What an amazing video. Wow.⏎ January 14, 2020
I often find little nuggets when reading how other people manage information flows.⏎ January 11, 2020
I can’t recommend Ring to anyone. The company has a bad reputation with security and I think their fear based marketing campaigns are despicable. Before you think this article is good, since Ring took action when someone watched videos, ask yourself why they even could do that. This shouldn’t even be possible to do.⏎ January 11, 2020
Very interesting personal knowledge system.⏎ January 11, 2020
I’ve been trying to use streaks to reinforce good habits.
But it turns out that real progress comes not from measuring ourselves against everyone else’s pace, but in building habits. And habits come from streaks.
I use Streaks on iOS to keep track of mine. My longest streak is currently at 336 days! 🏆⏎ January 11, 2020
My book club read How to Read a Book which is a much deeper dive on this topic, but there is a lot of similarities.⏎ January 11, 2020
I’ve coached many people on this over years. The most common place in technology for anger, or anger-frustration, to appear is dealing with system failures. Everyone is on edge, tensions are high, and people have a swirl of feelings from fear, anger, frustration, anxiety and many more coarsing through their system. The cortisol is pumping. But anger is not helpful, and creates a cancer in a culture. Leaders cannot exhibit it, and cannot condone it.⏎ January 11, 2020
Completely agree with this, and I also see it from time to time. If you are presenting to the room, then stand in front and present. Take the stage!⏎ January 11, 2020
Interesting advice for managers.
How often do we just move on to the next thing? ESPECIALLY in our work as managers! There’s no launch party for a reorg :D There’s no trophy for writing that really hard email, or delivering that really challenging feedback.
Find trustworthy peers to lean on so that they can celebrate YOUR progress, and you can celebrate THEIRS, too. It’s a game changer.
Oftentimes this happens through formal or informal mentor relationships, but I like the idea of being more deliberate with it.⏎ January 11, 2020
I love all the innovative projects going on right now to make blogging easy, and importantly beautiful, again. We need these projects to create a path for people that want to opt-out of the surveillance systems of social media.⏎ January 11, 2020
I think that augmented reality is going to be a huge deal. I’m intrigued by visual AR, but I’m also intrigued by audio AR. When we can engage with the real world with all the insight and capabilities of technology it could be amazing.
Where AR has the potential to change everything is the ability not to be ‘in your face’, but to blend into the world around you. The capability to seamlessly augment your vision is so powerful that if Apple — or anybody else — ever pulls it off, it will upend how we interact with technology as much or more as the smartphone ever did.
There is a very real negative path here too, and I’m hard put to give a good answer why that won’t be where we end up. But the potential here is amazing.⏎ January 11, 2020
To the point advice for leaders.
When I’ve screwed up as a leader it has been a lack of clarity or presence. Why have I done this? Another truth related to leadership is that all leadership flows from character. Every time I’ve done wrong or less than I could have as a leader it has been a character weakness, either temporary or an ongoing struggle.
This is one to refer back to from time-to-time, especially if you are facing some challenging decisions or situations.⏎ January 11, 2020
Mind maps are a tool that I feel I could get a lot more value out of so I enjoyed this take from Brett Terpstra. I have all the same tools that he has, and this article helped me think about them differently. I might sign up for the Mind Mapping Course at The Sweet Setup.⏎ January 11, 2020
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Dissatisfaction with materialism and the usual rewards of society is not new, but minimalism is not an idea with a straightforward chronological history. It is more like a feeling that repeats in different times and places around the world. It is defined by the sense that the surrounding civilisation is excessive, and has thus lost some kind of original authenticity, which must be regained. The material world holds less meaning in these moments, and so accumulating more stuff loses its appeal.
Open-source pub-sub messaging system. Originally from Yahoo! and now part of Apache.⏎ January 11, 2020
Interesting ideas for different 1:1 conversations.⏎ January 11, 2020
Frank Chimero is a renowned designer, and he’s taken to redesigning his website in the open, and documenting the process. This is a lot of fun to follow. 👏⏎ January 11, 2020
I spent a bunch of time working very closely with newsrooms and building bespoke tools and content management systems for them. This breakdown of the various components of an article is a good glimpse into the complexities in that world.⏎ January 11, 2020
Markdown is a plaintext format already, but this adds a little spice for a terminal user.⏎ December 26, 2019
This is so incredibly geeky, and also very cool.⏎ December 26, 2019
I’ve been paying an $18/year subscription to NoMoRoBo for a while to block the barrage of calls. Once the blocking stopped working and I started getting over a dozen calls a day. It was borderline harassment.
The House voted overwhelmingly to approve the measure earlier this month, and Thursday’s unanimous Senate vote means the bill only requires President Trump’s signature to become law.
Emphasis added. When does the US Senate ever do anything unanimously? I guess everyone hates robocalls.⏎ December 23, 2019
Mozilla providing reviews of products specifically focused on the privacy aspects.⏎ December 23, 2019
I’m a big fan of automation, and I’ve long wanted to learn Lua.
This is a tool for powerful automation of OS X. At its core, Hammerspoon is just a bridge between the operating system and a Lua scripting engine. What gives Hammerspoon its power is a set of extensions that expose specific pieces of system functionality, to the user.
This might be interesting.⏎ December 23, 2019
The metal holes in the new Mac Pro look very cool, but even better, they are designed that way to accommodate the thermal load.
Making those holes deep gets back to the first principle: more surface area means better dissipation. “[The pattern] gives us a lot of surface area, which is hugely beneficial,” Ternus says. The Pro Display has fans for specific components, but the bored metal holes are what keeps that huge panel of LEDs cool enough to run so bright.
