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The Piggyback Guy — Rhoneisms
A very good illustration of what depression feels like from my friend Patrick Rhone. He achieves his goal of informing you what it feels like to live with depression.
june 2018
Facebook bug set 14 million users' sharing settings to public
I don’t get why anybody trusts this company or their platform. 🤷‍♂️
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june 2018
Automate Your Context - 2018 Monitorama - YouTube
[Andy Domeier](https://twitter.com/ajdomie) of #TeamSPS gave a great talk at [Monitorama](https://monitorama.com) 2018 about automating release management processes. 👏 "Ship Fast and Ship Often" is a core value for us.
june 2018
How to Organize a Working Group | Lara Hogan
I liked the structure and specificity in this how-to guide.

> “Working groups” is a hand-wavy term that can mean a lot of things; I use this term to describe a small group of people who come together with a common goal/deliverable, acting as representatives of the larger organization.

Planning this part of a working group is necessary to be successful in the outcome.
june 2018
Laziness Does Not Exist – E Price – Medium
This article is written from the position of a psychology professor understanding students, but it caught my attention and make me remember [Do The Work](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10645233-do-the-work) by Steven Pressfield as well.

> If a person’s behavior doesn’t make sense to you, it is because you are missing a part of their context. It’s that simple. I’m so grateful to Kim and their writing for making me aware of this fact. No psychology class, at any level, taught me that. But now that it is a lens that I have, I find myself applying it to all kinds of behaviors that are mistaken for signs of moral failure — and I’ve yet to find one that can’t be explained and empathized with.

I read this in the context of leadership and it is a good reminder that as a leader and manager you need to start with the assumption that people are trying to do the right thing. Most people want to do the right thing and be successful.

> People do not choose to fail or disappoint. No one wants to feel incapable, apathetic, or ineffective. If you look at a person’s action (or inaction) and see only laziness, you are missing key details. There is always an explanation. There are always barriers. Just because you can’t see them, or don’t view them as legitimate, doesn’t mean they’re not there. Look harder.

