Take the Power Back – iA
Powerful writing from iA about engaging in the web and our digital platforms with more thought.

> The answer to the passive consumption of trash is the active formulation of questions, the active search for answers and the active work of putting complex knowledge and diffuse feelings into clear words.

This article is a great read if only for the writing.

> Social Media is a mental prison where Facebook exists to make us believe that Google is still open.

That made me laugh 😂 and think at the same time 🤔.
february 2018
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace | Electronic Frontier Foundation
I’m shocked that I had never read this article. Sadly [John Perry Barlow](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Perry_Barlow), the founder of the [EFF](https://www.eff.org) and the author of this declaration recently passed away. Cory Doctorow has a [very nice remembrance](https://boingboing.net/2018/02/07/walk-in-the-rain.html) of him. From Doctorow:

> Today, Barlow is dead, and his vision is vindicated: the risks Barlow foresaw (along with other EFF founders like [John Gilmore](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gilmore_(activist)) and [Mitch Kapor](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Kapor)) are more imminent than ever; the organization that he started and the movement he kicked off has never been more badly needed.
february 2018
Episode #38 – The Power of Outcome Thinking
I've been thinking about mental focus and also meditation. This recent GTD podcast offered some great color on the topic.

> This talk will reveal just how much the thoughts we hold in our head have the potential to affect the types and qualities of action we take. From athletic performance to prepping for that next big meeting, what we think about while we act can affect how we act.

Plus [David Allen](https://gettingthingsdone.com/meet-david/) is pretty funny in some of his talks.
february 2018
acme.sh: A pure Unix shell script implementing ACME client protocol
ACME is [Let's Encrypt](https://letsencrypt.org/docs/client-options/) protocol for managing encryption certificates. There are a number of clients but one in pure `bash` would make it easy to add certificates in a variety of situations.
february 2018
The Kubernetes Effect
Some interesting learning here on the deeper ways that you can use Kubernetes in your application architecture.

> Kubernetes offers a full set of distributed primitives (such as pods, services, controllers) that addresses the requirements and drives the design of our applications. These new primitives and the platform capabilities dictate the guiding design principles and design patterns we use to implement all future services.

It also highlights the broad surface area of Kubernetes. The points on broad adoption across various platforms are also important to note.
february 2018
The House That Spied on Me
A fun experiment to show what behavioral information your ISP can mine from your families use of Internet of Things devices. I like that they specifically didn’t try to break encryption, this is just basic analysis of data coming out of your home as we adopt more "smart" devices.
february 2018
PocketSprite - Tiny Retro Gaming on your Keychain
A gaming device that is the size of a keychain? Yep! 🎮 This seems really silly but it I love that it exists. 👏
february 2018
The 8 best questions to put on your next one-on-one meeting agenda
Managers spend a lot of time in 1:1 meetings, and company's as a whole spend a lot of time in them. If you have 1,000 employees and managers spend 30 min/week in 1:1 that is nearly $2 million of expense that there is little time spent improving. I’m curious to know how to make that time more effective.
february 2018
How Bikes Will Take Their Revenge on Cars and Help Us Reclaim Our Streets
An interesting take on how the future of "micro-transportation" may look. 🚲 Having recently purchased an [electric Fat Bike](http://defiantbicycles.com) I can attest that it changes the ways you can use a bike and opens up a lot of options. I don't see any way for these models though to deal with climate and the fact that it’s very cold and very hot in some places.
february 2018
Matter. | How to be an effective CTO
I've met [Rajiv Pant](https://www.rajiv.com) many times and have a lot of respect for him as a leader and thinker. I continue to enjoy how he breaks down the keys areas that CTO's need to focus on. 👍
february 2018
Falcon Heavy Test Flight - YouTube
This was all amazing! What a feat for SpaceX.

> When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)---a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel--Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

Watching the two Falcon engines **land** nearly simultaneously made me think I was watching a science fiction movie!
february 2018
Billy Mitchell's Direct Feed Recordings are MAME Generated
If you have watched [King of Kong](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0923752/) you know the story of Billy Mitchell. After some incredibly detailed analysis, it seems his records were faked.

