Are Industrial Robot Costs Hitting an Inflection Point?
The graphs in this article tell the story of the dropping prices of industrial robots. Look at those graphs and then think of the employment in the industrial sector. Now what would the graph of Industrial Robot Cost look like if overlaid on the employment cost of people. It’s concerning where this goes, but seems inevitable.

> As machine learning and new sensing capabilities impact them, not only will their performance improve but other costs associated with installation and integration should fall as well. For example, they will require little or no human programming and will be able to roam freely instead of being trapped in safety cages and by other barriers.
Spend More Time Alone - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
This post struck a chord with me, particularly the framing of solitude as “the real key to solitude is to step away from reacting to the output of other minds”. Reflect on your day and think how often that happens. Not enough I would guess.

When I think of how mobile technology combined with social media has infiltrated our lives I think of spray foam. If you fill a hole with spray foam it’s remarkable to watch it grow, spread and fill every space it can occupy. When we reflexively reach for those inputs, other people’s thoughts, so consistently we drown out even small moments of solitude.
Relicensing React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code | Facebook
Facebook moved really fast on this quickly growing license concern around React. Moving to [MIT License](https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT) should quell the concerns around those looking at adopting React.
2 days ago
Superaccurate GPS Chips Coming to Smartphones in 2018 - IEEE Spectrum
Having a GPS in so many devices has been a revolution bigger than I would have expected. Moving the accuracy of GPS locations from 5 meters to 30 centimeters would enable a whole new class of use cases. It’s surprising to me that this is even possible! 🕴🏻
2 days ago
iPhone 8 Plus Camera Review: India — Austin Mann
[Austin Mann](http://austinmann.com) writes about cameras as a working photographer does, not megapixels, but the photographs it takes. 📷 The portrait lighting mode looks amazing in the new iPhone 8. Adding Slow Sync flash is another big advance.
2 days ago
watchOS 4: The MacStories Review
Very thorough overview of all of the improvements in watchOS 4. Take for a read if you have an Apple Watch since some of the improvements are subtle and sometimes hard to discover on the very small screen. ⌚️
3 days ago
iPhone 8 Is World's Fastest Phone (It's Not Even Close)
Apple purposefully doesn't tout CPU benchmarks on their machines and will usually just reference a multiple on other devices. The benchmarks in this article show how far ahead the [A11 Bionic](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_A11) chip is in raw compute. An iPhone 8 benchmarks faster than a recent MacBook Pro!
3 days ago
The inside story of the iPhone X 'brain,' the A11 Bionic chip
What Apple is doing with the silicon behind the iPhone is amazing. They are miles ahead of anyone else in mobile.

> You could be forgiven if, after Apple’s giant, two-hour product launch event on Tuesday, the only thing you remembered is the stunning iPhone X. It is special. It’s also nothing without the A11 Bionic CPU.

As an aside, it’s surprising to see how many companies Apple has purchased in the hardware and fabrication space.
3 days ago
Anatomy of a Moral Panic
So much truth in this article. I spent years in media and the incentives and revenue systems that have evolved there are not good for the mission of news organizations.

> And reporters have no choice but to chase clicks. Because Google and Facebook have a duopoly on online advertising, the only measure of success in publishing is whether a story goes viral on social media. Authors are evaluated by how individual stories perform online, and face constant pressure to make them more arresting. Highly technical pieces are farmed out to junior freelancers working under strict time limits. Corrections, if they happen at all, are inserted quietly through ‘ninja edits’ after the fact.

