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Bootstrap 4 · Bootstrap
Nice to see continued innovation on Bootstrap! It also feels like it might not look so templated across different uses of the library.
Tech 
yesterday
HEY META - Website Meta Tag Check
Handy tool to check the meta headers on a website and will also give you a template to add for what you might want.
Tech 
yesterday
Nintendo Labo Official Site – Trailer, product information
What a cool idea from Nintendo and an innovative way to use a small, portable game device!
Games 
yesterday
My Raspberry Pi Kubernetes Cluster
A home-built [Raspberry Pi](https://www.raspberrypi.org) [Kubernetes](https://kubernetes.io) cluster for $400 that you can run at home with very little power consumption and no noise. Awesome! I kind of want to build one of these even though I have no idea what I would use it for! 👏
Tech 
yesterday
Datasette Publish: a web app for publishing CSV files as an online database
I love what Simon Willison is doing here with Datasettes. He's focusing on making it super simple to take any file in a CSV format and make it available on the Internet in a public JSON API. He's now made a publisher so you can put data out there with **no technical background** at all! Very nice! 👏 This should be a great thing for some of the open data initiatives out there.
Tech 
2 days ago
افكار و احلام » Two weeks with Micro.blog
This is a very thorough write-up of this persons introduction to [Micro.blog](https://micro.blog)! This is where I host [my micro blog](https://micro.thingelstad.com).
Indieweb 
2 days ago
Share to Micro.blog
Awesome to see my feed reader of choice, [Feedbin](https://feedbin.com/), supporting posting to [Micro.blog](https://micro.blog) natively! 👏
Indieweb 
2 days ago
Open source container-native workflow engine for Kubernetes | Argo
🤔 Interesting, Kubernetes + Workflows. A lot of this is operations example like deploying and continuous integration, but there is a data processing one as well.
Tech 
2 days ago
Comparing Kubernetes to Pivotal Cloud Foundry — A Developer’s Perspective
Very good writeup comparing current CloudFoundry and Kubernetes. I've been trying to understand this differentiation better, and even asked some Pivotal people this exact question, but the answers were not as clear as the ones in this article.
Tech 
2 days ago
The Internet of Things' Dangerous Future: Bruce Schneier
Compelling article by [Bruce Schneier](https://www.schneier.com) arguing the increasing threats we face in the security space.

> The market can’t fix this because neither the buyer nor the seller cares. The owners of the webcams and DVRs used in the denial-of-service attacks don’t care. Their devices were cheap to buy, they still work, and they don’t know any of the victims of the attacks. The sellers of those devices don’t care: They’re now selling newer and better models, and the original buyers only cared about price and features. There is no market solution, because the insecurity is what economists call an externality: It’s an effect of the purchasing decision that affects other people. Think of it kind of like invisible pollution.

His argument is an interesting one and I think he's right. There are parts of the technology market where the buyer does care about security, but by device count that is far from a majority. I also appreciate his call to **not** connect things to the Internet just because. Realize there is risk associated with that.
Security 
2 days ago
SPS Tower has a nice ring to it | SPS Commerce
Our office building was recently renamed to SPS Tower! Very cool! 👏
7 days ago
Rightsizing Infrastructure Can Cut Costs 36% – AWS Enterprise Collection – Medium
Infrastructure cost management in the cloud is a difficult beast to wrestle.
7 days ago
Apache Airflow (incubating) Documentation — Airflow Documentation
This looks really interesting and would be worth keeping an eye on. I like that it’s in the Apache world.

> Use airflow to author workflows as directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) of tasks. The airflow scheduler executes your tasks on an array of workers while following the specified dependencies. Rich command line utilities make performing complex surgeries on DAGs a snap. The rich user interface makes it easy to visualize pipelines running in production, monitor progress, and troubleshoot issues when needed.
7 days ago
Tesla Model 3: The First Serious Review - The Drive
Tesla Model 3 review. Looking forward to driving one! Tons of pictures and a lot of detail here.
7 days ago
The T2 chip makes the iMac Pro the start of a Mac revolution | Macworld
Interesting article about how this new T2 chip in the iMac Pro is handling a significant amount of non-CPU and non-GPU work.

