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I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me ๐Ÿ”’ www.fastcompany.com

Call to action on what to do to protect privacy online.

Not to be outdone, another startup projected a map of San Francisco with a red line tracking a real, anonymous person throughout their day. He challenged us to infer what we could about her. She left the house at 7 a.m. Went to Starbucks. Went to a school. Went to a yoga studio. Went back to the school. She was a mother with at least one child, and we knew where she lived. We knew this because this womanโ€™s cell phone was tracking her every move. As does every other cell phone, including the one in your pocket right now.

I like the four steps that are outlined to give people the control they deserve.

โŽ June 13, 2019


Hands-On with iPadOS and iOS 13: Changes Big and Small โ€“ MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

Highlights of some of the changes coming in iPadOS. This is solid stuff for people that want to do more of their work on their iPad, like me. ๐Ÿ™Œ

โŽ June 13, 2019


Salesforce is buying data visualization company Tableau for $15.7B in all-stock deal | TechCrunch ๐Ÿ”’ techcrunch.com

This is a big deal and a major get for Salesforce. A while back Salesforce tried to make their Wave offering a thing in this space. It never really got traction.

โŽ June 11, 2019


iOS 13: How to share iCloud Drive folders from iPhone and iPad - 9to5Mac ๐Ÿ”’ 9to5mac.com

Finally iCloud will allow you to share folders! ๐Ÿคจ

โŽ June 11, 2019


iOS 13 cracks down on location permission settings - 9to5Mac ๐Ÿ”’ 9to5mac.com

This looks like a great way to highlight for the user what they are about to share. ๐Ÿ™Œ

โŽ June 11, 2019


The IA Client โ€“ The Swiss Army Knife of Internet Archive | Internet Archive Blogs ๐Ÿ”’ blog.archive.org

Cool to see Internet Archive building a command line tool like this to help people automate collection of data to the archive. ๐Ÿ› 

โŽ June 11, 2019


The Making of a YouTube Radical - The New York Times ๐Ÿ”’ www.nytimes.com

This is a pretty incredible, detailed walk-through of how following a series of videos on YouTube changed this individuals outlook. So much of this content is not visible to most people.

Perhaps this shouldnโ€™t be a surprise. Our political culture is now built largely on shapeshifting internet platforms, which have made flipping partisan allegiances as easy as changing hairstyles. Itโ€™s possible that vulnerable young men like Mr.ย Cain will drift away from radical groups as they grow up and find stability elsewhere. Itโ€™s also possible that this kind of whiplash polarization is here to stay as political factions gain and lose traction online.

I honestly tend to avoid YouTube. Iโ€™ve found the whole platform to be a bit of a mess.

โŽ June 9, 2019


Exercise-Bike Maker Peloton Files Confidentially for IPO - WSJ ๐Ÿ”’ www.wsj.com

Iโ€™m a huge fan of our Peloton gear and the service. Seems like it would be a good investment!

โŽ June 6, 2019


In Conversation with Juan Porral and Gregory Haley | FOD NYC ๐Ÿ”’ fodnyc.org

Greg was one of my roommates in college and his passion for architecture and design has always been so front and center. Reading this interview with him it reminded me a lot of people that build software as well. Greg highlights that design brings people together and is relatable. There is a lot of technology that aspires to do the same thing. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

โŽ June 6, 2019


Xcode - SwiftUI - Apple Developer ๐Ÿ”’ developer.apple.com

SwiftUI looks amazing and simple. ๐Ÿ•ด

โŽ June 6, 2019


SEC.gov | SEC Charges Issuer With Conducting $100 Million Unregistered ICO ๐Ÿ”’ www.sec.gov

This seems significant. ๐Ÿšจ

โŽ June 6, 2019


How to Organize Your Life With GTD (Step-By-Step Workflow Guide) ๐Ÿ”’ doist.com

Good introduction and overview of GTD. Iโ€™ve been using GTD for 10+ years and plan on using it for another 10 and more.