That pretty much sums up the status quo.
3 days ago
SPS Academy | Elimisha Children's Project
SPS Commerce partnered with the [Elimisha Children's Project](https://elimishachildrensproject.org) and [helped fund the reconstruction](https://www.spscommerce.com/blog/kenya-sps-academy-sps-commerce-spst/) of this new school in [Kitui](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitui)! 👏
4 days ago
You Might Be Evil —Tim Bray
Tim Bray catching on a number of articles that I've also seen. When I read articles like this I can’t help but going back to the root of things and reminding everyone that there are no ethics classes taught to technologists. Our industry is one that rarely even puts that topic on the table. We are creating a world of software and hardware that many people live inside of without really understanding what we are doing, and the tradeoffs implicit in it.
4 days ago
Apple does right by users and advertisers are displeased —EFF Updates
Happy to see the EFF express their opinion on this. Also gives me even more confidence that this approach has been vetted by more people. [Intelligent Tracking Prevention](https://webkit.org/blog/7675/intelligent-tracking-prevention/) looks great! 👏
4 days ago
iOS 11, thoroughly reviewed | Ars Technica
Ars always does super detailed reviews of new releases of iOS. This is almost book length. 📖
4 days ago
tvOS 11: The MacStories Review – MacStories
In this weeks flurry of new software for the Apple ecosystem tvOS also got a major version upgrade. As someone who has 3 Apple TV devices using tvOS I can attest that Home Screen Syncing is a bigger deal than your would think. Everything else is pretty minimal updates.
4 days ago
Visual Codes Generates QR Codes for iOS 11’s New Camera Features – MacStories
Alright, so I've said many times that QR codes are dumb and have no utility. I may have to take some of that back. Putting a QR code in the house that a visitor can hit with their camera and jump on the WiFi network is a pretty slick use case. I'll put one up and see if anyone is able to use it.

I still love [Pictures of People Scanning QR-codes](http://picturesofpeoplescanningqrcodes.tumblr.com)! 🤣
5 days ago
★ Apple Watch Series 3 —Daring Fireball
*With the addition of cellular networking in Series 3, Apple Watch gains something essential: independence. It’s not just a cool feature. It’s aimed smack dab in the middle of the two things people like best about Apple Watch: notifications and fitness.*
5 days ago
Facebook’s war on free will | Technology | The Guardian
*The long read: How technology is making our minds redundant*
5 days ago
How Useful is Tufte for Making Maps? | Making Maps: DIY Cartography
John Krygier, a cartographer and professor, takes [Tufte's](http://edwardtufte.com) visual display guidelines.

> The 20 Tufteisms and the Six Commandments are superficially less than I expected, from the perspective of practical guidelines. But, upon reflection, they do touch on many of the fundamental issues that determine if a map design is going to work or not, and what could more practical than that?

Not a takedown per se, but a detailed breakdown of how you would practically apply these techniques.
5 days ago
Satya Nadella Rewrites Microsoft’s Code
*Microsoft’s CEO has stopped infighting, restored morale, and created more than $250 billion in market value. All it took was focusing on what matters most.*
5 days ago
Analyzing One Million robots.txt Files
This is a delightfully fun read analyzing the `robots.txt` files of the top million websites. Interesting history about the origins of the robots specification and the fact that it was never standardized. There isn't even an RFC for it! As a bonus the code excerpts to show the analysis are all in Python and was the first time I've seen the [collections](https://docs.python.org/2/library/collections.html#module-collections) module.
5 days ago
Swift.org - Swift 4.0 Released!
I still haven't coded anything in Swift but I continue to watch the language evolve from the sidelines. I find it interesting to see how the Swift community is forging this language.
5 days ago
Use OmniFocus with Drag and Drop and Siri on iOS 11 —Learn OmniFocus
Nice, quick primer to using the new drag & drop feature in iOS 11 inside of OmniFocus. Many of the use cases that are highlighted for drag & drop are between applications but this shows how powerful these features are inside one application.
5 days ago
★ The iPhones 8 —Daring Fireball
*These are solid year-over-year updates — at least as impressive as the iPhone 7 was over the iPhone 6S. If they hadn’t debuted alongside the iPhone X we’d be arguing about whether these are the most impressive new iPhone models since the iPhone 6.*
5 days ago
Here are 11 quick tips for using iOS 11 —The Sweet Setup
Good list of features in iOS 11. Take a read and see some of the things that you may not know about.
5 days ago
watchOS 4 now available for download —Apple World Today
I switched to the Siri face immediately after updating to watchOS 4. ⌚️ I’m curious to see how it does anticipating what information I will need throughout the day.
5 days ago
tvOS 11 rolls out with AirPlay 2 support —Apple World Today
Multi speaker support in AirPlay 2 is a big deal. I have 5 AirPort destinations and only iTunes on my Mac can send to multiple. 🎶
5 days ago
iOS 11: The MacStories Review – MacStories
The monster iOS 11 review from MacStories! 🎉
5 days ago
AUTOMATICA - Nigel Stanford
Programming robot control arms to play music! 🎶 It’s a good song too. 🎧 Nigel Stanford [spent a month programming these robots](https://www.cnet.com/news/nigel-stanford-automatica-robots-video/) to play this. 🎩 Hat tip to my friend [Dennys](https://twitter.com/dennysb) for this link.
6 days ago
Second-Hand Misogyny – Transposit
This article from a male co-founder reflecting on how his female co-founder was dismissed and not recognized by people they met with is illuminating. This stuff happens all the time in tech and I found this an illuminating article.
6 days ago
An open letter to the W3C Director, CEO, team and membership | Electronic Frontier Foundation
I [linked to this W3C DRM decision](https://links.thingelstad.com/2017/07/the-w3c-has-overruled-and/) and now we see the [EFF](https://www.eff.org/) reaction to endorse "Encrypted Media Extensions", to make DRM possible, on the web.