> On most Macs, there are discrete controllers for audio, system management and disk drives. But the T2 handles all these tasks. The T2 is responsible for controlling the iMac Pro’s stereo speakers, internal microphones, and dual cooling fans, all by itself.

The two-stage boot process is interesting and I think a first.
7 days ago
The Tesla Model 3 Makes The Future Feel Normal
I’m on the reservation list for the Model 3 but I've been holding back any excitement with the reality of how unpredictable Tesla ship dates really are. It’s great to see some real (non-rumor) information starting to come out.
7 days ago
Show your work: The new terms for trust in journalism - PressThink
A while back I spent a chunk of time thinking about how open source software principles could be applied to journalism. One of the principles used the exact same wording that Rosen uses here, show your work. Journalism is still being reinvented online, and I like where this is trending.
7 days ago
Learning to operate Kubernetes reliably
[Julia Evans](https://www.jvns.ca) with a very good overview of how they have deployed [Kubernetes](https://kubernetes.io) at Stripe. Her words of caution are true for many technology patterns:

> If you’re considering Kubernetes, keep in mind: don’t use Kubernetes just because other companies are using it. Setting up a reliable cluster takes a huge amount of time, and the business case for using it isn’t always obvious. Invest your time in a smart way.
7 days ago
Birdcage liners – Joel on Software
[Joel Spolsky](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Spolsky) weighs in on writing software with ethics and meaning.

> As software developers and designers, we have a responsibility to the world to think these things through carefully and design software that makes the world better, or, at least, no worse than it started out.

👏
7 days ago
Legends of the Ancient Web
Recent talk by [Maciej Cegłowski](http://idlewords.com/about.htm) talking about the history of radio and how that was used as a tool of mass influence. Adds some perspective to todays debates about the web and social media.
7 days ago
No tracking, no revenue: Apple's privacy feature costs ad companies millions | Technology | The Guardian
Am I supposed to feel bad that privacy features in Safari are putting a dent in privacy invading tracking networks? I don't. It makes me happy as it is market validation that these features are working! How rich that an unethical tracking company is calling Apple's efforts to protect privacy sabotage!
7 days ago
Cory Doctorow: Persuasion, Adaptation, and the Arms Race for Your Attention – Locus Online
Doctorow with some perspective and framing for the attention economy. He posits this as a constant arms race with the predator and prey.

> There is a war for your attention, and like all adversarial scenarios, the sides develop new countermeasures and then new tactics to overcome those countermeasures. The predator carves the prey, the prey carves the preda­tor.

I would encourage us all to ask an important question in the attention war. Is this useful? Be honest with yourself. How useful is something to your objectives. Of course this begs the question that you have to know your objectives, which is another topic entirely.
7 days ago
The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed - The Atlantic
Interesting read on how easy it is to set yourself up as a retail brand and start selling whatever products online. Worthwhile read to understand more about some of these brands that are popping up all over.
7 days ago
One Player's 21,000 Hole Quest to Beat the Seemingly Endless 'Desert Golf' - Waypoint
Yet another reason I 💛 the Internet. This guy has some serious focus.

> “It's straight up impossible,” Yagnow told me, pointing to the 2,599 attempts he made, trying to bend the hole to his will.

**2,599 attempts at a single hole!** No way did this only take 300 to 400 hours.
7 days ago
Get Slack-style emoji everywhere with Rocket
Want to type emoji easier? Neat utility that brings the common shortcut of Slack and Github to your Mac.
8 days ago
Feedbin is the Best Way to Read Twitter
Innovative new feature from [Feedbin](https://feedbin.com), which is what I use for my RSS feeds. This is an interesting gap filler for some source that may publish on Twitter but may not publish RSS. I don't think I would consider using it as an alternative timeline, and don't think you should use timelines anyway.
8 days ago
This Is Water - David Foster Wallace Commencement Speech - YouTube
Incredibly moving speech that I hadn't heard the speech from [David Foster Wallace](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Foster_Wallace) before. Now I want to read his books. Take the time and listen to this.
9 days ago
📙 Emojipedia — 😃 Home of Emoji Meanings 💁👌🎍😍
If you want to go deep on Emoji's this is the place to do it! 👩‍🏫
10 days ago
California Legislature to Hear EFF’s License Plate Cover Bill | Electronic Frontier Foundation
What?

