Amazon spent nearly $23 billion on R&D last year - Recode
Amazon spent 2x as much as Apple in R&D? They spent nearly 2x more than all of the other companies. Wow. 😲
april 2018
Productivity - Sam Altman
I love the direct, to the point, writing in this. I also like that Altman's advice is very pragmatic and not just on doing stuff, but also looking at sleep and nutrition.
april 2018
Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself — Krebs on Security
🔒 Interesting that bad actors are using silly social games to collect information on people that can then be combined with compromised passwords to answer security questions! Personally I always fill these security questions with random words, generated by [1Password](https://1password.com) and stored there. I use words since you sometimes have to speak these over the phone. Never share the same answers, and they are random.
april 2018
JS - Blog - GraphQL Best Practices
Highlights on things to watch out for when using GraphQL.

> For me personally, the thing that astounds me about GraphQL isn't just the awesome technical solutions it enables, but also the organizational impact of a more decoupled environment where teams can develop independently of one another and focus more on upholding public contracts rather than knowing too much about internal implementations.
april 2018
Thank you for making 10 years of GitHub possible
This is a fun reflection on the first 10 years of GitHub.

> For 10 years, you’ve shared, tinkered, and built on GitHub from all around the world. Before we head into the next decade, we’ve collected some of our favorite moments and milestones—just a few of the ways you’ve pushed software forward.

The impact that GitHub has had on open-source, and coding practices in general is amazing. There are many services that exist today that would not if [git](https://git-scm.com) and GitHub were not created. Let's hope that GitHub stays in good hands.
april 2018
The Nintendo Switch's Parental Controls Are Amazing
I hadn't dug into the Switch Parental Controls but this article caught my eye so I did. Using a completely separate app that a parent installs on their smartphone to manage the switch is a very good idea, and enables a bunch of additional use cases. 👏
april 2018
Farewell Social Media | James Shelley
Thoughtful writing on opting out of social media entirely.

> I’m out. There are many things I hope to do while I am alive… trying to convince somebody’s advertising algorithm to pay attention to me is not one of those things. Multiply this conviction by the sense that spending time on social media is a suboptimal use of time that comes at the expense of things I truly care about and leaving seems evermore desirable. Just one life to live: I refuse to be a collateral pawn in someone else’s attention war.

april 2018
Database Flow
Interesting to see this providing GraphQL endpoints to databases.

> Database Flow is an open source self-hosted SQL client, GraphQL server, and charting application that works with your database. Visualize schemas, query plans, charts, and results. You can run Database Flow locally for your own use, or install to a shared server for the whole team.

april 2018
Back to Basics: Coffee Brewing Methods & Gear — Tools and Toys
☕️ Very nice overview of coffee fundamentals.

> I thought I’d put together a “back to basics” guide on coffee brewing. We’ve certainly covered this topic in a number of ways, so think of this guide as a compilation/remix of all that information.

I would agree with everything in here. It doesn't address the next level topics on espresso, but this is a good starter for doing coffee well.
april 2018
The Decemberists - Full concert (4/7/18 at Palace Theatre in Saint Paul, MN) - YouTube
I really like [The Decemberists](http://www.decemberists.com), and the show we saw last weekend was recorded in full and is on YouTube. Not sure how long this will be up there, but it was a stellar show. 🎶
april 2018
Troubleshooting kernel crashes under pressure
This is a fun read if you are curious to know what it feels like to be debugging a production problem on a major web property in the heat of the moment. This would have been a tricky one to track down. 🐛🔍
april 2018
Radio Silence | Network monitor and firewall for Mac
I like the simplicity of this app. I have long felt that I should be using [Little Snitch](https://www.obdev.at/littlesnitch) to keep applications on my computer from doing things I don't like. Little Snitch is really complicated though, and Radio Silence has a much simpler interface. I’m giving this a try on the free trial.
april 2018
Trump’s Campaign Said It Was Better at Facebook. Facebook Agrees - Bloomberg
Wow — **5.9 million** different versions of ads? That is incredible.

> Trump ran 5.9 million different versions of ads during the presidential campaign and rapidly tested them to spread those that generated the most Facebook engagement, according to the paper. Clinton ran 66,000 different kinds of ads in the same period.

