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Monitoring Home Power Consumption for less than $25
This is super cool and I might have to try this. I know our house has a wireless meter system, the electric company installed it several years ago. I've never looked into how it works but if it’s this easy this could be a great way to get much more detail on our power usage. If you can get hourly, daily reports on power you should be able to connect your activities close enough to make changes to reduce usage.
december 2017
The Lowertown Line - Twin Cities PBS
I just discovered this show while browsing through stuff on Apple TV and was excited to see episodes with a number of artists I like. [Jeremy Messersmith](http://www.tpt.org/the-lowertown-line/video/jeremy-messersmith-full-episode-the-lowertown-line-abkz5z/), [Cactus Blossoms](http://www.tpt.org/the-lowertown-line/video/lowertown-line-cactus-blossoms/) and [Trampled by Turtles](http://www.tpt.org/the-lowertown-line/video/lowertown-line-trampled-turtles/) are great places to start. 👏🎶
december 2017
What work really is, or 17 things I learned about productivity in 2017 - a n n i e m u e l l e r
I greatly enjoy Mueller's writing and this reflection on productivity is another good one.
december 2017
A pattern language for microservices
A collection of various pattern components for microservice design. Not sure what to think of this. Is this a new thing or a rethink of existing patterns in microservices?
december 2017
Checklist for Plain Language | plainlanguage.gov
I've shared with many people that I dislike the word "utilized" and it’s all about using plain language. Used is a fine word and I have yet to find a case where utilized was necessary over the more pedestrian used. This checklist is a good one to revisit language in your writing. I don't know what to think of the fact that this is a US Government website? 🤷‍♂️
december 2017
2018 and the Internet: our predictions
Cloudflare sees an incredible amount of activity across the web and they share some thoughts on what they expect 2018 to bring, as well as visiting some of their 2017 predictions.
december 2017
OpenEvents
This is a solid idea. There are any number of systems in a platform that would benefit from subscribing to event data, but having a common structure for events is a foundational requirement to unlock any of that capability.
december 2017
Daring Fireball: The iPhone X
Gruber's writeup on the platform transition that the iPhone X represents is interesting. When Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X I told a number of folks this is the transition point. I fully expect there to be an iPhone 9 and iPhone XI (let's hope the roman numerals go away). What we are seeing is the transitional period from the first arc of the iPhone and iOS to the second big arc, and during that time we'll have some overlap to allow users and apps to transition and for the cost curve to come down on the new tech. This is something that nobody has ever done at this scale, and those that have done it have not done it well. Think Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X or whatever flavor of Windows to Windows the next flavor.
december 2017
One Year with Apple AirPods | Beardy Guy Musings
I haven't written that much about my AirPods but I find them an absolutely delightful product. They just work, and work in so many ways. I agree with this recap on them. Plus, what a great name for a blog -- beardy guy!
december 2017
One-on-one meetings are underrated, whereas group meetings waste time | Smash Company
I've been thinking about the effectiveness of different types of meetings and aligning those meetings to my goals. I’m a manager more often than a maker, so my schedule is key to executing projects and tasks. This article is a strong argument for more frequent one-on-one meetings. I can see the point of making it the easiest way to get truthful and direct info. I also can see the point that group meetings can be driven by ego. But I also find one-on-one meetings to require a high amount of after meetings actions, after all you just had the one person to talk to. I also wonder about getting skewed perspective that may send people down odd tangents.
december 2017
How to Write Articles and Essays Quickly and Expertly ~ Stephen Downes
I like articles from folks that know a craft and can share some of how the sausage is made. Writing articles has a structure, just like songs and poems and computer code. But to those who don't know that structure it seems like magic. 🎩
december 2017
Lanier’s Social Medium Ultimatum | James Shelley
I love this call out from [Jaron Lanier](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaron_Lanier):

> People have to take responsibility to become literate in a new way if they are going to use the technology at all. So if you just can’t find it in yourselves to delete all your social media accounts, then you must take it upon yourself to really learn how it works. Learn how the addiction cycle works. Learn how the manipulation works. Become aware of it.