โŽ June 6, 2019


How Cooking Can Change Your Life - Michael Pollan - YouTube ๐Ÿ”’ www.youtube.com

Great, short talk from Michael Pollan on the importance of the fundamental act of cooking food for ourselves and our families. Via Patrick Rhone and Swissmiss

โŽ June 6, 2019


An update on Sundayโ€™s service disruption | Google Cloud Blog ๐Ÿ”’ cloud.google.com

When the biggest cloud providers in the world have issues itโ€™s a good reminder on how hard it is to run technology platforms, at scale, continuously.

In essence, the root cause of Sundayโ€™s disruption was a configuration change that was intended for a small number of servers in a single region. The configuration was incorrectly applied to a larger number of servers across several neighboring regions, and it caused those regions to stop using more than half of their available network capacity.

Sounds similar to other big outages, unintended consequences of a change or accidental scoping of a change. These changes come from expert administrators, so the machines follow the direction. I donโ€™t think itโ€™ll be that long before we build some skepticism into our platforms to not always trust even an expert administrators direction if the scope of that change is large.

โŽ June 6, 2019


Appleโ€™s Audacity โ€“ Stratechery by Ben Thompson ๐Ÿ”’ stratechery.com

Thompsonโ€™s recap of the WWDC 2019 announcements is insightful. He gave a lot of attention to the new Sign In with Apple capability and the privacy components of it.

This is the context for Sign In with Apple: developers can now let Apple handle identity instead of Facebook or Google. Furthermore, users creating accounts with Sign In with Apple have the option of using a unique email address per service, breaking that key link to their data profiles, wherever they are housed.

Iโ€™ve been using Maskmail to create unique email addresses and one of the things that frustrates me is how many websites block services that allow you to generate random email addresses. One upside to Apple doing this is I donโ€™t see people trying to block them.

โŽ June 6, 2019


The Full List of Automation Triggers in Shortcuts for iOS 13 โ€“ MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

This is a pretty big power user feature coming to iOS. Being able to trigger a Shortcut on the events shown here will bring a whole new set of customization capabilities to Shortcuts. ๐Ÿ‘

โŽ June 6, 2019


Shopify Unveils First State of Commerce Report - MarketWatch ๐Ÿ”’ www.marketwatch.com

A variety of retail consumer behavior information collected by Shopify. Some interesting highlights in here.

โŽ June 6, 2019


iOS 13: The MacStories Overview โ€“ MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

I really dig these improvements coming in iOS 13. Scheduling Shortcuts to run on a schedule opens up a whole bunch of new things that you can do on your phone. The photos changes look great. I donโ€™t use Reminders, Iโ€™m an OmniFocus user, but the improvements there will be welcome by many people. Good stuff! ๐Ÿ‘

โŽ June 4, 2019


watchOS 6: The MacStories Overview โ€“ MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

Good overview of new capabilities coming in watchOS 6. Looks like some good stuff.

โŽ June 4, 2019


iPadOS: The MacStories Overview โ€“ MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

Solid overview of the capabilities coming in the newly named iPadOS!

โŽ June 4, 2019


Announcing Snowflake on Google Cloud Platform | Google Cloud Blog ๐Ÿ”’ cloud.google.com

We have had amazing success with Snowflake and itโ€™s great to see that it is now on all three of the major cloud providers!

โŽ June 4, 2019


nextdns ๐Ÿ”’ www.nextdns.io

This looks like a compelling DNS service.

The first cloud-based private DNS service that gives you full control over what is allowed and what is blocked on the Internet.

Iโ€™m still leaning towards using Pi-hole.

โŽ June 4, 2019


An Exercise Program for the Fat Web ๐Ÿ”’ blog.codinghorror.com

This may have convinced me to jump into Pi-hole and better protect privacy for my entire home network. I was using the Eero Plus service but Iโ€™ve found that to have some performance issues, and I no longer trust that it will be true to itโ€™s mission now that they have been acquired.