Independent of the politics, you should assume that whatever advertising message you are getting on the Internet you *may* be the only one getting it, and it may be targeted to take advantage of specific information known only about you. Also, run an ad blocker. I use [1Blocker](https://1blocker.com).
april 2018
Halide, Darkroom and Rekindling Photography as a Hobby - the candler blog
I've been slow to adopt RAW photography on my iPhone, even though I did **all RAW** photography on my Canon 5D Mark II. I didn’t realize how well Halide and Darkroom were working together. I bought and setup both of them and love the power it gives me on my phone. Beware though, fiddling with RAW photos eats up battery quick.
april 2018
A radical proposal to keep your personal data safe | Richard Stallman | Opinion | The Guardian
I really want to like [Stallman](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman)'s perspective on privacy, but I find his positions to be disconnected from reality. I once got the opportunity to have lunch with Stallman when he was in Minneapolis and I asked him how his positions extended to services over the web. He flatly just said he doesn't use them because it’s not free open source software. I insist that there must be a position in the middle, as Stallman's view is not workable.
april 2018
Instagram suddenly chokes off developers as Facebook chases privacy | TechCrunch
I know a lot of people that worry about Facebook but don't seem to worry at all bout Instagram. Remember, Instagram is owned by Facebook. Use at your own risk. I won't use Intagram as their Terms of Service take ownership and give them all rights to repurpose all of your photos for any use they want, including selling them. Gross.
april 2018
Introducing 1Password Business —AgileBits Blog
This new service makes total sense from AgileBits. 1Password for Teams and 1Password for Families are great services, but were designed for small groups of people. This new service adds a number of features to work for very large groups of people. I continue to be very happy with 1Password.
april 2018
Anchors Reciting Sinclair Propaganda Is Terrifying in Unison
This is why we shouldn't have single entities controlling what appear to be a distributed channel of media. It appears locally sourced, but that isn't necessarily true. The video showing the various anchors saying the same thing is worrisome.
april 2018
Our Favorite Board Games for Adults: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Some favorites of mine on here. It’s affirming for me to see Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride listed as easier than Catan. I've never really gotten the hang of Catan, but the others I completely get. Good gift ideas here. 🎁
april 2018
Episode 4: @patrickrhone
My friend [Patrick Rhone](https://micro.blog/patrickrhone) was featured on Micro.blog's Micro Monday podcast. As always, very insightful comments on the philosophy of software and services and why he authors his content where he does. 👏
april 2018
How Do You Make or Maintain Friends? Put in the Time. | Psychology Today
Making friends takes time. It’s interesting to see it quantified to such a granular level.

> He found that it took about 50 hours of interaction to move from acquaintance to casual friend, about 90 hours to move from casual friend to friend, and more than 200 hours to qualify as a best friend.

Now you know why it was so easy to make friends when you were in the college dorm with nothing else to do.
april 2018
Announcing the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service —Cloudflare Blog
Cloudflare continues to impress me and I love what they have done with this new DNS service. A long time ago I used OpenDNS but stopped using it when I realized they were selling data on your DNS queries. You should know that your ISP is doing that already. Comcast is looking at DNS queries to profile the services used in your house and then target advertising to you. Using a safe, secure and private DNS service is a very good idea. 👏
april 2018
The Critical Missing Piece of DevOps…And How to Find It | AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog
Great article highlighting the challenges between vertical and horizontal alignment of work. One view of DevOps would leave no central service to manage processes. This is maybe okay in a very small organization, but fails very quickly. Another view suggests everything should be done horizontal via SOP and escalations, completely devoid of the benefits of DevOps thinking. The right answer is to do a bit of both, and take the best parts of each. That is possible.
april 2018
The Shallot 2018
The 2018 edition of a tech focused satire paper in the spirit of [The Onion](https://www.theonion.com). Great with by [David Hussman](http://davidhussman.com) and friends. 🤣
april 2018
The Most Common Type of Incompetent Leader
This is an important read. 👓

> Absentee leaders are people in leadership roles who are psychologically absent from them. They were promoted into management, and enjoy the privileges and rewards of a leadership role, but avoid meaningful involvement with their teams.

This is why you your personal engagement as a leader is so important. If you are not engaged, you **cannot** possibly be a leader. If you ever feel disconnected from the mission of your work, as a leader you should step aside.
april 2018
Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before – Planet Stories – Medium
Very cool satellite imagery of a number of cities and mountain ranges. Satellite images but at an angle so you can see the topography,
april 2018
I love this idea. Feed discovery is one of the bigger challenges of the open web. 👍

> Welcome to feedBase, which as its name implies, a database of feeds. I'm asking people who read my blog to upload their OPML subscription lists, so we can mash them together and produce a graph of users and feeds that you can walk, learn from, and discover new feeds to subscribe to.

