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You won’t be happiest until you turn 65 years old - Quartz
Will you ever be happy? The answer, it seems, is yes. Likely when you’re a bit older.
february 2016
Email is harder than you think
Two years ago, I started working on Front, a multiplayer version of Gmail. Today, I’m sharing thoughts on email, things I wish I had known at the time, but instead had to learn the hard way. If you’re thinking about innovating in the email space, hopefully it’ll help you too! This is the first in a series of articles on that topic.
february 2016
The Best Journaling App for iPhone, iPad, and Mac
If you’re looking for a fantastic journaling app, or a great app for logging and recording various events and milestones of your life, then by far and away the best pick is Day One.
february 2016
People Are Freaking Out Over What This Sign Means For The Super Bowl
Not exactly like Road Sign Math, but fun to see something else inspired by road signs! Thanks @tkeekley for the link.
february 2016
Abstractions
Abstractions is a new conference that brings together everyone involved in modern software development — designers, developers, DevOps, and community leaders — to teach, learn, and connect with each other.
february 2016
Introducing the Keybase filesystem
Alpha releases of the Keybase app are starting to come with a cryptographically secure file mount. It is brand new. And very different.
february 2016
Tourist mistakenly drives from the airport to Iceland's remote north due to a GPS mistake - Iceland Monitor
A tourist intending to drive from Keflavik International Airport to a hotel in the centre of Reykjavik accidentally drove all the way to the remote town of Siglufjörður, North Iceland because his gps navigation device led him there. 
february 2016
Day One 2.0 is here
Day One 2 is a set of new apps for iOS and Mac. Rebuilt from the ground up, the plethora of features that made Day One so great are still present.
february 2016
My Favorite Twitter Bot
It was always funny and frustrating to me when folks shared screenshots from their mobile phones with such low battery. For some reason the low battery bugged me. It’s like living on the edge, man!
february 2016
VC Backed Startup TrackIF Changes Name to MyAlerts
MyAlerts is the new name of TrackIf, a Minneapolis ­based venture backed technology company that counts top 200 retailers as its customers.
february 2016
Subscribe to Email Newsletters in Feedbin
Reading email in an email app feels like work to me. However, there’s a certain class of email that I want to enjoy reading, and Feedbin is where I go when I want to read for pleasure.
february 2016
Github January 28th Incident Report
Last week GitHub was unavailable for two hours and six minutes. We understand how much you rely on GitHub and consider the availability of our service one of the core features we offer. Over the last eight years we have made considerable progress towards ensuring that you can depend on GitHub to be there for you and for developers worldwide, but a week ago we failed to maintain the level of uptime you rightfully expect.
february 2016
Dutch Police Training Eagles to Take Down Drones - IEEE Spectrum
Or, you can be like the Dutch National Police, and train eagles to take down drones for you.
february 2016
Insightful applications: The next inflection in big data
In previous posts, I wrote about the need for insight generation and provided an example of an insightful application. I maintain that insightful applications are the key to businesses effectively exploiting big data in order to improve decision-making and address important problems. To better understand and appreciate the need for developing such applications, it is important to consider what is happening more broadly in big data and evaluate how our experiences with business intelligence systems should be driving our thinking about insightful applications.
february 2016
My family uses Slack. It’s pretty interesting. | Labs
Slack’s free tier gives us 10 integrations, search for the latest 10 000 messages and 5GB storage. This is plenty for a family of 4. In this blog post I’ll go through how we use it and the integrations we have made to aid us.
february 2016
Lviv is not Donetsk: The Ukrainian economy is not terrible everywhere | The Economist
In 2014 Ukrainian GDP fell by 7%; in 2015 it shrunk by an astonishing 12%. The whole economy is indeed in trouble; the hryvnia, the currency, has lost about 70% against the dollar in the past two years. Inflation is very high (though it is now subsiding). However, what's often lost in analysis is that different parts of the country are doing very differently. 
january 2016
Video: How One Chief Product Officer Is Reinventing Product Management At Her Company - Product Talk
We spend much of the conversation talking about her team’s move to dual track Agile, the challenges with adopting product discovery practices, and how they continue to iterate on their delivery practices.
january 2016
3scale API Management Platform
We founded 3scale in 2007 because we believed the world would become web enabled, and that APIs would be required. That guess has proven correct on both counts. We now power APIs for more than 500 organizations of all sizes across many industries. And still, we think this transformation is just picking up speed. There is much more to come and more work to be done.
