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The Science of Decision Fatigue - Erin Wildermuth
This is absolutely something I feel regularly. A lot of what I do all day is making decisions, and it is somewhat common for me to get home and feel like any decision is more than I can deal with.
september 2018
To Cut My Spending, I Used Behavioral Economics on Myself - The Atlantic
I buy into this approach a lot. Tammy and I use YNAB to track our personal finances and we enter each transaction by hand. I avoid payment methods that are too convenient. I refuse to use the scan to pay features at coffee shops because I know it takes you further from the decision to spend money. 💸 Some things should not be low friction. Thought experiment, I've often wondered what if you set your password as a trigger. So, on Amazon if you set your password to "DoYouReallyNeedToBuyThisStuff?" would that trigger your mind to reconsider?
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september 2018
Advice to CEOs: digging out from a jammed calendar | Chad Dickerson's blog
Fabulous advice for thinking critically about your time. The links to related articles are very good as well. While this is targeted at a CEO, many of the methods are easily adapted for anyone.
september 2018
How to be alone: the difference between loneliness and solitude | The JotForm Blog
In our, in my opinion, over-connected world I often wonder if solitude is even a thing that exists.

> Loneliness is being alone — and not liking it. It’s a feeling.
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> Solitude is being alone — and content. It’s a choice.

We rarely have an opportunity to embrace that in our lives, unless we make it a priority to have it.
september 2018
Forget the new iPhones, Apple's best product is now privacy
I have been saying this for a while. I think that Apple has clearly identified protecting user privacy as a long-term focus area and a place they can differentiate and compete against Google, Facebook and many others (except Microsoft, mostly).

> Apple’s devices and software–and the company’s ethos–are now steeped in user privacy protections that other tech companies would never dream of embracing. And this isn’t a stance Apple has only recently adopted. It is something that has been building for years at the company, starting under Steve Jobs’ leadership and rapidly accelerating under Tim Cook’s reign.

This is why Apple was willing to take such a public position against the FBI when asked to bypass encryption.
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september 2018
Larry Page Is a No-Show With Google Under a Harsh Spotlight - Bloomberg
This seems like an incredibly bad decision on Google's part.

> When the hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee began on Sept. 5, a black leather chair reserved for him sat empty next to Dorsey and Sandberg. A place card marked “Google,” in front of a blank notepad and muted microphone, served as a blunt reminder of his absence.

Giving congress the ability to get pictures of an empty chair with Google's name in front of it was foolish.
september 2018
Siri Shortcuts Field Guide | MacSparky Field Guides
I've purchased a couple of MacSparky Field Guides in the past, and have recommended the OmniFocus one to many people. Siri Shortcuts, coming in the next iOS is the successor to Workflow. I use Workflow a lot, and I think many people could benefit from using Shortcuts. This Field Guide looks like a great way to learn about automating tasks on your iPhone.
september 2018
The iPhone Franchise – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
It’s hard to not share every article that Ben Thompson writes. Some great observations on Apple's iPhone lineup in here.
september 2018
The No. 1 Lifelong Habit Of Warren Buffett: The 5-Hour Rule
I dig this concept of the Learner Lifestyle. I take the actual amounts of time with a grain of salt, but I think it is a good process to make sure you have time learning. I get some of this through [my book club](https://rwbook.club) and all the info that shows up in the Weekly Thing.
september 2018
Screen Time for Kids Puts Powerful iOS Monitoring Tools and Use Restrictions in Parents’ Hands – MacStories
This is a good overview of the new Screen Time feature coming in iOS 12. I like how this uses the iCloud Family accounts to manage your child's devices. I fully plan to use this to manage some applications on my own phone.
september 2018
Project Python
Free book to teach Python. I like that this one starts with some graphics projects. Particularly when teaching kids and teens to program, graphics can make it much more enjoyable.
september 2018
Diversity, inclusion, and belonging at GitHub in 2018 | The GitHub Blog
I like what GitHub is doing publishing this information. They had some big issues in the past in this area and the transparency I think has helped. It also highlights in the data that even when you focus on this problem and put specific efforts in place to make it better, it isn't an easy fix.
september 2018
Apple Watch Series 4: The MacStories Overview – MacStories
Thorough overview of the new Apple Watch Series 4 hardware. I really like what they did to eek out every millimeter of display and capability, and I like that its a touch thinner as well. I'll be waiting for the next one to upgrade though. My Series 3 is great still.
september 2018
iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max: The MacStories Overview – MacStories
Good overview of the new iPhones announced this week. Tammy and I ordered the iPhone Xs to replace our 7 and 7 Plus.
september 2018
Habits vs. Workflows - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Newport's post makes me feel good about the time I spend optimizing and defining my own workflows. I also like the connection to habit.
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september 2018
reminiscence
Sticking with Pinboard, but nice to see people working on these solutions.
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september 2018
Private by Default
This post makes me want to send [Feedbin](https://feedbin.com/) some more money on top of my annual subscription fee. I love the work that Ben has done here to protect his customers from invasive tracking while reading feeds. I love his item on Google Analytics:

> I thought about replacing Google Analytics with Matomo, but I came to the same conclusion that it didn’t provide anything I need in order to run Feedbin. Better to not collect that data at all.

Hat's off! 👏
september 2018
Announcing the YNAB API Contest Winners! | YNAB
This is a great example of innovation enabled with API's. I've been a YNAB user for a long time now, and this contest they made for people to build with it is a great idea. I downloaded [Allowance for YNAB](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/allowance-for-ynab/id1422989571?mt=8) right away -- it’s great! In fact, I had written my own Workflow to do what it does, but it does it way better. Nice!
september 2018
Researchers to release first-ever genetically engineered mosquitoes in Africa - STAT
This headline caught my attention, and it’s actually using gene drive technology.

> Teams in three African countries — Burkina Faso, Mali, and Uganda — are building the groundwork to eventually let loose **“gene drive” mosquitoes**, which would contain a mutation that would significantly and quickly reduce the mosquito population. Genetically engineered mosquitoes have already been released in places like Brazil and the Cayman Islands, though animals with gene drives have never been released in the wild.

That immediately reminded me of one of the most memorable passages from A Crack in Creation, the story of CRISPR.

> CRISPR gene drives, by contrast, are self-sustaining; since the mode of inheritance appears to outsmart natural selection, the modified insects propagate and pass on their defective traits indefinitely. This thoroughness is what makes gene drives so powerful—and so alarming. It's been estimated that, had a fruit fly escaped the San Diego lab during the first gene drive experiments, it would have spread genes encoding CRISPR, along with the yellow-body trait, to **between 20 and 50 percent of all fruit flies worldwide**.

This population of mosquitos being released are 99% male, so there shouldn't be any risk.
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september 2018
Slowly Percolating Forms: Contemplation, Conversation, Commentary
Forwarded to me from my friend [Nick](https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-swenson-976b7337/). I like this way of thinking about learning topics.

> … if we don't do our own contemplation and commentary, we abdicate a good deal of our involvement in our own learning, and we shift from being fires to vessels.

I like the qualification of speeds (quick, slow) to various aspects of the process.
september 2018
#youbroketheinternet So We Got Tracked Anyway
Wait, you can track a user around the internet using TLS session resumption!? 😠
september 2018
The State of Agile Software in 2018
I've been stunned at how many organizations have just discovered Agile in the last few years. Good guidance in the intro:

> The three main challenges we should focus on are: fighting the Agile Industrial Complex and its habit of imposing process upon teams, raising the importance of technical excellence, and organizing our teams around products (rather than projects).