> In light of the evidence presented here, I am removing Billy Mitchell's current score of 1,062,800 from the Donkey Kong Forum High Score List.

The Internet is so great. If you find this story interesting, watch the movie! 🎬
february 2018
lcamtuf's blog: Progressing from tech to leadership
Good reflection of one person's journey from individual work in technology to leading a team. I've seen nearly all of these points happen as I've moved in my career and as I've helped others do the same.
february 2018
A GraphQL Primer: Why We Need A New Kind Of API (Part 1) — Smashing Magazine
Good introduction to the problem that [GraphQL](http://graphql.org) is solving and the history of [RPC](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_procedure_call), [SOAP](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOAP) and [REST](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representational_state_transfer) thus far. I continue to think GraphQL has high applicability to many application. Interestingly I think that REST and GraphQL may find a reason to co-exist for a long time. Make sure to read [part 2](https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/01/graphql-primer-new-api-part-2/) of this as well.
february 2018
Web Trend Map 2018 – iA
The web has been consolidating to major corporations, losing sight of some of the original objectives.

> The Web has lost its spirit. The Web is no longer a distributed Web.

There are however sprouts of new activity.

> There seems to be a weak undercurrent of old and young bloggers like us that feel sentimental or curious and want to bring back blogging. Blogging won’t save the world. But, hell, after two weeks now, we can confirm: it feels great to be back on the blogging line.

I have nothing against successful companies online, but there needs to be space for other things. Commercial areas are fine, but I also want parks. Industrial activity is needed, but we need residential areas too. This all applies to the web as well.
february 2018
The Network Effects Manual: 13 Different Network Effects (and counting)
Long article that goes into classifying the different types of network effects that businesses can achieve.

> Our three-year study, which we released recently, shows that nfx are responsible for 70% of the value created by tech companies since the Internet became a thing in 1994. Even though they are only a minority of companies, companies with nfx end up creating the lion’s share of the value.

Understanding if you have a network effect is neat, but the type of network effect is critical to understanding how to take full advantage of it.
february 2018
Mental Noting: Insight Meditation Center
I've been exploring meditation and through that have gotten some exposure to mental noting.

> In contrast to most thinking, noting is not discursive. It does not involve analysis or judgment. Rather, we simply give our current experience a one-word label. For example, upon hearing a sound we note ‘hearing’ without thinking further about the sound. Other common mental notes are ‘seeing’, ‘touching’, ‘feeling’, and ‘thinking’.

I've found this to be an interesting technique and even apply it to thoughts beyond meditation. I’m a novice to be sure at it but the concept is interesting. 🧘‍♂️
february 2018
Stimulus: A modest JavaScript framework for the HTML you already have.
This looks pretty handy. Small and lightweight, very easy to implement.

> Stimulus is a JavaScript framework with modest ambitions. It doesn't seek to take over your entire front-end—in fact, it's not concerned with rendering HTML at all. Instead, it's designed to augment your HTML with just enough behavior to make it shine.
february 2018
inessential: Why Micro.blog is Not Another App.net
I've been a [Micro.blog user](https://micro.blog/jthingelstad) since launch and that is where [my microblog](https://micro.thingelstad.com) is managed. I love this writeup on why micro.blog is architectural not just another social network. It’s actually something fundamentally different.
february 2018
The full-time job of keeping up with Kubernetes
Good dive into the Kubernetes release philosophy and various approaches to keeping up with the pace, or choosing not to.
february 2018
Old School Management Techniques That Still Matter | Robert Blogs Here
> In response to my expert fatigue, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite old school management techniques. Included are the stories of the folks that told me about them.

Some good stuff in here to adopt and fold into your management practices.
february 2018
Empathy Mapping: The First Step in Design Thinking
Wow, this is pretty interesting and seems like it would be useful.

> Visualizing user attitudes and behaviors in an empathy map helps UX teams align on a deep understanding of end users. The mapping process also reveals any holes in existing user data.

