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Developer Demos HomeKit’s New Integration with Smart TVs — MacStories 🔒 www.macstories.net

Seriously, of all the devices I’d like to control with HomeKit my TV would be right up there. Controlling inputs would be dynamite. I’m hoping a bunch of companies add this to their TVs with an update! 🤞🏻

⏎ January 26, 2019

Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 40+ companies – SimpleOptOut.com 🔒 simpleoptout.com

What a great resource to quickly get to the controls for privacy improvements at a number of big companies. 👍

⏎ January 24, 2019

reMarkable | The paper tablet 🔒 remarkable.com

This is an interesting product. It’s a single purpose tool, which makes me wonder if it could ever really make it, but it is focused squarely on the note taking space. It could work, but the cost is high.

⏎ January 24, 2019

The Tech Revolt — The California Sunday Magazine 🔒 story.californiasunday.com

Nice stories of individuals in the tech industry focusing on ethical work.

⏎ January 24, 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense on How to Detect 'Agile BS' - The New Stack 🔒 thenewstack.io

Sort of a funny read from the Department of Defense helping it’s buyers not get duped by shenanigans around agile.

The Board’s document says its goal is to help program executives and acquisition professionals to spot projects that are simply waterfall or spiral development in agile clothing.” One attempted hybrid of Waterfall and Agile development has been dubbed water-Scrum-fall,” but the document warns against imposters trying to claim this is agile development, using the sardonic moniker agile-scrum-fall”.


⏎ January 24, 2019

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces CoreDNS Graduation - Cloud Native Computing Foundation 🔒 www.cncf.io

Cool to see another project graduate” the CNCF.

⏎ January 24, 2019

Online privacy Recode podcast interview with McSweeney’s and EFF - Recode 🔒 www.recode.net

This is a good interview with the director of the EFF and hits on a lot of the great content in the new book they published with McSweeney’s. I just ordered a copy myself. There are some great awakening” stories here about privacy practices online.

⏎ January 23, 2019

Trouble hiring senior engineers? It's probably you - Hiring Engineers 🔒 hiringengineersbook.com

A number of good things to consider in your recruiting for technology professionals in general, not just senior engineers.

⏎ January 23, 2019

Leaders, doing what you're good at hurts your team. - Signal v. Noise 🔒 m.signalvnoise.com

I like this advice.

Pause. Don’t be so busy. Take stock. Why are you doing those things? Because you like doing them? Because you’re good at them? Or because it’s the best way to move the team forward?

This would be a good thing to include in your regular reflections.

⏎ January 23, 2019

Marie Kondo, Fast Fashion, and the Thrift-Store Boom - CityLab 🔒 www.citylab.com

We’ve watched a few episodes of Tidying Up, it’s a fun diversion. I will admit it is also inspirational to go through that closet you’ve been ignoring.

Another weird thing has been happening, says Susan, who works the front desk: People have been thanking their objects before giving them away. She rolls her eyes.

It’s pretty amazing that could be driving a surge in donations.

⏎ January 23, 2019

Windows, Kubernetes & Azure.pdf - Google Drive 🔒 drive.google.com

Interesting slides with some pretty bad instances of Azure problems.

⏎ January 23, 2019

The books I read in 2018 - Signal v. Noise 🔒 m.signalvnoise.com

I like reading peoples reading lists. It’s good inspiration for my own reading.

⏎ January 23, 2019

Jessie Frazelle's Blog: For the Love of Pipes 🔒 blog.jessfraz.com

When you see technical people hammering away on a Unix prompt and wonder Why don’t they do that with a fancy graphical thing? It’s 2019 after all.” this explainer is a good answer to why.

⏎ January 23, 2019

Talking sense about acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations, and neologisms - without bullshit 🔒 withoutbullshit.com

The technology industry has to be one of the most severely acronym’d industries out there.

Abbreviations, initialisms, acronyms, and neologisms are jargon. You want to keep the density of jargon in your writing low to make it as readable as possible. Writing full of unfamiliar jargon is a struggle to parse, and perpetuates the curse of knowledge.