👍
september 2018
The jaw-dropping story behind an NFL coach's search for his family
This is a great story about an adopted son and his connecting to his birth parents.
september 2018
Survival Tips For Women In Tech | Patricia Aas - Programmer
It’s horrible that articles like this need to exist, but it’s also reality that they do. Reading them is a good way to understand things that men should also be on the lookout for and help correct.
september 2018
kitty - the fast, featureful, GPU based terminal emulator — kitty 0.12.1 documentation
Terminal applications wouldn't be the first place I would look for GPU acceleration, but cool to see.
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september 2018
pure JS WiFi QR Code Generator
Easiest way I've seen to put a QR code up to allow visitors to hop on your home WiFi.
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september 2018
Medieval Fantasy City Generator by watabou
This is fun to play with, although I have no idea what it would be useful for.
september 2018
Troy Hunt: Serverless to the Max: Doing Big Things for Small Dollars with Cloudflare Workers and Azure Functions
Deep overview of how Troy Hunt designed Have I Been Pwned? to be very cost efficient to run.

> It's costing me 2.6c per day to support 141M monthly queries of 517M records.

That is amazing! The service is using Cloudflare Workers to push a lot of cached requests off of Azure. He calculates that without Cloudflare it would cost $9.19/day to run. Both of those amounts are amazing.
september 2018
All Things Sales! 16 Mini-Lessons for Startup Founders – Andreessen Horowitz
This is a great intro to a variety of sales topics. This was made focusing on technology-minded startup founders, but I think is a great primer for anyone in technology that doesn't understand how sales organizations work.
september 2018
Serverless Microservice Patterns for AWS - Jeremy Daly
19 patterns used by teams to build production microservices.
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september 2018
Steve Blank Is the Lean Startup Dead?
This falls in the category of indeed, you can have too much money in your startup. 💰 Constraints are valuable.
september 2018
Techie to tech lead: My five biggest mistakes | ThoughtWorks
This is a great read for individual contributors that are moving into their first lead or even management role. 👍
september 2018
Advice for a new executive | Lara Hogan
Every bit of this is absolutely great. I particularly like the recommendation to "Always have a story". 💎
september 2018
The secret to successful BBQ pork butt and brisket is science | Ars Technica
What!? 😲 I have read so many BBQ books and it is absolutely considered fact that the smoking plateau is when you are breaking down collagen. But hold up, a water soaked sponge shows the same plateau!
september 2018
Breaking Bad News
This is one of the skills that I tend to find managers, particularly new ones, find really hard. I know I did, and I still do, it’s never easy. However I agree with this article. Own it, be direct, and show respect.
september 2018
The Canon EOS R isn't a mirrorless 5D IV, but it's a start: Digital Photography Review
This is the first new Canon camera that has piqued my interest in years. For sure mirrorless is the way to go for cameras, but after you have a full-frame sensor like I do on my now ancient 5D Mark II you really don't want anything less. This camera looks really great to me, despite the somewhat tepid review. Plus you can continue to use your existing EF lenses with an adapter. 📷
september 2018
Ironic Sans: So you think you can tell Arial from Helvetica? Quiz
Fun quiz to give the Helvetica snobs in your life. I got 19 out of 20. The all caps ones were the trickiest for me. The give away is the straight lines of Helvetica.
september 2018
bat: A cat(1) clone with wings.
Syntax highlighting and other advanced capabilities.
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september 2018
How to Manage Your Mood by Managing Your Mind —Matt Norman
A personal story about what you can do with those negative thoughts in your head.
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september 2018
The full stack product manager – UX Collective
Interesting reflections on the different definitions of the role of a Product Manager, along with links out to a number of other articles on the topic. No great conclusion, the role will be different based on company, product, market, etc. The main takeaway I have from this is to know that the title can mean so many different things, and that it can’t mean all these things or you can’t possibly succeed.
september 2018
Product Ownership: Explained
Nice set of slides highlighting the Product Ownership role. I like that this touches both on the job of product owner, as well as the Scrum role of product owner.
september 2018
Sprints, marathons and root canals
This is how I tend to think about this type of team driven work in a product backlog. I like the name "sustainability tasks" and also agree with the sentiment that these may or may not appear in a backlog.

> Putting regular sustainability tasks into a calendar would just create noise. Putting sustainability tasks into a product roadmap has the same effect. Having a budget removes the pressure to plan, prioritise or estimate such tasks, and avoids the need to compare them to features that bring immediate value.