In the DevOps movement there is a lot of discussion of empathy. I've personally put teams or projects together to specifically encourage developing empathy. A tool that you can use to map out empathy seems like it would be very useful.
february 2018
The Data Warehouse Built for the Cloud | Snowflake
We've been doing some testing with this and the performance has been very impressive!
february 2018
With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit
> What happened so that so many more teens, in such a short period of time, would feel depressed, attempt suicide and commit suicide? After scouring several large surveys of teens for clues, I found that all of the possibilities traced back to a major change in teens’ lives: the sudden ascendance of the smartphone.

Oh no. It is really hard to separate the smartphone and social media.

> Those who avoided Facebook reported feeling less depressed at the end of the week.

february 2018
Twitter Quitter - curtclifton.net
Hey look, more people quitting Twitter.

> After some reflection, I’ve concluded that even posting to Twitter is just providing content to a platform for hate and anger. I can’t fix that problem, but I can stop contributing to the platform. And so I will.

This is the argument that I can't square myself.
february 2018
Nintendo reveals Mario Kart Tour for smartphones, Switch Online details —Six Colors
💚 Love everything here! Mario Kart coming to iOS is an instant-buy for me — I just wish it was coming sooner! I also love the idea of the Switch Online plan including access to virtual "classic games". Given Nintendo's catalog that could be great and the price seems very reasonable!
february 2018
I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great - The New York Times
A high-profile Twitter user signing off.

> I’m frequently approached by colleagues, usually women, who ask me about quitting Twitter with hushed titillation, as if I’ve escaped a cult or broken a particularly seductive taboo.

february 2018
If You Multitask During Meetings, Your Team Will, Too
Interesting to see some analysis on being distracted in meetings and the tone it sets.

> This sends the signal, “It’s OK to not pay attention.” Managers that frequently send emails during meetings are, according to our analysis, are 2.2 times more likely to have direct reports who also multi-task in meetings.

This makes a lot of sense. I try to stay focused and not get distracted in meetings, and this gives even more reason to make that a priority.
january 2018
Principles of Chaos Engineering
Reminds me of the [Agile Manifesto](http://agilemanifesto.org), but for Chaos Engineering:

> Chaos Engineering is the discipline of experimenting on a distributed system in order to build confidence in the system’s capability to withstand turbulent conditions in production.
january 2018
Above Avalon: Apple Watch Is a Bridge to the Future
Interesting theory on how Apple may be thinking about the Apple Watch and the wearable space. Seems pretty far fetched to me but thought provoking either way.
january 2018
Yet another regular expression tool in your browser. This one has a cool visual aspect.

> The images generated by Regexper are commonly referred to as "Railroad Diagrams". These diagram are a straight-forward way to illustrate what can sometimes become very complicated processing in a regular expression, with nested looping and optional elements.
january 2018
Welcome to Minnesota: A Primer - Surly Brewing Co.
Very funny introduction to Minnesota for Super Bowl visitors from Surly.

> Welcome to Minnesota. You probably have a lot of questions. We don’t blame you. It’s cold (it’s been colder, as someone already told you) and there are giant piles of snow and people keep talking about “Juicy Lucy” and you don’t even know a Lucy. Here’s what we can tell you.
january 2018
Omni Roadmap 2018 - The Omni Group
Half of this 2018 roadmap for Omni Group is about the future of OmniFocus! 💚 I'll be one of the first to upgrade. I like all that they are adding here! Wonder why the Apple Watch isn't on this list. 🤔
january 2018
HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Max vs. Sonos One: Speaker showdown | iMore
Best HomePod writeup I’ve read yet. Sounds like it will have amazing sound, but disappointing that so much is still in the works. Not even multi speaker support is available now? And not supporting multiple iCloud users is a bummer. I’m hoping that a HomePod would use a voice signature to know all users in our iCloud Family account and bring the right data and interactions to each. Guess I’ll have to keep waiting. 😕
january 2018
Coming in 2018: OmniFocus 3 for Mac & iOS —Learn OmniFocus “Earlier today, Omni Group CEO, Ken Case shared a retrospective on the past year and a roadmap for 2018.”
Some fabulous new stuff coming to OmniFocus 3 in 2018. The tags will be great, already know how I would use that. The automation engine is going to be a big win too for project templates. Also great to see a web version coming! Now to just give me a REST API to access tasks as well? 👏🏻
january 2018
2018 Developer Skills Report by HackerRank
This is a very interesting report. I don't know if this type of study has been done often. With 39,441 respondents this would seem to be statistically valid. A lot of great data points and some interesting insights.