We have to become much smarter customers and users of these services.
december 2017
Computer latency: 1977-2017
What a great project filled with delightful sentences like:

> At 144 Hz, each frame takes 7 ms. A change to the screen will have 0 ms to 7 ms of extra latency as it waits for the next frame boundary before getting rendered (on average,we expect half of the maximum latency, or 3.5 ms). On top of that, even though my display at home advertises a 1 ms switching time, it actually appears to take 10 ms to fully change color once the display has started changing color. When we add up the latency from waiting for the next frame to the latency of an actual color change, we get an expected latency of 7/2 + 10 = 13.5ms

I've never been bothered by latency from key to display on any of my computers, but it’s curious to see that the latency has gone up with complexity. I do notice this whenever I use an Android device. Touch devices drive the latency demand higher in my opinion since your finger is there and your brain and eyes want to see the reaction with as close to no latency as possible. For me Android has a frustrating amount of latency.
december 2017
Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain
A good contrarian read to the fevered meme that the blockchain is the next Internet. ⛓
december 2017
How to be a 10x engineer: Business value for technologists – Striving for greatness
[Donnie Berkholz](https://www.linkedin.com/in/dberkholz/) connecting the dots on how to really deliver value as a tech team — understand your business objectives. Making sure that your teams understand and connect their work is one of the key jobs of leadership. 👏
december 2017
A long time ago, in a Glasgow far, far, away… – Three Letter Acronym
[PCalc](http://pcalc.com) has been in active development for 25 years. That's amazing. 👏🏻 I use the term "decade project" from time to time and this is a good example of one of those.
december 2017
Zines are the future of media
Kottke's read on this prediction is good. I hope that the prediction is directional right.
december 2017
The best board games of 2017 | Ars Technica
It's cool to see how much board games have evolved in recent years. It is a good time to be someone that enjoys strategy games.
december 2017
Google Maps’s Moat
Amazing side-by-side analysis of Google Maps and Apple Maps. Better thought of as an analysis of how Google is scaling their mapping data using machine learning and visual analysis. You get the sense that Google is looking at map data at a whole different level than everyone else.
december 2017
Snowden-Backed App 'Haven' Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System | WIRED
This article got me thinking about other ways that your phone could be used to help your personal security. This use case is interesting and for people that have to work in random places globally (like journalists) would make sense. I wonder if there is other stuff that your phone could do at night to monitor the environment around you while you sleep. The dot projection camera on the new iPhone X is probably not strong enough to scan a room, but maybe in the future it could detect movement in a completely dark room?
december 2017
Foo Fighters: Christmas Medley (Live) - SNL - YouTube
The [Foo Fighters](http://foofighters.com) are so awesome, and now I find myself wishing for a Foo Fighters Christmas Album! 🎸🎄
december 2017
Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older… — ProPublica
Glad to see there are folks investigating this type of activity. Wonder what other targeting options are used to filter these opportunities.
december 2017
Equifinality - Wikipedia
What a delightful word! I didn't know this word and it showed up in a presentation and made the logic-based thinker in me all excited. Now I need to find several places to use this.
december 2017
GTD Podcast Episode #35 – The Case For Capturing
Capturing is the most basic aspect of GTD and I think sometimes overlooked. This is a very well done talk from David Allen on the important aspects of capture. Plus it’s pretty funny!
december 2017
My Must-Have iOS Apps, 2017 Edition – MacStories
Huge review of a hundred or more iOS apps from Frederico Viticci. These are worth scanning to me just to discover new applications that I might now know about.
december 2017
Monitoring FastMail with Prometheus | FastMail Blog
Solid overview of [Prometheus](https://prometheus.io) and how FastMail uses it. I haven't had any experience with Prometheus but this looks really nice.
december 2017
AWS re:Invent Videos
This is a great way to find and watch the sessions from AWS re:Invent! Fast search with decent filtering. Easily found the six videos in 2017 at level 300 or 400 about Lambda. 👍👏🎓
december 2017
Mehdi Cherti – Improving my productivity using Pomodoro: takeaways after 2 years of practice
Fun to see someone doing some analytics on their productivity system. I've tried Pomodoro and it doesn't work well for what I do. I suspect that is a bit of the maker v. manager schedule issue at play. I also don't know that you should blend GTD and Pomodoro. But, I liked this writeup and like that he used a simple shell script to make it all work. I also like that this is reflecting on two years of data.
december 2017
Let’s bury the hustle – Signal v. Noise
I couldn't agree more with DHH on his distaste for the term "hustle". When I hear entrepreneurs use that term I cringe. I don't see any positive interpretations. DHH equals it to "the grind". I'd connect it with "to hustle", or "to steal". Hustle to me always implies creating some shell of value, with a rotten core. Build value, don't hustle.
december 2017
10 years of professional blogging - what I've learned at andrewchen
Great set of recommendations for *professional* blogging from Andrew Chen.
december 2017
Once, We Were Explorers – Rhoneisms
What a great piece of writing from Patrick Rhone. 👏 I say we continue to explore… 👣
december 2017
boardgame.io
This is a nifty framework to make multiplayer boardgames in Javascript.