Allocating budget and thinking about sustainability as an investment criteria works well, and gives you a more direct way to think about that work. You may even change that investment rate from time to time.
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september 2018
The Early History Of Smalltalk
Smalltalk was an important development in the history of computer science and languages.
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september 2018
Auth0 Architecture: Running In Multiple Cloud Providers And Regions
They increased availability, performance and reduced cost by consolidating on one cloud provider. This is an interesting argument about regionality within a single provider versus multi-cloud. There are big tradeoffs there.
september 2018
Tesla, software and disruption — Benedict Evans
This article captures part of the intrigue I have about Tesla, and what got me to place the order for my Model 3. I’m particularly interested in the integrated nature of the software stack in a Tesla, and the fact that Tesla is so far ahead of any other automotive company in how they change it. I think of what Apple did with the iPhone. Before the iPhone, the phone you bought was the same forever. With the iPhone, you bought a phone and it got better with software. The thing you already owned did new stuff it didn’t do when you bought it. Tesla has that potential, and I want to be part of it.
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september 2018
Symbol in Ruby – Mehdi Farsi – Medium
Symbols were always the cool kid thing in Ruby that bothered me. This writeup helps clarify what they are.
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september 2018
Exclusive: Apple Watch Series 4 revealed — massive display, dense watch face, more | 9to5Mac
Every millimeter matters on a display as small as the Apple Watch. 👍⌚️
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august 2018
Only 150 of Your Facebook Contacts Are Real Friends - Scientific American
Dunbar’s number proven again!

> Study after study confirms that most people have about five intimate friends, 15 close friends, 50 general friends and 150 acquaintances.

This should be termed a law at this point.
august 2018
Product Management Mental Models for Everyone – The Black Box of Product Management
Good overview of a variety of mental models related to building new products. This is a good entryway to multiple tools to help you make better decisions. The article could use a link to more detail on each of the models.
august 2018
“Do no harm” to Facebook’s business model – Monday Note
This is a good writeup on the fact that whatever who did with Facebook to influence any events, it isn't hacking, it’s just doing what Facebook was fundamentally designed to do. Facebooks primary purpose is to learn from your behavior and then influence you as their customers (advertisers) wish to.
august 2018
We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.
I have met some "Rick's" in my days and I can attest to the positive outcomes of getting people like this off of your team. Building things is a team sport, and if someone doesn't want to be part of the team or brings the rest of the team down — they shouldn't be on the team.
august 2018
Sinkholes: When the Earth Opens Up - The Atlantic
The 3rd one looks like something out of a movie. 😳
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august 2018
Antifragility is a Fragile Concept
Rosenthal's opinion on Chaos is authoritative, and he clarifies how it is not antifragility.

> Antifragile is a confused concept that ignores a wealth of knowledge we have about building and operating resilient systems. Chaos Engineering, by contrast, is a well-defined, pragmatic discipline for navigating complex systems. In my mind, they are quite far apart.

He's also no fan of Taleb's book.
august 2018
The Rise and Rise of JSON
Cool early history on the birth of JSON.
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august 2018
Serverless Best Practices – Paul Johnston – Medium
☑️ Good set of things to consider when designing serverless.
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august 2018
How “systems thinking” can level up your work — and your life
I've read the [Thinking in Systems](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3828902-thinking-in-systems) book that this is referring to and agree, it is a fabulous introduction to a sophisticated set of tools to look at systems.
august 2018
A Case Against Optimizing Your Life : zen habits
Sometimes you should just do stuff, and stop fussing around about it.
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august 2018
Margin is Not a Luxury – sabbatical.blog
This is a great way to think about time and commitments. I need to make this a poster as a reminder.

> “Yes” and “No” are not right and wrong, good and bad. They’re left and right, up and down. **Learn to see the words “Yes” and “No” as directional**, not emotional.

Yes!
august 2018
What do you believe now that you didn't five years ago? Centralized wins. Decentralized loses. - High Scalability
There is much truth in this article, even though it’s a little hard for me to like it.