> Unlike generations thereafter, if kids of the seventies wanted to see innovative technology, they’d have to build it themselves — they had no other choice. There were no widespread resources to teach them how to build software. Almost half of all developers (47%) between the ages of 45 and 54 started coding before they were 16 years old. Meanwhile, developers between 18 and 24 today are the least likely to have started coding before 16 (only 20%).

This data doesn't surprise me and I think it’s a little concerning. In the 70's and early 80's if you wanted to play on a computer there was really only one option — you learned to program that computer! Today there are so many options to get value out of technology that the requirement of programming comes from a power user need in a niche, or pure curiosity. I wouldn't take back any of the ease-of-use progress we've made, but exposing younger people that are interested to real development tools seems like something we should focus on. Myself, I started coding when I was in 1st or 2nd grade on a [TI-99/4A](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Instruments_TI-99/4A) using BASIC. I fall in the "5 to 10" bucket here.

> Self-teaching is the norm for developers of all ages. Even though 67% of developers have CS degrees, roughly 74% said they were at least partially self-taught.

This makes complete sense in large part because a computer science degree doesn't teach you the tactical aspects that you need to be a programmer working in a company. To be clear, that is important stuff, but industry is generally ahead of academia and they have different goals — fundamental versus applied learning.

> JavaScript may be the most in-demand language by employers, but Python wins the heart of developers across all ages, according to our Love-Hate index. Python is also the most popular language that developers want to learn overall, and a significant share already knows it.

What little coding I do is in Python and I always recommend that people that want to learn programming start in Python. Clearly [Guido van Rossum](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guido_van_Rossum), the ["Benevolent Dictator For Life"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_dictator_for_life) of Python, did something very right.

Also perhaps the editor wars are over?

> VIM beats all other editors by a landslide.

Even though `vim` is used four times as much, it turns out `vim` and `emacs` users in total use the same amount of memory. 😂

A lot of interesting data. The data missing from here that I would like to have seen included would have been some analysis of gender. We know that we need to work to grow the ranks of women in tech and I wonder if any of this data would have highlighted some actionable gaps.
january 2018
‘Never get high on your own supply’ – why social media bosses don’t use social media | Media | The Guardian
The title of this article did make me chuckle along with the hip-hop inspired pull quote:

> If this is the case, then social media executives are simply following the rule of pushers and dealers everywhere, the fourth of the Notorious BIG’s Ten Crack Commandments: “Never get high on your own supply.”

It is worth noting, in a sector that is so proud of dog fooding their own products, why don't the leaders of these companies use them? I do believe and I think the evidence is clear that these products are designed to be addictive, but I don't think that is why executives at social media companies don't use their own products. More likely they are just busy and social media just isn't that important.
january 2018
Growing apart and losing touch is human and healthy
I concur with [DHH](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Heinemeier_Hansson)'s thesis here.

> What allowed me to change and prosper was the freedom to grow apart and lose touch with people. It’s hard to change yourself if you’re stuck in the same social orbit. There’s a gravitational force that pulls you into repeating the same circular pattern over and over again. Breaking out of that takes tremendous force.

Many people can reflect on this in the college experience. It’s one of those seminal moments when you make a step change as a person. It happens when you change jobs. Sometimes it happens in the reverse, an alcoholic changes their friends as they become sober. The point is, your social network isn't a snowball that just gets bigger your entire life. It’s a collection that forms and reforms over years.

