I find it very interesting to hear how tech companies are evolving their hiring practices. There is still too much “gut” instinct in hiring. At SPS we have adopted some of these practices as well as we’ve improved the process. I like that this highlighted some of the complications of these more sophisticated processes as well.⏎ January 3, 2019
Solid review of the new iPad Pro after using it for a prolonged period. I totally agree with the sentiments, as well as not replacing your laptop with an iPad Pro. There are a number of things that I do on my iPad that I cannot do on my MacBook, and an equal number that are the other way around too. Notable app highlights in this writeup as well.⏎ January 3, 2019
This is a good read. I don’t think I’d want to be a “cable guy”.⏎ January 2, 2019
I think I could have nearly the exact same set of goals.⏎ January 2, 2019
More thoughts on Serverless architectures, this time on costs. Bray’s point is valid, the solution may have as much, if not more, impact on cost than the deployment model.⏎ January 2, 2019
This is a shocking valuation in such a short period of time.
The deal values Juul at $38 billion, a similar market capitalization to that of Target, MetLife, Delta Air Lines, and Ford. Fifteen hundred Juul employees split a $2 billion dividend as a result, becoming instant millionaires overnight.
All being built by addicting people, mostly kids, to nicotine and encouraging them to do something that is bad for them. Maybe Facebook should have bought Juul?⏎ January 2, 2019
Interesting background data on how chores and allowances encourage behaviors.
He advises that allowance be used as a means of showing children how to save, give, and spend on things they care about. Kids should do chores, he writes, “for the same reason we do—because the chores need to be done, and not with the expectation of compensation … Allowance ought to stand on its own, not as a wage but as a teaching tool.”
In our family the kids get an allowance just on schedule, it’s not tied to chores. Chores are things you do because your part of the family and we all chip in.⏎ January 2, 2019
Open source API management solution.⏎ January 1, 2019
Are we still talking about Linux on the desktop? 👀⏎ December 31, 2018
Can we start a campaign to get President Obama off of Facebook and share information like this without requiring people to submit to surveillance to get his posts? Plus, like some of the book (and other) recommendations here.⏎ December 31, 2018
Two things on this.
My book club read Bowling Alone which covers the value of clubs, and sadly the decline of many of them in America. This is a good book to go along with Newport’s thesis here.
While I’m talking about my book club, that is a “analog social media” activity that I value and treasure.
🤝⏎ December 31, 2018
Why would anyone believe that Facebook is actually serious about this? The only motivation for them is fear. I wouldn’t recommend trusting a company to do something that goes against their profit motive. Why was Google Chrome the last browser to support Do Not Track? It doesn’t help them. Why do they still not support privacy enhancing features with cookies? Same reason. Why would Facebook ever limit its data on you? This is akin to asking cigarette companies to also give you advice on lung health.⏎ December 31, 2018
My friend Leah Cunningham left the social web and is now on the IndieWeb. I recommend subscribing to her site with your favorite feed reader.⏎ December 31, 2018
I’ve been using fish shell for a while now and it feels modern and nice. It reminds me how zsh felt many, many years ago. These improvements in 3.0 are very good! 👍⏎ December 31, 2018
Will be looking forward to reading this book. Via @SamPierson.⏎ December 28, 2018
It turns out coffee is a giant monoculture, susceptible to many bad things. 😳⏎ December 27, 2018
I love that Knuth got such an expansive writeup in the New York Times. He’s a pioneer and someone that all of us in the computing field should admire. I have the first three volumes of The Art of Computer Programming. I’ll admit I’ve not read them, but I love that it is titled Art, as that is what programmers should strive to create. Link from my friend Michael Rock.⏎ December 27, 2018
I really like this metaphor and insight. I went back and read the original post that Newport is highlighting as well. The “web” versus “stream” thought deserves further consideration. Organic webs of links feel very much like our brain, very human, even organic. A stream of stuff is very robotic, very mechanical, not human.⏎ December 27, 2018
Interesting insight into how Gemmel organizes his books in Ulysses. Independent of the writing part, just technically authoring and structuring a book must be difficult. This is an interesting model. I have thoughts of someday writing a book, will file this away for reference later.⏎ December 27, 2018
This talk doesn’t actually identify itself as GTD for Teens, but it is given by one of the authors of the book. As a Twin Cities resident I was also surprised that I had no idea there was a TEDxEdina event just a few miles from my house. I also didn’t know that Mark Wallace, one of the GTD for Teens authors and a speaker at this event lived in the Twin Cities! I watched this talk with my teenage daughter and it sort of interested her, but not enough for me to light a shared spark of GTD-ness yet. 🧐⏎ December 27, 2018
A lot of people write about creating powerful “morning routines”. It strikes me an evening routine might be even more important though.⏎ December 27, 2018
A deeper dive into how Hystrix implements the circuit breaker pattern.⏎ December 27, 2018
I continue to find this topic interesting, and I wish it would be taken a level higher. Why is it okay for government to use a service like Facebook to share information with citizens? Facebook and Twitter require you to create an account and be surveilled. Why is it okay for a government elected by citizens to choose a medium that requires creating an account with a for profit entity and then being surveilled to get information. Email doesn’t suffer this problem, and works just fine. And, I don’t think a government we elect should be allowed to block us. That takes it to the extreme of requiring surveillance to get the information, and then blocking citizens from even seeing the information.⏎ December 27, 2018
