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Introducing Cosette – University of Washington Database Group – Medium
This looks like a very powerful tool to analyze SQL queries, particularly when you are optimizing for performance. This seems like it would be extremely difficult to write.
2 days ago
How to Make a Strategic, Value-Driven Business Case for Your DevOps…
Good article focusing on connecting DevOps principles to business drivers. Good reading for technical folks trying to sell the business value of infrastructure work in general. The section on the board of directors is a bit odd to me though. How the work is executed is rarely a board discussion (and is almost always bad if it is), but the values may bubble up to that level of priority.
2 days ago
Serverless Hosting Comparison – headmelted
Nice overview of serverless (cloud function) offerings from various providers.
2 days ago
The GitHub Diversity Report — GitHub
2nd [Diversity Report](https://diversity.github.com) from GitHub. I like to keep an eye on what tech companies are doing in this area. Diversity and inclusion is a big problem in tech and it starts with getting a handle on the data. Sharing selective data publicly is also a good way to move the tech ecosystem.
2 days ago
Micro.blog + Facebook | Manton Reece
I’m a Kickstarter backer of Micro.blog and all of my status updates are sent using the Micro.blog service. Micro.blog started with syndicating content to Twitter and it has now added Facebook. This does allow for an IndieWeb principle of owning and hosting your content and then send it into the locked garden of Facebook. It’s certainly a better way to engage with Facebook, but it’s not changing my mind about being part of that community.
2 days ago
Webmention.io
*Webmention.io is a hosted service created to easily handle webmentions (and legacy pingbacks) on any web page.* This is a handy service for static websites that want to catch references from other sites. WordPress natively handles these but static websites cannot, without something like this. I added this to [my site](http://thingelstad.com/) so I can capture web mentions.
2 days ago
Tufte CSS
I had seen a [Tufte Jekyll](https://github.com/clayh53/tufte-jekyll) theme that I really liked but it supported [Google AMP](https://www.ampproject.org/learn/overview/) and I refuse to be part of that. It’s great to see Tufte CSS now as a standalone CSS bundle that can be used independent of the things around it. Created by [Dave Liepmann](http://www.daveliepmann.com/) and now contributed directly to [Edward Tufte](https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/).
3 days ago
Daring Fireball: Public Service Announcement: You Should Not Force Quit Apps on iOS
I have been known to **interrupt** people while using their phones and explain to them that they do not need to force quit applications. This will be my new URL to send people to explain why that is a bad practice.
3 days ago
TrendLabs Security Intelligence BlogAndroid Backdoor GhostCtrl can Silently Record Your Audio, Video, and More - TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog
The general state of security in the Android ecosystem is really worrisome. While people can argue the other areas of mobile OS's with some debate, I don't know of anyone that suggests Android has a good position on security.
4 days ago
Long-awaited St. Croix bridge is feat of engineering, political will - StarTribune.com
I've seen this bridge recently and it’s very nice looking. It strikes me as something that will immediately become part of the normal, even though it was fought and argued for decades. I had no idea it was only the second bridge of this type!
6 days ago
Quilt is a data package manager
Very cool Python package to bring data sets to do analysis with. This is a great idea!
6 days ago
Twitter users sue Donald Trump for excluding them
What a crazy set of intersecting legal questions! Can the President of the United States block a citizen from reading what he says publicly? Even more interesting is the Terms of Service coming into play. *“Trump’s account is a stream of communication that’s wholly owned by Twitter”, Mr Feldman writes.* How crazy is that?
6 days ago
Eleven Experts Share The Secrets of Scheduling Everything in Your Calendar – The School for Scheduling Everything
Managing your calendar is an important task most of us. I was also excited to see my friend [Garrick Van Buren](https://garrickvanburen.com) in here! I've thought a lot about calendaring methods and tools. The one outcome I have so far is it is very personal and has to be appropriate for your demands. One size certainly does **not** fit all in this area.
8 days ago
Introductory bullshit detection for non-technical managers
Good article that, by the way, isn't just for non-technical managers. I've seen many technical managers get sidelined working through projects.
8 days ago
The Learning Water Meter - FLUID
I saw this Minnesota-made product at Minnedemo this week and it looks great! There are a number of devices like this for electricity, but I hadn't seen one for measuring and monitoring water use.
