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Hey Siri, Drive My Tesla (How To Use iPhone's New Shortcuts)! - YouTube
I’ve been a big fan of Workflow, and now Shortcuts, in iOS for a long time. This video is a easy introduction to automation on your iOS device.
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september 2018
Safari Content Blocker Evaluations – 9/26/18 Edition – The Brooks Review
Like Ben Brooks I use [1Blocker X](https://1blocker.com) on all of my iOS and macOS devices. I love how powerful it is and that I can create my own custom blocker rules. I've tried [BlockBear](https://blockbear.com) but haven't used it a lot. I like Brooks' recommendation of steering less technical users to that one.
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september 2018
GPG Suite
I've used GPG Suite at times to encrypt mail, and it’s been sad to me to see how much negativity they are getting over starting to charge a small amount.
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september 2018
Steve Blank The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcare
The potential to have your Apple Watch be like a "Doctor on your wrist" is pretty amazing.

> Sooner than people think, virtually all home and outpatient diagnostics will be performed by consumer devices such as the Apple Watch, mobile phones, fitness trackers, etc. that have either become FDA cleared as medical devices or have apps that have received FDA clearance. Consumer devices will morph into medical grade devices, with some painful and well publicized mistakes along the way.

This helps reinforce why Apple has strategically positioned itself on the side of privacy. There is a **huge** market for this type of capability, but even someone that is happy to let Facebook and Google mine all their email, web searches and private photos, may be very resistant to giving their heart rate, blood pressure and weight to exploitive platforms.
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september 2018
Exclusive: WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind
The inside scoop on WhatsApp founders break with Facebook.

> His motto at WhatsApp had been “No ads, no games, no gimmicks”—a direct contrast with a parent company that derived 98% of its revenue from advertising. Another motto had been “Take the time to get it right,” a stark contrast to “Move fast and break things.”

Aren't ads, games and gimmicks pretty much all Facebook is? All about the 💰.
september 2018
Walmart Requires Lettuce, Spinach Suppliers to Join Blockchain - CIO Journal. - WSJ
**Subscriber only link.** Interesting real world use of Blockchain in retail's. Food seems to be one avenue where blockchain has some immediate use cases.
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september 2018
Manyverse
I've read about [Scuttlebutt](https://www.scuttlebutt.nz/) before and found it intriguing, but this new application built on that protocol seems to be something normal folks could actually use.
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september 2018
Instagram’s CEO – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Insightful analysis by Ben Thompson on Instagram's founders departures from Facebook.

> Or Systrom and Instagram could offload all of those responsibilities to Facebook and continue being “extraordinary product leaders”, and pocket $1 billion to boot (and, to be fair to Systrom and team, that understates their gains; that $1 billion included $700 million in Facebook stock, which today is worth nearly $4 billion). It is a defensible choice (for Instagram anyways; not for the regulators that approved the deal), but the implication is that, title notwithstanding, Systrom was never the CEO of Instagram; to be a CEO is to have a company that can stand on its own.
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> The difference from Zuckerberg — Instagram’s real CEO — is stark. Facebook launched in February, 2004, and sold its first ad two months later. True, “Facebook Flyers” bear little resemblance to the News Feed ads that power the company today, but Zuckerberg’s immediate instinct to build not just a product but a company is notable.

