Thorough overview of the new Apple Watch Series 4 hardware. I really like what they did to eek out every millimeter of display and capability, and I like that its a touch thinner as well. I’ll be waiting for the next one to upgrade though. My Series 3 is great still.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Good overview of the new iPhones announced this week. Tammy and I ordered the iPhone Xs to replace our 7 and 7 Plus.
Newport’s post makes me feel good about the time I spend optimizing and defining my own workflows. I also like the connection to habit.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Seems there is science behind this. 🧦
Sticking with Pinboard, but nice to see people working on these solutions.
This post makes me want to send Feedbin some more money on top of my annual subscription fee. I love the work that Ben has done here to protect his customers from invasive tracking while reading feeds. I love his item on Google Analytics:
I thought about replacing Google Analytics with Matomo, but I came to the same conclusion that it didn’t provide anything I need in order to run Feedbin. Better to not collect that data at all.
Hat’s off! 👏
This is a great example of innovation enabled with API’s. I’ve been a YNAB user for a long time now, and this contest they made for people to build with it is a great idea. I downloaded Allowance for YNAB right away – it’s great! In fact, I had written my own Workflow to do what it does, but it does it way better. Nice!
Sunday, September 9, 2018
This headline caught my attention, and it’s actually using gene drive technology.
Teams in three African countries — Burkina Faso, Mali, and Uganda — are building the groundwork to eventually let loose “gene drive” mosquitoes, which would contain a mutation that would significantly and quickly reduce the mosquito population. Genetically engineered mosquitoes have already been released in places like Brazil and the Cayman Islands, though animals with gene drives have never been released in the wild.
That immediately reminded me of one of the most memorable passages from A Crack in Creation, the story of CRISPR.
CRISPR gene drives, by contrast, are self-sustaining; since the mode of inheritance appears to outsmart natural selection, the modified insects propagate and pass on their defective traits indefinitely. This thoroughness is what makes gene drives so powerful—and so alarming. It’s been estimated that, had a fruit fly escaped the San Diego lab during the first gene drive experiments, it would have spread genes encoding CRISPR, along with the yellow-body trait, to between 20 and 50 percent of all fruit flies worldwide.
This population of mosquitos being released are 99% male, so there shouldn’t be any risk.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Forwarded to me from my friend Nick. I like this way of thinking about learning topics.
… if we don’t do our own contemplation and commentary, we abdicate a good deal of our involvement in our own learning, and we shift from being fires to vessels.
I like the qualification of speeds (quick, slow) to various aspects of the process.
Wait, you can track a user around the internet using TLS session resumption!? 😠
I’ve been stunned at how many organizations have just discovered Agile in the last few years. Good guidance in the intro:
The three main challenges we should focus on are: fighting the Agile Industrial Complex and its habit of imposing process upon teams, raising the importance of technical excellence, and organizing our teams around products (rather than projects).
Good direction here.
This is a great story about an adopted son and his connecting to his birth parents.
It’s horrible that articles like this need to exist, but it’s also reality that they do. Reading them is a good way to understand things that men should also be on the lookout for and help correct.
Terminal applications wouldn’t be the first place I would look for GPU acceleration, but cool to see.
Easiest way I’ve seen to put a QR code up to allow visitors to hop on your home WiFi.
This is fun to play with, although I have no idea what it would be useful for.
Troy Hunt: Serverless to the Max: Doing Big Things for Small Dollars with Cloudflare Workers and Azure Functions
Deep overview of how Troy Hunt designed Have I Been Pwned? to be very cost efficient to run.
It’s costing me 2.6c per day to support 141M monthly queries of 517M records.
That is amazing! The service is using Cloudflare Workers to push a lot of cached requests off of Azure. He calculates that without Cloudflare it would cost $9.19/day to run. Both of those amounts are amazing.
Cool to see more people sharing this info.
Friday, September 7, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018
This is a great intro to a variety of sales topics. This was made focusing on technology-minded startup founders, but I think is a great primer for anyone in technology that doesn’t understand how sales organizations work.
19 patterns used by teams to build production microservices.