9 days ago
Caddy - The HTTP/2 Web Server with Automatic HTTPS
I hadn't heard of this web server but it looks fabulous! Every feature looks great and it looks super simple to run. I’m trying to not run any of my own infrastructure, but apps like this make it compelling and really easy if you do.
9 days ago
OmniGraffle 3.0 Brings the Power of Its macOS Counterpart to iOS – MacStories
It’s great to see what OmniGroup is doing with there applications on iOS. They are innovating in user experience, capability and business model. If you are wondering how professional software will look in 10 years, look at OmniGroup. I’m also very excited about the launch of Omni Automation, their Javascript automation framework here. I can’t wait to see that appear in OmniFocus.
10 days ago
asocialfolder | Markdown-based, Dropbox-enabled website hosting
What a cool concept, use Dropbox to put static markdown files in and publish them right away to the web. For simple sites this would be a very easy way to get content online.
10 days ago
Network Effects
Very well done overview of network effects by [Andreessen Horowitz](https://a16z.com) [Anu Hariharan](https://twitter.com/anuhariharan). Great introduction of what network effect is, what the different classifications and terms are and how to think about it. I love the definition of platform in network context here. 💡 via [@sk_shivani](https://twitter.com/sk_shivani/status/884595583108907014)
11 days ago
Scapple for macOS and Windows
Ran into this application and was intrigued. It seems like the easiest tool to make [Wardley Maps](http://www.wardleymaps.com) that I've seen.
12 days ago
Processing Points - Why We Need Them — MyProductiveMac
I don't use this term of 'processing points' very often but I like the concept.
12 days ago
Eight Years of Victory (Pinboard Blog)
I like how Maciej of Pinboard is very open about the key metrics of Pinboard. Another view of the indie software world as a business and how they can slowly build and become nicely profitable.
12 days ago
Acorn 6 Released
I use Acorn and love what Gus Mueller is doing with this. It’s also fun to watch as an indie developer goes right at Adobe Photoshop -- one of the largest, most established pieces of software.
12 days ago
The Future of Operations: A Developer | Forrester Blogs
Good article on the blurring that is occurring in traditional roles between what has been operations and development.
13 days ago
Design patterns for microservices | Blog | Microsoft Azure
I've always admired Microsofts architecture guidance. Nice to see them doing this work for microservices as well.
13 days ago
The W3C has overruled members' objections and will publish its DRM for videos / Boing Boing
A few years ago it felt like our industry had pushed DRM back a bit and it was receding. In music DRM was all but gone after Apple forced the industry there. Now with the move to streaming music everything is DRM blocked again. The role of the W3C with DRM is a sticky one, but this doesn't look very good.
13 days ago
Blake Watson | Why I left Facebook
A personal write up from yet another person disconnecting from Facebook. Worthwhile to read why people decide it's time to **opt-out** or something so pervasive. *I've been Facebook free since 2013.*
15 days ago
Introducing code owners
Love to see Github adding more capabilities to allow teams to collaborate better. Now let's just hope Github continues to be a standalone company.
16 days ago
Wildcard Certificates Coming January 2018 —Let's Encrypt
I’m a huge fan of what Let's Encrypt is doing with certificate management. One of the big challenges was their lack of support for wildcard certificates. Now, given that Let's Encrypt is completely programmable you could make an argument that you can manage any number of individual certificates, but it's complicated to do. This is a nice step to further adoption.
16 days ago
Coraline Ada Ehmke: Antisocial Coding: My Year at GitHub
GitHub has had many problems with diversity and inclusion. This article is worth reading for two reasons. Interesting to hear how some of the work that Coraline Ada Ehmke did related to this effort. Also this is an interesting read as a people manager. This situation doesn't seem like it was handled very well.
16 days ago
What do we mean by “evidence-based journalism”? – WikiTribune – Medium
A number of years ago I thought a lot about how to rethink news. One of the core ideas was "Show your work." WikiTribune is adopting that principle and referring to it as evidenced-based.
17 days ago
Busy to Death – Barry O'Reilly
Every word of this is awesome. I've gotten very crisp in how I manage my calendar. Some of what I do is in here, but also things to learn here.