This is a great call to action for leaders. If you see a lack of progress, what might you be missing that is inhibiting that progress?
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june 2018
Performance Reviews Are a Waste of Time – Bradfield
Formal feedback mechanisms in companies are hard. I've come to think of performance reviews as an organizational insurance policy. The process and mechanism for them insures that a bare minimum of dialog is happening. I really don't know of anybody that feels that they are an effective way of leading and managing teams. I think that is summarized in the common refrain that there should be nothing new learned in a performance review.
june 2018
Microsoft Just Put a Data Center on the Bottom of the Ocean - Motherboard
This is just cool. Microsoft put a bunch of servers in a tube and put it in the ocean! 💦 They highlight that the cooling provided by the water is a big benefit, and that makes sense. In most data centers half of the energy is used to cool equipment. It’s just goofy to think of a bunch of servers floating around under the water. 🤯
june 2018
Doc Searls Weblog · What’s wrong with bots is they’re not ours
Totally agree with Doc Searls on this. I have some "bots" that work for me, and they are ridiculously helpful. They don't sell it this way, but [Sanebox](https://www.sanebox.com) is a lot like a bot for my email. Unfortunately the majority of bot investment is for corporations, not people.
june 2018
WWDC 2018: Apple Just Made Safari the Good Privacy Browser | WIRED
I 💙 Safari, and the privacy focus of Safari is a big part of it. That wasn't always the case, but over the last few years Apple has started to lead and even use this as a leading feature. I use Safari with [1Blocker](https://1blocker.com) and [Ghostery](https://www.ghostery.com), as well with all privacy settings set high. These additional features will be great!
june 2018
The Secret Reason that Development Teams Struggle to Deliver On Time, On Budget, or On Scope – 7pace Blog
I think this article oversimplifies the problem, but it does highlight at least one type of problem when estimating software effort. Software teams far too often skip the planning process. Using data for planning, specifically velocity metrics, is also key. This article doesn't track the issue of progressive discovery of your requirements, which in my opinion is a bigger issue, but this is a good read nonetheless.
june 2018
Python Application Layouts: A Reference – Real Python
Nice templates for laying out a project smartly.
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june 2018
Leadership Principles
Leadership principles from the US Marine Corps. I like the lists in the "develop" side of this. If you're looking for topic areas to focus on, this would be a good place to inventory your skills and decide where to invest.
june 2018
How to be a Manager
An attempt at an overall guide to all things about managing. Expansive in scope, and certainly has some gems to pick from.
june 2018
Our management doesn’t – Serious Scrum – Medium
A guide for pushing Scrum practices into the management layer in your organization.
june 2018
AI at Google: our principles — Google
Google recently [withdrew itself from a Pentagon contract](https://mashable.com/2018/06/02/google-defense-department-project-maven-contract-not-renewed/#KFWLve1GGPqs) because of internal pressure from employees. Now the CEO of Google is framing up how they will use AI technology. We are getting into ethics here, which is a good thing. AI will force technology companies to make some hard decisions on the application. I hope we do a better job than we did with privacy.
june 2018
Introducing sole-tenant nodes for Google Compute Engine — when sharing isn’t an option — Google Cloud Platform
I’m surprised to see the big cloud providers supporting these solutions. It’s counter-cloud in many ways, but required by some anti-cloud licensing practices and challenging audit requirements.
june 2018
Intro to Graphs
Introduction to graph vocabulary and types.
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june 2018
Microsoft + GitHub = Empowering Developers — Official Microsoft Blog
Microsoft has been doing really interesting things for a while, and this acquisition of GitHub is a smart one. I honestly would have rather GitHub stay independent, but I think Microsoft will do a good job with it.
june 2018
macOS Mojave: The MacStories Overview — MacStories
Apple announced the next major release of macOS. This has all the big features in it. I don't see a lot in here though that gets me really excited. Everyone should upgrade, but it feels like polishing and not a lot of innovation.
june 2018
Apple Redesigns Mac App Store with iOS-like Editorial Focus, New Product Pages, and More — MacStories
These are good changes for the Mac App Store, and I’m glad that Apple isn't giving up on this.
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june 2018
watchOS 5: The MacStories Overview — MacStories
Overview of new features in watchOS 5. Continuing to push on fitness features. The Walkie-Talkie app looks interesting. Siri watch face improvements look great. You can see a path where Siri watch face is the main way that you interact with your watch. WebKit coming to watchOS is new, but not sure how useful that will be.
june 2018
iOS 12: The MacStories Overview — MacStories
A thorough overview of new iOS 12 features announced at WWDC. The new Shortcuts app tells us what Apple had in mind when it bought Workflow. The new Screen Time features are a very welcome addition both for personal and family use.
june 2018
A bright future for GitHub — GitHub
GitHub being sold from the GitHub side.
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june 2018
How Disney is turning women from across the company into coders
This is an impressive program that Disney is running to get more women into technology roles.

> The CODE in CODE: Rosie stands for Creating Opportunities for Diverse Engineers. The “Rosie” part references Rosie the Riveter, the symbol of World War II’s working women; an internal CODE Rosie logo even depicts Minnie Mouse in Rosie’s iconic rolled-up-sleeve pose. In particular, the program pays tribute to the “Rosies” who programmed the U.S. Army’s pioneering ENIAC computer back in the 1940s.

It is impressive in its scope and I admire the approach. A program like this could make a difference. 🤔
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june 2018
Kubernetes won – so now what? – James Governor's Monkchips
Definitely where Kubernetes should be focusing now.
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june 2018
Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018 | Pew Research Center
A lot of data on where teens are spending their time online. I don't join the chorus of marketers seeking to follow "what the kids are doing" all over the place. Look at the platforms used. It worries me that it’s all self-absorbed, mind-numbing, ["amusing ourselves to death"](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/74034.Amusing_Ourselves_to_Death) social media. Given the world in our pocket, this is what we do? 🤦‍♂️
june 2018
Microsoft has leapfrogged Alphabet to become the world's third most valuable company — Quartz
Under Nadella's leadership Microsoft is doing interesting things. In the last 2 years the market has taken note.
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june 2018
Lambda Cambridge - How Scrum disempowers developers (and destroys agile)
Interesting point, contrarian to most of my experience, but worth a read anyway. It’s good to read these views and see if any of it resonates with how you do agile/scrum in your team.
june 2018
Follow the CAPEX: Separating the Clowns from the Clouds – Platformonomics
Capital spending by cloud providers is a reasonably good metric for their growth and investment in the future.

