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SPS Commerce Acquires MAPADOC - MarketWatch ๐Ÿ”’ www.marketwatch.com

Team SPS gets bigger and better! Also article on Star Tribune. ๐Ÿ™Œ

โŽ August 27, 2019

How to manage up effectively - Know Your Team | Blog ๐Ÿ”’ knowyourteam.com

Good practical suggestions here. But you could probably just anchor on the very first sentence.

You want to manage up — but what you really mean is that you simply want to work well with your boss.


โŽ August 25, 2019

Facebook wants to manage Wi-Fi on your phone ๐Ÿ”’ wongmjane.com

Utterly deceptive capabilities used to undermine your privacy while pretending to offer you value. Just like the rest of Facebook! ๐Ÿ™„

โŽ August 25, 2019

Deconstructing Googleโ€™s excuses on tracking protection ๐Ÿ”’ freedom-to-tinker.com

Last week the WebKit team published their position on trackers and blocking them, focusing on improving privacy for those using the web. Google came out with an oddly titled response, Building a more private web, which got a good Daring Fireball writeup.

This look at the statements Google is making is thorough.

Google is trying to thread a needle here, implying that some level of tracking is consistent with both the original design intent for web technology and user privacy expectations. Neither is true.

If the benchmark is original design intent, letโ€™s be clear: cookies were not supposed to enable third-party tracking, and browsers were supposed to block third-party cookies. We know this because the authors of the original cookie technical specification said so (RFC 2109, Section 4.3.5).

Google gets in tough spots when they have to address privacy. Everyone knows that they thrive on user data. Limiting the ability to collect user data directly, negatively, impacts theyโ€™re revenue.

โŽ August 25, 2019

Michael Tsai - Blog - Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site ๐Ÿ”’ mjtsai.com

Most people I know that use Amazon get frustrated with this. Personally I pay close attention to who the product is sold by and fulfilled by when shopping on Amazon. If itโ€™s not fulfilled by Amazon, I wonโ€™t buy it from them. I go somewhere that does it themselves. And Iโ€™d prefer it is sold by them too, otherwise go to that site and get it from them.

โŽ August 25, 2019

Introducing nushell ๐Ÿ”’ www.jonathanturner.org

I ๐Ÿ’š that people are still innovating with shells and lower level geeky stuff. Iโ€™ve never played with PowerShell but am familiar with itโ€™s concepts. This new shell, which borrows from PowerShells concepts, looks interesting. Iโ€™ll likely still stick to fish, but I bet there are some things that nushell would do very well.

โŽ August 25, 2019

Drive A Tank - Tank Driving, Car Crushing, Machine Gun Shooting ๐Ÿ”’ www.driveatank.com

Who wants a tank? ๐Ÿค 

โŽ August 23, 2019

Sona Mehring - CaringBridge Founder - Twin Cities Business ๐Ÿ”’ tcbmag.com

I had the privilege of being on the CaringBridge board for 6 years and this is podcast with Sona Mehring is a great background on the organization, itโ€™s mission, and Sonaโ€™s energy and passion come through loud and clear.

โŽ August 22, 2019

Apple's New WebKit Policy Takes a Hard Line for User Privacy | Electronic Frontier Foundation ๐Ÿ”’ www.eff.org

Endorsement of WebKits new Tracking Policy from the very important EFF.

โŽ August 22, 2019

WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy | WebKit ๐Ÿ”’ webkit.org

Want to know why I use Safari (WebKit) exclusively to browse the web? This is why.

WebKit will do its best to prevent all covert tracking, and all cross-site tracking (even when itโ€™s not covert). These goals apply to all types of tracking listed above, as well as tracking techniques currently unknown to us.

If a particular tracking technique cannot be completely prevented without undue user harm, WebKit will limit the capability of using the technique. For example, limiting the time window for tracking or reducing the available bits of entropy โ€” unique data points that may be used to identify a user or a userโ€™s behavior.

If even limiting the capability of a technique is not possible without undue user harm, WebKit will ask for the userโ€™s informed consent to potential tracking.

Simple and clear. Aligned with the user and what they should get. ๐Ÿค

โŽ August 22, 2019

Amazon Forecast โ€“ Now Generally Available | AWS News Blog ๐Ÿ”’ aws.amazon.com

Interesting new offering that could bring more sophisticated forecasting capabilities to a larger audience.