17 days ago
Scientists explain ancient Rome's long-lasting concrete - BBC News
I recently read [Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World](http://www.amazon.com/dp/0544483944/?tag=thingelstad01-20) and the chapter on concrete was fascinating. The author explores the area of "self healing" concrete that can fix exposure to water. Amazing concept that this article just barely touches on.
17 days ago
The Critical Difference Between Complex and Complicated
Good article on understanding the **type** of problem you are dealing with so that you approach the solution from the right way.
17 days ago
Wikipedia: The Text Adventure
This is **so awesome!** An entire text based *adventure* game driven by data from Wikipedia. Pure work of geek art. Take a moment to admire this is only possible because Wikipedia uses a very liberal [Creative Commons](https://creativecommons.org) license. 👍🏻
17 days ago
Open Sourcing Iris and Oncall | LinkedIn Engineering
Great introduction on how a large tech organization like LinkedIn deals with on-call and incident management. Great to see them embracing the open source movement and sharing their internal solutions.
17 days ago
Looking for the One: How I Went on 150 Dates in 4 Months
I can’t honestly decide the right reaction to this. *Impressive* use of automation and science to drive to desired outcomes? *Foolish* misunderstanding of how human relationships work? Read and decide for yourself. One thought I had while reading this is if this is what an amateur can do, what are the companies that run dating platforms doing? I feel like the matchmaker of the past was an algorithm and "Big Data". The new one may be AI driven introductions and coordinated "random" encounters. The humans become the pawns in a data-driven AI manipulated show.
17 days ago
U.S. denies visas for Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team - The Washington Post
*Terrible and despicable.* What a message to send to young women pursuing a dream with technology.
17 days ago
Day One Premium and the Future
I signed up for Day One Premium and was happy to do it. This article on the challenges developers face when moving to a subscription offering is very much on point. I do think there is a challenge in subscription offerings for a *casual* users. I have no issue with apps I use daily but the less frequently used apps are hard to justify. It would be nice to support both models, but that introduces a lot of problems. Will be curious to see how this evolves.
17 days ago
Open Source Friday
Interesting concept. Like the idea and it's a better way to market this than I've seen before. Similar in many ways to "20% time".
17 days ago
HEVC and HEIF Will Make Video and Photos More Efficient - TidBITS
Nice writeup on the HEIF and HEVC formats that are coming to iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Notable that these are not Apple created formats. Anyone can implement these. I like what Apple is doing here and I think the market value will be in iPhones being able to hold more photos and video than ones not using these more modern standards. Only geeks should have to even think about the formats for most use cases.
17 days ago
Management & Technical Career Growth Tracks
I really like Rajiv's thinking on tech organizations. His [Three Roles of a CTO](https://medium.com/technology-management-leadership/culture-technology-operations-71ac3c05acac) is something I refer to often. I like what Rajiv has put together here as well.
17 days ago
Gorodki: Ancient Russian game enjoys renaissance | Russia Beyond The Headlines
Another lawn game involving wood and throwing! I enjoy [Kubb](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubb) and have recently added [Mölkky](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mölkky) to the mix as well. This looks complicated but may need to give it a try. Does every culture have a wood throwing game? 💡 *Via [@cunngleah](https://twitter.com/cunningleah)*
17 days ago
Statement by Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor on the Resignation of Dave McClure
*The events of 2017 in the tech ecosystem depict a sector gone deeply awry. This is not just a case of a few bad actors. This is not something that is fixable with a pledge or a new policy. This is a culture that has been allowed to fester and to rot by enablers who refused to intervene when they witnessed inexcusable behavior or went to great lengths to avoid seeing it.* Wow! Accurate and direct. This is the kind of example and leadership we need in tech.
17 days ago
Exclusive: Dave McClure resigns as general partner of 500 Startups funds - Axios
First domino of a hopeful cleansing. It's gotten even worse since this article was written.
17 days ago
Facebook, for the first time, acknowledges election manipulation - CBS News
This seems so obvious. And to be clear, this isn't partisan as influence was peddled in all ways. Facebook was designed, and generates tremendous revenue, by selling you advertisements. It dresses up as a place for friends and a *commons* for people to connect and have dialog. That's all a side-show to sell you. **You are their product.** So, should it be remotely surprising that they can also sell political ideas? We now have 2 billion people on a platform whose purpose is to influence there thinking. Seems *dangerous*. Happy to **not** be a Facebook user.
