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Map of Metal
This is amazing! 🤟 My metal residency lies squarely in Thrash Metal according to this map, and some side trips to Industrial Metal. 🎧 That makes sense with Speed Metal and Original Hardcore Punk being the contributors to Thrash. Independent of the content this is incredibly well done way to present a complex topic. I love how it embeds YouTube videos for the songs too. Also note how time is represented so well! 👍👏
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5 weeks ago
Is GraphQL The Future? - Artsy Engineering
A call to consider GraphQL in a bigger-picture context.

> It lets you model the resources and processes provided by a server as a domain-specific language (DSL). Clients can use it to send scripts written in your DSL to the server to process and respond to as a batch.

I hadn't considered the connections the author is making here, but they seem valid and extend the way you can build on GraphQL in very novel ways.
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5 weeks ago
You Can’t Handle the Truth About Facebook Ads, New Harvard Study Shows
Interesting study suggesting the ads become less effective when people understand the data tracking informing the ad. As I read this I wondered if this is maybe the same part of our decision process that turns people away from foods that have “imitation” or “artificial” prominent in the packaging. Do we see overly complex delivery systems as not being genuine?

Also, I’m so tired of ad industry representatives justifying a complete disregard of privacy and intrusive surveillance tactics under the guise of “people want **relevant** advertising”. This is a poorly formed bit of verbal jujitsu to get us to try and think people want to be surveilled?
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5 weeks ago
The 3 Things Employees Really Want: Career, Community, Cause
I like the easy to remember "C's" in this article and can see that being a good way to communicate to your team as well as when hiring. Organizations and leaders should have solid, clear messages on all three of these.

The discussion about Millennials to me feels off though. I would suggest the weighting of different values is more connected to where a person is in their lifespan, not about the generation of their birth. Cause, which I would suggest is closely connected to the "Why?", grows in importance with age. I believe that's true for Baby Boomers, Gen X/Y and Millennials.
5 weeks ago
Google AI Blog: Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone
The audio examples and natural language of Google Duplex is amazing. Almost too good. Separately, how long will it take telemarketers to drop their costs further by just having the machines do it all? 🤨
5 weeks ago
Against Facebook
This is a powerful and comprehensive essay targeted at Facebook, but applies to all social media. The description given below is a great definition of the [addictive software patterns I've written about](https://www.thingelstad.com/2018/identify-addictive-application-patterns/).

> These gadgets are designed to create a “supernormal stimulus,” that is, a stimulus that produces a stronger than natural response. We can even internalize the supernormal stimulus—an example is the “phantom vibrate” we sometimes feel in our pocket when no vibration occurs. In the case of social media, the supernormal stimulus is used to exploit our response to novelty in order to elicit a behavior that works in the interests of the social media provider.

I found this characterization of sharing jarring, and insightful.

> Over time, these platforms transform us all into unpaid advertising agencies. We promote goods, services, lifestyles and desires to our friends, weaponizing images to generate feelings of jealousy and FOMO amongst our peers during those idle moments when they feel most bored.

This might be one of the most succinct characterizations of the end-state of social media platforms.

> As a result, we end up building relationships to the platform — not to each other.

This is a long but well written thought piece on social platforms, and a very complete index of reasons to disengage from Facebook.
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5 weeks ago
Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Advice on Borrowing Money and Getting Financial Freedom
I've enjoyed reading Taleb's books. You can see his personality in this short Q&A.
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5 weeks ago
The Subtle Sexism Of Your Open Plan Office
I’m a big proponent of open office spaces, but have not considered potential gender issues in an open office space. This reminded me of the [inclusivity objectives of the new Github's office](https://work.qz.com/1267108/githubs-refurbished-san-francisco-headquarters-is-designed-for-inclusivity/).
5 weeks ago
Apple, Influence, and Ive
In depth interview with Jony Ive and the creation story of the Apple Watch. The beginning of the article is gushing description of Apple Park as well. Hodinkee is a publishing for watch aficionados, which most are probably also design aficionados. Ive comes across as a very straightforward and uncomplicated person.
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5 weeks ago
We’re in the Uncanny Valley of Targeted Advertising | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF calls out Facebooks use of AI in it’s targeting systems. It’s notable that everything written here could be applied to Google as well.