> As I keep repeating, CAPEX is both a prerequisite to play in the big boy cloud and confirmation of customer success. Both IBM and Oracle are tens of billions of dollars in cloud infrastructure CAPEX behind Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

The amount that major cloud providers spend on capital is amazing. This article looks at the next rung of cloud providers to see how they compare.
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june 2018
OmniFocus 3 for iPhone and iPad — MacSparky
David Sparks authored the [OmniFocus Video Field Guide](https://www.macsparky.com/omnifocus/) which transformed in fabulous ways how I use OmniFocus. Sparks is my "guru" when it comes to OmniFocus so of course his writeup is interesting.
june 2018
Impressions of OmniFocus 3 – Releasing May 30 on iOS – Kourosh Dini
Kuorosh Dini is a Zen Master of Getting Things Done, and does it all with OmniFocus. His take is a must read on OmniFocus as well. His book on [Creating Flow with OmniFocus](https://gumroad.com/l/creating_flow_with_omnifocus) is great too.
june 2018
What to consider when choosing colors for data visualization | Chartable
I think color, and it’s implied meaning, is often overlooked in data visualization. In some industries color has encoded meaning that you have to follow.
june 2018
Internet Trends Report 2018
Mary Meeker's Internet Trend reports are things of legend now. At 294 slides there is a lot here, as always. Interesting observations:

* 5.9 hours spent online per day. Up from 2.7 in 2008 and 5.6 just last year. Wondering where all your time went? There it is.
* There are 450 million WiFi networks. Wow! Turns out IPv4 lasted longer than we ever thought. 😳
* China has 500 million mobile payment users.
* There are over 30 million Amazon Echo devices out there.
* You are worth $34/year to Facebook.
* E-commerce is 13% of all retail sales.
* Alibaba is clearly an Internet giant that most in the US have little knowledge of.
* Flexibility is most desired benefit employees seek.
* Time spent on social media alone, 135 minutes/day.

This is all worth a couple of times through.
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june 2018
OmniFocus 3 Review: More Approachable and Powerful, All at Once – MacStories
It’s OmniFocus 3 release week and I’m a huge user of OmniFocus. Of course MacStories has a very in-depth writeup on it. This is a great overview for people upgrading, but also very good if you are looking for a better task management tool.
june 2018
5 easy ways you can help WikiTribune – WikiTribune
I was really excited about WikiTribune when it first launched but lost enthusiasm with the way they were running. Now Jimmy Wales has flipped it inside out and made it a wiki, which is what I think most people thought it would be to start with! This project is interesting again, but I also wonder how the new level of fake news can be dealt with in a platform for news that is a straight wiki.
june 2018
7 Tips to Overcome Fear of Failure in Business - Toggl Blog
The last two of these resonated with me. It’s a good topic to think about and determine how to manage, particularly for managers and leaders.
june 2018
The mesh of trust: A public key infrastructure for eero networks - The Download
What Eero is doing here seems really interesting.

> To recap, we’ve added a public key infrastructure to every eero network capable of operating in isolation from the global internet’s TLS system.

