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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2019, curated by Bill Gates - MIT Technology Review
I love that Bill Gates has turned his attention to technology areas that are much more impactful to human health and happiness. You'll notice social networks and advertising algorithms are nowhere on this list.
march 2019
Introducing Spectre – Halide
This photo app looks interesting for long exposure shots. I've been very impressed with their other camera app Halide, so this was an "instant buy" for me. [MacStories has a good writeup](https://www.macstories.net/reviews/spectre-a-computational-approach-to-long-exposure-iphone-photography/) as well. 📷
march 2019
Minnesota Compass - Measuring Progress Inspiring Action
I've seen [Allison Liuzzi](https://www.linkedin.com/in/allison-liuzzi-6564aa159/) of Compass present some very good demographic data for the State of Minnesota. I finally went to their website and they have a ton of data available.

> By tracking and analyzing trends in topics that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities.

Wealth of data here. Good resource.
march 2019
bullet : Beautiful Python Prompts Made Simple
Nice library for building menus in CLI tools.
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february 2019
Carrot | Leadership communication for fast-growing and remote teams.
This looks interesting but I don't totally get how the product work, and where Slack ends and it starts.
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february 2019
Huawei Mate X hands-on: our foldable future - The Verge
I've been totally uninterested in foldable phones, but seeing these pictures is sort of interesting. Having something fold out into a much bigger display could be pretty interesting. Sort of magic! 🎩
february 2019
Why the Siri Face Is All I Need from My Apple Watch – MacStories
I've been using the Siri face ever since it came out on watchOS and my thought is very similar to this article. I like how it puts stuff in a stream for me throughout the day. My calendar is the bedrock, but I like that it sprinkles in other things. It’s by far my favorite way to keep tabs on the few sports teams I follow.
february 2019
The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America - The Verge
What a horrible stream of bile to deal with, and the trauma it causes for the people that are paid to inspect and judge that stream of bile. I’m so happy to have nothing to do with these social platforms.
february 2019
AT&T Suspends YouTube Ad Spending as Boycott Over ‘Pedophilia’ Videos Scandal Widens
Don't let your kids publish videos on YouTube, don't publish videos of them on YouTube. Probably just don't publish stuff on YouTube.
february 2019
Gopher: a present for Redis - <antirez>
I totally thought this was an April fools joke, and then…

> I’ll use the ten years of Redis as an excuse to release something I played a bit in the previous days, thinking to use it for the 1st April fool: but such date is far and I want to talk to you about this project now… So, happy birthday Redis! Here it’s your present: a Gopher protocol implementation.

I 💚 Redis and it’s fun to see this. Made me think I would like to make a Gopher version of my website. 😍
february 2019
How to Create a Morning Routine that Works for You – SaneBox Blog
I really don't understand how all this time is supposed to be made for a morning routine. I can’t see getting up at 3am so I can read, meditate, exercise all before heading into the office for an early meeting.
february 2019
Day One 3.0 for Mac Introduces Cleaner Design and Simplified UI – The Sweet Setup
My preferred journal application for macOS and iOS got a big step up on the Mac. Official [Day One 3.0 announcement](http://dayoneapp.com/2019/02/day-one-version-3-for-macos/). I like the improvements.
february 2019
How to Be a Good Board Member – Both Sides of the Table
This is a solid set of recommendations, easy to parse and follow. Good stuff. Via [AVC](https://avc.com/2019/02/how-to-be-a-good-board-member/).
february 2019
HQ2: Understanding What Happened & Why - The Big Picture
Compelling recap of the HQ2 process that Amazon has being going through.

> From the start, the entire HQ2 optics have been terrible. When the world’s wealthiest man happens to run the world’s most most valuable company goes looking for a new place to call home, perhaps compelling self-flagellation by states and local officials to win his business . . . well, let’s just say that is not the greatest look.

Totally agree. Via [Daring Fireball](https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/02/25/ritholtz-amazon-hq2).
february 2019
Payroll Provider Gives Extortionists a Payday — Krebs on Security
This is a very scary ransomware story. If you are in charge of a bunch of computers, you need to be thinking about ransomware.
february 2019
Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.1 | WebKit
More improvements to WebKit's baked in privacy protections.
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february 2019
The Power of Full Engagement: The Four Energy Management Principles That Drive Performance
My friend [Garrick](https://www.garrickvanburen.com) recommended this book and I thorough enjoyed it. This writeup captures the theme well. Over the years I have made great strides in optimizing my time and insuring that I have slots available for things I need to do. However, It’s common that I get to that time and lack all motivation and energy to *actually do it!* This sucks. The idea of managing time _and_ energy efficiently is an important one. I like the pyramid that this book considers for building energy into your day.
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february 2019
You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook. - WSJ
These are profound violations of trust and privacy.