I [signed up and uploaded my OPML](http://feedbase.io/?username=thingles) to see how it works. I like this, but think it is probably a bigger project than Winer may be envisioning.
april 2018
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica - Schneier on Security
Schneier is absolutely right to highlight that Facebook is not the *only* company doing pretty unsavory things with your data. Put this as a perfect example for why I believe you need to use a content blocker in your web browser. Surfing the web without a content blocker is like trying to deal with email with no spam protection.
april 2018
RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback: Feedly, The Old Reader, Inoreader | WIRED
I’ve never left the feed reader world and am a very happy user of Feedbin. This article is a good overview of the RSS ecosystem and various services. Feed discovery is still the biggest issue here. Innoreader helps with that, and I’m curious how Dave Winer’s new feedbase project works out.
april 2018
Back to the Blog - Dan Cohen
I'd love to see more of my friends go back to their blogs. Some nice perspective on doing that.
march 2018
42nd and Vanderbilt
Photographer Peter Funch took photos at the same intersection in New York from 2007 to 2016. The photos are interesting as is the observations of the people that are in them. The introduction is a good read. 📷
march 2018
Under Armour Says 150 Million MyFitnessPal Accounts Hacked - Bloomberg
Another massive breach. This should be yet another reminder that adopting strict password hygiene, and **never** using the same password on multiple sites is critical.
march 2018
Really Friendly Command Line Intro - Hello Web Books
If you see people doing magical things by typing commands on the command line of their machine but have no idea what they are doing this is a good article to learn more.
march 2018
Daring Fireball: Are There Any Tetris Games for Mac?
I’m with Gruber on this. Quinn was a fabulous, simple and very elegant Tetris game for the Mac. There is currently no Tetris for the Mac. How is that better for Tetris?
march 2018
Textile Facebook Parser
Nice utility to take your exported Facebook data and get the pictures back in a way that is usable.
march 2018
How I Erased 5000+ Facebook Comments and Likes
This is neat, although I don't know why people bother doing this. Does anyone really believe that Facebook deletes things when you send a delete command? I feel with near certainty that it simply sets the information into a hidden state, not deleted. Seems like a waste of effort.
march 2018
The 1Password 7 Beta for Mac Is Lit and You Can Be, Too | AgileBits Blog
I’m a big fan of 1Password and we have a family subscription to keep all of our personal and shared secrets manages. This new version looks really nice with some nice usability improvements and great integration with services like Have I Been Pwned.
march 2018
Heart Rate Variability (HRV): What is it, and why does the Apple Watch track it? | iMore
I find it very impressive what the Apple Watch can detect from heart rate information. This is all just getting started too.
march 2018
Using Ethics In Web Design — Smashing Magazine
I wasn't expecting a comprehensive and well reasoned perspective on ethics in web design from Smashing Magazine but here it is. I like the thought and detail that has been put into this, and applaud them considering ethics in the design. 👏
march 2018
Notion – The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.
This looks like an interesting all-in-one solution for small groups of people working together.
march 2018
Troy Hunt: The Legitimisation of Have I Been Pwned
Interesting background from the creator of Have I Been Pwned that specifically talks about the very grey area that this service runs in, but how it has started to provide very real, valuable capability for people.
march 2018
Delete Facebook. Permanent Account Deletion.
Step by step directions to help you walk through the complicated process of deleting your Facebook account. 🏅
march 2018
Run less software - Inside Intercom
Nice reminder when building systems that less is more.
march 2018
Making Slides
Great overview of giving engaging and effective presentations. Nearly everything in this is worth thinking about.
march 2018
The Missing Building Blocks of the Web – Anil Dash – Medium
Anil Dash with a look at the components of the web that we've forgotten about over time.

> At a time when millions are losing trust in the the web’s biggest sites, it’s worth revisiting the idea that the web was supposed to be made out of countless little sites. Here’s a look at the neglected technologies that were supposed to make it possible.

Simple core concepts that we should embrace.
march 2018
Steve Jobs on privacy, Steve Jobs at the D8 Conference (Video) - YouTube
I hadn't ever heard this Steve Jobs comment on privacy.

> Privacy means people know what their signing up for, in plain english, and repeatedly.

Plain, simple, easy. And I totally agree.
march 2018
Standard Notes | A Simple And Private Notes App
This looks like a good cross-platform notes management solution. I like that it stores its data in archive friendly open formats.
march 2018
A New Way to Work • furbo.org
I use [Linea Sketch](https://linea-app.com), and this is a great dive into using tech in a very analog, and creative, way.
march 2018
The Art of Dialogue – MIT Spectrum
Brief reminder of what true dialogue really is.

