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Music Software & Bad Interface Design: Avid’s Sibelius - YouTube
"Sibelius is the embodiment of what not to do as a user experience designer and this video covers a range of examples of inappropriate design patterns and bad user interface choices. Then I go insane."
video  sibelius  criticism  user_interfaces  design  dopost 
2 days ago
Frequent Password Changes Is a Bad Security Idea - Schneier on Security
"I've been saying for years that it's bad security advice, that it encourages poor passwords. Lorrie Cranor, now the FTC's chief technologist, agrees..."
security  passwords  advice  dopost 
5 days ago
On-stage mistake means OnePlus won't have the first Snapdragon 855 phone
What defines maturity? "Even with that being the case, the very public nature of the error also calls into question OnePlus's overall maturity as a company."
oneplus  mistake  dopost 
6 days ago
Blind - About Us
"Blind is an anonymous social networking platform for professionals. Work email-verified professionals can connect with coworkers and other company/industry professionals by holding meaningful conversations on a variety of different topics."
app  community  privacy  dopost 
6 days ago
Rob Gill — Minor Bug Fixes | Turing Fest 2017
"This talk will take you through a journey of suggestions and tips to help improve communication, productivity and quality, whilst tying back to an overarching theme of Release Notes."
communication  productivity  quality  presentation  release_notes 
6 days ago
The Best Way to Type ¯_(ツ)_/¯ - The Atlantic
"All hail ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. In its 11 strokes, the symbol encapsulates what it’s like to be an individual on the Internet. With raised arms and a half-turned smile, it exudes the melancholia, the malaise, the acceptance, and (finally) the embrace of knowing that something’s wrong on the Internet and you can’t do anything about it."
characters  communication  emoticons  unicode  dopost 
6 days ago
The Software Defined Delivery Manifesto
"We recognize that delivering useful software shapes our world. We recognize that code is the best way to specify precise action. We recognize that code is only useful when we deliver it."
manifesto  delivery  software  continuous_deployment  dopost 
9 days ago
The Software Defined Delivery Manifesto: Collaborative, Model-Based, Event-Driven Automation
"At GOTO Copenhagen, Rod Johnson announced "The Software Defined Delivery Manifesto", written by multiple experts within the field of software delivery. The authors of the manifesto argue that the delivery of software "is not a detail, it is our job", and accordingly, "now is the time to engineer our delivery"."
manifesto  delivery  interview  software  continuous_deployment 
9 days ago
Is there a workaround for for running multiple audio programs on Windows? - Gearslutz
"Apparently Windows doesn't like multiple programs using the same ASIO driver at once. [...] Any ways of beating this?"
windows  sound  audio  asio 
12 days ago
VB-Audio VoiceMeeter Banana
"Voicemeeter Banana is an Advanced Audio Mixer Application endowed with Virtual Audio Device used as Virtual I/O to mix and manage any audio sources from or to any audio devices or applications."
sound  audio  windows 
12 days ago
Sound of Emotions | David Magyel Piano Lessons
"This method shows the elements of improvisation: how to create music and express different kinds of emotions with the piano. With the microlessons and pdf’s , that you will find here, you will have the tools to express your feelings through the various kinds of musical styles available. Whether you’re thoughtful, happy or sad, angry or relaxed, you will know what to do when you sit down at the piano."
piano  learning  course  improvisation 
12 days ago
Coding the curriculum: new computer science GCSE fails to make the grade | The Independent
"Experts predicted the computer science GCSE would not work as a replacement for the ICT which was scrapped in 2015 as they are very different subjects. Among course content issues raised was the focus placed on coding and programming [... My own ongoing research interviewing pupils in year nine about the changes in the way computing and ICT are being taught, testifies to this."
schools  education  computer_science  teaching  dopost 
13 days ago
Practice Sight Reading and Sight Singing Exercises Online – Sight Reading Factory®
"This cloud-based service allows you to customize and generate unlimited sight reading examples instantly, on-demand for music educators, students and hobbyists of all ages and abilities."
music  sight_reading  tool 
15 days ago
PrestoKeys
"Learn how to play piano, read music and rapidly improve your piano skills through this fully customizable and interactive program that caters for those who have never touched a piano in their lives, to even the most expert pianist!"