I would also add the important thinking around [Dunbar's number](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%27s_number) that suggests the mean number of people that humans can maintain connections with is 148. The snowball metaphor just frankly doesn't work unless you are willing to freeze your development in your teens.
january 2018
Daring Fireball: Apple Previews iOS 11.3
Some pretty big features coming in iOS 11.3. When I first saw Apple Pay Cash shown my head went right away to that being a great way to buy items from small merchants. The challenge was on the merchant side, but this new Business Chat capability is directly solving that. I’m going to guess that iMessage using iCloud is a critical dependency for Business Chat. I also like the additions to the Health app. It seems odd that you cannot currently store the results of a Dr. visit in Health, which hopefully this will solve.
january 2018
Amazon Go and the Future – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Detailed thoughts on why and where Amazon is going with its recently opened cashier-less Amazon Go store. The background on the financial and strategy tactics of tech companies makes this a worthwhile read by itself.
january 2018
It’s good to see some official standards adopted for decentralizing social media.

> The ActivityPub protocol is a decentralized social networking protocol based upon the ActivityStreams 2.0 data format.

I think there is still good debate if even decentralized social media is a good thing. It does reduce the issues around filter bubbles and ownership, but you could have the some trust and mental issues surrounding it.
january 2018
Zstandard - Real-time data compression algorithm
Facebook developed open-source compression algorithm. Looks to be very capable.

> Zstandard is a real-time compression algorithm, providing high compression ratios. It offers a very wide range of compression / speed trade-off, while being backed by a very fast decoder (see benchmarks below). It also offers a special mode for small data, called dictionary compression, and can create dictionaries from any sample set. Zstandard library is provided as open source software using a BSD license.
january 2018
BeyondCorp: How Google Ditched VPNs for Remote Employee Access - The New Stack
Wow, this is pretty amazing.

> Today, none of Google’s employee-facing applications are on a virtual private network. They all have public IP addresses.

This is an interesting premise. I don't see organizations being ready for this, but it’s an interesting goal to consider over the long haul.
january 2018
Privacy, simplified.
👍 Very cool! I use [Duck Duck Go](https://duckduckgo.com) as my default search engine on all of my devices and I love this new addition. Now not only do you have a privacy forward search experience, but the services you visit from there will be privacy enhanced via this browser. I achieve something similar with a handful of plugins and content blockers. This is much simpler and is **privacy by default**.
january 2018
The Best Productivity and GTD App for Mac, iPhone, and iPad
I’m sticking with [OmniFocus](https://www.omnigroup.com/omnifocus) because I continue to believe the least productive thing you can do is spend significant time and energy switching productivity systems. It’s a common rabbit hole. But, it’s cool to see Things is doing so well.
january 2018
Personal Data Representatives: An Idea – Tom Steinberg – Medium
This seems completely unworkable but it’s a novel idea for managing access to personal data. Establishing a 3rd party entity to deal with the complexity might make sense.
january 2018
Settlers of Catan and the Invasion of the German Board Games - The Atlantic
These strategy board games pulled me into some casual board gaming over recent years. Specifically [Carcassonne](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcassonne) and [Ticket to Ride](https://www.daysofwonder.com/tickettoride/en/). Additionally strong digital versions of those games also make them very approachable and expose them to a new market. Starting with digital and then getting the actual board game has been pretty common for me.
january 2018
ARK Invest - Big Ideas 2018 - Disruptive Innovation
This kind of future looking analyst report isn't worth betting the future on, but I find them compelling to understand how others are looking at opportunities and where the "edges" of some opportunities might be.

> “Big Ideas” is ARK’s annual publication showcasing a selection of innovations that we believe will accelerate the pace of change. The research presented in the following slides aims to illustrate how these ideas are transforming the way the world works and delivering outsized growth opportunities across different industries.
january 2018
Coraline Ada Ehmke — Not Applicable: What Your Job Post Is Really Saying
This is worth reading a couple of times. The cultural signals in your job postings are real, and they dramatically impact the candidate pool.

> If you truly believe that your engineering culture is welcoming and provides opportunities for growth and learning, shouldn’t you make that a core part of your message to potential employees?

The punchline for the entire article is at the bottom and it’s big.

> We had over three hundred applications, almost 75% of them from underrepresented minorities in tech.