january 2016
At Buzzfeed, a week off to do something different - StarTribune.com
In a tech company perk-if-not-quite-tradition called a "hack week," the media company gave all its developers time to work on their own ideas, aiming for something that might eventually become a product or service. (Buzzfeed also has software engineers in New York, Los Angeles and Ukraine.)
january 2016
Linode Blog » The Twelve Days of Crisis – A Retrospective on Linode’s Holiday DDoS Attacks
Over the twelve days between December 25th and January 5th, Linode saw more than a hundred denial-of-service attacks against every major part of our infrastructure, some severely disrupting service for hundreds of thousands of Linode customers. I’d like to follow up on my earlier update by providing some more insight into how we were attacked and what we’re doing to stop it from happening again.
january 2016
Learn about the DCOS on the new Mesosphere docs site
Good documentation is important for any software product, no matter how simple or complex the technology is in practice. Mesosphere recently invested months revamping our documentation experience, and we’re proud to finally be able to share it with the world. It has never been easier to find the right information about how to install and run Apache Mesos, our Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) or anything in between.
january 2016
Oracle deprecates the Java browser plugin, prepares for its demise
The much-maligned Java browser plugin, source of so many security flaws over the years, is to be killed off by Oracle.
january 2016
Moving to a Plugin-Free Web
With modern browser vendors working to restrict and reduce plugin support in their products, developers of applications that rely on the Java browser plugin need to consider alternative options such as migrating from Java Applets (which rely on a browser plugin) to the plugin-free Java Web Start technology.
january 2016
The Mystery of Go, the Ancient Game That Computers Still Can’t Win
No machine has ever beaten a top human Go player — at least not without a huge head-start. Even if it does advance to the man-machine match, Crazy Stone has no chance of changing this, but Coulom wants to see how far his creation has come.
january 2016
Google artificial intelligence beats champion at world's most complicated board game | PBS NewsHour
An artificial intelligence program developed by researchers at Google can beat a human at the board game Go, which some consider to be the most complicated board game in existence. And this AI program — dubbed AlphaGo — didn’t defeat any ol’ human, but the European Go champion Fan Hui in a tournament last October by five games to nil.
january 2016
Are you a Developer or an Engineer?
Developers focus on making great code. Engineers focus on making great things.
january 2016
The Story Behind f.lux, the Night Owl's Color-Shifting Sleep App of Choice
Developing f.lux, it turned out, was more complex than either Lorna or Michael initially thought. And in the seven years since they started working on the app full time, Michael and Lorna have realized what they’re really on is a mission to change the way that we sleep.
january 2016
New largest prime number found
A team at the University of Central Missouri, headed by Curtis Cooper has announced, via press release from the Mersenne organization, that they have found the largest prime number ever—it is 274,207,281 – 1, it has over 22 million digits. The new record has broken the old record by approximately 5 million digits.
january 2016
Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven | Fornetto
Featuring solid cast iron doors, stainless steel oven interiors and a separate fire chamber, the Fornetto ovens offer a safe and easy way of creating authentic pizzas, amazing roast meats, baked breads, pastas and desserts or smoking an endless variety of foods in your own backyard or patio.
january 2016
A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do
As part of our ten-year longitudinal study on executive transitions, which included more than 2,700 leadership interviews, we did a rigorous statistical analysis (including more than 90 regression analyses) to isolate the skills of the top-performing executives.
january 2016
2015/16 Euro Offroad Series Rd2 - 4wd A-Main Leg 1 - YouTube
Action from 4wd A-Main Leg 1 at the second round of the 2015/16 Euro Offroad Series held at the Hudy Racing Arena in Trencin, Slovakia
january 2016
The 10 Practices of the Coaching-Leader
The practices of coaching maximize talent and enable fulfillment.
january 2016
Object-Oriented Programming: A Disaster Story
Over my whole programming experience, I've gone back and forth on the question of object-oriented programming, yay or nay. In this last year, though, I've finally settled conclusively in the nay column, and this is my attempt to articulate exactly why.
january 2016
The worst mistake of computer science
Uglier than a Windows backslash, odder than ===, more common than PHP, more unfortunate than CORS, more disappointing than Java generics, more inconsistent than XMLHttpRequest, more confusing than a C preprocessor, flakier than MongoDB, and more regrettable than UTF-16, the worst mistake in computer science was introduced in 1965.
january 2016
Now Available: AWS Certificate Manager
Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) is a must-have whenever sensitive data is moved to and from a website. For example, sites that need to meet compliance requirements such as PCI-DSS, FedRAMP, and HIPAA make extensive use of SSL/TLS. Unfortunately, provisioning and managing SSL/TLS certificates can entail a lot of work that is usually manual and not easily automated.