โŽ August 22, 2019

Eivind Hjertnes | The โ€œIโ€ in Team ๐Ÿ”’ hjertnes.social


โŽ August 21, 2019

The WeWork IPO โ€“ Stratechery by Ben Thompson ๐Ÿ”’ stratechery.com

WeWork filed itโ€™s S-1 to go public and it is drawing a lot of attention. There was a lot written about it, but I could only get time to read one of them so I picked Ben Thompsonโ€™s. Two other articles worth a look are WeWork isnโ€™t a tech company; itโ€™s a soap opera - The Verge which is a bit more salicious, and a detailed article What is We!? Understanding the WeWork IPO - Byrne Hobart - Medium by a former banker.

I like Thompsonโ€™s two-sided Bull and Bear look at WeWork. Comparing it to AWS is good, but I think the demand and adoption curve is so different that the comparison is strained. The references to WeWork Corporate Governance issues are worth noting. After Uberโ€™s horrible culture, one has to wonder about a company that seems to have so much self-dealing. Add to that the vast amount of money involved and I wonder if this isnโ€™t a future Enron-like story.

โŽ August 21, 2019

Apple Card launches today for all US customers - Apple ๐Ÿ”’ www.apple.com

I really donโ€™t need another credit card. But, I really want to get the new Apple Card. Iโ€™m curious to see how the interface works. It seems like a good deal as far as a card goes. Plus, the card is made of Titanium! If you do get it, check out the related You should opt out of the Apple Cardโ€™s arbitration clause โ€” hereโ€™s how article.

โŽ August 21, 2019

Exclusive: Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on whatโ€™s next for Tumblr - The Verge ๐Ÿ”’ www.theverge.com

I donโ€™t think there would be a better buyer for Tumblr than Automattic.

โŽ August 21, 2019

World's largest EV never has to be recharged ๐Ÿ”’ www.greencarreports.com

I so ๐Ÿ’š this!

The dump truck, at 45 tons, ascends the 13-percent grade and takes on 65 tons of ore. With more than double the weight going back down the hill, the beastโ€™s regenerative braking system recaptures more than enough energy to refill the charge the eDumper used going up.

It actually ends the day with more electricity than it started! โšก๏ธ And itโ€™s huge!

โŽ August 21, 2019

Chart.xkcd | xkcd styled chart lib ๐Ÿ”’ timqian.com

I want to make a website and put charts on it just to play with this!

โŽ August 21, 2019

Exclusive: Apple planning $4.99/month price for Arcade game subscription service after free trial, works with Family Sharing - 9to5Mac ๐Ÿ”’ 9to5mac.com

If $5/mo is the price this is would be an easy decision for me. Our family enjoys playing occasional games and having a curated set of new games seems perfect.

โŽ August 21, 2019

Feedbin for iOS ๐Ÿ”’ feedbin.com

Feedbin is my RSS reader of choice. It is fast, efficient, and easy to use. With a supportable business model.

โŽ August 21, 2019

'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish? | Environment | The Guardian ๐Ÿ”’ www.theguardian.com

So mostly plastic just gets sent somewhere we canโ€™t see it and then, well, nothing really after that.

โŽ August 21, 2019

The Impact of Meditating every day - Pascal Precht's Blog ๐Ÿ”’ pascalprecht.github.io

Iโ€™ve built a very consistent daily meditation practice, and I would concur with many of these benefits.

โŽ August 21, 2019

WorldCat.org: The World's Largest Library Catalog ๐Ÿ”’ www.worldcat.org

This looks like a potential option to link books to instead of feeding visitors straight into an Amazon buy now page.

โŽ August 21, 2019

Cloudflare S-1 ๐Ÿ”’ www.sec.gov

Cloudflare has begun the process of filing to go public. Iโ€™ve been very impressed with Cloudflareโ€™s offerings, the technical depth that they bring to global Internet delivery is amazing. Plus, they are focused on being on the side of good on the Internet.

โŽ August 15, 2019

โ€œBicycle for the Mindโ€ - Learning By Shipping ๐Ÿ”’ medium.learningbyshipping.com

Some great history here. ๐Ÿค“

โŽ August 14, 2019

WARREN ELLIS LTD | This Ainโ€™t Walden Pond, Mate ๐Ÿ”’ warrenellis.ltd

I like this perspective from Warren Ellis on his engagement with social platforms.