This falls in the category of indeed, you can have too much money in your startup. 💰 Constraints are valuable.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
This is a great read for individual contributors that are moving into their first lead or even management role. 👍
Every bit of this is absolutely great. I particularly like the recommendation to “Always have a story”. 💎
What!? 😲 I have read so many BBQ books and it is absolutely considered fact that the smoking plateau is when you are breaking down collagen. But hold up, a water soaked sponge shows the same plateau!
So I’m in the majority on my dislike of this feature. 🤨
This is one of the skills that I tend to find managers, particularly new ones, find really hard. I know I did, and I still do, it’s never easy. However I agree with this article. Own it, be direct, and show respect.
This is the first new Canon camera that has piqued my interest in years. For sure mirrorless is the way to go for cameras, but after you have a full-frame sensor like I do on my now ancient 5D Mark II you really don’t want anything less. This camera looks really great to me, despite the somewhat tepid review. Plus you can continue to use your existing EF lenses with an adapter. 📷
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Fun quiz to give the Helvetica snobs in your life. I got 19 out of 20. The all caps ones were the trickiest for me. The give away is the straight lines of Helvetica.
Syntax highlighting and other advanced capabilities.
A personal story about what you can do with those negative thoughts in your head.
Monday, September 3, 2018
Interesting reflections on the different definitions of the role of a Product Manager, along with links out to a number of other articles on the topic. No great conclusion, the role will be different based on company, product, market, etc. The main takeaway I have from this is to know that the title can mean so many different things, and that it can’t mean all these things or you can’t possibly succeed.
Nice set of slides highlighting the Product Ownership role. I like that this touches both on the job of product owner, as well as the Scrum role of product owner.
This is how I tend to think about this type of team driven work in a product backlog. I like the name “sustainability tasks” and also agree with the sentiment that these may or may not appear in a backlog.
Putting regular sustainability tasks into a calendar would just create noise. Putting sustainability tasks into a product roadmap has the same effect. Having a budget removes the pressure to plan, prioritise or estimate such tasks, and avoids the need to compare them to features that bring immediate value.
Allocating budget and thinking about sustainability as an investment criteria works well, and gives you a more direct way to think about that work. You may even change that investment rate from time to time.
Smalltalk was an important development in the history of computer science and languages.
They increased availability, performance and reduced cost by consolidating on one cloud provider. This is an interesting argument about regionality within a single provider versus multi-cloud. There are big tradeoffs there.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
This article captures part of the intrigue I have about Tesla, and what got me to place the order for my Model 3. I’m particularly interested in the integrated nature of the software stack in a Tesla, and the fact that Tesla is so far ahead of any other automotive company in how they change it. I think of what Apple did with the iPhone. Before the iPhone, the phone you bought was the same forever. With the iPhone, you bought a phone and it got better with software. The thing you already owned did new stuff it didn’t do when you bought it. Tesla has that potential, and I want to be part of it.
Symbols were always the cool kid thing in Ruby that bothered me. This writeup helps clarify what they are.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Every millimeter matters on a display as small as the Apple Watch. 👍⌚️
I know what my next iPhone will be now. 📱
Dunbar’s number proven again!
Study after study confirms that most people have about five intimate friends, 15 close friends, 50 general friends and 150 acquaintances.
This should be termed a law at this point.
Super handy for log files. 🤓
Good overview of a variety of mental models related to building new products. This is a good entryway to multiple tools to help you make better decisions. The article could use a link to more detail on each of the models.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
This is a good writeup on the fact that whatever who did with Facebook to influence any events, it isn’t hacking, it’s just doing what Facebook was fundamentally designed to do. Facebooks primary purpose is to learn from your behavior and then influence you as their customers (advertisers) wish to.
I have met some “Rick’s” in my days and I can attest to the positive outcomes of getting people like this off of your team. Building things is a team sport, and if someone doesn’t want to be part of the team or brings the rest of the team down — they shouldn’t be on the team.
The 3rd one looks like something out of a movie. 😳
Rosenthal’s opinion on Chaos is authoritative, and he clarifies how it is not antifragility.
Antifragile is a confused concept that ignores a wealth of knowledge we have about building and operating resilient systems. Chaos Engineering, by contrast, is a well-defined, pragmatic discipline for navigating complex systems. In my mind, they are quite far apart.
He’s also no fan of Taleb’s book.
Cool early history on the birth of JSON.