Wow! 🤯
january 2018
Facebook’s Motivations – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
I’m very direct with people in my dislike of Facebook specifically for a number of reasons. Most people think I’m crazy and that charging at privacy windmills is just that, pointless. My opinion on the real threat to Facebook is perfectly captured in Bon Thompson's writeup here:

> Rather, the only thing that could undo Facebook’s power is users actively rejecting the app. And, I suspect, the only way users would do that en masse would be if it became accepted fact that Facebook is actively bad for you — the online equivalent of smoking.

If it is established that social media just isn't good for you, I think that this analogy to smoking could be very accurate. We'll see.
january 2018
JS things I never knew existed
Fun collection of lesser known things you can do in Javascript.
january 2018
CES 2018: Real Advances, Real Progress, Real Questions
Epic length recap of news from CES 2018 along with a lot of pictures. Index into what you might find interesting here. I didn't realize Google made such a strong push with it’s voice technology here.
january 2018
The hidden costs of serverless – A Cloud Guru
This could be summed up with a simple "Remember all the indirect costs too!". The premise is solid, make sure you don't get fooled by the direct expenses of serverless and forget the other items. However, there is a flaw that the author doesn't factor in the costs of running the node.js comparable system. So, if labor is free maybe, but that is far from the case.
january 2018
Google’s Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook: It works! It actually works! | Ars Technica
I haven't seen much in the rumor mill about Fuchsia for a year or more, so I was intrigued to see this article. This could all be a secret experiment that never sees the light of day, but you can see how this could be Google's path to getting something that deals with some of the inner issues of Android. 🤔
january 2018
Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America - The Atlantic
I know craft breweries 🍺 in Minneapolis have been popping up everywhere and it seems they have in the rest of the country too. This article is interesting for the topic of beer, but I find it more interesting for the observations about the regulatory structure and what it encourages.

> Third, even in an economy obsessed with efficiency, sometimes it is just as wise to design for inefficiency. Alcohol regulations have long discouraged vertical consolidation, encouraged retailers to leave room for new brands, and more recently made it easier for individuals to introduce their own batch of beer to the market.

How could we design similar incentives in other markets?
january 2018
Satan Makes His Pitch to Amazon.com - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
I missed this funny response to Amazon’s public request for HQ2 location proposals.

> Amazon will find Hell’s labor and employment laws quite business-friendly. We have an incredibly talented and highly motivated workforce, paid in its own forlorn tears.

Hilarious. 🤣
january 2018
The techlash against Amazon, Facebook and Google—and what they can do - A memo to big tech
The Economist with a witty memo to Silicon Valley leaders on the threats ahead.

> You are an industry that embraces acronyms, so let me explain the situation with a new one: “BAADD”. You are thought to be too big, anti-competitive, addictive and destructive to democracy.

I think there are legs to this “big tech” thought. How material and motivated it gets is impossible to guess though.
january 2018
The iOS Economy, Updated | Asymco
From a nascent idea on a new mobile platform to an immense application ecosystem.

> In its latest update on the App Store Apple reported that iOS developers earned $26.5 billion in 2017. A year ago the figure was $20 billion. The growth rate is then about 33%. The cumulative payments to developers can be calculated as $86.5 billion. This amount was generated in a span of less than 10 years, with the first billion paid by June 2010.

Would be curious if this also created jobs and how many.
january 2018
The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought - Bloomberg
The background leading up to the ouster of the Uber CEO and Founder. What an incredible mess and how self-destructive.
january 2018
Die With Me
This is “app as art”. Silly, fun and creative.