> What's more, consumers simply do not care. Users use. Only a small percentage have the technical sophistication to understand why they may want to preferentially use decentralized applications for technical reasons. Saying "It's like X, but decentralized", does not resonate, especially when the services are not as good. We had decentralized Slack way before Slack...yet there's Slack. You know it's bad when GitHub managed to recentralize an inherently distributed system like git.

Unfortunately you could say the exact same paragraph and replace "centralized" with "private".

This article reminded me of one of my most memorable conversations I had with a venture capital friend, [Michael Gorman](https://www.linkedin.com/in/mbgorman/). We were talking about the Internet and I commented that "the Internet prefers decentralization". On one level, a very technical one, that is true. The Internet is a massively distributed system. It can suffer significant outages without having total network failure. But I was mistakenly extending that concept to things being built on the Internet. Michael replied that he saw nothing to support that, that the Internet was full of "winner take all" businesses, with complete centralization and not even room for a 2nd place. He was absolutely right.
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august 2018
Why use GraphQL, good and bad reasons · Honest Engineering
The capabilities related to **complex schemas** and **microservice orchestration** are the most compelling justifications for GraphQL. If I were doing more with mobile, I can see how the mobile use case is very helpful. I agree wholeheartedly on the assessment that REST v. GraphQL is a silly debate.

> GraphQL and REST are both very different things, GraphQL is a language and a technology, REST is an architecture pattern.

Yes.
august 2018
Is It Okay to Say “Hey Guys”? - The Atlantic
The gendered nature of the term "guys" was brought to my attention first by [Bridget Kromhout](https://bridgetkromhout.com). At the time I honestly didn’t really hear what she was saying, but the matter stuck with me and over the last few years I've largely removed "guys" as a reference to a group of people. I think this is important, especially in industries like tech with such large gender imbalances.

> I also heard that guys could grate on women working at male-heavy companies. In tech in particular, some told me they saw the word as yet another symptom of a female-minimizing industry. “There are a lot of guys in tech and ‘guys’ is used all the time in my work and social environments by both men and women, but since it doesn't resonate with me anymore, I do feel like I'm not part of the group,” says Amy Chong, a 29-year-old user-experience researcher in San Francisco.

Per the article I don't like using the term "folks". Perhaps it is because I’m from the midwest, but I have the perception that it feels too folksy. I tend to just say sentences differently, so that I can use terms like "everyone" instead. Sometimes I get tripped up, but that is pretty rare these days.

I do now notice much more when people do use "guys" to address groups of men or women. The oddest to me is when I see a woman address a group of all women and use the term "guys". I don't correct these, but I do find it an odd use. The article actually comes to the conclusion that that is all probably fine, and will continue and that "guys" will lose it’s gender even more than it has in the past. 🤷‍♂️
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august 2018
How Facebook, Apple and Microsoft are contributing to an openly licensed map of the world – The ODI
Note who is missing from this? Google. It makes total sense that Apple and Microsoft would be working to commoditize the lead that Google has in base map data. I also found it interesting that Apple is participating in this, but I don't think they are donating their new base map data they are sourcing themselves. Map data is a strategic advantage for a number of services.
august 2018
Stop Using WhatsApp If You Care About Your Privacy
My opinion? Your absolutely bonkers to believe that WhatsApp is going to continue to fight for user privacy after Facebook bought it. Simple as that.
august 2018
Internet chat system IRC turns thirty | University of Oulu
I first logged onto IRC via EFnet in 1991. I had no idea it was only created 3 years prior. IRC was one of my first introductions to the world of the Internet and chatting with people around the globe. I called #macintosh and #root home, and had ChanOps in both of them. It was such a fun time back then. I love that IRC is still kicking. It’s the IndieWeb to Slack.
august 2018
The original demo of Imagine by John Lennon
I love the raw sound of this great song. Imagine is such a great song.
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august 2018
Mass shootings since Sandy Hook, in one map
This interactive infographic shows the data on mass shooting events in the last few years. The data speaks for itself.
august 2018
How privacy-friendly is your site?
I ran my personal site through this and I was impressed with the recommendations it came back with. There were a number of them I had never heard of. This seems like a good tool to have for those looking to understand privacy and the web.
august 2018
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