> Dialogue is essential to solve the large problems of a multicultural, global society, he adds. Finding a new way to talk, think, and act together makes it possible to talk across our differences and invent new directions for the future.

This topic reminded me of [The Most Human Human](https://www.amazon.com/Most-Human-Talking-Computers-Teaches/dp/0385533063/), a very fun and insightful read.
march 2018
12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech | LinkedIn
Impressive and well thought out list of 12 key drivers that push technology forward.

> Even those of us who have been deeply immersed in the tech world for a long time can miss the driving forces that shape its impact. So here, we’ll identify some key principles that can help us understand technology’s place in culture.

I wonder how many of these would be surprises to most people. 🤔
march 2018
The Only Privacy Policy That Matters – Dave Pell – Medium
Those that know the most about technology, and the people that build many of the privacy stealing social platforms, take great efforts to protect their privacy. What do we make of that?

> Here’s exactly what we should make of it… They are right.

Yes, they are.
march 2018
I don’t have the time. —Rhoneisms
Patrick Rhone with a good reminder on differentiating prioritization from capacity. This sentiment is true of any finite resource. You have a certain amount, and you have to prioritize what you use it for.
march 2018
The case against Facebook - Vox
I've been blocking all Facebook properties for years, so I don't need to be convinced, but this is a solid breakdown.

> And therein lies the problem for Facebook. Not only is the product bad, but the company is in a deep state of denial about it. Mark Zuckerberg and other top leaders believe they are making the world a better place. The labor market for the kind of talented engineers that Facebook needs to hire is robust enough that you can’t compete on the basis of money alone — they need to believe that Facebook is a decent, honorable place to work. But in fact, Facebook is bad. And it probably can’t be fixed.

Convinced yet?
march 2018
New languages are always fun to read about.

> Eve is a programming language and IDE based on years of research into building a human-first programming platform. From code embedded in documents to a language without order, it presents an alternative take on what programming could be - one that focuses on us instead of the machine.

The "code" here looks bonkers to me. 🤷‍♂️
march 2018
It's a crash. Not an accident.
Words matter. Using "crash" to highlight the need for a solution, versus an unsolvable accident, is interesting. As an aside, I correct tech people when they say a computer "crashed". Crashed is a non-technical word, that implies unknowns. Computers have specific failures, not generic crashes.
march 2018
URL Canary - Home
What an interesting idea!

> You'll create a special URL which you'll then embed in your secret place. If a thief steals your secret and accesses the URL, we'll immediately send you an alert so that you'll know the secret has been stolen, and you'll learn the IP address and User-Agent of the attacker.

march 2018
The Last Conversation You’ll Need to Have About Eating Right
[Mark Bittman](http://markbittman.com) and [David Katz](http://davidkatzmd.com) on food.

> Ask us anything at all about diet and nutrition and we will give you an answer that is grounded in real scientific consensus, with no “healthy-ish” chit-chat, nary a mention of “wellness,” and no goal other than to cut through all the noise and help everyone see how simple it is to eat well.

Incredibly wide-ranging Q&A.
march 2018
Outline - Making it safer to break the news
Google deserves some credit for the work they are doing to help news and journalism activities online.

> Journalists need safe access to information to research issues, communicate with sources, and report the news. Outline lets news organizations easily provide their network safer access to the open internet.

march 2018
Salesforce agrees to buy Mulesoft in $6.5 billion deal
Not surprising that Salesforce bought Mulesoft, they were the preferred integration platform for Salesforce. They are going to make this the initial framework for Integration Cloud, which will be a new offering from Salesforce. This space is worth keeping an eye on.
march 2018
Facebook Has Lost the Plot – 500ish Words
Overview of all of the missteps Facebook has had recently.

> Seemingly not an hour goes by these days that I don’t open Techmeme and see some ridiculous headline related to the latest Facebook faux pas. At best, the mistakes are eye-roll-inducing. At worst, they’re jaw-droppingly awful. And there are plenty in between which are just some combination of boneheaded, cringe-worthy, tactless, or tasteless.

I would suggest that their frequency of issues is because they have no grounding ethics or principles. They lurch from issue to issue with no "true north" regarding their customers, their users and their principles. Just stumbling around.
march 2018
GraphQL at Braintree
Interesting overview of how Braintree evaluated and ultimately chose to use GraphQL for their published API's.