> In the Journal’s testing, Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor, the most popular heart-rate app on Apple’s iOS, made by California-based Azumio Inc., sent a user’s heart rate to Facebook immediately after it was recorded.
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> Flo Health Inc.’s Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker, which claims 25 million active users, told Facebook when a user was having her period or informed the app of an intention to get pregnant, the tests showed.
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> Real-estate app Realtor.com, owned by Move Inc., a subsidiary of Wall Street Journal parent News Corp , sent the social network the location and price of listings that a user viewed, noting which ones were marked as favorites, the tests showed.
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> None of those apps provided users any apparent way to stop that information from being sent to Facebook.

Via [Daring Fireball](https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/02/22/facebook-apps-data).
february 2019
Seeking the Productive Life: Some Details of My Personal Infrastructure—Stephen Wolfram Blog
Stephen Wolfram gives an exhaustive inventory of his personal gear. Wow, just wow.
february 2019
50 Years In Tech. Part 16: From One Ice Floe To The Next
[Jean-Louis Gassée](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Louis_Gassée) has been writing some very fun retrospectives of his time in tech. If you remember [BeOS](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeOS) and the [BeBox](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeBox) this is a fun read. I also found this little inside baseball look at [NeXTSTEP](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NeXTSTEP) and Apple's acquisition of NeXT fun.

> Later, I learned another version of the story from a NeXT and Apple insider. By 1996, Jobs had given up on NeXTSTEP and had focused the company on WebObjects, a set of tools and building blocks aimed at the design and implementation of high-performance, feature-rich websites. But the noise from the Apple-Be conversations attracted the attention of Avie Tevanian, VP of software at NeXT, who urged Jobs to dust off NeXTSTEP and whip up a demo. The master persuader convinced Gil Amelio to pay the price Apple didn’t want to pay for Be: $429M for NeXT.

It’s unlikely Apple acquiring BeOS would have been transformational, but maybe. The leadership behind NeXTSTEP was very transformational for Apple.
february 2019
COI - Chat Over IMAP
If this were on April Fool's Day I would be positive it is a joke, but I don't think it is. 😕
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february 2019
Evolving Microservices with Event Sourcing – Damon Allison – Medium
Fun writeup on the evolution into Microservices and then adopting Event Sourcing to provide additional capabilities. Good discussion of tradeoffs and benefits. Plus a fun read!
february 2019
Intentionality — MacSparky
I like this annual review that David Sparks walks through. 🤔
february 2019
Tasksaur
Super simple to do list service. ✅
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february 2019
FormSubmit | A Contact Form to Email Service
Handy service if you need to collect form data. 📝
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february 2019
Commento: A fast, privacy-focused commenting platform
I've waited and waited for someone to come out with a commenting service that doesn't surveil users, charges a reasonable fee, and isn't filled with ads (I’m looking at you [Disqus](https://disqus.com)). This service looks high-quality and respects everyones privacy. I've deployed it on my [Link Blog](https://links.thingelstad.com/) to give it a try.
february 2019
When Kids Google Themselves - The Atlantic
I've thought about this, but have no great answers. I first read about this back in this [2011 blog post](https://links.thingelstad.com/2011/07/hes-not-my-character-to-write-anymore) on the topic. It is a way bigger topic today, particularly with photos being some prominent. 🤷‍♂️
february 2019
WiFi Hides Inside a USB Cable | Hackaday
Holy crap! This is brilliant and frightening. It would be super easy to take over control of a computer by giving someone one of these cables. How do you defend against this? 🦹‍♀️
february 2019
Scripting News: If I were CEO of the NYT
Interesting perspective from Dave Winer. Not surprising that it’s focused around blogs.
february 2019
Password Managers: Under the Hood of Secrets Management - Independent Security Evaluators
This is all about how password managers deal with unencrypted data in memory. On disk the encryption is all fine, but when running, they should minimize the attack surface. I was expected better outcomes for 1Password, my preferred password manager. Note though that these all require access to a computer and unlocked memory state, so the real risk is low. Nonetheless, I'd like to see this improved.
february 2019
On being an Engineering Manager | Nick McHardy
One persons experience trying out the role of being an engineering manager, and then opting to ultimately stay in an individual contributor role. Good breakdown of the decision process he went through.
february 2019
Introducing .dev domains from Google Registry
Interesting way that Google is rolling this out charging very high amounts to register early, avoiding domain squatters trying to take domains and hold them ransom.
february 2019
The Weekly Email – AVC
This is written about startups and founders, but I think it easily applies to a lot of contexts.

