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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.
september 2017
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!
september 2017
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. 🔑
september 2017
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!
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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/).
september 2017
★ 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.
september 2017
cPrime Announces Acquisition of DevJam | cPrime
Big congratulations to my friend David Hussman on the sale of his company to cPrime! 🎉
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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!
september 2017
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.”
september 2017
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. 😡
september 2017
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/).
september 2017
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!
september 2017
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".
september 2017
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!
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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. 👀
september 2017
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)
september 2017
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. 🙃
september 2017
Who Owns My Availability?
Good reminder on a very important topic. 🙂
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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! ✔︎
september 2017
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. 💪
september 2017
HomeKitty - Browse HomeKit Accessories
Website to crowdsource HomeKit compatible devices. 💡
september 2017
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. 💸
september 2017
Plymouth police: Husband's kidnapping, ransom was a hoax - StarTribune.com
This cracks me up in so many ways. $140 fake ransom? 🤷🏼‍♂️
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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.
september 2017
The Definitive Crypto guide – For Beginners and Veterans Alike
Very thorough introduction to the basic concepts and mechanisms behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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.
september 2017
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.

👍
september 2017
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.
september 2017
‘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. 🌤
september 2017
A Serf on Google’s Farm – Talking Points Memo
Interesting (worrisome?) read from a publisher on how they think of their relationship to Google.
september 2017
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!
august 2017
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.
august 2017
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.
august 2017
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.
august 2017
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.
august 2017
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.
august 2017
Hash of the Titan: How Google bakes security all the way into silicon • The Register
You may remember that the Snowden docs showed that the NSA modifies silicon in some machines as it leaves the country. Looks like Google is actually defending against an attack at even that level.
august 2017
Single-Minded Devotion to a Task —zen habits
Constant fractional attention is a real problem. I think back to research I read years ago suggesting that attempting to multitask alters your thought patterns to force you to. But then I forgot what I was thinking about. 🙃
august 2017
One Rubric Changed Box's Engineering Performance — Here's How | First Round Review
Nice, direct advice for building out your culture. I’m not saying I agree with all of it, but it’s always enlightening to read these. Hat tip 🎩 to [@jkelly3](https://twitter.com/jkelly3) for this.
august 2017
Hit App Sarahah Quietly Uploads Your Address Book
I installed and signed up for Sarahah and I did git it access to my contacts. Curious how they are using it, since they don't seem to be. I assumed it would be used for finding contacts or to streamline the process of sending someone feedback. Neither are features in the app today.
august 2017
siftrss | Filter your RSS feeds and throw away the junk
Super simple tool that allows you to filter an RSS feed. I love stuff like this. It lets me think of the web like a Unix shell with inputs and outputs. Also, this is the kind of thing we get when we have open standards.
august 2017
How the personal data extraction industry ends —Doc Searls Weblog
Doc Searls thinking about the long term aspects of all the personal data collection on the web. I wish that I was as confident as he that even the biggest players on the web will pass over time. Plus got to learn a new word [epiphenomenal](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphenomenon).
august 2017
8 things remote CEOs do differently – Signal v. Noise
I don't intend to be a remote CEO but I think you could apply these 8 things to every leadership role and a bunch of them apply wether you are remote or not! If you lead a global team there is a lot to take away in here.
august 2017
Research Blog: Launching the Speech Commands Dataset
I’m often very critical of Google and the massive amount of data they collect on all of us. I’m constantly troubled by the privacy and data collection part of their systems. Here however is one of many examples of great things they do. Releasing all this data and using an open [Creative Commons](https://creativecommons.org/) license is fabulous. 👏
august 2017
Proof that the pronouns "I," "we," and "you" improve not just your writing, but your stock price - without bullshit
Interesting brief read on impact of pronoun choice! I am deliberate in my use of pronouns. I would never use the objective 3rd person but I do always make sure to use "we" when talking about the successes of the team and milestones achieved. As a leader I also tend to use "I", first person, when referring to failures.
august 2017
ongoing by Tim Bray · Enlightenment Technology
A very complicated review of a book on the origins of our modern **growth** focus. This book sounds daunting to read, and I’m not a great reader. But the concepts and topic sound compelling. I may have to live with Tim Bray's writeup as enough though.
august 2017
The Dude abides | Southwest Journal
My friend [David Hussman](https://twitter.com/davidhussman) did this cool interview in the community newspaper in our area about his recent cancer diagnosis. David's personality is so big, it comes right through the text here. Days when I get to hang with David are always better days!
