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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.
3 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.
3 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. 😁
4 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.
4 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… 👍🏻
5 days 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. 🤔
5 days ago
Russia's Cyberwar on Ukraine Is a Blueprint For What's to Come | WIRED
Another article on the *vast* breadth of cyberattacks in Ukraine.
5 days ago
Raid Battles and New Gym Features are Coming! - Pokémon GO
I ignored Pokémon GO for a long time but my son was really into it. He wanted to progress levels and battle in gyms. I started helping him and then *I started getting into It!* It's fun to see Niantic doing a *massive* rethink of a such a critical part of the game. The changes will be welcome though as gym battles are ridiculously hard for new players coming into the game.
6 days ago
Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture - Bloomberg
Some powerful data on the gender imbalance in technology organizations. When you read this keep in mind that there is negative unemployment in technology. We have to make *significant* progress on this problem. The market is not solving it on it’s own, and the culture changes needed are significant.
6 days ago
Determining Incident Priority —PagerDuty
Good, simple writeup on how to approach two key metrics for incident management. Like how this follows the [KISS principle](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle). Priority = Impact + Urgency.
6 days ago
The RNC Files: Inside the Largest US Voter Data Leak
This is an amazing writeup on a huge breach of **198 million** Americans data. The part that blew me away in this is the listing of the CSV column names. It illustrates very well the data that was exposed for everyone. It also should prompt thoughts on how all that data was collected. The level of specificity in these data sets is amazing, and to me at least, very frightening.
7 days ago
Social Cooling
Big data and surveillance may be changing out behaviors. This concept is shown in the [Nosedive](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5497778/?ref_=ttep_ep1) episode of [Black Mirror](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2085059/).
7 days ago
International Federation of Pickleball
Had never heard of this game! Looks like a great summer game to play outside!
7 days ago
Engineering Blogs of Companies
Good listing of the technology blogs of various companies.
7 days ago
Open Textbook Library
Very cool to see the [University of Minnesota](https://twin-cities.umn.edu) doing this! Nice to also see the content is licensed under [Creative Commons](https://creativecommons.org)!
8 days ago
s3_website
Very comprehensive tool to take the challenges out of hosting your static website on S3. The feature set is rich and well thought out. I still host [Jekyll](http://jekyllrb.com) directly on [GitHub Pages](https://pages.github.com), but this is tempting to make it fully independent.
8 days ago
Actions, not words, reveal our real values | Derek Sivers
I really like Sivers' writing and this one rings so true. This is where a lot of [GTD](http://gettingthingsdone.com) practitioners break down in my opinion. There is this review of the tasks on your list and a wondering about tooling to get more done, when in reality you just don't want to do it!
9 days ago
Should you blog on Facebook or the web? —Scripting News
[Dave Winer](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Winer) is often referred to as the father of blogging. The fact that he **ever** thought it was a good idea to blog on Facebook always surprised me. The desire for audience and engagement is high, and Facebook may deliver that. But you give away far, far too much for that.
9 days ago
jstumble
I backed [Turing Tumble](https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/871405126/turing-tumble-gaming-on-a-mechanical-computer/description) and someone else that backed it decided to write an emulator for it in JavaScript so they could play before it was out! So very cool in a *very geeky* way! 😊
9 days ago
Should your Engineering Lead be fired? – It’s Your Turn
*Does Medium require the use of very inflammatory headlines?* 😠 This post is titled terribly, but the questions it lists are worthy of thinking through if you lead technology teams (or in some cases any kind of team!).
9 days ago
Instagram Makes a Smooth Move to Python 3 - The New Stack
Send this to the folks that highlight how Python, or any interpreted language really, just *cannot* scale.
9 days ago
iPad Drag and Drop, Multitasking, and Split View in iOS 11: Everything you need to know! | iMore
Nice writeup on the big changes in iOS 11 for iPad. I’m really excited about all the things that will be opened up with this next release. I can see shifting even more of my office work to the iPad.
10 days ago
How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse from Nikon
We are all heading to St. Louis later this summer to be in the path of the total solar eclipse. I need to figure out how to do the photography! 📷
10 days ago
Netflix (NFLX) now has more US subscribers than cable TV — Quartz
I cut the cord on cable TV several years ago. It’s not surprising that the Netflix subscriber count has grown and surpassed. The surprising part to me is that cable TV numbers are not dropping faster. I wonder how many of those are effectively no cost subscriptions bundled with Internet service. The last time we signed an agreement with Comcast they charged $10 *more* a month to *not* have cable TV!
10 days ago
Amazon - Press Room - Press Release
Really big move. Amazon just got an impressive footprint in a lot of cities. It will be interesting to see what they do with this. It does strike me that the Whole Foods premium brand isn't necessarily in the same place as Amazon's.
10 days ago
Can your CTO still code? - Recode
This is a terrible headline for this article. The article is about maintaining technical proficiency which I agree completely with. If as a CTO you are taking sprint points in your deliverables? I think your doing it wrong. You do need to be super connected to the work and the technology though. You do that by continuing to embrace your craft in many ways.