That PKI infrastructure on your wireless routers could support improved security for a number of things in your home. It will be fun to see where they go with this.
june 2018
Daring Fireball: 10 Strikes and You’re Out — the iOS Feature You’re Probably Not Using But Should
I've always been scared of this feature for exactly the reason Gruber highlights -- kids putting the wrong code in. Now that I understand the delays I've enabled it on my phone.
june 2018
9 Common Email Signature Mistakes You Want To Avoid – SaneBox Blog
How to make sure the lowly email signature is getting the right attention.
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may 2018
Halide: One Year Later – Halide
Halide is the only 3rd party camera app that I have consistently kept using. The writeup on the development of Halide is a good read, as well as the 2nd half of the article focused on the business of making Halide.
may 2018
The deceptively complex world of calendar events and RRULEs
I've hand crafted iCalendar (`.ics`) files, and it’s amazing how much complexity there is in this specification. This is an interesting read to either amaze you with the complexity, or fill you with fear to run away if you ever need to produce these.
may 2018
Anker PowertPort Solar 21-Watt Charger — Tools and Toys
I like Anker's products and this would be fun to have just because.
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may 2018
Retrobatch
New Mac application that allows you to automate image manipulation in very powerful ways. If you regularly need to create process images through multiple steps this app can save you time.
may 2018
The ultimate Bill Gates book recommendation list — Quartz
Bill Gates reads a lot, and he regularly recommends books. Quartz put them all in one place for easy reference. 📚
may 2018
WordPress at 15 | Matt Mullenweg
15 years of making the Internet a better place. 👏
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may 2018
China's social credit system blocked people taking 11 million flights - Business Insider
China creating an "extra-legal" system to punish people outside of the typical legal system. This is empowered by connected data.

> Since the debtor list was first created, state-media reports repeatedly described it as the first step toward creating a China-wide social credit score, expected in 2020.

It seems so obvious to include data taken from citizens online activity that it’s hard to believe it wouldn't be in this system already. 👀
may 2018
How digital cameras work
This is a very approachable article explaining how the digital camera on your phone or other devices works. Some interesting math and depth on how computers capture and interpolate the data from the sensors. 📷
may 2018
Why Is Your Location Data No Longer Private? — Krebs on Security
This is a long article from Krebs but it’s a great read on the real world activity happening behind net neutrality. Additionally, I feel like legislative activity in this area shows the most direct line to lobbying and money-driven votes.

> So the carriers are already reneging on their promise to customers that they won’t share location data without customer consent or a court order. But where does that leave us on net neutrality? The answer is that the major wireless carriers are already doing what was expressly prohibited under the FCC’s net neutrality rules: Favoring their own content over competitors, and letting companies gain more favorable access by paying more.

The data that we transmit when we use our mobile devices and broadband services is immensely valuable in the market. Unless legally blocked, this data will be sold. And the sellers and buyers have no interest in your privacy or anything else about protecting you. This is the same argument I often make online with free websites like Facebook. Here I find it more appalling because we all pay, in some cases a lot, for these services! We should have an expectation of privacy.

> When I first saw a Carnegie Mellon University researcher show me last week that he could look up the near-exact location of any mobile number in the United States, I sincerely believed the public would be amazed and horrified at the idea that mobile providers are sharing this real-time data with third party companies, and at the fact that those third parties in turn weren’t doing anything to prevent the abuse of their own systems.

So the tinfoil hat people saying that our mobile phones are being used to track us everywhere are right. And it turns out most people seem to not care or not understand.
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may 2018
Ghostery Email Incident Update - Ghostery
A service that works to defend users privacy, leaks users data, while communicating a change to help protect users privacy. 🤦🏼‍♂️
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may 2018
black: The uncompromising Python code formatter
Nice utility that will take your Python and format it in a very precise way.

> Black is the uncompromising Python code formatter. By using it, you agree to cede control over minutiae of hand-formatting. In return, Black gives you speed, determinism, and freedom from pycodestyle nagging about formatting. You will save time and mental energy for more important matters.

I like almost all of it but I find the closing bracket "dedenting" odd.
may 2018
We are all trapped in the “Feed” — Om on Tech
Om has the depth and breadth of experience with the web to provide this perspective. This is a good reason to opt out of “Big Tech” and it’s optimized engagement and seek out personal websites with their quirky and unexpected. I do believe that some feeds, ones that are not machine curated and in time order are fine for efficiency. For me Feedbin is that central place that connects me to the broad web. No ads or engagement metrics to satisfy, because I pay a small annual subscription for the service.
may 2018
Your Brain on Reading (Why Your Brain Needs You to Read Every Day)
I’m currently reading [Sapiens](http://www.ynharari.com/book/sapiens/) and that probably makes this post resonate with me even more, but I love all of the benefits highlighted here from reading on a consistent basis. 📚
may 2018
Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered | Barnard College
[Abby Wambach](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abby_Wambach) deliveres an amazing, inspiring call to action for the women graduating from Barnard in 2018. "BARNARD WOMEN—CLASS OF 2018—WE. ARE. THE. WOLVES."
may 2018
Don't Get Distracted
A thorough writeup on the authors experience building software used for defense purposes, and the ethical and moral dilemmas associated with it.