> The goal of this framework is to allow a game author to essentially translate the rules of a game to a series of simple functions that describe how the game state changes when a particular move is made, and the framework takes care of the rest.
december 2017
Tips for in-house teams in a free market software culture
Development teams that build software for other development teams often have a unique set of challenges. You know this is happening anytime the services and products you are building are referred to as "tools" or "tooling". The light should go off that you are still building a high quality, well designed product but your user is going to do something very different with it. I've seen this many times and I like some of the suggestions here, and have seen them used effectively. Open Meetings, Workshops and Pairing (across teams!) are great ways to engage with developers-as-users. I've wanted to do bootcamps but haven't put that to use yet. The communications highlights in this article are great callouts the many teams miss when deploying internally. 👍
december 2017
Facebook admits it poses mental health risk – but says using site more can help | Technology | The Guardian
Facebook acknowledging downsides of addictively using their platform.

> Studies have repeatedly found that Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites can damage the emotional wellbeing of heavy users, particularly younger people.

This seems like tobacco companies putting warnings on cigarettes.
december 2017
A shell command to create JSON: jo
Oh, I just 💙 this! A small shell command that will create a JSON object? What a perfect embodiment of the Unix philosophy of [Do One Thing and Do It Well](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_philosophy#Do_One_Thing_and_Do_It_Well). This is a super handy utility to place at the end of your shell scripts or to create a solid interface between systems or services. Nifty! 👏
december 2017
If You Aspire to Be a Great Leader, Be Present
This article hits on an important topic and one that I don't think leaders spend enough time considering. I think people can start to think they are just a logic machine going from one conversation to the other, and that the meta around them isn't relevant. Both are completely wrong. I've known for years for example that if I’m doing an important presentation I will not sit at my computer for at least 10 minutes before. I need to get my brain in a different place. I've actively changed how I mentally approach my 1:1 meetings with team members. Actively managing your own energy and knowing where you are at any given point in time is really important.
december 2017
Are Men Just 'Babies' When They Get the Flu? Maybe Not – WebMD
Vindication for when I get taken down my a “man cold”! 😷😁
december 2017
Why Lightroom CC Is a Big Step Up from Apple’s Photos - TidBITS
I haven't used Lightroom much in the last couple of years but it’s still my go to for power user functionality with photos. Interesting to see Adobe taking a run at a complete rethink of Lightroom. The naming is really confusing, but I might check this out.
december 2017
Brandi Carlile - The Mother (Live) - YouTube
I've seen [Brandi Carlile](http://brandicarlile.com) perform this great song a few times live. This video of her singing it to her daughter, who it is about, is fabulous. Album comes out on February 16. 🎶
december 2017
10 Reasons Why We Don’t Stick to Things : zen habits
I like that this enumerates the things that we often do, knowingly or not, and how we can fight those negative patterns.
december 2017
Jay Rosen: This is what a news organization built on reader trust looks like » Nieman Journalism Lab
There is a lot of soul searching in news for how a news organization should work. I like how this one is approaching it.
december 2017
Universal Basic Income explained
Nice video overview of the core concepts of [basic income](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income) including examples where it has been tried.
december 2017
Some thoughts on social networks | mathew's web site
Insightful observation that the negative aspects of platforms like Facebook don't come from their specific implementation of social networking but is instead fundamental to the characteristics of the platform and business model.
december 2017
How Duterte Turned Facebook Into a Weapon—With Help From Facebook - Bloomberg
When I read [The Master Switch](https://www.amazon.com/Master-Switch-Rise-Information-Empires/dp/0307390993) I was particularly struck by the claim that large monopolies are really helpful for governments to manage and control things. It makes sense, if the government wants to monitor communications it’s easier if there is one communication service. This was the cozy pairing that AT&T had with the government before it was broken up. This article shows how a malevolent government could leverage the monopoly of Facebook in their company to achieve there ends. Worrisome examples of pretty terrible practices to manipulate a society.
december 2017
Learning with Privacy at Scale - Apple
Some details on what _differential privacy_ is and how it works in order to build more intelligent applications that use real data from real users without the negative privacy implications. Are there other companies applying rigor like this for privacy? I continue to see Apple making a long bet on privacy as a feature and I like that.
december 2017
Please invest responsibly — an important message from the Coinbase team
I have a Coinbase account and have a very tiny amount of Bitcoin. This letter from the CEO should be read as "please, please don't regulate us"! 😏
december 2017
Calm Technology
This reminds me of the [slow food manifesto](https://www.slowfoodusa.org/manifesto), basic principles that should be applied to the software and systems we build. 👏
december 2017
SQS & Lambda: teaming up – IOpipe Blog
Cool open source project to bridge two very useful AWS services that aren't natively connected.
december 2017
Maker vs. Manager: How Your Schedule Can Make or Break You
This has a good writeup on the Maker v. Manager subject that Paul Graham originally wrote up. I like this article because it goes into more examples of how people use these and very importantly how people use both. I find that I need to effectively use both schedule types to achieve my objectives and being clear about which you are using at different points is critical.
december 2017
Time Well Spent
> We are building a new organization dedicated to reversing the digital attention crisis and realigning technology with humanity's best interests.