> You have to search long and hard to find an independent technologist who believes that DRM is possible, let alone a good idea. Yet, somewhere along the way, the business values of those outside the web got important enough, and the values of technologists who built it got disposable enough, that even the wise elders who make our standards voted for something they know to be a fool's errand.

I’m not sure what I think about leaving the [W3C](https://www.w3.org) to protest this but I do believe the EFF is on the right side of this position.

Check out [Gruber's comments](https://daringfireball.net/linked/2017/09/18/eff-w3c-drm) on the same article.
7 days ago
Netlify: All-in-one platform for automating modern web projects.
Impressive platform for hosting static web projects. Some interesting hooks for things like Identity and Form handling as well which can be very tricky in a static site.
9 days ago
Migrating from Jekyll+Github Pages to Hugo+Netlify
I looked into [Hugo](https://gohugo.io) a while back and was very impressed, but [Github Pages](https://pages.github.com) native support for Jekyll keeps things really simple. This post highlights an interesting path to make a transition and introduced me to the very impressive [Netlify](https://www.netlify.com) service. I will very likely be moving [Link Thing](http://links.thingelstad.com) to Hugo for performance reasons alone.
9 days ago
Apple responds to ad group’s criticism of Safari cookie blocking
Love the first line of Apple's response to this criticism from creepy ad networks **"Apple believes that people have a right to privacy…"** I don't want to dress Apple up as being only on ethical grounds here. I believe that they have identified a long-term strategy against Google around privacy. Their long bet is that over time people will care. I care today and am really happy to see them continuing to push privacy as a feature!
9 days ago
Understanding the prevalence of web traffic interception
This is more interesting information from Cloudflare:

> We found that between 4% and 10% of the web’s encrypted traffic (HTTPS) is intercepted. Analyzing these intercepted connections further reveals that, while not always malicious, interception products most often weaken the encryption used to secure communication and puts users at risk.