โŽ May 31, 2019


A People Map of the US ๐Ÿ”’ pudding.cool

This is really cool and fun to play with.

A People Map of the US, where city names are replaced by their most Wikipediaโ€™ed resident: people born in, lived in, or connected to a place.

itโ€™s very interesting to drill down to towns you know and see the names highlighted.

โŽ May 31, 2019


Visualization: 2012โ€“2019 US Electric Car Sales (This Is A Must See) | CleanTechnica ๐Ÿ”’ cleantechnica.com

This visual of EV car sales over time is pretty amazing. It puts the importance of the Tesla Model 3 into perspective!

โŽ May 30, 2019


What's New in Alfred 4 ๐Ÿ”’ www.alfredapp.com

I use Launchbar but Alfred tempts me with some of itโ€™s cool capabilities.

โŽ May 30, 2019


Photographer Jun Yamamoto Captures The Magic Of Japan Streets At Night ๐Ÿ”’ designyoutrust.com

Incredible photography. ๐Ÿ“ท

โŽ May 30, 2019


SR-71 Online - SR-71 Flight Manual ๐Ÿ”’ www.sr-71.org

When I was a kid the SR-71 Blackbird was one of those amazing, nearly mythical things. How fun to be able to read the flight manual now!

โŽ May 30, 2019


PugSQL :: SQL is Extremely Good, Actually ๐Ÿ”’ pugsql.org

Nice, KISS, approach to keeping your database interfaces simple in Python.

โŽ May 30, 2019


Chrome to limit full ad blocking extensions to enterprise users - 9to5Google ๐Ÿ”’ 9to5google.com

This is exactly why I will not use Chrome as my primary browser. It is a great browser, and every other browser is better because of the amazing job it did with Javascript performance. But they were the last to support Do Not Track, and with this decision they are making it very clear that protecting your privacy is not aligned with their mission.

โŽ May 30, 2019


Announcing Minnestar's Newest Board Members - Minnestar ๐Ÿ”’ minnestar.org

Iโ€™m so happy to welcome these new members to the Minnestar board! ๐Ÿ’š

โŽ May 30, 2019


ongoing by Tim Bray ยท On SQS ๐Ÿ”’ www.tbray.org

Bray knows a lot about writing great software, and I like his rounded view on queues.

The proportion of services I work on where queues are absolutely necessary rounds to 100%. And if you look at our customers, lots of them manage to get away without queues (good for them!) but a really huge number totally depend on them. And I donโ€™t think thatโ€™s because the customers are stupid.

Iโ€™ve been on the wrong end of queues many times. Itโ€™s a massive problem when you have a production queue that is backed up and you have to somehow get the data off and moving safely. Iโ€™ve probably been dealing with queues for 25 years at this point. But all in, they have a very valid place in systems. Just like everything in software though, they are not magical. ๐Ÿฆ„

โŽ May 30, 2019


Introducing Mercury OS โ€“ UX Collective ๐Ÿ”’ uxdesign.cc

Cool conceptual framework for a different way of thinking about an operating system and the user experience for it.

โŽ May 30, 2019


Rethinking Brand You ๐Ÿ”’ www.strategy-business.com

I enjoy Tom Peters writing on leadership and business. His โ€œpersonal brandโ€ message is often taken the wrong way.

Yes. You give a shit, and it shows. You build your brand as a leader, not by making great speeches to thousands of people, but in conversation after conversation, one by one by one, making a small difference each time. Thatโ€™s the best aspiration you can hope for, in most jobs, and probably the longest lasting.

Be authentic and genuine! ๐Ÿค

โŽ May 30, 2019


OKRs from a development teamโ€™s perspective โ€“ ZAFU LABS ๐Ÿ”’ zafulabs.com

Weโ€™ve been adopting OKRโ€™s in our team at SPS and I think there are some substantial benefits from having it. This article highlights a level that I donโ€™t think would make a lot of sense. Tying spring backlog items to OKRโ€™s seems like an odd thing.