> Across the country, private companies are deploying vehicles mounted with automated license plate readers (ALPRs) to drive up and down streets to document the travel patterns of everyday drivers. These systems take photos of every license plate they see, tag them with time and location, and upload them to a central database.

I run blocking software on my computer to protect my privacy, but I didn't realize that the fact that I have a garage is also a privacy tool! I have read in the past about cities using license plate readers and city wide camera systems to track people, but I had no idea this was happening in the private sector too.

There seems to be an obvious sabotage opportunity here to have a magnetic license plate cover that is unreadable or deceptive to these systems that you can use while not driving. 🤔
10 days ago
Book: Principles by Ray Dalio - Feld Thoughts
This book has been on my wishlist for a long time and I recently got a copy. Looking forward to reading it!
10 days ago
Q&A: Edward Snowden on rights, privacy, secrets and leaks in conversation with Jimmy Wales – Wikitribune
Good interview with Snowden. I appreciate reading and hearing his opinions on these topics. I particularly like his view on protecting privacy.

> Privacy is the fountainhead of all other rights. Privacy is where rights are derived from, because privacy is the right to the self. Privacy is the right to a free mind. Privacy is the ability to have something, anything, for yourself, for you.

It pains me a bit when [Julian Assange](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange) and Snowden are bucketed together. I believe Assange is a crypto anarchist. Snowden I believe is actually operating on a defined set of ethics and trying to fix something that he clearly saw as wrong.
13 days ago
Dan Harris Knows All Your Excuses for Not Meditating - Note to Self - WNYC
I enjoyed this podcast and it spoke to me as I’m one of those people that constantly thinks that meditation would be a good practice for me but I never make the time to do it. 🧘‍♂️
16 days ago
'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign • The Register
This reads like a detective novel and dives into some interesting things about how modern CPU's work and what they do in silicon to protect different memory spaces. This looks like a pretty nasty issue but we won't know the real extent of it until the embargo is removed.

The aside on the name option for the fix made me chuckle:

> The fix is to separate the kernel's memory completely from user processes using what's called Kernel Page Table Isolation, or KPTI. At one point, Forcefully Unmap Complete Kernel With Interrupt Trampolines, aka FUCKWIT, was mulled by the Linux kernel team, giving you an idea of how annoying this has been for the developers.
16 days ago
Simulating Chutes & Ladders in Python | Pythonic Perambulations
Oh the fun you can have playing with some Python code and a simple game. If you've been subjected to many games of Chutes & Ladders this will give you some new ways to appreciate the game. 😅

> With two players, this translates to a 1% chance that the game will go 72 moves without either of the players winning. Assuming roughly 20 seconds per round, that is about 24 minutes of play time, though from personal experience I can say it feels roughly twenty times that long.
16 days ago
How cloud speed helps SQL Server DBAs | Blog | Microsoft Azure
Nice article going into some depth on how Microsoft has had to completely rethink how they deliver SQL Server to make it work for a cloud platform. I like that this highlights the stuff that often isn't considered as you shift software to a cloud deployment strategy. Velocity and speed are highlighted in ways they never are in other models.
17 days ago
2017 in Numbers • Aaron Parecki
Another example of a personal annual report, this one on various metrics that Aaron Parecki has kept for the year. Transportation, beverages…
17 days ago
Ad targeters are pulling data from your browser’s password manager - The Verge
Ad this to the list of reasons for why you absolutely should be running protective software when browsing the web. I run 1Blocker, Ghostery and Better.
17 days ago
Spamnesty - Home
Lovely! 👏 I like how they show the transcripts of previous discussions.