Sounds like a good idea!
december 2017
SEC.gov | Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings
Here is the SEC giving a warning to Coinbase and others that "hey, we might be regulating you."
december 2017
Even more sieve extensions | FastMail Blog
I've paid Fastmail a very reasonable fee to host my email for years. They have a great service and I love the power features they have like full support of the sieve mail filtering language. If you feel like signing up use [my affiliate link](https://www.fastmail.com/?STKI=12008209).
december 2017
Lua for Programmers Part 1: Language Essentials
I continue to have a strange fascination with Lua. I really should find a project to learn it. This is a nice multipart writeup to easily learn basic Lua structure and syntax. If you ever need an embedded language Lua is a great choice.
december 2017
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
A treatise on the economic and financial challenges facing millennials. An interesting read. Related, I’m on the fence with this new way of packaging special news stories as mini-applications. I find it fun in ways, but it’s also frustrating when they involve new user paradigms that you have to discover through trial and error.
december 2017
You Give Up a Lot of Privacy Just Opening Emails. Here's How to Stop It | WIRED
This article is worth a read to realize how much tracking can and often does occur in your email client. I think a lot about tracking in the browser but this is a very difficult place to deal with. I don't think any email programs really offer good protection from this type of tracking. And, by the way, if you are using a tracker for personal emails? Yuck. (In full disclosure, the Weekly Thing is sent with MailChimp and it has trackers all over the place. I can't remove them unless I pay MailChimp to take them out. 😕)
december 2017
The FCC just killed net neutrality - The Verge
As expected the Net Neutrality rules were voted down in a 3-2 vote at the FCC. Expect to hear from opponents of net neutrality that after the vote the internet is still working. Erosion of neutrality will take a while. Companies aren't dumb, they will slowly start charging more. For the foreseeable future it’s important to start thinking about how to manage around this and put pressure on the corporations.
december 2017
Say Farewell to Putty as Microsoft adds an OpenSSH Client to Windows 10
Wow! Finally Microsoft Windows based admins can just natively `ssh` from there machines! Microsoft really has changed! 😂 ⛄️🔥
december 2017
Popular Destinations rerouted to Russia | BGPmon
Wow -- this is pretty interesting and a bit scary. A bad actor injecting routes into the [BGP](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Gateway_Protocol) system of the internet and routing large amounts of data onto foreign territory. This seems like it’s intentional and hard to imagine it’s _not_ a state sponsored activity.
december 2017
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Performance Report 2017 - Catchpoint's Blog - Web Performance Monitoring
Interesting data collected by Catchpoint looking at the performance of various retail websites during the busiest time of the year.
december 2017
Moment – Automatically track your and your family's daily iPhone and iPad use
Interesting application that tracks how many times you look at your phone and how long you've looked at it. Helps you be cognizant of how much time you spend by just informing you in 15 minute increments. Interesting concept. I’m trying it out to see what I think.
december 2017
In digital innovation era, this technologist focuses on empathy in tech - SiliconANGLE
A very cool interview with Minneapolis-native and awesome tech community leader [Bridget Kromhout](https://bridgetkromhout.com)! Very cool! Her observations on the people side of working in tech are absolutely spot on! 👏 I think the "unconference" Bridget mentions is [Minnebar](https://minnestar.org/minnebar/)! 🤔
december 2017
Google sent more traffic to publishers than Facebook in 2017 - Recode
Wow! This is great to see. Is there a decline is people relying on Facebook to get their news? Let's hope! 🤞
december 2017
Lua Records — PowerDNS Recursor 4.1.1-pre documentation
This is really nifty -- putting Lua functions into your DNS server! I didn't realize there were DNS servers that could do this type of function but it opens up some pretty interesting solutions. Word of caution though, perhaps they are a little too interesting. I could see this confusing people when troubleshooting.
december 2017
Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society - The Verge
Yet another Facebook executive that is frightened and disturbed by what they have built. You have to take a moment and reconsider when the people that build a thing don't think it’s a good idea to use that thing!
december 2017
Book: Why We Sleep - Feld Thoughts
Tammy read this book and really liked it. She found a lot of compelling information on sleep 💤 and the benefits associated. I put this on my book clubs list to read too. Was interesting to see Brad Feld write it up as well.
december 2017
Getting Things Done® | Get a Grip on Your Process, or Give It Up
David Allen getting real with some tough love. 💪💛
december 2017
AWS Lambda in Production: State of Serverless Report 2017
[New Relic](https://newrelic.com) has access to some interesting data on usage of Lambda functions for serverless workloads. This has some really interesting insights into how people are using lambdas.
december 2017
8 emerging trends in container orchestration
Datadog did some interesting aggregated statistics on container practices inside of [Kubernetes](https://kubernetes.io) and [AWS ECS](https://aws.amazon.com/ecs/). Some cool insights they can see across many deployments across various companies.
december 2017
By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Wikipedia
This is fabulous story about this song. Thanks to [Steve Yaeger](https://twitter.com/SteveYaeger) for the introduction to this. 👍