> Don’t get distracted by deadlines and feature requests. Think about the consequences of what you’re building. Build in safeguards to prevent misuse, or don’t build it at all because it’s too dangerous.

Technologists need to consider this as we continue to build ever more powerful capabilities.
may 2018
5 Steps to Building a Culture of Security | AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog
Some great advice on making your processes embody security objectives.
may 2018
Updating Our Technical Interview
Refining your interviewing process is a constant process. Some interesting observations and changes from thoughtbot on what they have done.
may 2018
Second Life: Rethinking Myself Through Exercise, Mindfulness, and Gratitude – MacStories
Federico Viticci is one of my favorite tech authors, and this post has plenty of that, but it’s also a reflection on how he has changed his life after a cancer diagnosis a few years ago.

> It's important to me because I can't squander this opportunity. Because life isn't like an arcade – you can't put more coins in to continue – yet somehow I was given the chance for a do-over and I failed to appreciate it at first. Now I have to make sure I can return the favor with positivity and stories that can help others.

This is a great article on its own, but is also a treasure trove of resources for people who want to use technology to make their lives better.
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may 2018
Xero reveals the impact of mammoth Amazon Web Services migration - Cloud - CRN Australia
Not much depth, but interesting highlights of Xero's migration to AWS.

> Xero also thanked the AWS migration for improving its gross margin by 81 percent.

Significant improvements and additional functionality unlocked as well.
may 2018
How I use Day One — and an aside about the differences between Bear and Day One – The Sweet Setup
I use many of the apps mentioned in this article - including Day One, Bear and Ulysses. I also add the built-in Notes app to the mix. I found it interesting to see how this person thinks about flow between those.
may 2018
Email, the Micro-Meetings Eating Our Days – 500ish Words
I think the author is on to something here thinking of emails a bit like a virtual meeting.

> At any given moment, upwards of 50 to 75 percent of the email in my inbox (beyond the spammy stuff or newsletters) are actually to-dos from other people.

The critical issue with all asynchronous communications systems is that they allow tasks to come into you without block. Meetings are limited to time and space, you cannot receive a to do outside of the meeting time. Email however has infinite scale ability to receive work, regardless of your time.
may 2018
NumWorks - The graphing calculator that makes learning math easier
This looks like a really cool calculator for a high schooler in your life. I love that it can run Python too! 👍
may 2018
The Cult of the Root Cause - Reinertsen & Associates
Interesting take on working to alleviate issues and how the well known "5 Why's" approach may lead you astray.
may 2018
How to make journaling in Day One even better with automation – The Sweet Setup
Using automation tools like Workflow can take friction out of journaling. I've tried some of the methods described here in the past with mixed success. I think there is a fine point between journaling and "life logging". Life logging, to me, is a tactical function of recording your day. Journaling feels more introspective. You cannot automate introspection.
may 2018
Why we owe it to ourselves to spend quiet time alone every day
I can attest to feeling this and know many friends, particularly technologists, who do as well. I've referred to this as "digital fatigue" in the past.

> The destruction of our inner selves via the wired world is an even more recent, and more subtle, phenomenon. The loss of slowness, of time for reflection and contemplation, of privacy and solitude, of silence, of the ability to sit quietly in a chair for fifteen minutes without external stimulation — all have happened quickly and almost invisibly.

I believe this is part of the reason people are seeking out practices like meditation in seemingly larger numbers than the past.
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may 2018
What’s In My Day One (2018 Edition) – The Sweet Setup
I really like Day One and this article has some great use cases for how to use Day One for a variety of different journal types.
may 2018
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