That is more encrypted traffic interception than I would have ever guessed. 🔑
10 days ago
Mozilla and the Washington Post Are Reinventing Online Comments - The Mozilla Blog
I didn’t realize that Mozilla was doing work in this space. It makes sense for them to focus on this and perhaps they can make a dent here. In general I suggest avoiding comments at all cost. It’s a tough problem to solve!
10 days ago
You Can’t Protect Yourself from the Equifax Breach - TidBITS
The Equifax breach is different than nearly every other data breach we've seen. The breadth of the data they collect is hard to grasp and it is impossible to not be pulled into their data set. Another highlight that high concentrations of data and private information grow increasingly valuable as they grow in size.
10 days ago
Ad groups blast apple for blocking cookies in Safari —Apple World Today
This pleases me greatly -- that these ad networks are worried about the new [Intelligent Tracking Prevention](https://webkit.org/blog/7675/intelligent-tracking-prevention/) feature in Safari tells me it might have a real impact to protect users privacy. Thematically this is one of the reasons I use Safari. Google has no motivation to work for users privacy in Chrome. Remember Chrome was the [last browser to support Do Not Track](http://www.zdnet.com/article/googles-chrome-finally-embraces-do-not-track-but-with-a-warning/).
10 days ago
★ Thoughts and Observations on the Products Announced at This Week’s iPhone X Introductory Event —Daring Fireball
At one time [John Siracusa](https://twitter.com/siracusa) was known for his [meticulous reviews of Mac OS X](https://arstechnica.com/author/john-siracusa/). Now [Frederico Viticci](https://twitter.com/viticci) is known for his similar [reviews of iOS](https://www.macstories.net/?s=iOS+%22The+MacStories+Review%22). In my opinion, nobody writes about an Apple event like Gruber. Great stuff, enjoyable everytime.
10 days ago
cPrime Announces Acquisition of DevJam | cPrime
Big congratulations to my friend David Hussman on the sale of his company to cPrime! 🎉
11 days ago
Steve Jobs’ legacy
Deep writeup from Om Malik on the key benefits of controlling the entire stack in the iPhone. The performance gains that Apple has achieved in their own custom silicon are unmatched and being able to put this all into one cohesively designed package have given them a tremendous advantage.
11 days ago
Jessie Frazelle's Blog: Windows for Linux Nerds
Fabulous writeup on the fundamentals of Windows Subsystem for Linux. Particularly like this from Jessie Frazelle who brings incredible Linux kernel knowledge to the topic.
11 days ago
Photos: What it was like to attend Apple’s iPhone X event - Recode
Scan through the pictures to get a feel for the new Steve Jobs Theater, part of the new Apple Campus. Gorgeous building. The spinning elevator is a fun touch! Also that entrance dome with no supports is a feat of engineering!
11 days ago
Ayuda! (Help!) Equifax Has My Data! — Krebs on Security
The findings in this Equifax breach continue to be fascinatingly bad!

> It took almost no time for them to discover that an online portal designed to let Equifax employees in Argentina manage credit report disputes from consumers in that country was wide open, protected by perhaps the most easy-to-guess password combination ever: “admin/admin.”
11 days ago
Facebook, You Needy Sonofabitch | Brad Frost
Another day, and more psychological manipulation influencing people in subtle and not-so-subtle ways that get them to do more for the machine. 😡
11 days ago
After the flood | Projects | AtF Spark
Wait a second… [sparklines](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparkline) generated from a font! Mind blown! 🤓 Tools & Toys has a good [article on this with examples](http://toolsandtoys.net/atf-spark-typeface/).
11 days ago
TODO Open Source Program Guides // TODO: Talk openly, develop openly
Great project to build out a framework to allow companies to more easily create an open source program. I've looked at this and it’s way more complicated than it seems at first. This is a good idea to make things easier for organizations to publish more open source!
11 days ago
Principles of Successful Software Engineering Teams
I like every one of these and I think this is an interesting way of clarifying what is often thought of as the culture of your technology team. I particularly like the "no my code, it’s our code" thought and "leave things better than you found them".
11 days ago
AgileBits Blog | Announcing the 1Password command-line tool public beta
This is cool! 🎉 You can now build 1Password secrets into automation and a variety of different scripts using their command line tool! CLI FTW!
11 days ago
Kitchen Soap – Multiple Perspectives On Technical Problems and Solutions
[John Allspaw](https://www.kitchensoap.com/about-me/) writing about the evolution of architecture review processes at [Etsy](https://www.etsy.com). Some interesting phases to their evolution that I can relate to very well. I like the fundamental definition of engineering not being provably correct or best. That is something that we don't acknowledge enough. I also really appreciate the perspective on the power dynamics of these conversations. Another thing that isn't considered enough.
11 days ago
The Incredible Growth of Python - Stack Overflow Blog
I’m a fan of Python and almost all the (very little) coding I do I do in Python. I find the language approachable, powerful and it has a fabulous ecosystem. With that all said, I’m still amazed at this graph showing Pythons phenomenal growth over other languages.