> However, the drive is actually possible, driving at an average of about 65 mph. If he leaves Los Angeles around midnight, he can drive the 373 miles to Phoenix in about six hours to arrive when she "rises" at 6:00 am. If she "stops at lunch" to "give him a call" at 12:30 p.m. when he is in Albuquerque, it gives him six-and-a-half hours to make the 420-mile drive. The drive from Albuquerque to the Oklahoma border is about 390 miles, giving her plenty of time to get home and go to sleep.
december 2017
Looking Forward to 2018 - Let's Encrypt - Free SSL/TLS Certificates
I’m a big fan of Let's Encrypt and I think they are fundamentally making the web safer and better with their work. They served **61 million** unique domains SSL certificates in 2017! That is amazing. Consider that SSL certificates easily cost $20/year (on the cheap side) that is over **$1.2 billion** in value!
december 2017
The 2017 kottke.org Holiday Gift Guide
Kottke's extremely thorough gift guide! 🎁
december 2017
Introducing ProtonMail Bridge, email encryption for Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail - ProtonMail Blog
This is pretty cool! 👏 Email by default has no security features. And adding encryption to email is shockingly difficult. I've tried doing PGP plugins before and it is a nightmare. [ProtonMail](https://protonmail.com) makes a very robust and entirely encrypted webmail product, but their limitation to a regular mail client is a big gap. This ProtonMail Bridge is a really ingenious way of delivering secure, encrypted email to Mail clients that have no idea how to deal with security!
december 2017
Google is pulling YouTube off the Fire TV and Echo Show - The Verge
As you consider the arguments around Net Neutrality being removed take a moment to observe that Google and Amazon can't even agree on selling each others devices. Somehow we are supposed to believe that net neutrality isn't needed?
december 2017
Disqus and Zeta – AVC
I've considered using Disqus many times. The reality though is that Disqus is a commenting toy that you can deploy on your website while exposing your users to tracking and reducing their privacy. The fact that Disqus was bought by "largest independent marketing cloud" should give you confirmation of what I just said. If you use Disqus on your personal website, you should pull it off. Personally I block the Disqus widgets from loading using [1Blocker](https://1blocker.com).
december 2017
Silicon Valley Is Sneaking Models Into This Year’s Holiday Parties - Bloomberg
First off, this is a service you can buy? 🤦🏼‍♂️ Second, we've got a long ways to go in the tech industry.
december 2017
iPhone X: A New Frontier – MacStories
Long and super detailed review of the iPhone X. If you are thinking about buying one this has every little nit and nat you could ever care about.
december 2017
How to use Apple Pay Cash - Six Colors
With the launch this week of Apple Pay Cash this is a nice overview of how to set it up and use it. I've sent $1 around to a bunch of friends. Works amazingly well! I think Apple Pay Cash over iMessage could be a big deal. I could easily see this at Art Fairs and other ad hoc venues to make payment.
december 2017
Google's AlphaZero Destroys Stockfish In 100-Game Match - Chess.com
It’s absolutely stunning that AlphaZero did this well so quickly.

> Oh, and it took AlphaZero only four hours to "learn" chess. Sorry humans, you had a good run.

This is another case where the algorithm just learned by playing.
december 2017
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