music  sight_reading  tool 
15 days ago
Sight Reading – 88 Piano Keys
Summary of a few sight reading tools.
music  sight_reading  tools 
15 days ago
SightReadingMastery: Master Sight Reading with Real Music
"Give up the time-consuming hunt for sheet music and exercises with our vast library of professionally-composed music at your fingertips."
music  sight_reading  tool 
15 days ago
Tone Savvy | Music Theory & Ear Training
"Choose from a broad range of exercises to focus on specific skills. Here are some of our most popular exercises"
music  sight_reading  tool 
15 days ago
Jalmus download | SourceForge.net
"Jalmus is a free, open source music education software helping the musicians, especially pianists, to improve their sight-reading. You can train to read music with both exercises on notes or rhythms."
music  sight_reading  tool 
15 days ago
Manager Energy Drain | Lara Hogan
"Ha. Sorry to break this to you, but the best gift you can give your direct reports is a messy, unscoped project with a bit of a safety net. This kind of project creates the biggest opportunity for someone to grow as a leader..."
management  leadership  dopost  advice 
19 days ago
Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force” | Ars Technica
"One defense of Facebook is that the company is just giving users what they want. And that's true—but only in the sense that casinos give heavy gamblers what they want."
facebook  criticism  mental_health  politics  analysis  dopost 
20 days ago
Think BIG, build small – MrMattWright – Medium
"Running a software project is hard, but not impossible. Here are some tips to help you out in that process, and how to manage a company to get your project off the ground."
project_management  advice  web_development  dopost 
21 days ago
More companies are chipping their workers like pets
"Sorry, I'm just a little cynical right now. The report explained the purpose of corporate bosses chipping their workers like a beloved Pekinese is to set restrictions on areas they can access within the companies."
security  privacy  future  dopost 
24 days ago
Facebook’s latest scandal has Washington’s full attention - The Verge
"Facebook’s day was consumed with the fallout from Wednesday’s New York Times story about its slow response to Russian interference, which generated a furor greater than anything the company has seen since the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal."
facebook  media  public_relations  dopost 
26 days ago
The Best True Wireless Headphones for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
"The Jabra Elite 65t is the first set of true wireless earbuds that we actually love because they sound great, they’re comfortable, and [...] The four-microphone array works well to keep your voice sounding crystal clear over phone calls."
audio  shopping  review  hardware 
26 days ago
System error: Japan cyber security minister admits he has never used a computer | World news | The Guardian
"A Japanese minister in charge of cyber security has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive."
dopost  security  weird  japan  politics  failure 
27 days ago
SuperCollider » SuperCollider
"SuperCollider is a platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition, used by musicians, artists, and researchers working with sound. It is free and open source software available for Windows, macOS, and Linux."
sound  programming_language  audio 
4 weeks ago
ChucK => Strongly-timed, On-the-fly Music Programming Language
"ChucK is a programming language for real-time sound synthesis and music creation."
sound  programming  programming_language  audio 
4 weeks ago
Zero-Based Budgeting – a warning - Beyond Budgeting Institute
"Despite the hype, ZBB does not at all address most of the problems associated with traditional budgeting..."
beyond_budgeting  finance  dopost 
4 weeks ago
Blockchain-based elections would be a disaster for democracy | Ars Technica
"Online voting would be a huge threat to the integrity of our elections—and to public faith in election outcomes."
blockchain  voting  dopost 
5 weeks ago
The Best Travel Mug for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
"The Zojirushi SM-SA Stainless Steel Mug is an exceptional vacuum insulated travel mug that keeps beverages hot for hours, even in cold environments. It has a well-designed exterior, an easy-to-clean nonstick Teflon interior, and a foolproof lid locking mechanism that’s you can operate with one hand."
shopping  gadgets  drinks  review 
5 weeks ago
RealWorld - "The mother of all demo apps"
"See how the exact same Medium.com clone (called Conduit) is built using any of our supported frontends and backends. Yes, you can mix and match them, because they all adhere to the same API spec 😮😎"
demo  languages  frameworks  dopost 
6 weeks ago
The Government Digital Service: The Happiest Place on Earth • The Register
"Last year, the UK's Cabinet Office asked an external management consultancy to examine staff morale and high turnover at the Government Digital Service. After interviewing more than 100 civil servants, its scathing confidential analysis described an organisation beset by low morale and run by a “cabal” management of old friends, who bypassed talent in favour of recruiting former associates – while Whitehall viewed GDS as “smug” and “arrogant”."