> The concern that you’re being surveilled persists, essentially, because you are being surveilled…

Good call to action for running your own tools to defend against this [pervasive surveillance](http://crackedlabs.org/en/corporate-surveillance).
5 weeks ago
iOS 11.4 to Disable USB Port After 7 Days: What It Means for Mobile Forensics | ElcomSoft blog
This seems like a way to keep an entire array of security vectors away from iOS devices:

> The functionality of USB Restricted Mode is actually very simple. Once the iPhone or iPad is updated to the latest version of iOS supporting the feature, the device will disable the USB data connection over the Lightning port one week after the device has been last unlocked.

Big win for securing and protecting your data. 👏
5 weeks ago
I Committed To An Email-Free Morning For 5 Days, Here’s What I Learned
This is **exactly** me. 🤦‍♂️

> Full disclosure: I don’t do morning routines. The only thing I do every day is groggily roll over in bed when my alarm goes off and check my email. According to everything I’ve ever read on the subject, it’s just about the worst thing you can do for your productivity–and I was starting to feel like those articles were right.

I've done that for 15 years or longer. I've done that for as long as I can remember waking up. And like the author, I know that isn't a good thing. Good read to encourage considering a change of habit.🤔
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5 weeks ago
Exclusive: Android P is Google’s most ambitious update in years - The Verge
The time spent metrics and tools to limit engagement with certain applications are nice additions to Android. I'd like to see iOS do something similar.
5 weeks ago
Reaching Peak Meeting Efficiency – Learning By Shipping
This is a near treatise on the topic of meetings. I like the enumerations of issues with meetings, types of meetings, types of meeting dysfunctions. I also like the enumeration of successful meetings: Shared goals, Agreed schedule, Consistent participation, and Predictable processes.
5 weeks ago
12 Manager READMEs from Silicon Valley’s Top Tech Companies
Another article on manager readme's or user manuals. I continue to find this an interesting thing but I've never attempted to write one for myself. I like that this has a number of real examples.
5 weeks ago
Retrobatch Public Beta
New software from the maker of Acorn. If you deal with a good amount of image manipulation this looks like a very powerful way to build workflows to make those processes much easier.
5 weeks ago
6 things I’ve learned in my first 6 months using serverless
Good read on one organizations path to serverless and the lessons learned along the way. I really like the end state.
5 weeks ago
Introducing Watchtower 2.0: The turret becomes a castle - AgileBits Blog
The ability to proactively notify you of compromised accounts and unacceptable security risks is a wonderful side benefit of 1Password moving into the cloud. Watchtower is one of my favorite features of 1Password now. It helps me manage my risk and increase my families security. My ask? I want Watchtower to allow me as an admin to run reports on everyone in my families accounts.
5 weeks ago
Three-day no-meeting schedule for engineers – Pinterest Engineering – Medium
Another data point on the [Manager v. Maker time](http://paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html) topic. I like that this article has some survey data as well, and allows for a hybrid. My main takeaway from these is that being deliberate about your time is important. Manage and plan your time to align with your objectives for each day.
5 weeks ago
Home - Ballerina.io
A cloud native programming language? 🤷‍♂️
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5 weeks ago
Sublime Text 3.1 Released —sublimehq
My favorite text editor gets a nice bump.
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6 weeks ago
Nest Cam vs. WyzeCam: Clash of the connected cameras — iMore
I’m amazed at how good the WyzeCam did at a fraction of the cost! 🙄
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6 weeks ago
GitHub's refurbished San Francisco headquarters is designed for inclusivity — Quartz at Work
The pictures of this space look amazing. I love the light walls. This is the first I have heard of a company considering their diversity objectives in space layout, and it makes a lot of sense. 🤔
6 weeks ago
When Your Employees Post Passwords Online — Krebs on Security
Services that offer both private and public functions can easily leak private information out.

> KrebsOnSecurity spent the past week using Google to discover unprotected personal Trello boards that listed employer passwords and other sensitive data.

The Uber example is not rare. A solution to this is to write small jobs to insure compliance with your security and governance processes.
6 weeks ago
Lessons from Building Static Analysis Tools at Google | April 2018 | Communications of the ACM
The _Lessons_ and _Conclusions_ section of this are most interesting. The rest is worth scanning for interesting sections. The lessons are applicable to any type of process that you want to add to a coding workflow.
6 weeks ago
Leveraging Log Streaming to Build the Best Dashboards, Ever
Nice post by Target outlining how they leverage streaming log activity. Includes samples.
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6 weeks ago
Amazon launches kid-focused Prime Book Box subscription
New subscription service from Amazon.