17 days ago
Facebook can track your browsing even after you've logged out, judge says | Technology | The Guardian
Assume Facebook knows every website you ever go to and has a massive profile of you. Facebook knows more about you than any other organization in the world. If you don't want that you have to use tools to block it. [Little Snitch](https://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html) can be used to make sure your computer isn't allowed to make network connections to Facebook. I also use [1Blocker](https://1blocker.com) with a custom rule that stops my web browser from talking to any Facebook domains.
17 days ago
Little Snitch 4
Little Snitch upgraded to 4.0. This is one of the utilities that I **should** use but have never dove in. It allows for complete control at the network layer of what apps are doing. If you are very focused on privacy (which I am!) you should be running Little Snitch.
17 days ago
ongoing by Tim Bray · Bye, Rune
A very nice and thoughtful write up from Tim Bray on his cat Rune that recently passed away.
17 days ago
71% of Americans use emojis, stickers, GIFs when texting or using mobile apps —Apple World Today
👍🏻 Need to keep this link 📎 for those times Tammy gives me an eye roll 👀 for emoji or sticker use.
21 days ago
Stop waiting for perfection and learn from your mistakes - All Things Distributed
Great article and I wholly endorse the push to design for failure. The problem isn't failure, it's allowing failure to cascade to something bigger. Well designed systems can and should absorb small and even large failure conditions. I'd love to see technology teams and even Universities adopting this thinking even more.
21 days ago
Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment - NYTimes.com
The tech industry has a problem with gender diversity. Certainly that problem extends well beyond startups, but I think it is reasonable to believe that the patterns and examples set by VC's impact how startups (particularly in the Valley) behave.
21 days ago
Tracy Chou, leading Silicon Valley engineer, explains why every tech worker needs a humanities education — Quartz
This is a start, but I think we need to go further. [Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace](http://www.amazon.com/dp/0465039146/?tag=thingelstad01-20) by [Larry Lessing](http://www.lessig.org/about/) makes this point in a big way. If technologists are creating the worlds in which we interact, the structure of those worlds is important in more ways than we know. **Ethics** is completely missing in this discussion inside our industry.
22 days ago
eero, plus peace of mind —Eero Blog
I've had my eero WiFi routers for a few months now and really like where they are going. This newest offering to bring better family controls and security at the network level makes a lot of sense. I’m not sure I love the idea of my WiFi network becoming a subscription though.
23 days ago
A couple weeks with the iOS 11 beta —Six Colors
The reviews of iOS 11 on the iPad are so compelling I’m tempted to install the betas for the first time. I've always waited for the big reveal on the final release. The iPad specific improvements here look amazing.
23 days ago
★ Perfect Ten —Daring Fireball
Gruber writeup going back and reflecting on the iPhone 10 years after it’s launch. I think he's right that the iPhone is the most impactful device that the technology industry has shipped thus far.
23 days ago
SmartGo Blog • SmartOthello Postmortem
Reading about success stories is fun, but you don't learn as much. This very thorough and transparent writeup from Anders Kierulf on the unsuccessful launch of SmartOthello is a worthwhile read. Certainly a couple of the issues he hit were just bad timing, but there is definitely stuff to learn from in this.
23 days ago
Working hard or hardly working? Loons have GPS device that tells all | Star Tribune
Interesting insight into some of the telemetry sports teams get off players. I’m sure this is absolutely the most basic stuff out there, but it made me think of what the data people in major league sports must be collecting from the players and using it to make better decisions.
23 days ago
The .feedback scam - Tom Limoncelli's EverythingSysadmin Blog
This is the kind of scam/garbage that was warned about when top-level domains were opened up for sale. Now we have an entire TLD that is nothing other than a scam. C'mon people, we can do better than this.
23 days ago
Milestone: 100 Million Certificates Issued - Let's Encrypt - Free SSL/TLS Certificates
I’m a big fan of Le's Encrypt and I’m very happy to see it being adopted as widely as it has been. Amazing success story and what a great mission. Let's Encrypt is a major milestone to a completely encrypted web. Also worth reading the [EFF writeup on this milestone](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/06/lets-encrypt-has-issued-100-million-certificates).