> The chat app you can only use when you have less than 5% battery.
january 2018
Bootstrap 4 · Bootstrap
Nice to see continued innovation on Bootstrap! It also feels like it might not look so templated across different uses of the library.
january 2018
HEY META - Website Meta Tag Check
Handy tool to check the meta headers on a website and will also give you a template to add for what you might want.
january 2018
Nintendo Labo Official Site – Trailer, product information
What a cool idea from Nintendo and an innovative way to use a small, portable game device!
january 2018
My Raspberry Pi Kubernetes Cluster
A home-built [Raspberry Pi](https://www.raspberrypi.org) [Kubernetes](https://kubernetes.io) cluster for $400 that you can run at home with very little power consumption and no noise. Awesome! I kind of want to build one of these even though I have no idea what I would use it for! 👏
january 2018
Datasette Publish: a web app for publishing CSV files as an online database
I love what Simon Willison is doing here with Datasettes. He's focusing on making it super simple to take any file in a CSV format and make it available on the Internet in a public JSON API. He's now made a publisher so you can put data out there with **no technical background** at all! Very nice! 👏 This should be a great thing for some of the open data initiatives out there.
january 2018
افكار و احلام » Two weeks with Micro.blog
This is a very thorough write-up of this persons introduction to [Micro.blog](https://micro.blog)! This is where I host [my micro blog](https://micro.thingelstad.com).
january 2018
Share to Micro.blog
Awesome to see my feed reader of choice, [Feedbin](https://feedbin.com/), supporting posting to [Micro.blog](https://micro.blog) natively! 👏
january 2018
Open source container-native workflow engine for Kubernetes | Argo
🤔 Interesting, Kubernetes + Workflows. A lot of this is operations example like deploying and continuous integration, but there is a data processing one as well.
january 2018
Comparing Kubernetes to Pivotal Cloud Foundry — A Developer’s Perspective
Very good writeup comparing current CloudFoundry and Kubernetes. I've been trying to understand this differentiation better, and even asked some Pivotal people this exact question, but the answers were not as clear as the ones in this article.
january 2018
The Internet of Things' Dangerous Future: Bruce Schneier
Compelling article by [Bruce Schneier](https://www.schneier.com) arguing the increasing threats we face in the security space.

> The market can’t fix this because neither the buyer nor the seller cares. The owners of the webcams and DVRs used in the denial-of-service attacks don’t care. Their devices were cheap to buy, they still work, and they don’t know any of the victims of the attacks. The sellers of those devices don’t care: They’re now selling newer and better models, and the original buyers only cared about price and features. There is no market solution, because the insecurity is what economists call an externality: It’s an effect of the purchasing decision that affects other people. Think of it kind of like invisible pollution.

His argument is an interesting one and I think he's right. There are parts of the technology market where the buyer does care about security, but by device count that is far from a majority. I also appreciate his call to **not** connect things to the Internet just because. Realize there is risk associated with that.
january 2018
SPS Tower has a nice ring to it | SPS Commerce
Our office building was recently renamed to SPS Tower! Very cool! 👏
january 2018
Rightsizing Infrastructure Can Cut Costs 36% – AWS Enterprise Collection – Medium
Infrastructure cost management in the cloud is a difficult beast to wrestle.
january 2018
Apache Airflow (incubating) Documentation — Airflow Documentation
This looks really interesting and would be worth keeping an eye on. I like that it’s in the Apache world.

> Use airflow to author workflows as directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) of tasks. The airflow scheduler executes your tasks on an array of workers while following the specified dependencies. Rich command line utilities make performing complex surgeries on DAGs a snap. The rich user interface makes it easy to visualize pipelines running in production, monitor progress, and troubleshoot issues when needed.
january 2018
Tesla Model 3: The First Serious Review - The Drive
Tesla Model 3 review. Looking forward to driving one! Tons of pictures and a lot of detail here.
january 2018
The T2 chip makes the iMac Pro the start of a Mac revolution | Macworld
Interesting article about how this new T2 chip in the iMac Pro is handling a significant amount of non-CPU and non-GPU work.

> On most Macs, there are discrete controllers for audio, system management and disk drives. But the T2 handles all these tasks. The T2 is responsible for controlling the iMac Pro’s stereo speakers, internal microphones, and dual cooling fans, all by itself.

The two-stage boot process is interesting and I think a first.
january 2018
The Tesla Model 3 Makes The Future Feel Normal
I’m on the reservation list for the Model 3 but I've been holding back any excitement with the reality of how unpredictable Tesla ship dates really are. It’s great to see some real (non-rumor) information starting to come out.
january 2018
Show your work: The new terms for trust in journalism - PressThink
A while back I spent a chunk of time thinking about how open source software principles could be applied to journalism. One of the principles used the exact same wording that Rosen uses here, show your work. Journalism is still being reinvented online, and I like where this is trending.
january 2018
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