> After signing up for the service, you'll create a profile for your child to ensure they get the books best suited for them. Books you're offered are based on your kid's age, and all of the titles are handpicked by Amazon Books editors.

Once Amazon knows your kids and their ages (plus whatever other data) they can also market you with all sorts of other parent purchases.
6 weeks ago
Custom domains on GitHub Pages gain support for HTTPS
This is a great add to GitHub Pages! There are so many sites running on this and they can now be made secure. I just wish they defaulted it to on!
6 weeks ago
Anatomy of a Program in Memory | Many But Finite
These days we tend to spend most of our computer time far away from the hardware. I find it fun to dive into the occasional article that goes into detail on how the computer in your lap or in your hand works at a very low level. 🎓
6 weeks ago
WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook - The Washington Post
I don't think there is going to be a line of people forming to feel bad for Koum and his $19 billion dollars that he got from selling. It is incredibly naïve if they felt that selling to Facebook was going to continue the strong privacy and encryption stance that WhatsApp historically had.
6 weeks ago
Home | Automation Orchard
Comprehensive resource for automation tools.
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6 weeks ago
Fortnite: Everything you need to know! | iMore
Fortnite isn't my kind of game, but it’s coming to IOS and if you are curious what all the excitement is about this gives a little primer.
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6 weeks ago
Bezos: A CEO Who Can Write – Monday Note
Jean-Louis Gassée (one of the former Apple CEOs) giving a recap of the 21 years of Jeff Bezos shareholder letters.
6 weeks ago
Unlearning toxic behaviors in a code review culture
Nicely put together list of Do's and Don'ts for conducting code reviews in a way that helps and improves your culture. This is a topic more should be written about. Reviewing someone else's work without regard has a lot of downside potential.
7 weeks ago
Incident Management at Netflix Velocity [video]
I like the stated goals of incident management: Short, Unique, and Never Forget. I've seen many incident management processes and I don't know that many of them state their goals up front. They are often assumed. They also enumerate the strategies for those goals: Engagement, Communication, Coordination, and Memorialization. I like the clarity of goal versus strategy. Often times communication is stated as a goal, not a strategy, of incident management. 👍
7 weeks ago
CRISPR-Cas9 Improved 10,000-Fold by Synthetic Nucleotides | GEN
After reading [A Crack in Creation](http://www.acrackincreation.com) I continue to find updates on CRISPR interesting to follow. CRISPR seems like an incredible technology.
7 weeks ago
The Numbers Behind WeWork’s Growing Empire - Bloomberg
This doesn't read like a healthy company. CEO Adam Neumann has 65% of the voting shares, and in the last two years has paid $9.8 million in leases to properties owned by officers and affiliates of the company, with $90 million in future lease payments. Meanwhile the companies costs are rising faster than revenue. 220,000 members with 251,000 desks? I would think they would have more subscribers than desks.
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7 weeks ago
The Best VPN Service: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
[VPN](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_network) services used to be the domain business alone but with more focus on privacy, less trust of the providers that bring us our connectivity, and more security issues I know a lot of people are buying their own VPN services. This is the most comprehensive and researched view of VPN services I've seen to date. I personally use [Enrypt.me](https://encrypt.me) which is bundled in with [Eero Plus](https://eero.com/plus), but I have had a number of issues with it.
7 weeks ago
Inside Nintendo's secretive creative process | Games | The Guardian
The headline is a bit overstated, but this is a little peak into how Nintendo approaches creating new game experiences.

> “We have the software team and the hardware team working very closely together,” elaborates Takahashi.

I think you could write a near clone of this article for Apple. I love the hiring emphasis to focus on people that have put continued diligence on a project over years, independent of the outcome.
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7 weeks ago
Humans broke the internet, understanding them better might help fix it — SAGE Ocean | Big Data, New Tech, Social Science
Pretty accurate description of some of the promises of the Internet and the reality.

> This great leveler of opportunity has resulted in some of the most overweening monopolies the world has ever seen. This medium of unfettered self-expression has delivered oppressive surveillance and invasions of privacy of a kind that were previously the sole preserve of police states. This enabler of a better informed, more engaged citizenry has instead come to be seen as subverting democracy itself.