gds  employment  report  motivation 
6 weeks ago
Talking about risk and opportunity | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"...the tools and techniques traditionally used to ‘manage’ potential harms (risks, in normal language) can and probably should be used to manage the potential for gain (opportunities)."
risk  risk_management  dopost 
6 weeks ago
What is a Flexible Contract? — Flexible Contracts
Contracts based on outcomes rather than concrete deliverables... "The Flexible Contract is an outcome-based contract designed to help you deliver value rapidly. It is designed as a 'Minimum Viable Contract'; meaning it has the least amount of information in it, but modules can be added to customize it to your current conditions."
agile  contracts  legal 
7 weeks ago
contracting-for-agile-software-development-projects.pdf
A good approach to Agile contracts from Bird & Bird: "We believe that a fresh approach is needed to ensure that the contracts being used for Agile projects are fit for purpose. Our aim is to develop a new template contract that will be a more effective starting point for Agile projects than the traditional waterfall-based contracts."
agile  contracts  legal  pdf 
7 weeks ago
Agile Contracts
"The Agile contracts primer is an article based on the 'contracts' chapter from the "Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile" book authored by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde."
contracts  agile 
7 weeks ago
Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it | Ars Technica
"But saying Microsoft should only produce one update a year instead of two, or criticising the very idea of Windows as a Service, is missing the point. The problem here isn't the release frequency. It's Microsoft's development process."
quality  windows_10  process  agile  google  software_development 
7 weeks ago
Return of the Obra Dinn review - The Verge
"The latest game from Papers, Please creator Lucas Pope tasks you with solving the mystery of the titular Obra Dinn, a ship that washed up on shore in 1807, five years after it was believed to be lost at sea. What happened to all 60 of its crewmembers? [...] The most important part of the experience is a magical watch that can temporarily transport you to the exact moment a person died."
game  dopost 
7 weeks ago
Go: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
"This is an additional post in the “Go is not good” series. Go does have some nice features, hence the “The Good” part in this post, but overall I find it cumbersome and painful to use when we go beyond API or network servers (which is what it was designed for) and use it for business domain logic. But even for network programming, it has a lot of gotchas both in its design and implementation that make it dangerous under an apparent simplicity."
golang  analysis  dopost 
7 weeks ago
Samsung has figured out EUV, the holy grail of chipmaking
"[Samsung is] getting set to commercialize chips that have a 40 percent smaller surface area compared to the company's previous 10-nanometer tech, while reducing power consumption by 50 percent or boosting performance by 20 percent."
hardware  samsung  manufacturing  dopost  innovation 
7 weeks ago
Palm is back (sort of), and it built a tiny smartphone sidekick
"A startup out of California now uses the Palm name, and it's serious about breathing new life into the brand. [...] its first smartphone — known simply as the Palm — is a minuscule device you're meant to carry around when you don't want to bring your main iPhone or Galaxy along."
palm  hardware  phone  dopost 
8 weeks ago
Hackers access 50 million Facebook profiles | Revue
"The attack relied on a confluence of three separate bugs. Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Jason Koebler at Motherboard have a good, succinct explanation of how the attack worked..."
facebook  security  hacking  dopost 
8 weeks ago
Kanye West Has Literally the Worst iPhone Passcode You Could Ever Have - Motherboard
"In a clip of Kanye West meeting with President Donald Trump broadcast and then shared on social media Thursday, the superstar is seen unlocking his iPhone before getting access. The apparent passcode? Well it’s just hammering the bottom key as much as possible really: 000000."
security  kanye_west  failure  dopost 
8 weeks ago
MobileSheets
"Get rid of the binders and books and experience the freedom of going digital. MobileSheets gives you the features you need to manage your library with ease and perform at your absolute best."
software  music 
8 weeks ago
A military expert explains why social media is the new battlefield - The Verge
"LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media is a look at the role social media plays in modern conflict."
social_media  interview  book  facebook  twitter  war  russia  dopost 
8 weeks ago
Wynton's Twelve Ways to Practice Arban Trumpet Studies
"I’ve developed what I call “Wynton’s 12 Ways to Practice.” These will work for almost every activity – from music to schoolwork to sports."