I process a lot of stuff, and keep up with a lot of things, and a shift is required to allow for the career step-change. You canโ€™t be dogmatic about anything. Situations tend to be fluid and dynamic, and you need to be able to flow and adjust in response.

Those adjustments are a good thing.

โŽ August 14, 2019

Michael Tsai - Blog - Verizon Sells Tumblr to Automattic ๐Ÿ”’ mjtsai.com

At this point Tumblr the company has long ceased to exist. Tumblr the Community, finding a home at Automattic with WordPress is by far the best outcome that could have ever happened for it. Mullenweg and team will treat this with care and respect.

โŽ August 14, 2019

Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 60+ companies โ€“ย Simple Opt Out ๐Ÿ”’ simpleoptout.com

Nice set of links to immediately drop you to the hidden, obfuscated pages to opt-out of various data sharing things. Great reference!

โŽ August 14, 2019

Escape rooms are very big business - Vox ๐Ÿ”’ www.vox.com

Our family has done well over 20 Escape Rooms. They are a lot of fun!

โŽ August 14, 2019

How YouTube Radicalized Brazil - The New York Times ๐Ÿ”’ www.nytimes.com

There is a lot of great content on YouTube, but this stuff is far too prevalent.

As his time on the site grew, YouTube recommended videos from other far-right figures. One was a lawmaker named Jair Bolsonaro, then a marginal figure in national politics โ€” but a star in YouTubeโ€™s far-right community in Brazil, where the platform has become more widely watched than all but one TV channel.

Last year, he became President Bolsonaro.

It lowers YouTube (Googleโ€™s) revenue by blocking this stuff. I wouldnโ€™t expect much to happen.

โŽ August 14, 2019

RSSMailer ๐Ÿ”’ rssmailer.app

Simple app to send emails when an item appears in an RSS feed. Cool tools like this are just one of the reasons I ๐Ÿ’š RSS.

โŽ August 14, 2019

Tips from 16 years of working from home โ€“ A Whole Lotta Nothing ๐Ÿ”’ a.wholelottanothing.org

Good list of things to consider if you work from home regularly.

โŽ August 14, 2019

Python is eating the world: How one developer's side project became the hottest programming language on the planet | ZDNet ๐Ÿ”’ www.zdnet.com

Thorough read on the story behind Python, itโ€™s introduction and rise in popularity. I donโ€™t do any professional coding, but I do goof around on things and I nearly always do that in Python.

What Python offered, and still offers, is clear and unambiguous syntax, where indentations group code into blocks, making the code easier for developers to understand.

It is a joy to use and very readable.

โŽ August 13, 2019

xkcd: E Scooters ๐Ÿ”’ xkcd.com

I used my first Lime scooter a few weeks back. The first ride made me a bit nervous. The second ride, I had a ton of fun.

โŽ August 13, 2019

How We Keep Learning ๐Ÿ”’ blog.dbsmasher.com

One of my most repeated references is โ€œAll great technology companies, are learning companies.โ€ You simply cannot be a great tech company without that learning foundation.

Invest in your engineersโ€™ learning. There is no way around the need for this to be an explicit investment by fast growing companies.

Yes, and twice on Sunday.

โŽ August 13, 2019

Standard Ebooks: Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover. ๐Ÿ”’ standardebooks.org

Very cool project, non-profit, creating high quality digital books from public domain titles. I like that they also make their template available for others to use.

โŽ August 13, 2019

Hereโ€™s What Those Phone Charging Lockers Are Doing With Your Personal Information ๐Ÿ”’ onezero.medium.com

Donโ€™t go plugging your phone with so much personal information into some random plug at a retail location! Much less let it take a picture of you and collect personal data.

โŽ August 13, 2019

Why Arenโ€™t We Talking About LinkedIn? - The New York Times ๐Ÿ”’ www.nytimes.com

LinkedIn has adopted all of the addictive patterns of social media, to great affect. The site has continued to grow in every dimension of engagement.

Considering its size and social footprint, LinkedIn has been a notably minor character in major narratives about the hazards of social media. The site hasnโ€™t proved especially useful for mainstreaming disinformation, for example, nor is it an obvious staging ground for organized harassment campaigns. It is unique among its social media peers in that it has not spent the last five years in a state of wrenching crisis.

