Open, Closed, and Privacy – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
I do have to agree with this argument.

> In short, encryption is viable for the public at scale precisely because Apple controls everything: clients on both ends, and the server in the middle. It’s the same story with WhatsApp or any of the other encrypted messaging services: being closed makes end-to-end encryption actually usable at scale.

Nobody has successfully implemented solid encryption with an open standard.

By the way, I don't use Google or Facebook products and I have a very effective engagement with the web and other humans. These solutions are optional.

> Google, of course, knows one’s every search, for many people their every email, and thanks to the company’s ad network, control of Chrome and Google analytics, and, of course Android, pretty much everything else one does online. Facebook’s knowledge is slightly less broad but arguably deeper: your friends, your interests — both stated and revealed — and thanks to its ‘Like’ button, your web activity as well.

I hadn't considered this last point.

> Specifically, if an emphasis on privacy and the non-leakage of data is a priority, it follows that the platforms that already exist will be increasingly entrenched. And, if those platforms will be increasingly entrenched, then the more valuable might regulation be that ensures an equal playing field on top of those platforms. The reality is that an emphasis on privacy will only increase the walls on those gardens; it may be fruitful to rule out the possibility of unfair expansion.

Essentially those that hoarded as much data as possible early on gain a permanent advantage. Yuck. 🤮
april 2018
Introspect Yourself - Daniel Gross
This is great. Always focus on improvement. Get a little better everyday, and magic happens. 👍
april 2018
dumber phone - nomasters
I have long advocated that you need to be very conscientious of the applications that you put on your phone. Those applications are with you all the time. Be mindful of that.

> Smart phones are useful, but they are also incredibly addictive, and that addiction is at the epicenter of Silicon Valley’s effort to grab an ever increasing percentage of our minds. In that a substance or behavior controls us, it becomes our master, and that just won’t do.

I like many of the recommendations made in this article.
april 2018
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: Everything you need to know! — iMore
This is one of Tyler and my favorite games for the Wii U, and I’m pretty excited to see that the Switch version will support cooperative play. That is a great add for kids and parents or siblings to play together with.
april 2018
Peter Stern: A Birthday Note for my Daughter | LinkedIn
I have had the pleasure of meeting [Peter Stern](https://www.linkedin.com/in/iampeter/) on a few occasions. We first met when he was CTO of Datek, which was one of the early firms to bring trading to the masses, and also one of the first customers of BigCharts. Even after Peter and team sold Datek to Ameritrade, I had the great pleasure of having dinner with him in New York. Peter has a mind that devours any topic in front of it. This letter he wrote for his daughter recommending the book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari is a strong recommendation, but not just of this book.

> History, philosophy, religion, biology, economics, linguistics, law, evolutionary biology, behavioral economics, topics I don’t even know how to explain. Tens of thousands of pages I read. Many of these books were unrewarding and were left on a stoop before you were born or simply tossed. The ones that are worth reading still line our bookshelves, with a few exceptions. Some books were really good, but your mother found their titles upsetting, awkward, or difficult to explain to guests. Those also got left on stoops. Sorry about that. You can ask me about them if you really want to know.

This is a recommendation to be a lifelong learner and to always be curious.
april 2018
How to Write a Thank-You Note - The Morning News
I believe that sharing a sincere Thank You with individuals at your office can be very impactful. I've received some, and it always generates a very positive feeling in me. I try to write them to individuals, but writing them can be hard. This article is specifically about writing a Thank You note for a gift, but I think the learnings can apply to a note to a colleague as well. 🎁

This article also highlights how poorly I executed the Thank You cards I sent when I graduated high school. I put all the gifts in a AppleWorks database, and then used mail merge to print them on my dot-matrix printer. To make it even worse, I actually put "Thank You for the $20." if people gave me cash. 🤦‍♂️
april 2018
Majority of teens worry about school shootings, and so do most parents | Pew Research Center
57% of teens are either very or somewhat worried about a shooting happening in their school. This should stand as an indictment on us in charge that we haven't done anything meaningful to make our kids feel safe in school.
april 2018
Titus, the Netflix container management platform, is now open source
Another major piece of software open sourced by Netflix.

> Over the last three years, Titus evolved initially from supporting batch use cases, to running services applications (both internal, and ultimately critical customer-facing). Through that evolution, container use at Netflix has grown from thousands of containers launched per week to as many as three million containers launched per week in April 2018. Titus hosts thousands of applications globally over seven regionally isolated stacks across tens of thousands of EC2 virtual machines. The open-sourcing of Titus shares the resulting technology assembled through three years of production learnings in container management and execution.

april 2018
Jeff Bezos 2018 Letter to Shareholders
Bezos annual shareholder letters aren't as well known as Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway ones, but they are very spirited and go back to Amazon's core values. This Prime milestone is amazing.

> 13 years post-launch, we have exceeded 100 million paid Prime members globally. In 2017 Amazon shipped more than five billion items with Prime worldwide, and more new members joined Prime than in any previous year – both worldwide and in the U.S.