It would do us well to use less of them.

⏎ January 23, 2019

Introducing the Redesigned Twilio Status Page - Twilio 🔒 www.twilio.com

Nice work on their status page and accurately reflecting the dependencies they have on external network providers.

⏎ January 23, 2019

I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. But I Can't Stay Silent | Time 🔒 time.com

A pretty comprehensive critique of many things that Facebook does. This is from an early investor, Roger McNamee who has been critical of Facebook for a while. Reading the article through all of Time’s advertisements is a challenge.

⏎ January 23, 2019

Techstars New Health Care Partner: Announcing UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars - Techstars 🔒 www.techstars.com

Target did an effort like this with Techstars and it lasted one cycle and was then shut down. Hopefully this one will have more longevity.

⏎ January 18, 2019

Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation - Motherboard 🔒 motherboard.vice.com

Last week I shared a link to the article about carriers selling location data. This activity got a lot of attention from people, and a mere week later Sprint is stopping this practice.

⏎ January 17, 2019

You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It | TIME 🔒 time.com

Apple’s Tim Cook making the case that we need Congressional action on privacy online. I like the idea, but I’m skeptical of it happening anytime soon.

The trail disappears before you even know there is a trail. Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked—out of sight of consumers, regulators and lawmakers.

Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that. We think every user should have the chance to say, Wait a minute. That’s my information that you’re selling, and I didn’t consent.”

In the meantime I will continue to run software to defend my privacy.

⏎ January 17, 2019

Thinking Different: Keys to Adopting an iPad-First Workflow – MacStories 🔒 www.macstories.net

I’ve been using an iPad for increasingly more of my stuff at the office for the last couple of years. This statement is so true!

But moving to the iPad still involves some growing pains. The longer you’ve used a traditional computer, the harder an iPad transition can be.

I had to radically rethink how I approached many tasks to get it right on iOS. I will say though, there are now a decent number of things that I get great value out of on my iPad in iOS that I simply cannot do on macOS. Shortcuts is a big part of that.

⏎ January 17, 2019

More PM Problem Areas | Silicon Valley Product Group 🔒 svpg.com

Some areas to look out for development opportunities with product management teams.

⏎ January 17, 2019

Implicit Gender Bias in Startup Funding - Feld Thoughts 🔒 www.feld.com

I really like the promotion and prevention ideas here, and I like Feld’s commentary. This is usable advise that I’m positive I can put to use. 🤔

⏎ January 17, 2019

Why did the PGP Web of Trust fail? – Henry Story – Medium 🔒 medium.com

TL;DR? Just way too hard.

⏎ January 17, 2019

mailtolink.me | markup generator for mailto links 🔒 mailtolink.me

Cool utility to generate a mailto link. These are handy and this makes them easy to make.

⏎ January 17, 2019

Nothing Can Stop Google. DuckDuckGo Is Trying Anyway. 🔒 medium.com

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo for a long time, and this behind the scenes look at the company is pretty great. Via Leah Cunningham.

⏎ January 17, 2019

How Pamela Park became the epicenter of east Edina's teardown trend | Star Tribune 🔒 www.startribune.com

Pamela Park is where we just moved, into one of these new developments. We are on the East side of the park though.

⏎ January 17, 2019

What It’s Like to Be A Woman On the Internet – NewCo Shift – Medium 🔒 medium.com

This is a must read to give some perspective to the experience that many women have on the Internet.

And third, and most importantly, that sometimes being a woman on the internet can be a full-time job. As I mentioned before, my role as a Developer Advocate involves a lot content creation, face-to-face interaction, and requires me to have an online social presence. In the past, I’ve dealt with everything from men commenting on online videos of me saying I should get a tan”, I’ve been DMed creepy messages on Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram/etc. with messages like hi”, nice smile you got there”, and your beautiful” (I usually respond *you’re , on that last one), and have even stumbled upon entire forum posts about me and how as a woman with a non-traditional background I’m unqualified to work in tech. Over the last three years, I have learned to brush it off and I almost always never read the comments” if I know they’re negative (in fact, I have a necklace and pin of the mantra). But these things add up.