But LinkedIn is very different since it is a โ€œprofessionalโ€ or business network. it is a vertical network focused on a single dimension. You donโ€™t go there for news. The only thing itโ€™s a battleground for is recruiters, not partisans.

โŽ August 13, 2019

Scaled agile helps modernize Guardian's operations | CIO ๐Ÿ”’ www.cio.com

I worked closely with Dean Del Vecchio when I was at Dow Jones. Smart, fast-paced leader. Heโ€™s been doing some great stuff at Guardian!

โŽ August 13, 2019

One job, many roles. The different skills needed to be a successful CTO - madewithlove ๐Ÿ”’ madewithlove.be

I suspect that many roles, particularly leadership roles, have this type of evolution in a growing company. Iโ€™ve personally experienced this type of path being a CTO for more than 20 years now. The important aspect to me is to regularly inventory what you need to start doing, and more importantly what you need to stop doing. Refactor yourself, and you can make the changes needed.

โŽ August 13, 2019

Buying Coffee Wonโ€™t Make You Poor - The Atlantic ๐Ÿ”’ www.theatlantic.com

Keep your budget away from my single-origin hand-washed coffee beans. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

โŽ August 13, 2019

RegExr: Learn, Build, & Test RegEx ๐Ÿ”’ regexr.com

I like collecting regex tools for some odd reason. ๐Ÿค“

โŽ August 6, 2019

John Allspaw: โ€œGetting the messy details is criticalโ€ ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com

Success results in more stuff.

Another way of saying this is successful software never gets simpler. I think thatโ€™s something we can all agree on. That growing success and therefore that growing complexity makes it more and more difficult for people to understand how it all works right.

Doing this well is one of the hardest tasks in technology companies.

โŽ August 6, 2019

Matterwiki - A simple and beautiful wiki for teams ๐Ÿ”’ matterwiki.com

Iโ€™m still a fan of wikis and what they enable. We need more simple and easy wikis like this.

Matterwiki is just that, a simple wiki for teams to store and collaborate on knowledge. People use it to store documentation, notes, culture guidelines, employee onboarding content and everything else they want to.


โŽ July 31, 2019

Our Biggest Mac Release Ever: The New Toggl Desktop App Is Here - Toggl Blog ๐Ÿ”’ blog.toggl.com

I use Toggle along with automation in Shortcuts to keep track of where my time goes. Nice to see they have a handy macOS app now too!

โŽ July 31, 2019

Annual SPS fundraising brew off mixes fun with corporate community service | SPS Commerce ๐Ÿ”’ www.spscommerce.com

This is one of my favorite events that we have at SPS Commerce!

โŽ July 31, 2019

Apple Maps in iOS 13: Sights Set on Google โ€“ MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

I use Apple Maps almost exclusively and find it works pretty great for my stuff. I am eager to see what this newest generation of mapping is capable of. The Apple Map cars are collecting an impressive array of data.

โŽ July 31, 2019

Daring Fireball: Superhuman and Email Privacy ๐Ÿ”’ daringfireball.net

Iโ€™m not a fan of read receipts. I disable them in the Weekly Thing, and I really wish that email software did a better job of protecting users from this form of surveillance.

โŽ July 30, 2019

Whimsical โ€” The Visual Workspace ๐Ÿ”’ whimsical.com

This looks like a very powerful tool to use for diagrams, flowcharts. Just the collaborative sticky notes are pretty amazing. Iโ€™m definitely going to keep this around. ๐Ÿ‘

โŽ July 30, 2019

The helicopter team that films the Tour de France is one of a kind | Ars Technica ๐Ÿ”’ arstechnica.com

Broadcasting the Tour de France as it travels throughout the country is a complicated job!

Circling at 2,000 feet (600m), the relay helo takes camera feeds and sends them to a fixed-wing aircraft flying higher at 10,000 to 25,000 feet (3,000-7,600m), depending on weather. The airplane sends the combined feeds back down to two receive trucks located along the race course.

The work they put into it shows. The views from the helicopters are often stunning while watching the Tour.

โŽ July 30, 2019

Coach.me | Instant Coaching for Any Goal. ๐Ÿ”’ www.coach.me

An online coaching platform.

โŽ July 30, 2019

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