january 2016
The New YNAB Business Model | YNAB
A popular question we're getting is around the switch of our business model from a one-time-fee-then-hopefully-buy-upgrades to a subscription model. Here's why!
january 2016
Add "ing" to the end of a movie title, what is the movie about now? : AskReddit
Add "ing" to the end of a movie title, what is the movie about now?
january 2016
How we’re putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good
As Satya Nadella announced today, we’re committed to putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good. That’s why Microsoft Philanthropies, with support from Microsoft Research and Microsoft Business Development, will donate $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years.
january 2016
Experience with Rules-Based Programming for Distributed Concurrent Fault-Tolerant Code
To demonstrate applicability outside of the RAMCloud system, the team also re-wrote the Hadoop Map-Reduce job scheduler (which uses a traditional event-based state machine approach) using rules. The original code has three state machines containing 34 states with 163 different transitions, about 2,250 lines of code in total. The rules-based re-implementation required 19 rules in 3 tasks with a total of 117 lines of code and comments.
january 2016
Salesforce Announces New Marketing Cloud Services, Empowering Retailers to Create Smarter 1-to-1 Customer Journeys - MarketWatch
Salesforce Marketing Cloud is a digital marketing hub that makes it possible for marketers to plan, personalize and optimize 1-to-1 customer journeys across multiple channels. It brings together all the things that matter to marketers – a complete view of the customer, content, personalization, all digital marketing channels (email, mobile, web, apps, social, advertising) and the power of the customer journey. By nurturing customers through triggered and automated journeys as well as collecting data to develop more personalized future campaigns, retailers can engage customers in a smarter way and predict their likelihood to take specific actions.
january 2016
Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal.
Research has documented that outstanding leaders take time to reflect. Their success depends on the ability to access their unique perspective and bring it to their decisions and sense-making every day.
january 2016
Iceland has jailed 26 bankers, why won't we?
There are many reasons to admire Iceland, but here is another one: it has just sentenced five senior bankers and one prominent investor to prison for crimes relating to the economic meltdown in 2008.
january 2016
GoPro: The 66th Parallel - Discovering Iceland with Ben Brown - YouTube
Professional Kayaker and GoPro Athlete Ben Brown packs his kayak and venture to the 66th parallel to explore its untapped potential.
january 2016
Kubb United
Our plan is to make Kubb United the place to go if you are looking for instruction on improving your skills, strategy for playing kubb, developing your team dynamics, help in starting or promoting your tournaments, or a place to collaborate with other kubb athletes.  An additional goal is to create a major tournament that we are calling the U.S. Kubb Open.
january 2016
Save Time with Expert-Level TextExpander Snippets
This is a guest post by Helmut Hauser. He is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Robotics at the University of Bristol (UK), a father of three little boys, and a productivity geek.
january 2016
Top 5 Ways to Improve Your GTD Practice in 2016
As you get into the swing of the New Year, how about considering some refinements to your GTD systems and practices that could make 2016 more fulfilled, productive, and stress-free than last year? Here are some thoughts.
january 2016
Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind
Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. Before I started meditating, I never thought about what was going on inside my head — it would just happen, and I would follow its commands like an automaton. These days, all of that still happens, but more and more, I am aware of what’s going on. I can make a choice about whether to follow the commands. I understand myself better (not completely, but better), and that has given me increased flexibility and freedom.
january 2016
A Dispatch from Cloud City – State of the Union 2016 – Platformonomics
There is no longer much question whether public cloud will be the foundation for IT going forward; instead we quibble about timing and implementation details. The largest enterprises as well as the most sophisticated workloads are wafting up into the cloud. The leaders are distancing themselves from the pack while the dreams of cloud wannabes are deflating like footballs around Tom Brady. Legacy vendors’ worlds are imploding. Private cloud proponents are harder and harder to find: except for those few diehards hunkered down in their closet-sized data centers with several years supply of canned goods and tape backup cartridges, previous private cloud proselytizers now talk earnestly about hybrid clouds in hopes of retaining a few on-premises crumbs in the process. And even the very largest corporations are realizing they can’t keep up with the hyperscale public clouds.
january 2016
Radware
Radware's DDoS protection, application delivery and load balancing solutions ensure optimal service levels for applications in virtual, cloud and software defined data centers.
january 2016
Interact: Better iOS Contact Management
For a 1.0 version application, Interact has a lot of nice touches. Scrolling up and down with your finger on the right edge and searching are both wicked-fast. On the surface, Interact is a fast, clean contacts manager.