Shouldnโ€™t we be using the OKRs to drive coming up with ideas in the first place instead of just wedging them in afterwards?

Yes. That is how it should work.

โŽ May 30, 2019


You got this. | Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design ๐Ÿ”’ www.zeldman.com

I can totally relate to this post from Zeldman and his feelings around learning new technology.

โŽ May 30, 2019


How to Move Beyond a Monolithic Data Lake to a Distributed Data Mesh ๐Ÿ”’ martinfowler.com

This is a very dense article, and has some interesting thoughts on getting leverage from data.

So what is the answer to the failure modes and characteristics we discussed above? In my opinion a paradigm shift is necessary. A paradigm shift at the intersection of techniques that have been instrumental in building modern distributed architecture at scale; Techniques that the tech industry at large has adopted at an accelerated rate and that have created successful outcomes.

I suggest that the next enterprise data platform architecture is in the convergence of Distributed Domain Driven Architecture, Self-serve Platform Design, and Product Thinking with Data.

I think Iโ€™d have to read this a couple of times along with some others to really grok it. ๐Ÿคฏ

โŽ May 30, 2019


Why CIOs Make The Perfect Corporate Board Members ๐Ÿ”’ www.forbes.com

Iโ€™ve been exploring board opportunities for a while and feel strongly that a CTO/CIO is of growing importance for boards. This piece hits it spot on.

CIOs have a breadth and depth of understanding of their companies and industries that give them an exceptionally valuable ability to contribute to the broader boardroom agenda. Adept at business case building to justify their budgets they also naturally execute in a team-based environment with other executives. Digital and technology savvy, strategic and operational business aptitude, governance aware, team-oriented, risk versed, well rounded, deeper and broader than a CFO or CEO, CIOs need to be on every corporate board.

I expect that in coming years having a CTO/CIO on the board will be considered absolutely necessary.

โŽ May 30, 2019


How Data (and Some Breathtaking Soccer) Brought Liverpool to the Cusp of Glory - The New York Times ๐Ÿ”’ www.nytimes.com

Good read for Liverpool fans coming into the UEFA Championship this weekend. Itโ€™s nice to see the data driven analysis made famous in Moneyball is thriving in soccer too! โšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿค“

โŽ May 30, 2019


(Don't Fear) The Reaper ๐Ÿ”’ www.highcaffeinecontent.com

Next week Apple WWDC 2019 will likely begin the transition to an entirely new UI framework for macOS. This article does a good job putting that in context and looking at the last time that happened, when NeXT OPENSTEP was in the mix.

In 2007, Apple got the chance for a complete do-over of Mac OS X with a modern architecture optimized for touchscreen devices with powerful GPUs, but with thermal, resource, and battery constraints. That do-over was, of course, iPhone OS. [โ€ฆ]

With macOS 10.15, UIKit is finally coming back to the Mac to serve as a top-tier native application development framework alongside AppKit. This is the start of Appleโ€™s next transition, and just like last time, itโ€™s almost unfathomably difficult to see how these two completely different architectures will cooperate and find common ground.

I think this will be a fun ride. ๐ŸŽข

โŽ May 30, 2019


CQRS and Event Sourcing Intro For Developers - Software House ASC ๐Ÿ”’ altkomsoftware.pl

Detailed and well-written overview of this powerful architectural pattern.

โŽ May 30, 2019


Available on MasterClass: "Aaron Franklin Teaches Texas-Style BBQ" โ€” Tools and Toys ๐Ÿ”’ toolsandtoys.net

OMG this is so amazing and awesome! I experienced the magic of Franklin Barbecue and this series of classes with Aaron Franklin are exceedingly well done. Iโ€™ve also got a bit of a โ€˜man crushโ€™ on Franklin. Iโ€™d love to hang out for a day of smoking BBQ with him. Iโ€™d even bring the beer! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿป

โŽ May 30, 2019


Interactive presentation software - Mentimeter ๐Ÿ”’ www.mentimeter.com

This looks like a solid tool

Mentimeter is an easy-to-use presentation software used by more than 25 million people. With Mentimeter you can create fun and interactive presentations. We help you make your events, presentations, lectures, and workshops innovative and memorable.