10 days ago
The founder of Pinboard on why understanding fandom is good for business - The Verge
First thing here is the fact that Pinboard bought Delicious for $35,000. According to Crunchbase Delicious had Amazon, Marc Andreessen, Tim O'Reilly, Union Square Ventures, Esther Dyson and other investors in various rounds. Second, connecting with some extremely passionate and enthusiastic users (fandom in this case) and evolving your road map with them is a proven path.
11 days ago
Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs - Stack Overflow Blog
This totally reminds me of the 'pirates and global warming' meme (search that if you aren't familiar), but this one makes me laugh more. 😊
11 days ago
How to become a data scientist, part 2: try to solve the problem
Great article by my former book club friend Dan Frankowski. Dan is immensely smart at this stuff and it’s cool to see him putting together his thoughts on approaching data science.
11 days ago
Daisy - a private blockchain where blocks are SQLite databases
I don't know that I really understand this situation but it makes my head spin a bit.
12 days ago
Deal or no deal? Training AI bots to negotiate | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code | Facebook
The decision trees with desired outcomes here remind me a lot of how computers play chess.
12 days ago
Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known - Bloomberg
Try to approach this topic outside of the partisan noise going on right now and you may, like me, come to the conclusion that attacks against digital election systems have such an immense ROI for State level activities that this has to be happening at a large scale.
12 days ago
When startups need program management
This is an interesting topic and good article. On top of it though it is from Intercom and I have been immensely impressed with their product. The driver, approver, contributor and informed (DACI) is an interesting model I hadn't seen before.
13 days ago
Nested teams add depth to your team structure —GitHub
This is a huge addition for enterprises using GitHub. GitHub is clearly getting a lot of push from companies that are using it and by far the weakest area was in the identity and access management area.
13 days ago
The second generation of eero —Eero Blog
I’ve really liked my Eero units at home. I switched to Eero early in the year and have seen better performance and coverage since. Being able to administer everything from my phone is a win too. Glad to see Eero continuing to move forward with new, and compatible, hardware.
14 days ago
WeWork will bring co-working space to Minneapolis with Capella Tower lease - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
More co-working space coming to Minneapolis. CoCo is our local grown space. It will be interesting to see how this compares to what CoCo does.
14 days ago
The 10.5” iPad Pro: Future-Proof – MacStories
If you want to talk iPad Frederico Viticci is the guy. Thorough writeup on the new 10.5" iPad Pro. Spoiler alert, he loves it. :-)
14 days ago
★ The 2017 iPad Pros —Daring Fireball
The new iPad Pro's sound amazing. I love what Apple is working on in display technology. They are pushing this to a place where we won't think about it as a display because there is no latency and it is visually consistent with every other medium we know.
14 days ago
Crash Override Malware Took Down Ukraine's Power Grid Last December | WIRED
The real world potential of cyberattacks continue to grow. Tech is doing a lot here, but is it enough.
14 days ago
Binky: The App That Does Nothing - The Atlantic
Everything about this is so awesome. The name, the logo (pacifier!) and the entire concept. A social network filled with completely inane bot activity. Your actions are reinforced by likes from bots. I can’t figure out how cynical this is, but it’s a perfect on-ramp to dozens of dystopian sci-fi novels.
14 days ago
Diversity in Open Source Is Even Worse Than in Tech Overall | WIRED
This isn't at all surprising but falls in the category of 'when you thought it couldn't get any worse, then this.' Remember when you read that diversity in tech is a culture problem.
16 days ago
Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life
I think a lot about digital tracking and privacy online. It worries me greatly as one of the least appreciated aspects of so much activity online. People shrug this off as not important but nearly everyone does that with no appreciation of the issue or how deep the surveillance goes. I haven't read this whole report, but it’s on my list to read in it’s entirety. I think I’m going to start using the word surveillance instead of tracking. It’s more accurate.
16 days ago
End-to-End Encryption FAQ | Day One Help
It is great to see more and more applications adopting strong, end-to-end encryption. Especially something like Day One!
17 days ago
Microblogging with GitHub Pages from iOS
Nice to see people exploring more options for putting micro-content directly in there existing sites. Something like this might be where I move to. I can clearly see a way that I could put blog posts, microblog posts, photos, bookmarks and other content forms in my one site.
17 days ago
Getting Things Done, Ten Years In
I've practiced GTD for about 10 years now as well and definitely parts of it have become routine. I have also decided to focus on this as a lifelong skill and something I will continue to patiently improve upon.
17 days ago
Options vs. cash
Thorough writeup on the value of options in early stage companies. This is a topic that few understand as well as they should.
18 days ago
A Brief History of the UUID · Segment Blog
I've used UUID's in systems for years but I never have asked where these came from. I always assumed they got there start with Ethernet MAC addresses but that is just a tiny part of the story.
18 days ago
The Second Coming Of iPad
I’m extremely confident that there will be a time when most people (probably not all) at work will be using tablets, probably iPads. I think Apple is playing a long game here and I am enjoying being part of it.
18 days ago
Top Skills for an Incident Commander —PagerDuty
So much good information here. And completely agree with the thesis that incident command is a thing on it’s own, and not inherently a strongly technical role. The 'time boxing is critical' part is something I see people forget a lot.