Awareness of this, followed by action by men on the Internet, is important. First step is being aware.

⏎ January 17, 2019

Opinion | You Should Meditate Every Day - The New York Times 🔒 www.nytimes.com

More personal stories validating meditating and it’s benefits, particularly with the digital world.

Then, about four months ago, I brute-forced it: I made meditation part of my morning routine and made myself stick with it. I started with 10 minutes a day, then built up to 15, 20, then 30. Eventually, something clicked, and the benefits became noticeable, and then remarkable.

The best way I can describe the effect is to liken it to a software upgrade for my brain — an update designed to guard against the terrible way the online world takes over your time and your mind.


⏎ January 17, 2019

Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time | Ruben Verborgh 🔒 ruben.verborgh.org

This is the best description of what Tim Berners-Lees Solid is about.

⏎ January 17, 2019

The unlikely resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons makes its way to the Inland Northwest | The Pacific Northwest Inlander 🔒 www.inlander.com


⏎ January 17, 2019

Nike's Self-Lacing Adapt BB Basketball Shoe Is Actually Smart | WIRED 🔒 www.wired.com

Okay, so I started reading this with the thought of Really, who needs Smart Shoes?” Then, as I read about the technologies it started to make sense to me for a lot of applications. Elderly people that cannot tie their own shoes? Smart shoes that lace themselves sound great! I personally have been dealing with plantar fasciitis for longer than I’d care to think, and I wonder if a Smart Shoe couldn’t help me with that. Your feet work hard, maybe some sensor and intelligence could help them? 🦶

⏎ January 17, 2019

Security Checklist 🔒 securitycheckli.st

This is a good and complete checklist that you could use to review your personal security footing.

⏎ January 17, 2019

Troy Hunt: The 773 Million Record "Collection #1" Data Breach 🔒 www.troyhunt.com

This is a huge dump of usernames and passwords. I use 1Password to protect myself from this stuff, and they have a good blog post on this one. Krebs on Security also wrote about this massive dump, highlighting that in the big picture this is far from the biggest breach of its kind. 😳

⏎ January 17, 2019

Jenn on Twitter: "Devops meetup January 2019 #devopsmsp" 🔒 twitter.com

A thorough, and nicely contextualized with GIFs, Twitter thread covering Andy Domeier from SPS on SRE teams!

⏎ January 16, 2019

Engineering Management: The Pendulum Or The Ladder – charity.wtf 🔒 charity.wtf

A fabulous read on the engineering manager path in technology organizations. There is so much I’d highlight here that I’ll skip highlighting any of it and just suggest you read it. The 10 reasons to think critically about director or executive roles made are hilarious. 🤣 They are completely true too.

⏎ January 16, 2019

Tracking Blood Sugar - Eric Jain's Blog 🔒 eric.jain.name

This is an amazingly detailed analysis of the blood sugar levels this person did. This is quantified self” to a whole new level. I would have thought some of the blood sugar impacts would be more pronounced though.

⏎ January 14, 2019

Stop the presses: How a new publishing platform can help local news 🔒 www.blog.google

Google deserves a bunch of credit for the work they are doing to help news organizations create content. There is a totally justified cynical response to that of Well, after they destroyed it they should!”. I would suggest the more pragmatic answer is Google needs content publishers, they need news organizations to have content to send people to!

⏎ January 14, 2019

How to See Weather on Lock Screen of iPhone with iOS 12 | OSXDaily 🔒 osxdaily.com

I noticed this information showing up on my kids iPhones and I was really confused. Turns out it only shows up under a certain set of configurations. I wouldn’t mind having this on my phone as well! And yes, I realize Android has done this forever. 🙃

⏎ January 14, 2019

The Art of Being an Instagram Husband - The Atlantic 🔒 www.theatlantic.com

When did Influencer” become a profession? 🤦‍♀️

⏎ January 14, 2019

Four Cool URLs - Alex Pounds' Blog 🔒 alexpounds.com

This happens to be a thing that I find artful” as well. A well designed URL structure implies a well thought out architecture and makes it easier for developers, and in some rare cases uses, to understand the service.