music  learning  advice 
8 weeks ago
Planning fallacy - Wikipedia
"The planning fallacy, first proposed by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky in 1979,[1][2] is a phenomenon in which predictions about how much time will be needed to complete a future task display an optimism bias and underestimate the time needed."
planning  cognitive_bias  psychology  dopost 
8 weeks ago
A basic principle most people don’t understand about risk | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"Almost everybody makes a fundamental error when it comes to assessing a risk [...] They show the level of risk as a point: the likelihood of a potential impact or consequence. But 99% of the time this is wrong. 99% of the time, there is a range of potential consequences, each with its own likelihood."
risk_management  security  report  dopost  uncertainty 
8 weeks ago
Pattern grammars in formal representations of musical structures
"This paper introduces several formal models of pattern representation in music."
pdf  music  language  formalism  grammar 
8 weeks ago
Musical Patterns
"An essay on patterns in musical composition transformations, mathematical groups, and the nature of musical substance."
music  formalism  language  grammar 
8 weeks ago
Please don’t shred your own Banksy print unless you want it to be worth £1 - The Verge
"This is all to say... don’t shred your own Banksy prints and expect to get the same results. Unfortunately [...] someone did just that [...] “We have refused to list this item for a number of reasons,” said MyArtBroker. “One of them being we just can’t believe the stupidity involved and the opportunistic vandalism.”"
art  banksy  valuation  weird 
8 weeks ago
Project Strobe: Protecting your data, improving our third-party APIs, and sunsetting consumer Google+
Security is hard. Google takes the nuclear option... "Finding 1: There are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers’ expectations. Action 1: We are shutting down Google+ for consumers."
google_plus  security  social_network  dopost  google 
9 weeks ago
Czech Games Edition Codenames Card Game: Czech Games Edition: Amazon.co.uk: Toys & Games
"Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first."
game  board_game  words 
9 weeks ago
String of own goals by Russian spies exposes a strange sloppiness | World news | The Guardian
Beware your data trail: "...researchers from Bellingcat and the Insider also recognised that the men were issued sequentially numbered passports by a special division..."
data  social_media  spying  russia  failure  dopost 
9 weeks ago
Practising the Piano The Principles of Scale Fingering - Practising the Piano
"The principles for scale fingerings in use today were first proposed by C.P.E. Bach in his treatise, Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments (1753). There are two main principles."
piano  advice  fingering  music 
9 weeks ago
Conspectus Risk Assessment & Management Strategies
"GRASP is technically a soft-systems methodology that uses multi-stakeholder perspectives to make it easier for any management team to determine what should be done to ensure its projects go forward successfully, its strategic planning is sustainable and its critical decisions more likely to gain widespread support. The methodology makes it easier to identify less obvious but nonetheless important opportunities, search for underlying causes of risk to the project and better define the inevitable uncertainties and assumptions present in all projects."
risk_management  book  dopost 
11 weeks ago
Zenkit | Online Project Management
An online database, with a free tier.
database  tool 
12 weeks ago
Podio: Project Management and Collaboration Software | Podio
"Try the customisable work management solution leaders trust and employees love working on."
collaboration  database  tool 
12 weeks ago
I made a customizable PO-24 cheat sheet (link in comments) : pocketoperators
"I keep forgetting the controls for my pocket operator so I decided to make a cheat and print it. It's an svg file so all parts can be easily modified for different pocket operators. Hope someone finds it useful."
pocket_operator  visualisation  instructions 
12 weeks ago
Practitioners in a box | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"Successful leaders are constantly challenging themselves and fixing things even if they are not broken – yet."
management  change  leadership  dopost 
12 weeks ago
I am Bruce Schneier, cybersecurity expert, author, and #PublicInterestTech AMA : IAmA
"Q: Do you see any way in which the market would reward security and longevity for technology? [...] A: Yes, the market will reward it if it is forced to. Think of laws and regulation as establishing the playing field for the market to operate in. Once society demands -- through the levels of policy -- security and longevity, the market will figure out how to provide it cheaply and efficiently and effectively. Markets are good at that. What they're terrible at is societal direction."