Good introduction to the circuit breaker design pattern and how to implement it in two different platforms.⏎ December 27, 2018
This is an interesting idea. I wonder if a broader push like this might be successful. Companies could proclaim how they respect your privacy as part of their value proposition.⏎ December 27, 2018
Great inventory of apps for macOS.⏎ December 27, 2018
Viticci knows iPad productivity better than anyone else I know. HIs list of apps that he’s using is a great place to find new tools. I follow his writing pretty closely and still found three or four new apps in this list.⏎ December 27, 2018
An interesting read to see how the Python language will be governed now that the BDFL has stepped aside.⏎ December 27, 2018
I continue to believe that there is hidden insights locked away in our calendars, and software should help us get more from it. Timing has now added calendar integration. I still don’t like using Timing or Rescue Time. Knowing that I have software watching me feels creepy, even when it’s software I’m using to watch myself.⏎ December 27, 2018
Expansive book list. I find these fun to browse for inspiration.⏎ December 27, 2018
I really don’t like linking to Twitter, but this video is fun and I can’t find it on the open web. I can’t wait to see games in 2019 at Allianz Field!⏎ December 27, 2018
My friend Leah Cunningham has decided she’s done with Facebook properties, and shares why.⏎ December 22, 2018
Fun interview with the ED of Minnestar, Maria Boland Ploessl about minnestar and her transition into parenthood.⏎ December 21, 2018
Though the populations sampled and the auction design differ across the experiments, we consistently find the average Facebook user would require more than $1000 to deactivate their account for one year.
🤦♂️⏎ December 20, 2018
Quick primer for non-marketing types to help write better copy to engage.⏎ December 20, 2018
This should surprise nobody.
For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews.
Facebook is a surveillance engine, not a company or a social network. It’s goal is to surveil you and to profit from that. Preferably addict you as well.⏎ December 20, 2018
A good explainer on why telling stories that connect to the future matters so much!⏎ December 20, 2018
Just in time for the holidays some simple tips on better photos. It misses one that I think is very important, particularly with kids, which is to get to eye level with your subject. Kids are often taken pictures from “above” them. It’s better if you get your camera right at eye level for the subject.⏎ December 20, 2018
Eye opening way to show gun violence.⏎ December 20, 2018
Darkroom is amazing but it badly needed an iPad version, and now there is one!⏎ December 20, 2018
It never made sense to me that this wasn’t universal since it messed up syncing. I’m giving this app another try since it seems like something I would like, but I’ve never gotten into the habit of using it.⏎ December 20, 2018
I use this app passively to get approximate data about sleep patterns. You can get reasonably good data by just installing it and letting it go.⏎ December 20, 2018
An absolutely delightful article for Christmas on NORAD and Santa Claus… 🎄
This year, 1,500 volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs will, once again, answer over 150,000 telephone calls and thousands of emails from children all over the world. And the NORAD Santa Tracker itself will receive over 20 million visits.
🎅 Via Chad Burdette.⏎ December 20, 2018
Some acquisition news from SPS Commerce! 👍⏎ December 19, 2018
Instagram doesn’t get the focus that Facebook does regarding potential misuse, but it should. And please remember, it’s all just Facebook since they bought Instagram.
The new research also points to the previously underappreciated prominence of the IRA’s use of Instagram. It notes that IRA posts on the photo-sharing platform received 187 million engagements, which dwarfed the 76.5 million engagements that IRA posts received on Facebook.
That’s pretty amazing engagement.⏎ December 18, 2018
MacStories produces some of the most in-depth looks at iOS apps out there. The idea of an annual award is a little gimmicky, but from them I’ll pay attention. I’ve played with Agenda, which they pick as the top app, but it hasn’t resonated with me. I might give it another go given their enthusiasm. Scriptable here is a nice nod to it’s potential, but it’s still far too complicated for even most power users.⏎ December 18, 2018
I’ve been impressed with Darkroom on iOS since I first used it. I had two issues that kept me from using it a lot: it was buggy and crashed somewhat frequently, and it had no iPad app. The bugs got better, and today we get an iPad app that looks great! This continues to be an incredible impressive RAW editing app for iOS.⏎ December 18, 2018
A nice way to add some fun to your command line! 😍⏎ December 18, 2018
Tim Bray’s entire set of essays on Serverless are fabulous. He’s incredible knowledgable in this domain. This one on latency I thought was particularly informative to help the reader think about the problem in a more precise way.⏎ December 16, 2018
The headline here is intentionally overstated. Technology companies file patents constantly for stuff that they have no plan to make. With that said, the patent described here is straight out of some Orwellian surveillance state.
Imagine if a neighborhood was set up with these doorbell cameras. Simply walking up to a friend’s house could result in your face, your fingerprint, or your voice being flagged as “suspicious” and delivered to a government database without your knowledge or consent. With Amazon selling the devices, operating the servers, and pushing the technology on law enforcement, the company is building all the pieces of a surveillance network, reaching from the government all the way to our front doors.
It’s not obvious to most people that a bunch of houses with fancy “smart doorbells” can result in a surveillance state, but it surely can.⏎ December 16, 2018