Wether it is Instagram or WhatsApp, the founders that sold those companies were made extraordinarily wealthy. They should not be surprised when the company that made them that wealthy takes the products in exactly the direction that was supremely obvious they would — advertising and mining private data.
september 2018
macOS 10.14 Mojave: The Ars Technica review | Ars Technica
Ars continues the in-depth macOS reviews made famous by John Siracusa, and now continued by Andrew Cunningham.
september 2018
macOS Mojave: The MacStories Review – MacStories
Everything you ever wanted to know about the newest macOS.
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september 2018
Apple and Salesforce partner to help redefine customer experiences on iOS - Apple
Not a lot of details but sounds to some extent like what they announced with IBM a while back.
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september 2018
OmniFocus 3 for Mac: Multiple Tags, Enhanced Forecast, Powerful Perspectives – MacStories
New OmniFocus 3 for the Mac and with that Omni Group has transitioned all the OmniFocus platforms onto the newest solutions! I eagerly bought my license within 5 minutes of the go live last night. 💸
september 2018
ShortcutsGallery.com - Download or share Siri Shortcuts
Good place to share user created shortcuts for iOS 12. The Workflow app used to have a place to do this and that went away with Shortcuts. It’s nice to see an independent site picking that up. There are some nice shortcuts in here to use, or take apart to understand how to build your own.
september 2018
Engineering Productivity – Camille Fournier – Medium
Productivity of software teams is a very fuzzy space. Companies have tried to figure out some way to evaluate this for 50 years now, and have gotten nowhere. It’s knowledge work, and as such isn't linear at all. Fournier's view of engineering management "… a great engineering manager is capable of creating a highly productive engineering team" is great, and I like the three key factors she highlights for achieving that.
september 2018
watchOS 5: The BirchTree Review – BirchTree
This is a fantastic review of watchOS 5. I've read a couple of detailed reviews and still learned a number of cool things I could do in watchOS 5 in this. I had no idea I could get favorites sports teams into the Siri face for example!
september 2018
Strap on the Fitbit: John Hancock to sell only interactive life insurance | Reuters
Interactive Life Insurance? Oh no. This seems like a terrible thing.
september 2018
Chrome is a Google Service that happens to include a Browser Engine
I've never used Chrome for privacy reasons, it’s too closely connected to the worlds largest advertising platform with a huge profit motive to collect information. Chrome was the last browser to support [Do Not Track](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_Not_Track) while it prided itself on supporting new capabilities before everyone else. Now Google has tied Chrome even closer to it’s services. If you want private browsing Firefox is a good bet with enough extensions, and Safari does more to fight privacy invading trackers than any other browser out of the box. Matthew Greene has a more [direct reaction to this, and is done with Chrome](https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2018/09/23/why-im-leaving-chrome/). ["Don't be evil."](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_be_evil)
september 2018
Cloudflare Turns 8 — here’s what we mean by a “better Internet”
This is a great mission piece from Cloudflare. I don't use Cloudflare but I have growing respect for the amazing work and services they provide. I like their values and am curious to see what they release this week!
september 2018
New zine: Help! I have a manager! - Julia Evans
I love these zines that Julia Evans has been creating and this is a stellar idea to make one for people to better understand what their manager is doing and how to work with them. It’s a managers job to work and coordinate with their team, but this seems like a great idea to help folks learn as well.
september 2018
Simple Analytics
Nice and easy, simple, web analytics offering that respects privacy and just gives you the handful of metrics that actually matter. I’m still on the side of not collecting this data at all unless you really need it.
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september 2018
There is no longer any such thing as Computer Security
I like this position, computer security is just security, and it’s really easy these days to get exploited. This is a good overview particularly on phishing and what you can most easily do to protect yourself. 🔐
september 2018
Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans to Closely Track Search Users in China
[“Don’t be evil.”](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_be_evil)

> The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, codenamed Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location — and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have “unilateral access” to the data.

👎
september 2018
The David Rubenstein Show: Jeff Bezos
Great and wide-ranging interview with Amazon's Jeff Bezos. It’s amazing that Bezos still owns 16% of Amazon. I should make a point to watch more of Rubenstein's interviews, [his interview with Tim Cook](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZfGBGmEpRQ) is also great.
september 2018
The Decision Matrix: How to Prioritize What Matters
A good companion item to [decision fatigue](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decision_fatigue) -- a framework for evaluating how to approach decisions using a 2x2 matrix. If you can make a finite number of decisions a day, make the right ones and delegate or defer the rest.
september 2018
Occupations and Their Ideologies – Other Life
This data is much more divided than I would have thought.

> Occupations are strongly sorted by ideology. Political scientist Adam Bonica has produced reliable and consistent estimates of ideological placement for a huge number of individuals, politicians, and organizations.

I wonder if these patterns were present much longer ago, 1950's for example.
september 2018
Nvidia Takes On The Inference Hordes With Turing GPUs
The innovation happening in the GPU market is amazing.
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september 2018
Sublime Merge - Git, done Sublime
I like Sublime Text and was surprised to see a new Git client!  👍
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september 2018
Just Because: How Apple's Awesome Motion Watch Faces Are Made
Cool background video on how the new watch faces for the Apple Watch Series 4 were made.
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september 2018
Daring Fireball: Apple Watch Series 4
Gruber gives a compelling review of the new Series 4 watch. It looks very well done, and while the size changes are in the millimeters I can see how the Series 4 will be very nice. I’m still going to hold off and wait another year to upgrade. At least until I see one in person. 😊
september 2018
What Most Remote Companies Don’t Tell You About Remote Work
Where and how we work matters a lot, and it’s a complicated thing — not a one size fits all solution. 🤔
september 2018
So Good They Can't Ignore You
Super condensed overview of a book that is on my reading list. 📚
september 2018
Daring Fireball: The iPhones XS
Gruber with a very focused review of the iPhone XS and the massive changes in the camera. This goes into some great detail, and I can’t wait to see my own results with the new XS.