> But more than anything, writing the weekly email is a tool for the founder to collect themselves, get grounded for the week ahead, and articulate what they and the company are doing and why.

I've been doing this with the Weekly Thing. I've had a pause on the Tech Weekly, which is for our technology team at SPS for the last couple months and I’m planning on retooling it and get it going again.
february 2019
Launch WorldWideWeb CERN 2019 WorldWideWeb Rebuild
This is very cool.

> In February 2019, in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the development of WorldWideWeb, a group of developers and designers convened at CERN to rebuild the original browser within a contemporary browser, allowing users around the world to experience the rather humble origins of this transformative technology.

You can experience the web as it was in the very beginning!
february 2019
Privacy is a commons | TechCrunch
This is an interesting angle of privacy that I hadn't considered.

> The answer is: no, actually, not necessarily; not if there are enough of them; not if the commodification of privacy begins to affect us all. Privacy is like voting. An individual’s privacy, like an individual’s vote, is usually largely irrelevant to anyone but themselves … but the accumulation of individual privacy or lack thereof, like the accumulation of individual votes, is enormously consequential.

🤔
february 2019
Janet Programming Language
Interesting Lisp-based functional language.
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february 2019
ongoing by Tim Bray · Tech Office Sketches
State of the technology company environments from Tim Bray.
february 2019
Tetris 99 isn’t just a great twist on a classic — it’s a gameplay revolution | Ars Technica
I put [Tetris 99](https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/tetris-99-switch) on my Switch and you may not hear from me for a very long time. It’s super fun! I never would have thought of a [Battle Royale](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_royale_game) version of Tetris! 🎮
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february 2019
Brandi Carlile - The Joke (LIVE at the 61st GRAMMYs) - YouTube
We've been fans of Brandi Carlile for a while, and this performance at the Grammy's was amazing! 🎶
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february 2019
Letting neural networks be weird — Candy Heart messages written by a neural network
Good reminder for everyone preparing for machine learning to take over the world. Let's first figure out Valentine's sayings. 😁
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february 2019
Blockchain and Trust - Schneier on Security
Schneier is very savvy and smart, and this direct takedown of blockchain is to the point. I've gotten more comfortable with the idea that blockchain is a technology solution for trust, but Schneier's arguments for why that simply isn't true are strong. 😳
february 2019
Amazon to Acquire eero to Help Customers Better Connect Smart Home Devices | Amazon.com, Inc. - Press Room
I use eero devices at home. I always suspected that eero would be purchased by a bigger company. I didn’t think it would be Amazon though.
february 2019
Inside story of how legendary NFL broadcaster Bob Costas ended up excised from football and out at NBC -- ESPN
I've always enjoyed Bob Costas. I’m not a huge sports person, but Costa's has a way of bringing stories together in a way that is very compelling. The reaction to him speaking out about brain injury issues in the NFL is at best dissapointing.
february 2019
Coaching Tools - The One on One | Silicon Valley Product Group
This article is written referring to product management, but nearly all of it can be applied to any 1:1 context. This is a topic I keep wanting to investigate as it is not well defined in most companies. Just the statement here referring to 1:1's as a "coaching technique" is a compelling way to frame these sessions.
february 2019
The Observation Deck » Reflecting on The Soul of a New Machine
Reading this, along with [Jess Fraz's writeup](https://blog.jessfraz.com/post/new-golden-age-of-building-with-soul/) makes me want to go and re-read [Soul of a New Machine](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soul_of_a_New_Machine) again too! It’s a great book. 📚
february 2019
Leave Me Alone - Take back control of your inbox
Neat tool to specifically help you with unsubscribing from bulk mail. Sadly it only seems to work with Gmail at the moment. 😴
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february 2019
Python Itertools: For a faster and memory efficient code – Kanoki
Slick examples of what you can do with Python's `itertools`. 🛠
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february 2019
Reflecting on My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company
Reflections from the CEO and Founder of [Gumroad](https://gumroad.com) on building the business and the significant ups and downs. He grounds back to delivering value. It seems obvious, but that is really what matters.
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february 2019
No thank you, Mr. Pecker – Jeff Bezos – Medium
Is "complexifier" a word? If not, I want it to be one. What a bunch of slime ball stuff. Glad Bezos didn’t capitulate.
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february 2019
Bloomberg London: Workplace of the Future - YouTube
If you find buildings and architecture interesting this is an amazing look at the new Bloomberg London location. The first half was the most interesting to me covering the mechanics of the building. Amazing space. Thanks to [Nick](https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-swenson-976b7337/) for the link.
february 2019
The ARPUs of the Big Four Dwarf Everybody Else – Monday Note
These ARPU numbers are amazing.