security  society  regulation  market_forces  economics  dopost  interview 
september 2018
PO-35 secret powers
"There are some "power user features" on the PO-35 that I added very late and were never documented in the official online manual. Jakob covered many of these in his excellent tutorial but not all. Here is a complete list (I think 😊)"
pocket_operator  instructions 
september 2018
Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist: Amazon.co.uk: Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson, Dick Costolo: 9781118443613: Books
"...this reliable resource skillfully outlines the essential elements of the venture capital term sheet from terms related to economics to terms related to control."
investing  advice  book 
september 2018
Welcome | RAML
"RESTful API Modeling Language (RAML) makes it easy to manage the whole API lifecycle from design to sharing. It's concise - you only write what you need to define - and reusable. It is machine readable API design that is actually human friendly."
apis  design  modelling  dopost  rest 
september 2018
Practising the Piano How to Begin a New Piece: Part 1 - Practising the Piano
"One of the biggest obstacles to reaching our goal is not appreciating the difference between the process of practising and the act of performing (or playing through). This dichotomy is often misunderstood even by conservatory piano students who assume they are practising when they hammer through their pieces, hacking at errors until they consider them vanquished. Hours can be wasted doing it this way, with no guarantee of successful results at the end of it all."
music  piano  learning  advice 
september 2018
Lessons from being a parent that apply to your start-up and vice versa.
"Nothing is easy, the Instagram moment is the result of many sunk hours of perspiration and preparation."
startups  advice  children  dopost 
september 2018
What we're buying: A potent audio sampler that fits in your pocket
"See, the KO is a pretty full featured sampler that fits in your pocket. And since I got the rubberized case too, I can actually put it in my pocket and not worry too much about it getting damaged. Now instead of scrolling through Instagram or endlessly checking email while I'm waiting at the optometrist or on the bus, I can sit and bang out a little tune."
music  musical_instrument  hardware  dopost  pocket_operator 
september 2018
Revenge of the PMO | Silicon Valley Product Group
"From all that I have read and heard, I would not want to work in a company using a process like this. I can’t imagine any of the strong tech product companies I know choosing to move to SAFe, and if for some reason they did, I’m pretty certain their top talent would leave."
safe  agile  product_management  dopost 
august 2018
Measuring quality across different teams – Compare The Market – Medium
"Agreeing on the right set of metrics for a single team is on its own very difficult, but the truth is that you can’t let it stop you. Here at CompareTheMarket, we have in place what we call the Immune System."
testing  quality  quality_assurance  measurement  dopost  metrics  case_study 
august 2018
I Just Hacked a State Election. I’m 17. And I’m Not Even a Very Good Hacker. - POLITICO Magazine
"It took me around 10 minutes to crash the upcoming midterm elections. Once I accessed the shockingly simple and vulnerable set of tables that make up the state election board’s database, I was able to shut down the website that would tally the votes, bringing the election to a screeching halt."
voting  hacking  elections  dopost 
august 2018
Being a start-up CTO (or ‘how I fired myself enough times to finally become CTO’)
"It’s one challenge to be CTO in a ‘normal’ startup, it’s quite a separate challenge to also be at the forefront of a new category. I’ll post separately about the category challenges, but first, here’s my functional CTO story..."
jobs  scalability  startups  product_management  dopost  learning 
august 2018
Testing Strategies in a Microservice Architecture
"Here, we plan to discuss a number of approaches for managing the additional testing complexity of multiple independently deployable components as well as how to have tests and the application remain correct despite having multiple teams each acting as guardians for different services."
microservices  testing  architecture  dopost 
august 2018
ReMarkable tablet review: The high price of getting that paper feeling | Ars Technica
"But the company reMarkable is trying to expand E Ink's use with the reMarkable paper tablet, a slab with a 10.3-inch E Ink display and an included stylus. Not only is it meant to be a reading device, but the reMarkable is designed to replace pretty much any papers you have to bring with you anywhere—books, documents, notes, sketches, and the like."
review  tablets  productivity  dopost  hardware 
august 2018
Georgia defends voting system despite 243-percent turnout in one precinct | Ars Technica
"Georgia is one of four states in the US that continues to use voting machines with no ability to provide voters a paper record so that they can verify the machine counted their vote correctly."
voting  security  failure  dopost 
august 2018
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