Most people don’t give them much thought, in part because web browsers increasingly hide URLs away. But some URLs have special powers. Here are some that knock my socks off.


⏎ January 14, 2019

For Owners of Amazon's Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching 🔒 theintercept.com

This article had two central themes for me.

First, Ring isn’t applying commercially reasonable protection to the video content their users are trusting them with. This data should be encrypted, and they should not be allowing anyone in the company access to the data.

Secondly, the ominous undertones of Ukrainian” engineers in this seems like it’s trying to imply a lack of trust, or some implicit fear. I don’t expect the article would have the same tone if engineers in France or Belgium were looking at the video. It shouldn’t be any different.

⏎ January 14, 2019

How I Finally Hit 2000 on Lichess, and Improved my Chess Rating by 200 Points in 16 Days - Trapeze 🔒 www.trapezemobile.com

I would like to be better at Chess. Some interesting ideas here for how to do that with a pretty focused effort.

⏎ January 11, 2019

T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Are Selling Customers' Real-Time Location Data, And It's Falling Into the Wrong Hands 🔒 motherboard.vice.com

It is obvious that the telecommunications companies know your location when you have a mobile phone, but there is some trust that that data isn’t being used for other purposes. We shouldn’t trust.

Microbilt buys access to location data from an aggregator called Zumigo and then sells it to a dizzying number of sectors, including landlords to scope out potential renters; motor vehicle salesmen, and others who are conducting credit checks. Armed with just a phone number, Microbilt’s Mobile Device Verify” product can return a target’s full name and address, geolocate a phone in an individual instance, or operate as a continuous tracking service.

This is a crisis of ethics. How is it justifiable to track your location and sell it to other commercial entities when there is no expectation that that is occurring. This has the additional issue that there is no way for the user to even know that it is or is not happening since it’s on the providers end.

⏎ January 9, 2019

Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB Compatibility): Fast, Scalable, and Highly Available | AWS News Blog 🔒 aws.amazon.com

I’ve been wondering for a long time when AWS would come out with an answer for MongoDB. They must not have been able to reach any deal with MongoDB so developed a compatible solution. Wonder if the lawsuits have been filed yet? 😏

⏎ January 9, 2019

Qumulo Announces New Minneapolis Office To Support Growing Demand for Hybrid Storage Solutions | Qumulo | Enterprise Scale-Out NAS 🔒 qumulo.com

Another technology company opening up a presence in SPS. This makes sense given the history of successful storage companies in town. Plus, Pete was our CMO at SPS and knows the community here is solid!

⏎ January 9, 2019

The Best App for Taking Handwritten Notes on an iPad – The Sweet Setup 🔒 thesweetsetup.com

The app space for handwritten notes on the iPad Pro is hotly contested, and constantly improving. I’ve tended to stick with the KISS approach and just use built-in Notes, but these roundups show an incredible amount of innovation.

⏎ January 9, 2019

SQL is No Excuse to Avoid DevOps - ACM Queue 🔒 queue.acm.org

Many teams have DevOps processes that stop at the database interface. There are a couple of simple things you can do to adopt DevOps practices in databases as well. 🕴

⏎ January 9, 2019

Using the iPad Pro as my main computer | Hicks Journal 🔒 hicksdesign.co.uk

Another writeup on using the iPad Pro as a primary computer. I find I learn interesting things from reading about peoples experiences doing this. This one is definitely focused on creative work with the Pencil which seems like an area that the iPad Pro is profoundly better than anything else at.

⏎ January 9, 2019

Ditching Medium | JJ's JavaScript Blog 🔒 www.joshjahans.com

Personally I’ve never been excited about Medium, it is another attempt to cage the free web in to a corporate silo. Now the premium plans on top of that? I’ll pass.

⏎ January 9, 2019

The Complete List of 140 Things You Can’t Say About Assange or WikiLeaks – Emma Best 🔒 emma.best

Initially I thought WikiLeaks, while potentially a dangerous organization, was ultimately driven by good motives. I don’t think so anymore.

⏎ January 9, 2019

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