Thanks Paul Birkbeck.

โŽ May 30, 2019


H.264 is magic: a technical walkthrough of a remarkable technology. ๐Ÿ”’ sidbala.com

Deep dive into the video compression method that is likely powering everything you watch.

โŽ May 27, 2019


Yes, This Photo from Everest Is Real | Outside Online ๐Ÿ”’ www.outsideonline.com

Summiting Everest is perhaps too popular now!

โŽ May 27, 2019


The Empty Promise of Data Moats โ€“ Andreessen Horowitz ๐Ÿ”’ a16z.com

Just having data doesnโ€™t mean anything if you donโ€™t have a use and have structured the data in a way to provide strategic benefit.

None of this is to suggest data is pointless! But it does need more thoughtful consideration than leaping from โ€œwe have lots of dataโ€ to โ€œtherefore we have long-term defensibilityโ€. Because data moats clearly donโ€™t last (or automatically happen) through data collection alone, carefully thinking about the strategies that map onto the data journey can help you compete with โ€” and more intentionally and proactively keep up with โ€” a data advantage. Itโ€™s way better to plan for it than being blindsided when an asymptote or point of diminishing returns suddenly hits your company.

Having a data strategy is probably a good place to start.

โŽ May 23, 2019


Khoi Vinh on How His Blog Amplified His Work and Career โ€“ Own Your Content ๐Ÿ”’ ownyourcontent.wordpress.com

Great story from a well known blogger on the value that his personal website has brought to his career and work.

โŽ May 23, 2019


Tesla: Insane or Clever โ€“ Monday Note ๐Ÿ”’ mondaynote.com

This article captures very well the way I think about Tesla. Itโ€™s all about the software.

Turning to mainstream, legacy car companies, we have to ask what they know about softwareโ€Šโ€”โ€Šand do they even care? The Engine Control Unit, the computer that controls ignition and fuel injection, comes from a vendor like Robert Bosch (my autokorrekt wants to write โ€œogre botchโ€); the gearbox controller from ZF (as in toothed gears, Zahnrad Fabrik) or Japanโ€™s Aisin; and the entertainment/navigation module from Panasonic and others. And they all use bundled software. To conventional automakers, software is a sourced component, often from the lowest bidder, a hard-to-control annoyance.

Itโ€™s a situation thatโ€™s reminiscent of the early days of cell phones. Motorola and Nokia had software because they had to, they even boasted about being good at it, only to be displaced by competitors who loved software, namely Googleโ€™s Android and Appleโ€™s iOS.

Iโ€™ve told many friends that driving my Tesla Model 3 feels a lot using an early iPhone. The dashboardโ€™s emptiness harkens back to the ridicule of the first iPhone, that โ€œit doesnโ€™t even have a keyboard!โ€ Yeah, there is no speedometer in the middle of the steering wheel. The car can become completely different with a software update. Just today I got a new software push that changes dramatically some of the on screen displays.

Itโ€™s awesome to experience this, and wether other companies catch up to batteries and motors I suspect is a given. But catching up to the unified software platform that Tesla has is going to be exceedingly hard. For everyone that is, except other software companies. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

โŽ May 23, 2019


Kickstarter will not voluntarily recognize its employee union - The Verge ๐Ÿ”’ www.theverge.com

I didnโ€™t realize that Kickstarter had so much internal turmoil.

โŽ May 22, 2019


Playdate. A New Handheld Gaming System ๐Ÿ”’ play.date

This looks super fun, and Panic is a top-tier company that makes great products. I love the idea that this brand new handheld game unit comes with a โ€œSeason 1โ€ of 12 games, delivered every week. Gruberโ€™s reaction is worth reading too. Plus, it has a crank! Love that! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ•น

โŽ May 22, 2019





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