Also on AWS:

> AWS has also accelerated its pace of innovation – especially in new areas such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and serverless computing. In 2017, AWS announced more than 1,400 significant services and features…

I’m amazed that the pace of change at AWS is increasing as it has scaled up. I think it may be the first example in existence of a software platform that moved faster as it got larger.
april 2018
How I Use: Search in Mail on macOS — MyProductiveMac
Mail on macOS has more powerful search capabilities than you think. I also know Outlook does very similar things. Knowing how your mail client tokenizes searches can be very powerful.
april 2018
Be a Deletist
An attempt to coin a word to refer to the act of deleting or expiring content on third party platforms. I've tried to do this on Twitter for a while using [TweetDelete](https://www.tweetdelete.net), which never seems to get tweets deleted for me anymore. It’s an interesting concept but I would always assume that nothing is deleted. All of these third party platforms may hide the content, but they certainly don't delete it.
april 2018
The Diary of a Settler of Catan - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Funny read for anyone that plays Catan, or even those that don't. 😊
april 2018
How to Use Static Type Checking in Python 3.6 – Adam Geitgey – Medium
Perhaps now some of the type safety arguments can be put to rest for Python? This is a good add, and I like the syntax.
april 2018
Palantir Knows Everything About You
Interesting article that highlights Palantir, a company that originally started by servicing defense and government functions, and the spying it can enable.

This tidbit was amazing to me, but made sense when I thought about it for a while. Combine municipal camera systems with this facial data from drivers license and you can monitor people at scale.

> Tapping databases of driver’s license and ID photos, law enforcement agencies can now identify more than half the population of U.S. adults.

We are dealing with systems that will change how we behave -- constantly being surveilled.

> JPMorgan’s experience remains instructive. “The world changed when it became clear everyone could be targeted using Palantir,” says a former JPMorgan cyber expert who worked with Cavicchia at one point on the insider threat team. “Nefarious ideas became trivial to implement; everyone’s a suspect, so we monitored everything. It was a pretty terrible feeling.”

I've read a bit about how companies are using video feeds along with machine learning to monitor employees. I’m guessing that is all very entry level and basic compared to what state of the art is.
april 2018
Drafts 5: The MacStories Review – MacStories
An incredibly detailed, almost book-length review of the new version of Drafts. Drafts is one of those iOS apps that scales down and up. You can use it very simply to capture text quickly, as well as build incredibly powerful workflows around it. If you find yourself wishing for a powerful way to deal with snippets of text, this review will help you understand what Drafts can do.
april 2018
Training Partners | superteam
My friend Jim writing about running with his running group, and with his Dad. Made me want to go out and run. 🏃‍♂️
april 2018
For Everyone - PagerDuty Security Training
PagerDuty is making their internal security training available to everyone. Cool idea and a great way to give back.
april 2018
Whimsical | The Visual Workspace
Very impressive collaborative flowchart tool. This seems like it would have a lot of potential.
april 2018
A serverless open-source solution to run a status page. It’s a little simple as-is, but this is something that a serverless structure could make more sense for.
april 2018
Facebook Uses Artificial Intelligence to Predict Your Future Actions for Advertisers, Says Confidential Document
Oh great, another vector that Facebook can use to monetize you, based on things you haven't even done yet.
april 2018
Opinion | Don’t Fix Facebook. Replace It. - The New York Times
This article caught my attention because the author is [Tim Wu](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Wu). Wu wrote [The Master Switch](https://www.amazon.com/Master-Switch-Rise-Information-Empires/dp/0307390993/), which is still one of my favorite books to understand net neutrality and the attempts over many years to achieve vertically integrated media companies.
april 2018
How to give feedback effectively: A guide for managers — Quartz at Work
Five very good aspects to keep in mind to give better feedback. Good advice for any person manager, and in fact, anybody in the workplace.
april 2018
Highlights from CodeDay 2018 Minneapolis & Toronto at SPS Commerce | SPS Commerce
We have hosted CodeDay two years now at SPS, and this year we expanded to Toronto. Check out the video, this is a great way for us to give back to the communities we are in. 🙌
april 2018
Stream | API for Scalable News Feeds & Activity Streams
Interesting service to be the back end of activity streams for various products. I don't know that I've seen a product put code snippets right on their front page! They know who their audience is.
april 2018
Instagram Looks Like Facebook’s Best Hope - Bloomberg
Remember, Instagram == Facebook.

> Most Instagram users are unaware of all this. The service is widely seen as an escape from Facebook, so Instagram has to tread carefully to protect the app’s reputation.

If your concern with Facebook is privacy, Instagram isn't a place to solve that. If your issue with Facebook is something else than maybe it’s fine. I'd recommend using something like [micro.blog](https://micro.blog) to publish your own photos.
april 2018
Wavelength for Micro.blog | Manton Reece
I really like what Manton Reece is doing around micro.blog, and now pulling in a native podcasting capability opens up another avenue for people to express themselves independent of big tech platforms. 🎧
april 2018
The best text editor for macOS – The Sweet Setup
I’m sticking with [Sublime Text](https://www.sublimetext.com/) as my editor of choice but it is interesting to read about [Atom](https://atom.io/) and it’s model for extensibility. I agree with this writeup about [BBEdit](https://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/). It is historically great, but if you don't know it I don't think I would be investing in learning it due to the lack of extensibility. ⌨️
april 2018
Johnny Cash: American Recordings Album Review | Pitchfork
I so distinctly remember getting this CD when I was in college and being instantly transfixed by it. 🎶

> Cash is listening. He thinks Rubin wears clothes that “would have done a wino proud,” but he likes his individualism, and he knows that his own back is against the wall. So he goes to the hills above the Sunset Strip. He sits down in Rubin’s living room and plays songs that mean something to him, just him and his guitar, and Rubin rolls the tape. In three days, they’ve got north of 30 songs. Cowboy songs, folk songs, and old songs figure heavily. You know, songs about God, murder, trains, and everything else that makes America.

I loved reading the back story on this. I think the amazing thing about the Cash / Rubin collaboration is it cemented Johnny Cash concretely in multiple generations. How many artists ever do that? Not many.
april 2018
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
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