This article advocates to being more social science to the technology of the internet. It certainly can’t help, but it’s hard to see how that is going to address the advertising biased attention economy.
7 weeks ago
Event Sourcing made Simple – Kickstarter Engineering
This is one of the most approachable descriptions of Event Sourcing and the key concepts behind it I have ever read. The animated diagrams help as well. Kickstarter’s specific implementation is very Rails and ActiveRecord heavy, but shows a lightweight application of the concepts.
7 weeks ago
Stack Overflow Isn't Very Welcoming. It's Time for That to Change. - Stack Overflow Blog
Even in my casual use of Stack Overflow I have come across some of the abrasive culture items noted in this post from their EVP of Culture and Experience, Jay Hanlon. This is a good statement of the problem and where they are starting. The whole time I read it I kept thinking how incredibly hard it is to build community on the Internet. Your average community in the real world seems to trend to nice, but online seems to trend the other way.
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7 weeks ago
Moment: Gear and Travel Company for Mobile Photography | Moment
Many of the snap on lenses for iPhones are cheap and make your photos look worse. I've heard very good things about these from multiple people. I haven't bought them, but if I did get snap on lenses for my phone these are the ones I would get. 📸
7 weeks ago
Stop Using 6-Digit iPhone Passcodes - Motherboard
I've always used a 6-digit PIN (once that option came out), but this article made me consider that with TouchID I now don't need to use my PIN nearly as much, and the added security of an alphanumeric passcode is worth the trouble. I've switched all my devices to use a strong password now. 🔐
7 weeks ago
1Blocker X for iOS Review
1Blocker is my preferred way of managing my privacy and protecting myself while browsing the web. This new version is a solid upgrade.
7 weeks ago
Micro.blog: Providing Control Of Your Online Life
I love to see micro.blog getting more coverage as a viable option for easy publishing online.
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7 weeks ago
Journaling is Boss Mode Thinking — MyProductiveMac
I can see the potential for this type of benefit.

> I find the practice of long-form journaling helps my brain to organise itself and tell me how it really feels! … My journal is where I get the chance to sit down with my brain and let it talk to me, to write/type whatever I”m feeling at the time.

I've never stuck a journaling habit, but it’s one I'd like to build at some point.
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7 weeks ago
0x74696d | Software Defined Culture, Part 0
A manifesto for how technology teams should operate.
7 weeks ago
mermaid · GitBook
A plain-text markdown option for diagrams and flowcharts. This seems to miss the ethos of markdown also being readable as plaintext, but interesting to peek at.
7 weeks ago
Jaron Lanier Interview on What Went Wrong With the Internet
I think it would be amazing to have dinner with [Jaron Lanier](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaron_Lanier). He is incredibly articulate and has thought deeply about how technology impacts our social lives. In this interview Lanier reflects on Silicon Valley and "Big Tech", specifically hitting on the social platforms. He points directly at the economic model of ad driven platforms as the cause for much of the problems of social media.

> And there’s only one way to merge the two things, which is what we call the advertising model, where everything’s free but you pay for it by selling ads. But then because the technology gets better and better, the computers get bigger and cheaper, there’s more and more data — what started out as advertising morphed into continuous behavior modification on a mass basis, with everyone under surveillance by their devices and receiving calculated stimulus to modify them.

Continued…

> Because as long as you have advertising, you have this perverse incentive to make it manipulative. You can’t have a behavior-modification machine with advertisers and have anything ethical; it’s not possible. You could get away with it barely with television because television wasn’t as effective at modifying people. But this, there’s no ethical way to have advertising.

Lanier's position on social media is intense, and thought provoking.

> It suggests that you’re just a cog in a giant global brain or something like that. The rhetoric from the companies is often about AI, that what they’re really doing — like YouTube’s parent company, Google, says what they really are is building the giant global brain that’ll inherit the earth and they’ll upload you to that brain and then you won’t have to die. It’s very, very religious in the rhetoric. And so it’s turning into this new religion, and it’s a religion that doesn’t care about you. It’s a religion that’s completely lacking in empathy or any kind of personal acknowledgment. And it’s a bad religion. It’s a nerdy, empty, sterile, ugly, useless religion that’s based on false ideas. And I think that of all of the things, that’s the worst thing about it.

A worthwhile and thought provoking read.
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7 weeks ago
Why I love editing video on iPad — and how it could still be a lot better — iMore
Some interesting options for more advanced video editing tools on the iPad.
7 weeks ago
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. 🤮
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