> Spamnesty is a way to waste spammers' time. If you get a spam email, simply forward it to sp@mnesty.com, and Spamnesty will strip your email address, pretend it's a real person and reply to the email. Just remember to strip out any personal information from the body of the email, as it will be used so the reply looks more legitimate.
17 days ago
Sense: Track energy use in real time
I shared my [frustration with the reporting](https://micro.thingelstad.com/2017/12/29/i-want-to.html) that my power company provides and [Luke Samaha](https://www.linkedin.com/in/lukesamaha/) [pointed me to](https://twitter.com/LukeSamaha/status/947135160323059712) Sense. This looks like a pretty amazing device and some great data. I like the premise of identifying the changes and then having the user annotate what happened. Wish it cost half as much though.
17 days ago
Encryption Lava Lamps – San Francisco, California - Atlas Obscura
There are many many novel ways to generate true random numbers, versus pseudorandom numbers that almost all devices create. This one is a great read and a good photo but it leaves me feeling like it can be a very good answer. Look at the photo that the video is capturing, most of that frame is static. It would seem much better if there was more variety in the frame.
18 days ago
Best of 2017: iOS Apps - BrettTerpstra.com
Terpstra is a developer and power-user and I always find I learn or discover something when I read the write-ups of apps that folks like this use.
18 days ago
To Serve Man, with Software
Great post and reflections from Jeff Atwood. His thoughts reflect many of the people building things in tech. I think it’s a good thing that people are becoming more introspective on the systems that they create, and asking questions about the value they are bringing.

> Software is easy to change, but people … aren't. So in the new year, as software developers, let's make a resolution to focus on the part we _can_ change, and keep asking ourselves one very important question: **how can our software help people become the best version of themselves?**