august 2017
These are Google's tools for effective management — Quartz
I fully believe that Google is probably doing more data-driven analysis of how companies and teams work than any company has done ever before. They need to do it, it’s in their DNA and they have the tooling. I think it’s great that they are sharing some of these finding now on a new [Re:Work](https://rework.withgoogle.com/) site. 👏
august 2017
Offline Only
This made me giggle. I like the trick as a way to make a point!
august 2017
Interface font family
I’m a complete sucker for fonts, particularly simple ones. I think it’s a great thing that we are starting to see more open source happening in typography as well.
august 2017
Coinbin.org: A Human–Friendly API Service for Crypto Currency Information
A new Python library and service from [Kenneth Reitz](https://www.kennethreitz.org), who wrote the fabulous [Requests](http://docs.python-requests.org/en/master/). Now with a Python module and Webservice to help developers deal with crypto-currencies. The API is beautiful 👏. Also, there are **849 cryptocurrencies**! Wow!
august 2017
xkcd: Eclipse Review
I can personally attest that this is absolutely true!
august 2017
RxJS Observable interop with Promises and Async-Await
Reactive + Promises? Sounds fabulous together!
august 2017
iOS Text Transformations with TextTool 2 — MacSparky
I have [TextTool 2](http://blackfoginteractive.com/texttool/index.html) in my automation stack on iOS. It has super powerful features. Unfortunately the day after this great writeup [the developer announced he is ceasing development on it](https://www.macsparky.com/blog/2017/8/the-demise-of-texttool-2). He disclosed his total sales revenue for TextTool 2 was **a little over $3,100**. When you hear stories about getting rich on mobile apps remember that this is much more common.
august 2017
Code42 to Focus Exclusively on its Rapidly Growing Business in the Enterprise and Small Business Markets | Code42
I’m not surprised to see Code42 (Minneapolis company!) exit the home market. I am a little surprised that they aren't doing anything for those users other than a referral relationship to Carbonite. I would have thought they could have provided a much softer transition for these home users that didn’t require them to effectively start over.
august 2017
Going Multi-Cloud with AWS and GCP: Lessons Learned at Scale | Metamarkets
Comprehensive writeup comparing and contrasting AWS and Google Cloud. I love the opener on growing infrastructure in a single cloud region "like inflating a balloon in a porcupine farm". Worthwhile read! It would surprise non-technical people that billing is such a challenge but I can share first hand that it’s massively complicated.
august 2017
How do I improve my storytelling? | Ask MetaFilter
Storytelling is a key act of leading groups of people, in business and other areas of life. Being a good storyteller is something leaders should work on.
august 2017
PyGraphistry is library to extract, transform, and visually explore big graphs
The library produces some stunning graph visuals. It looks very useful for doing graph analysis. However, it doesn't seem to be a standalone thing but instead using the services of [Graphistry](https://www.graphistry.com/). 🤔
august 2017
There goes the sun, total solar eclipse 2017 - The Boston Globe
I’m a fan of the Big Picture column and this week was on the American Eclipse. Photography observation that a lot of what photographing an event is is not just the event. There are some pictures of the eclipse, but most are actually pictures of people taking in the eclipse. That tells the story!
august 2017
Ask Hickey: What are flat Earthers saying about Monday's eclipse? | PhillyVoice
I hadn't ever considered the odd intersection of the Flat Earther folks and solar eclipses! 🌚🌝Maybe I'll tell the kids a giant serpent is covering the sun on Monday. 🙃
august 2017
Home Screens – Gabe Weatherhead —macsparky
I subscribe to Gabe's [MacDrifter blog](http://macdrifter.com/) so when I saw he did a Home Screen article I was eager to dig in. I think I’m going to buy the [David Lanham wallpapers](http://dlanham.com/shop/). Someday I need to write one of these.
august 2017
NASA Eclipse 2017 Live - Streaming Video of August 21 Total Solar Eclipse | NASA
This is the go to page if you want to participate in the solar eclipse on Monday on the web. I'll be in Eureka, MO looking up! 👀
august 2017
Arrange your time and tasks according to these seven categories, and you’ll be a creativity machine
I've done a decent amount of thinking about time allocations and budgeting time. This article is focused on looking at how your time contributes to creative endeavors. My target isn't necessarily that, but the structures that he describes could be put to in place for different desired effects. The basic argument -- time is a finite resource, like money, and you budget money so why wouldn't you budget time -- holds a lot of water with me.
august 2017
Kubernetes at GitHub | GitHub Engineering
I find these overviews of how big organizations adopt large components of technology good reads. There are a lot of decisions to be made when you do this type of work and there is always something to be learned from others.
august 2017
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