23 days ago
Day One Goes Premium – Day One – Medium
I've wondered when Day One would introduce a premium offering. I use their sync service for my Day One journals and I currently use 1.07 GB of storage that I've never paid a dime for. I'd love to see them continue to add more server based capabilities. I expect this is one I will sign up for.
24 days ago
Inclusive Technology at PagerDuty —PagerDuty
Interesting writeup of tooling that PagerDuty uses to support a diverse and inclusive workplace. This also falls in the category of improvements that everyone benefits from.
24 days ago
On The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
I really enjoy Kourosh Dini's writing on GTD and OmniFocus. He's also an amazing pianist and author. This article on "tidying up" and how that applies not just to our physical space but also our GTD space is a worthwhile read.
24 days ago
A Few Tips for Making Drafts a Writing Environment on iPad and iPhone —Macdrifter
I've had Drafts on my iOS devices for a long time but I've never really "got it". I recently tried some Workflows that used Drafts and gave me a glimpse into it’s power, but this article goes deeper into how to use Drafts in even more ways.
25 days ago
Five building blocks of a data-driven culture | TechCrunch
Building a data-driven culture and organization is something I've been thinking about a lot lately. I think I know the basic ways to get that into technology organizations pretty well, but successful companies now have to get that culture organization wide and the technology team plays an important leadership role in doing that. This writeup has some good fundamentals to consider.
25 days ago
Howtoons
I love everything about this. A DIY project kit delivered to you once a month to do with your kids. I also love the addition of "Arts" into STEM, making it STEAM!
26 days ago
What can developers learn from being on call? - Julia Evans
Great blog post sharing insights that developers learn when supporting their systems in production. Honestly this seems like basic stuff, but it’s worth reading again and again.
26 days ago
David “DHH” Heinemeier Hansson: The Entrepreneurial and Unstoppable Stoic
I’m certainly not a member of the "DHH Fan Club" (although I did [interview him at Minnebar once](http://thingelstad.com/2007/minnebar-2007/)), but this is a nice read on stoicism. The more I read about [stoicism](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism) the more I want to learn.
27 days ago
Affinity Photo - Professional photo editing for iPad
I took a flyer and got this app for my iPad to see how it compared with the power tools for photo editing. It’s amazing. The touch interface is so intuitive and it is extremely responsive.
27 days ago
The GTD Approach To Maximizing Productivity With Trello
I prefer to use a specific [GTD](http://gettingthingsdone.com) app (in my case, [OmniFocus](https://www.omnigroup.com/omnifocus)) but this overview of applying the GTD method in Trello is interesting and it really stood out to me how it is a very literal interpretation of the GTD method.
29 days ago
Twist - Mindful Team Communication
Email is broken. Chat is broken. IM is broken. There seem to be infinite number of things that folks are trying to deal with the volume of communication in companies today.
29 days ago
Super Mario Bros Recreated as Life Size Augmented Reality Game
*Wow!* This is really cool. This is one of the more interesting [AR](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality) game demos I've seen. The whole time I was watching this I was wondering how this would look for [Minecraft](https://minecraft.net/). It’s notable that he never goes up on any platforms in the demo though. Gravity still matters. 😁
29 days ago
Your Dashboard Needs a Waffle Chart – Aptitive
I didn’t realize these charts were named Waffle Charts. I dislike pie charts greatly, but do find that these waffle charts show certain data sets in a very useful way. They also provide immediate visibility better than a pie chart does. Makes me chuckle that this article has 'But, What Would [Edward Tufte](https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/) Do?' section.
29 days ago
The Best Advice We Overheard at First Round's CTO Unconference | First Round Review
There are a tremendous amount of good ideas in this article. Technology leaders should definitely read this. Need to pick three and run with them. Then another three… 👍🏻
4 weeks ago
Automating iOS: How Pythonista Changed My Workflow – MacStories
[Viticci](https://twitter.com/viticci) shares how he's using [Pythonista](http://omz-software.com/pythonista/) in iOS to extend his workflows into new areas. Viticci is the one that illustrated use cases for [Workflow](https://workflow.is) that really opened my eyes to what I can do. I know how to write Python, but I haven't extended any workflows into Pythonista, yet. 🤔
4 weeks ago
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