The additional observation that Python is not growing as fast in "non-high-income" countries isn't answered here, but it seems obvious to me that that is driven by outsourcing. Python applications are likely not the norm for outsourcing to global consulting firms. That is still dominated by traditional languages like Java and C#. But given time I would expect that curve to look similar to other regions with a time delay of a couple of years.
11 days ago
Equifax Breach Response Turns Dumpster Fire — Krebs on Security
More background from Brian Krebs on this massive data breach at Equifax.

> I cannot recall a previous data breach in which the breached company’s public outreach and response has been so haphazard and ill-conceived as the one coming right now from big-three credit bureau Equifax, which rather clumsily announced Thursday that an intrusion jeopardized Social security numbers and other information on 143 million Americans.
11 days ago
Why Management Needs Philosophers
Management is about people. People are abstract and unpredictable. It seems obvious that you cannot design an overarching algorithm to drive productive teams. That isn't to say that data should be ignored or not collected, but it should influence not dominate management.
11 days ago
I used to think social media was a force for good. Now the evidence says I was wrong | Matt Haig | Opinion | The Guardian
I think of social media like desert. A cupcake now and again is fine, eating nothing but cupcakes will make you sick and unhealthy. The pervasive use of social media is akin to removing all healthy food from our diet and replacing it with candy.
11 days ago
The Story of Two Outages
Interesting view with some nice traffic graphs showing how Cloudflare sees a government restricting access to the Internet and the impact of a hurricane. 👀
12 days ago
Sublime Text 3.0 - News - Sublime Text
Wow! Sublime Text 3 has been in beta for years! Awesome to see this ship. [Already upgraded!](http://micro.thingelstad.com/2017/09/14/just-upgraded-my.html)
12 days ago
Apple Watch Series 3 Goes Cellular - TidBITS
When the Apple Watch first came out there was a lot of hoping for an LTE version and to be honest I totally played it down. "I always have my iPhone!" I said. But see, sometimes I wish I didn’t have my iPhone. I wish I was connected but with something that didn’t suck me in so easily. I [preordered my Series 3 with LTE](http://micro.thingelstad.com/2017/09/15/stainless-steel-series.html) on launch day. 🙃
12 days ago
Who Owns My Availability?
Good reminder on a very important topic. 🙂
13 days ago
Think, live, be positive aggressive | Phil Soran | TEDxFargo
Great [TEDxFargo](http://tedxfargo.com) talk from [Phil Soran](https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-soran-a802616a/), successful tech entrepreneur and also an [SPS Commerce](https://www.spscommerce.com) board member. His culture view of *positive aggressive* culture is great. I like naming the culture and having explicit discussions about it.
14 days ago
Chef Camp
*A wilderness culinary retreat. Chef-led campfire cooking classes, foraging and gourmet meals mix with classic summer camp activities.* This looks like a super fun time! Adding to our to do list for summer 2018! ✔︎
16 days ago
Recode Your Health - How Apple Engineered Its Watch to Push You to Perform at Your Peak | Men's Health
It’s great to read about the real sport research and science going into the Apple Watch and fitness applications. I’m optimistic that wearables may be an area where technology truly can make someone a better, healthier, person. 💪
18 days ago
HomeKitty - Browse HomeKit Accessories
Website to crowdsource HomeKit compatible devices. 💡
18 days ago
China hits booming cryptocurrency market with coin fundraising ban
It is really hard to know how much of the recent rise in [Bitcoin](https://bitcoin.org/en/) and [Ethereum](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethereum) is due to [Initial Coin Offerings](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initial_coin_offering) but the degree of reaction to this news from China will be one sign. It will be curious if the US takes similar action. 💸
20 days ago
Plymouth police: Husband's kidnapping, ransom was a hoax - StarTribune.com
This cracks me up in so many ways. $140 fake ransom? 🤷🏼‍♂️
21 days ago
David Letterman - The Howard Stern Show by Howard Stern | Free Listening on SoundCloud
[Letterman](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Letterman) brings back memories of being in high school and staying up for his show. Fun to hear him talking about his career and old shows. I’m not a big [Stern](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Stern) fan but he really connects with Letterman in this interview.
21 days ago
Putin says the nation that leads in AI ‘will be the ruler of the world’ - The Verge
Curious if this is in "black hat" or "white hat" ways. AI to improve systems and efficiencies, or AI to drive new attack vectors. I’m guessing the intent is both, but I worry that we only look at the positive vectors. The massive bot nets of the world could be supercharged with strong AI.
21 days ago
Why 16% of the code on the average site belongs to Facebook, and what that means
There are many reasons I believe that everyone should run content blockers in their browser. This article does a good job of highlighting some of those reasons.
21 days ago
Keep Calm and Carry On - Scaling Your Org with Microservices
[Bridget Kromhout](https://bridgetkromhout.com) and [Charity Majors](https://twitter.com/mipsytipsy) presentation from recent [SREcon](https://www.usenix.org/conference/srecon17americas). Good insights into how to evolve into microservices, particularly from an organizational perspective.
21 days ago
The Definitive Crypto guide – For Beginners and Veterans Alike
Very thorough introduction to the basic concepts and mechanisms behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
22 days ago
You Are the Product - London Review of Books
Extremely well thought through analysis about the *attention economy* and the ethical challenges being completely unaddressed by the giants of social media.
22 days ago
Fast-growing Code42 software could be a public company within a couple years | Star Tribune
Bold plans for local Twin Cities tech company Code42, makers of Crash Plan.
22 days ago
This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Describes What Great Communication Looks Like | Inc.com
Love and strongly agree with the directness of this message that Musk sent to the Tesla team.