january 2016
The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment
Why has Bitcoin failed? It has failed because the community has failed. What was meant to be a new, decentralised form of money that lacked “systemically important institutions” and “too big to fail” has become something even worse: a system completely controlled by just a handful of people. Worse still, the network is on the brink of technical collapse. The mechanisms that should have prevented this outcome have broken down, and as a result there’s no longer much reason to think Bitcoin can actually be better than the existing financial system.
january 2016
Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering? | Bothsides of the Table
Because more technology people probably read startup blogs I’m guessing this post will come under more scrutiny. The terms “CTO” and “VP Engineering” have such stigmas associated with what they are that I’m sure some people will feel uncomfortable with the definitions I’ve put forward. Still, I believe I’m offering an accurate representation of the ideal configuration of the main technology leaders.
january 2016
The Dire Straits Of Publicly Traded Tech In Minnesota [Part 1]
What little positive there was in 2015 goes to B2B omnichannel retail software maker SPS Commerce who was the biggest winner in calendar year 2015, growing by 35% from $909,150,000 to $1,233,000,000 — no small feat. The next closest was IoT firm Digi International, which realized a 29% gain from $223,500,000 to $287,910,000, also great to see.
january 2016
Ansible 2.0 Has Arrived
Ansible 2.0 is quite a bit more than a large refactoring effort. The cleaner architecture allowed us to add several new features we had been considering for a while, plus one which became possible directly because of the refactoring.
january 2016
Scheduled Reserved Instances
Our new Scheduled Reserved Instances are a great fit for use cases of this type (and many more). They allow you to reserve capacity on a recurring basis with a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule over the course of a one-year term. After you complete your purchase, the instances are available to launch during the time windows that you specified.
january 2016
Longer EC2 Resource IDs Now Available
Effective today, you can opt in to the new format for EC2 instances and EC2 reservations. Each reservation represents the results of a single instance launch request, and can be associated with multiple instances.
january 2016
The Infinity Binder
A dry erase binder that combines both dry erase board and notebook technology. It also simplifies the note taking and retrieving process. Writing notes, photographing, and uploading allows the user to conveniently edit and access their notes online.
january 2016
In the Works – AWS Region in Canada
We continue to announce, build, and launch additional AWS regions as our customer base becomes larger, more diverse, and accustomed to running many different types of workloads in the cloud. Hello,
january 2016
Typography for Lawyers
Originally released to great acclaim in 2010, Typography for Lawyers was the first guide to the essentials of typography aimed specifically at lawyers. Author Matthew Butterick, an attorney and Harvard-trained typographer, dispelled the myth that legal documents are incompatible with excellent typography. Butterick explained how to get professional results with the tools you already have quickly and easily.
january 2016
Pythonista 2.0 Brings Action Extension, iPad Pro Support, Code Editor Improvements, and More
Back in the Fall of 2012, a few months after I had taken it upon myself to start moving all my work from OS X to iOS, I came across Ole Zorn's Pythonista. A Python interpreter for iPhone and iPad that could natively integrate with iOS system features, Pythonista opened up a new world to me, demonstrating how I could automate tedious tasks on iOS devices via scripting. Since then, other apps have come along and shown how iOS tasks can be automated with visual interfaces and pre-packaged actions (above all, Workflow and Launch Center Pro), but Pythonista is, in many ways, the crown jewel of iOS automation and scripting for advanced users.
january 2016
AWS Case Study: Brooks Brothers
Using AWS to deploy and operate our SAP environments, we can be more nimble, which opens up many more possibilities for our business. We can get new initiatives to production faster, and if some
january 2016
52 things I learned in 2015 — Medium
number of things still to be learned in the world
january 2016
Why I love Snapchat
Snapchat removes this. There’s no combined feed. If someone wants to look at your shit, they have to click on you. There’s no public view count, follower count, likes count, or any other social dick-measuring contest. You can just put whatever you’re doing on Snapchat; if people don’t like it, who gives a fuck, you’ll never know. There’s no expectation of balling out 24/7.
january 2016
Sumo Logic is ISO 27001 and CSA Star Certified
Recently Sumo Logic secured ISO 27001 Certification and CSA Star Certification, further demonstrating not only our commitment to security and compliance, but also providing customers with the highest level of compliance certifications to secure data in the cloud.
january 2016
SPS Commerce employees gather in a meeting room the company aptly calls "the Cloud."
