research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that believing in meritocracy makes people more selfish, less self-critical, and even more prone to acting in discriminatory ways.

Totally the opposite of what one would desire to happen.

They found that, in companies that explicitly held meritocracy as a core value, managers assigned greater rewards to male employees over female employees with identical performance evaluations. This preference disappeared where meritocracy was not explicitly adopted as a value.

That is surprising.

⏎ March 21, 2019

Crypto Canon – Andreessen Horowitz 🔒 a16z.com

A bonkers list of content about crypto / blockchain stuff. 📚

⏎ March 21, 2019

One-third of the web! — WordPress 🔒 wordpress.org

This is amazing!

WordPress now powers over 1/3rd of the top 10 million sites on the web according to W3Techs.

I could nitpick about WordPress but this is an amazing achievement and I’m glad so many sites are using software with a good ethos. 🙌

⏎ March 21, 2019

countdown 🔒 github.com

Could be handy. 🔨

⏎ March 21, 2019

Kickstarter’s staff is unionizing - The Verge 🔒 www.theverge.com

This made me do a triple-take. Kickstarter is already a B-Corp. I can’t say I understand this at all. In a previous role I had technology teams that were union members because unions are setup by location. None of the tech people saw any value in it.

⏎ March 21, 2019

Stadia: a new way to play 🔒 www.blog.google

I fully expect cloud-based multiplayer gaming is going to be a huge deal. 🎮

When we designed the Stadia controller, we listened to gamers about what they wanted in a controller. First, we made sure to develop a direct connection from Stadia controller to our data center through Wi-Fi for the best possible gaming performance. The controller also includes a button for instant capture, saving and sharing gameplay in up to 4k of stunning resolution. And it comes equipped with a Google Assistant button and built-in microphone.

The whole thing is the controller. I don’t get how they are dealing with latency though. Milliseconds matter in games, and WiFi is full of it. Not to mention speed-of-light limitations in moving packets from data centers. 🤔

⏎ March 21, 2019

Death of the calorie | 1843 🔒 www.1843magazine.com

I’ve read so much on food, and it’s very clear that we have this false sense of understanding of how food works. Michael Pollan describes this well in In Defense of Food”. This article does a good job of breaking down the false illusion that precise calorie metrics give us.

The calorie system, says Camacho, lets food producers off the hook: They can say, We’re not responsible for the unhealthy products we sell, we just have to list the calories and leave it to you to manage your own weight’.” Camacho and other calorie dissidents argue that sugar and highly processed carbohydrates play havoc with people’s hormonal systems. Higher insulin levels mean more energy is converted into fat tissues leaving less available to fuel the rest of the body. That in turn drives hunger and overeating. In other words the constant hunger and fatigue suffered by Camacho and other dieters may be symptoms of being overweight, rather than the cause of the problem. Yet much of the food industry defends the status quo too. To change how we assess the energy and health values of food would undermine the business model of many companies.

Maybe not rely on those labels so much.

⏎ March 18, 2019

As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling - The New York Times 🔒 www.nytimes.com

I’ve read a few articles on the issues with recycling now that China has set lower limits for contamination. When you read this it sounds a lot like the entire economic system of recycling is broken.

Prompting this nationwide reckoning is China, which until January 2018 had been a big buyer of recyclable material collected in the United States. That stopped when Chinese officials determined that too much trash was mixed in with recyclable materials like cardboard and certain plastics. After that, Thailand and India started to accept more imported scrap, but even they are imposing new restrictions.

If recycling is upside down” we need to get more serious about the sources, particularly for plastic.

⏎ March 18, 2019

One year in, Facebook’s big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated — and very engaged! — News Feed » Nieman Journalism Lab 🔒 www.niemanlab.org

What an incredible mess. This data doesn’t bode well for these attempts to improve” civility in social networks. I continue to suspect that the premise of these platforms is just undesirable by design.

⏎ March 17, 2019

7 Commandments for Event-Driven Architecture | RJ Zaworski 🔒 rjzaworski.com

All good practices to keep in mind when building distributed services.

⏎ March 17, 2019

Dumbass Home 2.0 :: Internet of Things. How to Automate Your Rented Box Today :: vas3k's blog 🔒 vas3k.com

Good (and funny) overview of Smart Home tech. 🤪

⏎ March 17, 2019

Privacy on iPhone — Private Side - YouTube 🔒 www.youtube.com

This is the first time to my knowledge that Apple has put privacy front and center in their marketing. I expect we’ll see more of this.

⏎ March 17, 2019

Create UML diagrams online in seconds, no special tools needed. 🔒 yuml.me

But why? Why? 😭

⏎ March 17, 2019

The MBA Myth and the Cult of the CEO | Institutional Investor 🔒 www.institutionalinvestor.com

Interesting analysis of well-known business school MBAs and how CEOs with those credentials do in public companies.

But regression results suggest a different result entirely. We tagged CEOs by the MBA programs they attended, formed monthly portfolios of companies broken down by the business school each CEO attended, and compared the returns of these portfolios to the broader market.  

We found no statistically significant alphas — despite testing every possible school with a reasonable sample size. MBA programs simply do not produce CEOs who are better at running companies, if performance is measured by stock price return.

What about bankers and consultants?

Lastly, we looked at how CEOs who had previously worked at investment banks and elite consulting firms performed. If Jensen’s core thesis were true, we would expect CEOs with these elite credentials to outperform the market.

We thus formed monthly portfolios for bankers and consultants. As we did with MBAs, we then ran industry-controlled Fama-French three-factor regressions. The result: Neither bankers nor consultants produced statistically significant alphas. We also back-tested portfolios designed to favor ex-bankers and consultants and found no significant edge (though consultants had a statistically insignificant edge on bankers).


⏎ March 14, 2019

Ctrl-Alt-Delete: The Planned Obsolescence of Old Coders 🔒 onezero.medium.com

This is one of the less frequently discussed, but very real, diversity issues in technology.

⏎ March 14, 2019

Facebook backtracks after removing Warren ads calling for Facebook breakup - POLITICO 🔒 www.politico.com

Facebook can’t possibly deal with verifying political ads, but they sure were able to figure out ads that were negative about Facebook?

⏎ March 14, 2019

Emma Haruka Iwao smashes pi world record with Google help - BBC News 🔒 www.bbc.com

31 trillion digits. Wow! 🤓

⏎ March 14, 2019

The ACME Protocol is an IETF Standard — Let's Encrypt 🔒 letsencrypt.org

Let’s Encrypt is continuing to push the state of the art for security certificates on the web. Very happy to see this. Now hopefully more CAs will start using ACME.

⏎ March 11, 2019

Brief Examples of OmniFocus Perspectives 🔒 www.macdrifter.com

This is a good overview of the more advanced things you can do with OmniFocus perspectives. Good examples too!

⏎ March 11, 2019

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