I love when great design and engineering need is solved in one solution.⏎ December 19, 2019
Kourosh thinks deeply about his GTD system, and he uses OmniFocus just like me, so I find his reflections to be very useful. I tend to never let my Inbox get cluttered, but I also wonder if I couldn’t shove more things into the Inbox and get them out of my way.⏎ December 19, 2019
It seems I’ve never used
make right, or even really understood it. 🤷♂️
Good research on metadata to enable smart previews of links.⏎ December 19, 2019
The experiences documented here are disturbing and concerning. First, what the hell is wrong with these men? Second, how do you manage this and protect your kids online? Staying far, far away from all social platforms seems the best choice.⏎ December 19, 2019
There seems to be a pretty straightforward means to radicalize people to some desired outcome online. Wether the alt-right, or terrorist organizations, the playbook seems very similar.⏎ December 19, 2019
This reminds me a bit of Unix
Okay, there really is an app for everything! 🐕💩⏎ December 12, 2019
Love this project. In a world where I had unlimited free time I’d bite off a big chunk of it to play with Scuttlebutt. It’s a really interesting protocol for rarely connected network devices. The video is a good overview. Maybe this can be my version of prepping. 😎⏎ December 12, 2019
I’m not a Tim Ferriss devotee, but I find his stuff interesting, and I like that he’s returning to writing.
Equally important, those early years of regular writing helped me to think more clearly and to hone a craft I deeply revere. For me, to write is to become more human. To the extent that I’m sane, writing helped keep me in that lane.
I strongly agree with him. It’s easy to have thoughts and jabber on about them. It’s much harder, and intellectually rewarding, to actually form sentences and paragraphs.⏎ December 12, 2019
The animation in this article showing the highest paid athletes is pretty cool to watch. I had no idea boxers made so much money! 🥊💰 And then comes Tiger Woods. ⛳️💰💰💰💰💰💰💰⏎ December 12, 2019
More than you ever wanted to know about how Git works. 🤓⏎ December 12, 2019
It’s amazing how much one can learn through completely open and free resources like this. This might be a cool course to take between Christmas and New Years!⏎ December 12, 2019
This is a huge deal for Lightroom on iPadOS being a powerful tool for a photographer. Being able to skip passed the built-in Photos system and go direct into Lightroom is very important. I hope to give this a workout on some of our travels this summer.⏎ December 12, 2019
Drafts is the fastest app that I have on both my iOS and macOS devices for capturing random bits of text and then working with it. Actions are super powerful and it’s great to see them coming to macOS now.⏎ December 12, 2019
Overview of two common and different ways to access data, and the tradeoffs between them.⏎ December 12, 2019
I despise Ring’s marketing tactics. A look at this map shows that it works. It turns out we don’t need the government to create a surveillance state. If we sell people fear and tell them they’ll be safe violating the privacy of anyone walking in the public spaces around there house that is enough. 😠⏎ December 12, 2019
A ton of recommendations for different communications inside of a company. It seems like a lot, but there are some really good nuggets in here. Grab one thing and try it out?⏎ December 12, 2019
I find JSON-LD interesting. JSON is super interesting, but it lacks semantics. That is where JSON-LD comes in.
JSON-LD is a specification being developed in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as a media type
application/ld+json. This means you can still parse it as a plain-ol’ JSON document, but there are some additional conventions that add meaning to the content.
This might bring some of the good parts of XML to the JSON world.⏎ December 12, 2019
I can’t say that I completely get it, but it looks cool.⏎ December 12, 2019
I love this and thing all engineers should try to embody many of these 9 disciplines. 👍⏎ December 12, 2019
I have never used Tiktok, and I don’t plan to start ever. This article is an interesting read but don’t ignore it just because you don’t use Tiktok. Everything they are doing, is probably being done by several other services. It’s very good to be aware of how much targeting, identification, and tracking is being done in these applications. Honestly the app is just a little trinket to get you to fiddle with all of this tracking! 👀⏎ December 12, 2019
Nearly every technical system of moderate complexity will use queues at some place, and there will inevitably be a time when those queues backup and cause problems. It can be very hard to explain those issues to non-technical folks. This simple article does a good job highlighting the non-linear behavior of queues.⏎ December 10, 2019
Short post from Patrick Rhone about looking at our time and how that defines you. I continue to be intrigued by the idea of calendar analytics. I think there is a very real amount of value that a service could give you from the information on your calendar.⏎ December 10, 2019
Searing open letter to Twitters board arguing that the poor performance of the company should result in the firing of the part-time CEO Jack Dorsey. I don’t know that I care so much, I’m not a Twitter shareholder, but Dorsey does seem more than a bit looney.⏎ December 10, 2019
Great article highlighting the value of extending or enhancing time that you get from products. Galloway then goes into the horrible tradeoff that a company like Facebook makes in that bargain.
Movies and HBO saved some time, but were relatively expensive. And then came Google, Facebook, and Netflix. I’ll get a year back (time spent not watching ads) in exchange for $4,680 spent on Netflix. How to even think of doing research without Google? Would I have to go to a library and log on to Lexis/Nexis? It’s hard to imagine how much time and life Google has created.
Facebook is now squarely in the red and a net negative for society. The social network held the promise of enhancing our time here, via connection, and has delivered on much of that. However, most time enhancement has been negated, as the social network is depressing our teens and endangering our most precious asset, girls. Teen suicide has skyrocketed — up 77% for older teen girls and up 151% for younger teens (research by colleague Jonathan Haidt).
Good time for a New Years evaluation to delete Facebook and remove it from your life?⏎ December 10, 2019