SPS Commerce employees gather in a meeting room the company aptly calls "the Cloud." Hey, that's me on the right side of the table.
january 2016
SPS Commerce acquires ToolBox Solutions | SPS Commerce
On Jan. 6, 2016, SPS Commerce announced the acquisition of ToolBox Solutions, a leading provider of point-of-sale analytics and category management services to retailers and consumer packaged goods suppliers in North America. The acquisition expands the SPS Commerce retail network, building on its current network of more than 60,000 organizations in 60 countries, and strengthens its analytics offerings.
january 2016
SPS Commerce buys Canadian data analytics firm ToolBox Solutions - StarTribune.com
SPS Commerce Inc. said Wednesday it bought ToolBox Solutions, a Canadian data analytics firm, for about $23 million in cash and stock.
january 2016
3 Things Extraordinary Leaders Do
However, research suggests that these efforts, while appreciated, do not address more effective drivers of long-term well-being. Instead, leaders should be mindful about giving their employees three things.
january 2016
If Mindfulness Makes You Uncomfortable, It’s Working
Therefore, we have to redefine mindfulness as more than feeling good, and instead see it as having an increased capacity to sit with the full spectrum of being human, experiencing it all — the good, the bad, and the ugly — and learning to be less reactive so that we can make better choices each day.
january 2016
2015 DevOps Holiday Reading List — Medium
I’ve curated what I consider some of the more useful pieces on DevOps (with a bit of Agile and Cloud mixed in) that I’ve read this year. It tilts towards the cultural aspect of DevOps transformation as I think that’s the harder part. There’s so much great content out there; please add any of your favorites in the comments!
january 2016
The Website Obesity Crisis
Great commentary on this talk.
january 2016
Introducing new open-source tools for the Elixir community | Pinterest Engineering
Elixir (and Erlang) are exciting to us because of the way they handle parallelism and errors. One of the surprising things about computers is they haven’t gotten much faster since around 2005. What has happened is that we can now fit more cores on a CPU, turning what was one processor into many.
january 2016
The Unfinished Business of Organizational Transformation | ThoughtWorks
We strongly believe that what is holding back these transformations from success is a lack of commitment needed to usher in a change of culture. Culture is created and solidified over time through expressed actions and reactions and not through cooked up, generic sounding mission statements disconnected from real behaviors. Most of these transformations intend to affect change through assessments, recommendation checklists and ticking boxes; they fail to address the legacy budgetary procedures, management and hiring constructs, and performance evaluation processes. This inference is based on our cumulative experiences (20+ years) and informal interviews with many colleagues and clients engaged in change management.
january 2016
Why the Apple Watch will be the most accurate way to ring in the New Year - Telegraph
Lynch's team also used high-speed cameras to test the Apple Watch's accuracy, filming at 1,000 frames per second to create millisecond-precision. The watch face is then overlaid with the time from an atomic clock housed in Apple's testing lab in order to pair the Watch's time with the true time.
january 2016
Implications of Tech Stack Complexity for Executives | ThoughtWorks
In order for you to thrive in the digital environment, you need to understand the implications of the changing technology landscape on your organization. This is the first article in Technology Radar Echoes, a new series where authors share their insights and experience on the technology problems and solutions driving business differentiation for enterprise leaders. Now in its sixth year, the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar is an assessment of trends significantly impacting software development and business strategy created by an international advisory board of technologists.  
january 2016
Transition Guide | YNAB
Coming from YNAB 4? Here’s what’s new, improved, and different. And awesome.
january 2016
Minnesota Tech Exec Of The Year 2015: Luna Ahmed
After a short period of mourning, Luna returned to work and focused solely on maintaining continuity one day at a time. ILM realized $4.2m in revenue that year, essentially on par with the previous, as not a single client was lost through the tough transtion.
january 2016
Is Caffeine a Cognitive Enhancer?
Two general mechanisms may account for most of the observed effects of caffeine on performance: (1) an indirect, non specific ‘arousal’ or ‘processing resources’ factor, presumably explaining why the effects of caffeine are generally most pronounced when task performance is sustained or degraded under suboptimal conditions; and (2) a more direct and specific ‘perceptual-motor’ speed or efficiency factor that may explain why, under optimal conditions, some aspects of human performance and information processing, in particular those related to sensation, perception, motor preparation, and execution, are more sensitive to caffeine effects than those related to cognition, memory, and learning. See also Smith 2005‘s caffeine led to a more positive mood and improved performance on a number of tasks. Different effects of caffeine were seen depending on the person’s level of arousal. Linear effects of caffeine dose were also observed. This is evidence against the argument that behavioural changes due to caffeine are merely the reversal of negative effects of a long period of caffeine abstinence.
january 2016
The Website Obesity Crisis
Remember when Google Maps, the most sophisticated web app of its day, was thirty-five times smaller than a modern news article?
january 2016
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