> The previously mentioned benefits would be enough to make a reasonable case for adopting GraphQL on their own. Our biggest surprise, however, was how perfectly suited GraphQL is for powering an orchestration layer.
> GraphQL forces you to cleanly separate logic for retrieving data from logic that composes this data and presents it to the user. You write code for the former and your GraphQL framework handles the latter.

Also highlights challenges they had. Good read.
march 2018
#deletefacebook | TechCrunch
Already did that, a while ago. By the way, life without Facebook is totally fine. Go ahead, don't worry about it.
march 2018
Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach | News | The Guardian
This should surprise nobody, but I hope it does. When I was building apps on Facebook I got to see how easy it is to get this amount of data from people. It’s shockingly simple.
march 2018
D3 Graph Theory
Learn all about graph theory!

> D3 Graph Theory is project aimed at anyone who wants to learn graph theory. It provides quick and interactive introduction to the subject. The visuals used in the project makes it an effective learning tool.

Well done, step-by-step way to understand a complex topic.
march 2018
Functions | Netlify
It’s interesting to see how [JAMstack](https://jamstack.org) development is evolving and this feature from Netlify to build AWS Lambda functions right into your site deployment is really interesting.
march 2018
A Day in the Life of MARLON BUNDO
This is a brilliant response to the other Marlon Bundo book from Last Week Tonight. 👏
march 2018
How to Read the Internet
If you are curious about how I read and find information online, read this article from Robin Rendle. I get a tremendous amount of value from my feed reader. And I love that there is no profit generating algorithm in between me and my sources. 👍
march 2018
RedisGraph: A High Performance In-Memory Graph Database as a Redis Module
I have a lot of admiration for [Redis](https://redislabs.com) and the solutions around it. I did some light coding with Redis and it is very easy to understand and use. This new module system to make Redis more extensible sounds interesting. Here is a graph database built in Redis.

> RedisGraph is a graph database developed from scratch on top of Redis, using the new Redis Modules API to extend Redis with new commands and capabilities. Its main features include: - Simple, fast indexing and querying - Data stored in RAM, using memory-efficient custom data structures - On disk persistence - Tabular result sets - Simple and popular graph query language (Cypher) - Data Filtering, Aggregation and ordering
march 2018
How The World Forgot To Sleep
The book [Why We Sleep](https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501144316/), referenced here, is on my list to read (Tammy read it a while back). I’ve learned to respect sleep. I also routinely take [REM Caps](https://www.hammernutrition.com/products/recovery/rem-caps/), which are a mix of melatonin and 5HTP, both also referenced in this article. Being more mindful of our sleep patterns is a good idea. 😴
march 2018
Site Reliability Engineering: 4 Things to Know
Four key points to understanding the Site Reliability Engineer role and how it relates with DevOps and Cloud.
march 2018
Ichiro Suzuki's return to the Seattle Mariners won't resolve his internal battle
Endearing exploration of the routines of Ichiro. If you build your existence around one thing, this is what it looks like. ⚾️
march 2018
How Atlassian moved Jira and Confluence users to Amazon Web Services, and what it learned along the way – GeekWire
I was a customer of Atlassian and felt the problems they had in their single-tennant VPS environment. We couldn't wait for it to get fixed and ultimately moved it in-house, but it’s good to hear that they have made a full transition into the cloud. It also sounds like they evolved the solution to work better in the cloud. Hat tip to [Peter Zaballos](https://meaningfulfailure.com) for the link.
march 2018
DIY Wall Display | DAKboard
This would be such a fun project. Love how it looks and seems like it would be easy enough to build. 🤔
march 2018
John Carlis
John Carlis was the Dean of Undergraduate Studies when I was in the Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. I took Lisp from John, and on several occasions we got a chance to catch up. He was an amazing professor and human being. Sadly the last time I saw him was at [John Riedl's funeral](https://www.thingelstad.com/2013/goodbye-to-my-friend-john-riedl/). Also see [In Memoriam: John Carlis](https://www.cs.umn.edu/news/memoriam-john-carlis).
march 2018
The New Best Engineer | Honeycomb
This is an exceptionally true sentiment…

> As the size and sprawl and complexity of our systems skyrockets, many of us are finding that the most valuable skill sets sit at the intersection of two or more disciplines.

… and more …

> You don’t need to know how to do everything under the sun. You do need to have respect for all the other disciplines that enhance your own and make your job possible, and vice versa.

This is absolutely the write way to think of being on a technology **team**.
march 2018
Checklist for Checklists - Project Check
Fabulous Checklist for ensuring that your Checklist is a good Checklist! Check! ✔
march 2018
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