> But there is one wow factor comparing the iPhone XS to last year’s iPhone X: photography. But the reasons don’t show up in Apple’s comparison spec list (even though some of them could). I’ve focused nearly the entirety of my testing on taking photos and videos side-by-side against my 10-month old iPhone X. Overall, I’m simply blown away by the iPhone XS’s results. Sometimes the difference is subtle but noticeable; sometimes the difference is between unusable and pretty good. The iPhone XS can capture still images and video that the iPhone X cannot.

Some further details on the changes in the camera mechanism.

> “32 percent larger sensor”, however, means something very specific, and it should perk up the ears of any photographer — even one who’s skeptical of Apple’s “computational photography” claims. You could sell an upgrade to the XS to iPhone X-owning photo enthusiasts just by telling them the sensor is so much larger.

Absolutely!
september 2018
watchOS 5: The MacStories Review – MacStories
The comprehensive review of watchOS 5. This hits on all of the improvements. I was eager to try the Walkie Talkie app and initial impression is cool, but I would only use that with close friends and family. I tried it with my brother and we found it geeky fun. I tried it with Tammy and she looked at me like it was the dumbest thing she’d ever seen. Your mileage may vary. 😜
september 2018
iOS 12: The MacStories Review – MacStories
The most comprehensive, more than you ever wanted to know, review of iOS 12.
september 2018
1Password Extends into the iOS QuickType Keyboard with Password AutoFill – MacStories
This is one of the little features in iOS 12 but it’s so awesome that it makes me grin every time I get to use it. I have gotten used to years of fast-app switching to 1Password and using it’s Share Sheet widget, but now it just works and I can pull my secure, unique passwords with ease.
september 2018
Are Audiobooks As Good For You As Reading? Here’s What Experts Say | Time
I’ve gotten an Audible subscription and have been listening to more audiobooks than ever before. I have a 20-30 minute drive to work and it’s a great time to listen to some books. I assumed that listening would give less comprehension, but the tests were not as conclusive as I would have thought. 🎧
september 2018
LKML: Linus Torvalds: Linux 4.19-rc4 released, an apology, and a maintainership note
The technology industry has an unusual amount of overly aggressive communication and criticism. Flame wars and such got their start somewhere. [Linus Torvald's](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds), the creator of Linux and Git, two of the most important software products of our era is legend for being a complete jerk to people. This about face and apology is significant.

> This week people in our community confronted me about my lifetime of not understanding emotions. My flippant attacks in emails have been both unprofessional and uncalled for. Especially at times when I made it personal. In my quest for a better patch, this made sense to me. I know now this was not OK and I am truly sorry.

This is a really big deal as Linus is a [role-model for many technologists](https://ds9a.nl/articles/posts/linus-communications/). If he thinks it is appropriate to tear people apart over their code, maybe that would be a cool thing to do in a code review at the office! Hell no.

I was also pleased to see [this commit](https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=8a104f8b5867c682d994ffa7a74093c54469c11f) to adopt a proper Code of Conduct for Linux Kernel development. To give a sense of how deep Linus' views affect the Linux Kernel team before this Code of Conduct they had a Code of Conflict!

> The Code of Conflict is not achieving its implicit goal of fostering civility and the spirit of 'be excellent to each other'.

Glad to see these changes coming. 👏
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september 2018
Scriptable: Use JavaScript to control your iPhone | Rosemary Orchard
Very cool new app built for Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12. This is like the companion app to Workflow, now Shortcuts, but this one uses JavaScript. You can do an incredible amount with this, but the barrier to entry is higher since you have to know how to code. Shortcuts is very approachable, but a little less powerful. This is a good app to keep an eye on, especially as a community of scripts build up around it.
september 2018
Apple's A12 Bionic is a powerhouse chip with a boosted dose of brains
In 2008 Apple acquired [P.A. Semi](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P.A._Semi) for $278 million. Apple has also [acquired](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Apple) a handful of additional semiconductor companies and they are now one of, if not the, most advanced chip manufacturers in the world. The Neural Engines **5 trillion** operations per second is enabling a local approach to machine learning that is very different than everyone else's.

> Core ML, Apple machine learning framework, apparently runs some nine times faster on the A12 Bionic, which should mean there's more performance on tap for developers to put AI abilities into their apps.

That is also aligned with the core value of privacy and keeping things local.
september 2018
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
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