File this into that area of computer ethics that should become part of computer science curriculums.
19 days ago
Life Stack – AnomaLily.net
Thorough list of tools that this person uses to track and measure various aspects of their life.
19 days ago
Checklist-Checklist: 🌈 A Curated List of Checklists ✔︎✔︎
Like seeing this. After reading the [Checklist Manifesto](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Checklist_Manifesto) I started a wiki at CCChecklist.org. The idea of that project was to be a [Creative Commons](https://creativecommons.org) licensed collection of checklists to share. This project is similar just using Github instead of a wiki. I never launched that project, but the concept is still really good. Minor nitpick that this is using [Github Flavored Markdown](https://github.github.com/gfm/) for the checklists and I think [Taskpaper](https://www.taskpaper.com) would be a more useful and interoperable format.
19 days ago
IKEA effect - Wikipedia
I had no idea this was a known effect but it makes a lot of sense and the name is pretty awesome. 🤣
19 days ago
Monitoring Home Power Consumption for less than $25
This is super cool and I might have to try this. I know our house has a wireless meter system, the electric company installed it several years ago. I've never looked into how it works but if it’s this easy this could be a great way to get much more detail on our power usage. If you can get hourly, daily reports on power you should be able to connect your activities close enough to make changes to reduce usage.
19 days ago
The Lowertown Line - Twin Cities PBS
I just discovered this show while browsing through stuff on Apple TV and was excited to see episodes with a number of artists I like. [Jeremy Messersmith](http://www.tpt.org/the-lowertown-line/video/jeremy-messersmith-full-episode-the-lowertown-line-abkz5z/), [Cactus Blossoms](http://www.tpt.org/the-lowertown-line/video/lowertown-line-cactus-blossoms/) and [Trampled by Turtles](http://www.tpt.org/the-lowertown-line/video/lowertown-line-trampled-turtles/) are great places to start. 👏🎶
21 days ago
What work really is, or 17 things I learned about productivity in 2017 - a n n i e m u e l l e r
I greatly enjoy Mueller's writing and this reflection on productivity is another good one.
21 days ago
A pattern language for microservices
A collection of various pattern components for microservice design. Not sure what to think of this. Is this a new thing or a rethink of existing patterns in microservices?
21 days ago
Checklist for Plain Language | plainlanguage.gov
I've shared with many people that I dislike the word "utilized" and it’s all about using plain language. Used is a fine word and I have yet to find a case where utilized was necessary over the more pedestrian used. This checklist is a good one to revisit language in your writing. I don't know what to think of the fact that this is a US Government website? 🤷‍♂️
21 days ago
2018 and the Internet: our predictions
Cloudflare sees an incredible amount of activity across the web and they share some thoughts on what they expect 2018 to bring, as well as visiting some of their 2017 predictions.
21 days ago
OpenEvents
This is a solid idea. There are any number of systems in a platform that would benefit from subscribing to event data, but having a common structure for events is a foundational requirement to unlock any of that capability.
21 days ago
Daring Fireball: The iPhone X
Gruber's writeup on the platform transition that the iPhone X represents is interesting. When Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X I told a number of folks this is the transition point. I fully expect there to be an iPhone 9 and iPhone XI (let's hope the roman numerals go away). What we are seeing is the transitional period from the first arc of the iPhone and iOS to the second big arc, and during that time we'll have some overlap to allow users and apps to transition and for the cost curve to come down on the new tech. This is something that nobody has ever done at this scale, and those that have done it have not done it well. Think Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X or whatever flavor of Windows to Windows the next flavor.
21 days ago
One Year with Apple AirPods | Beardy Guy Musings
I haven't written that much about my AirPods but I find them an absolutely delightful product. They just work, and work in so many ways. I agree with this recap on them. Plus, what a great name for a blog -- beardy guy!
21 days ago
One-on-one meetings are underrated, whereas group meetings waste time | Smash Company
I've been thinking about the effectiveness of different types of meetings and aligning those meetings to my goals. I’m a manager more often than a maker, so my schedule is key to executing projects and tasks. This article is a strong argument for more frequent one-on-one meetings. I can see the point of making it the easiest way to get truthful and direct info. I also can see the point that group meetings can be driven by ego. But I also find one-on-one meetings to require a high amount of after meetings actions, after all you just had the one person to talk to. I also wonder about getting skewed perspective that may send people down odd tangents.
21 days ago
How to Write Articles and Essays Quickly and Expertly ~ Stephen Downes
I like articles from folks that know a craft and can share some of how the sausage is made. Writing articles has a structure, just like songs and poems and computer code. But to those who don't know that structure it seems like magic. 🎩
21 days ago
Lanier’s Social Medium Ultimatum | James Shelley
I love this call out from [Jaron Lanier](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaron_Lanier):

> People have to take responsibility to become literate in a new way if they are going to use the technology at all. So if you just can’t find it in yourselves to delete all your social media accounts, then you must take it upon yourself to really learn how it works. Learn how the addiction cycle works. Learn how the manipulation works. Become aware of it.

We have to become much smarter customers and users of these services.
21 days ago
Computer latency: 1977-2017
What a great project filled with delightful sentences like:

> At 144 Hz, each frame takes 7 ms. A change to the screen will have 0 ms to 7 ms of extra latency as it waits for the next frame boundary before getting rendered (on average,we expect half of the maximum latency, or 3.5 ms). On top of that, even though my display at home advertises a 1 ms switching time, it actually appears to take 10 ms to fully change color once the display has started changing color. When we add up the latency from waiting for the next frame to the latency of an actual color change, we get an expected latency of 7/2 + 10 = 13.5ms