> Anyone at Tesla can and should email/talk to anyone else according to what they think is the fastest way to solve a problem for the benefit of the whole company.

22 days ago
Rapid release at massive scale | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code | Facebook
I think you have to always be a bit suspect about adopting too much of the practices used by Internet giants, but it is interesting to see how they solve some of these exceptionally unique problems. Not many organizations need to release **1,000 to 10,000 diffs** a day to production. I do think you can take learnings from these and it’s interesting to see what is possible.
22 days ago
‘Weather Atlas’ for iOS —Tools and Toys
I've got far too many weather applications but I've always wanted one that used a map as the main way to show information. This does a nice job of presenting weather data. A request would be to show temperature data for places that are not a favorite at various zoom levels. 🌤
23 days ago
A Serf on Google’s Farm – Talking Points Memo
Interesting (worrisome?) read from a publisher on how they think of their relationship to Google.
24 days ago
Event Sourcing | Microsoft Docs
Microsoft writes up some amazing pattern and architecture stuff. This event sourcing pattern was mentioned in a discussion I was in recently. Good overview!
25 days ago
Twitter Bots Use Likes, RTs for Intimidation —Krebs on Security
Just another article that makes me really question why I bother with Twitter. Some layer of Twitter is a constant war of botnet's pretending to be people and influence people. Yuck.
25 days ago
Stepping Up to the Plate: A Story About Being On-Call - PagerDuty
Fun read especially for those that aren't aware of the incident response that happens in operations teams. I also like the reference to "the ball" in here. Operations teams always have a concept of someone having "the ball" (the problem). You have to manage who has the ball (sometimes balls!) in a very clear way.
25 days ago
Testing in production: Yes, you can (and should) | Opensource.com
☺️ A ton of truth in this. I'd put everything in this in the bucket of being pragmatic.
25 days ago
The software engineering rule of 3 · Erik Bernhardsson
I've seen this play out. Early analysis of a problem starts a solution and you get too far in the solution before you realize your assumptions are wrong. While refactoring is cheaper these days, it’s still a good idea to stay on a whiteboard to make sure you understand the problem before writing out the solution.
26 days ago
How Apple Plans to Change the Way You Use the Next iPhone - Bloomberg
Interesting suggestions of new gestures for the upcoming iPhone. These are pretty big changes. It will be interesting to see if this pans out.
26 days ago
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