18 days ago
Mike Rowe on Efficiency versus Effectiveness - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Space, to think and be, is more important that productivity. Good GTD and productivity skills should focus on the impact to you, the practitioner, not on your volume of output.
19 days ago
macOS High Sierra Brings Current Improvements, Future Developments – MacStories
Nice recap of updates coming in the awkwardly named macOS High Sierra.
19 days ago
‘Monument Valley 2’ for iOS —Tools and Toys
Tyler and I have been playing Monument Valley 2. Actually he's already completed it. It’s a great followup to the first one.
19 days ago
Monica - a CRM for your friends and family
Oh my, this is the kind of horrible thing that happens when introverted techies try to solve social savvy.
20 days ago
watchOS 4 Introduces Proactive Watch Face, Streamlined Navigation, and Fresh Refinements – MacStories
This looks interesting, but will have to be experienced. watchOS is definitely a fabulous place to put intelligence.
20 days ago
Facebook is broken | TechCrunch
Yes, of course Facebook is broken. And it’s breaking you too. I've not regretted deleting my account 4 years ago. Opt out.
20 days ago
Apple AirPlay 2 adds multi-room audio capabilities —Apple World Today
I use AirPlay a lot. That is the primary way I listen to music at home. All of my "zones" are AirPlay capable. Only being able to send to multiple AirPlay locations from a Mac is a definite limit for me. Sending to multiple from iOS will be nice, but it’s also not clear to me that old AirPort Express units will be able to deal with AirPlay 2. Hmm… let's hope there is a firmware upgrade to get them AirPlay 2.
20 days ago
iOS 11: The MacStories Overview
Great roundup of all the great new things in iOS 11.
20 days ago
2017 State of DevOps Report | Puppet
Very good annual read on trends in the DevOps world.
21 days ago
List of Printers Which Do or Do Not Display Tracking Dots | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Turns out your printer is making it possible to track you as well? Where is the ethics in tech!
21 days ago
Pipes
Yahoo! Pipes was super helpful for certain tasks. This could be similarly useful. In it’s current incarnation it’s pretty limited in features, but will be interesting to keep an eye on.
21 days ago
iOS 11 will offer some iPad-specific features —Apple World Today
Some? A lot of great things in iOS 11 for people that are using their iPad's in a work environment.
21 days ago
HomePod raises the bar for smart speakers —Apple World Today
I wish HomePod was cheaper, but I’m glad that Apple entered this space. I'd be interested in a more direct competitor to the Amazon Echo. I do suspect I'll be getting one, or two, or three anyway.
21 days ago
Initial Thoughts on iOS 11 iPad Improvements —macsparky
A lot here for people that do more intensive work on their iPad.
21 days ago
The story of RSS-in-JSON —Scripting News
Dave Winer doing some stuff with RSS-in-JSON. Have to say I’m disappointed that he isn't using JSON Feed. Seems stubborn, perhaps prideful and bad for the ecosystem.
22 days ago
Getting Things Right With Checklists – Production Ready – Medium
I’m a huge fan of Gawande's Checklist Manifesto. It highlights many ways to use checklists to improve processes and outcomes. Good read on using checklists in tech.
22 days ago
Sisyphus Industries
I got to see these tables in action at the Maker Faire and I was blown away. They use sand like a Zen Garden toy under glass and then control a marble magnetically with an Arduino device. It uses the marble to slowly create these amazing patterns in the sand. Mesmerizing! Felt similar to when you gaze into a fire. Amazingly successful Kickstarter too raising $2 million!
22 days ago
Omni Archive | OMNI
I love OMNI magazine as a kid. In fact, I still have about a dozen copies that I've archived that I thought were the coolest things ever when I was a kid. Cool that you can now get these.
22 days ago
In the Kingdom of the Blind —Bridget Kromhout
Lucky to know Bridget and I really like her writing on diversity. Read all of this and take time to think it through.
22 days ago
Cloud and Finance – Lessons learned | Expedia Engineering Blog
Cloud technology is making technology teams thing about costs in a different way. It’s not always an easy path, but it’s good and it’s interesting to read as organizations work through this new dimension.
22 days ago
There are bots. Look around.
The marketplace of ideas is now struggling with the increasing incidence of algorithmic manipulation and disinformation campaigns.
24 days ago
Daring Fireball: Fuck Facebook
You might think it’s hyperbole for Winer to say that Facebook is trying to kill the open web. But they are. I complain about Google AMP, but AMP is just a dangerous step toward a Google-owned walled garden — Facebook is designed from the ground up as an all-out attack on the open web.
24 days ago
Enough with the microservices | Adam Drake
Provocative post that you could write about whatever the tech 'fad' of the moment is. While it could be seen as a cynical perspective, it’s worth keeping this in your mind. Technology can at time love fads, and fetishize complexity.
24 days ago
Disposable AppleScripts - All this
Nice writeup to remind us to consider the scripting engines of Mac OS as quick hit power tools. Often people only consider these ways to automate very frequent tasks. They can be crazy powerful for one off things too.
24 days ago
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