I've never been bothered by latency from key to display on any of my computers, but it’s curious to see that the latency has gone up with complexity. I do notice this whenever I use an Android device. Touch devices drive the latency demand higher in my opinion since your finger is there and your brain and eyes want to see the reaction with as close to no latency as possible. For me Android has a frustrating amount of latency.
24 days ago
Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain
A good contrarian read to the fevered meme that the blockchain is the next Internet. ⛓
24 days ago
How to be a 10x engineer: Business value for technologists – Striving for greatness
[Donnie Berkholz](https://www.linkedin.com/in/dberkholz/) connecting the dots on how to really deliver value as a tech team — understand your business objectives. Making sure that your teams understand and connect their work is one of the key jobs of leadership. 👏
24 days ago
A long time ago, in a Glasgow far, far, away… – Three Letter Acronym
[PCalc](http://pcalc.com) has been in active development for 25 years. That's amazing. 👏🏻 I use the term "decade project" from time to time and this is a good example of one of those.
26 days ago
Zines are the future of media
Kottke's read on this prediction is good. I hope that the prediction is directional right.
26 days ago
The best board games of 2017 | Ars Technica
It's cool to see how much board games have evolved in recent years. It is a good time to be someone that enjoys strategy games.
26 days ago
Google Maps’s Moat
Amazing side-by-side analysis of Google Maps and Apple Maps. Better thought of as an analysis of how Google is scaling their mapping data using machine learning and visual analysis. You get the sense that Google is looking at map data at a whole different level than everyone else.
26 days ago
Snowden-Backed App 'Haven' Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System | WIRED
This article got me thinking about other ways that your phone could be used to help your personal security. This use case is interesting and for people that have to work in random places globally (like journalists) would make sense. I wonder if there is other stuff that your phone could do at night to monitor the environment around you while you sleep. The dot projection camera on the new iPhone X is probably not strong enough to scan a room, but maybe in the future it could detect movement in a completely dark room?
27 days ago
Foo Fighters: Christmas Medley (Live) - SNL - YouTube
The [Foo Fighters](http://foofighters.com) are so awesome, and now I find myself wishing for a Foo Fighters Christmas Album! 🎸🎄
27 days ago
Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older… — ProPublica
Glad to see there are folks investigating this type of activity. Wonder what other targeting options are used to filter these opportunities.
29 days ago
Equifinality - Wikipedia
What a delightful word! I didn't know this word and it showed up in a presentation and made the logic-based thinker in me all excited. Now I need to find several places to use this.
29 days ago
GTD Podcast Episode #35 – The Case For Capturing
Capturing is the most basic aspect of GTD and I think sometimes overlooked. This is a very well done talk from David Allen on the important aspects of capture. Plus it’s pretty funny!
29 days ago
My Must-Have iOS Apps, 2017 Edition – MacStories
Huge review of a hundred or more iOS apps from Frederico Viticci. These are worth scanning to me just to discover new applications that I might now know about.
29 days ago
Monitoring FastMail with Prometheus | FastMail Blog
Solid overview of [Prometheus](https://prometheus.io) and how FastMail uses it. I haven't had any experience with Prometheus but this looks really nice.
4 weeks ago
AWS re:Invent Videos
This is a great way to find and watch the sessions from AWS re:Invent! Fast search with decent filtering. Easily found the six videos in 2017 at level 300 or 400 about Lambda. 👍👏🎓
4 weeks ago
Mehdi Cherti – Improving my productivity using Pomodoro: takeaways after 2 years of practice
Fun to see someone doing some analytics on their productivity system. I've tried Pomodoro and it doesn't work well for what I do. I suspect that is a bit of the maker v. manager schedule issue at play. I also don't know that you should blend GTD and Pomodoro. But, I liked this writeup and like that he used a simple shell script to make it all work. I also like that this is reflecting on two years of data.
4 weeks ago
Let’s bury the hustle – Signal v. Noise
I couldn't agree more with DHH on his distaste for the term "hustle". When I hear entrepreneurs use that term I cringe. I don't see any positive interpretations. DHH equals it to "the grind". I'd connect it with "to hustle", or "to steal". Hustle to me always implies creating some shell of value, with a rotten core. Build value, don't hustle.
4 weeks ago
10 years of professional blogging - what I've learned at andrewchen
Great set of recommendations for *professional* blogging from Andrew Chen.
4 weeks ago
Once, We Were Explorers – Rhoneisms
What a great piece of writing from Patrick Rhone. 👏 I say we continue to explore… 👣
4 weeks ago
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