> For each dollar of digital ad growth between 2011–2018, Google took $1.00, Facebook $3.70, while the NYT took only 32 cents.

😯
february 2019
Executive coach: 7 secrets to lasting career satisfaction
These seem like worthwhile actions to make sure you are adjusting your trajectory in a thoughtful way.
february 2019
National Park Typeface
I dig cool little font projects like this. 👏
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february 2019
Original 1949 Vitamix Infomercial - Papa Barnard - YouTube
I’m a fan of Vitamix blenders. We have two of them! I had no idea that they were one of the very first infomercials made. This is fun to watch. 📺
february 2019
Oh God, It's Raining Newsletters — by Craig Mod
Craig Mod sharing some perspective on the recent rise in newsletters. This newsletter, the Weekly Thing, is part of that rise. I have found some, but not all, of the particular and unique aspects of newsletter writing that is described here. I do love the “unmediated” aspect of email. There isn’t a spot for a company in the middle to profit from it (the reason I’m circumspect of ventures like Stoop).

> These newsletters are the most backed up pieces of writing in history, copies in millions of inboxes, on millions of hard drives and servers, far more than any blog post. More robust than an Internet Archive container. LOCKSS to the max. These might be the most durable copies yet of ourselves. They’re everywhere but privately so, hidden, piggybacking on the most accessible, oldest networked publishing platform in the world.

Long live email! 📧
february 2019
Sheety - Turn your Google Sheet into an API
This seems like a cool capability for smaller projects or for just trying things out. Looks like it’s read only. Reminds me of [datasette](https://github.com/simonw/datasette).
february 2019
stylelint
Handy tool for helping with CSS.
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february 2019
Fortnite’s Marshmello concert was a bizarre and exciting glimpse of the future - The Verge
It’s clear to me that online multiplayer games like Fortnite are not *just* games, but are something bigger. What that bigger is I don't know. It’s not my wheelhouse but I know that people spend a lot of time engaging friends via these platforms. This concert from [Marshmello](https://marshmellomusic.com) *inside* of the game is an interesting example of how this can extend beyond traditional gaming. 🤔
february 2019
Don't Let the Internet Dupe you, Event Sourcing is Hard - Blogomatano
The Event Sourcing pattern is a solid one and has been adopted a lot in recent years. This is a take on the complexity associated with event sourcing and some things to watch out for, or be aware of. It’s not an incrimination, but a survey of things to be prepared for.
february 2019
Snopes pulls out of its fact-checking partnership with Facebook – Poynter
Facebook paying $100,000 for this service is laughable, and should mostly serve as further assurance that Facebook doesn't see value in solving this problem. It’s also crazy to me that Snopes highlights that there is no API and there isn't an easy way to flag content. Clearly Facebook knows how to make API's and how to make user experiences easy, at least when they want to.

> “With a manual system and a closed system — it’s impossible to keep on top of that stuff,” Green told Poynter in a phone interview. “Do you need fact-checkers to stop and do all this manual work? Or should fake websites just be reported through other means and supply a body of evidence that these people shouldn’t be on your platform because of their nefarious activity?”

I like this focus on engaging directly with their actual customers.

> “It’s hard for me to concern myself with making Facebook successful when it’s so hard just for Snopes to be successful,” Green said. “Our community isn’t just on Facebook. We prioritize our readers first.”

Honestly, Facebook doesn't lack resources to solve this problem.
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february 2019
How I Build Websites (A loose manifesto) – Rhoneisms
My friend Patrick Rhone outlines his approach to creating websites. Focused on benefits and the visitor, very good. 👍
february 2019
Crypto Exchange Says It Can't Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password
This isn’t the first time that large amounts of cryptocurrency have been lost.

> Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $190 million in client holdings after its 30-year-old founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its “cold storage,” unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday.

I wonder how much inflation bitcoin has had due to lost currency. 💸
february 2019
Have A Few Minutes Of Serious Fun With Bob Mould : All Songs Considered : NPR
I love that Bob Mould is still making those giant guitar sounds. I’m looking forward to this new album.
february 2019
Homebrew 2.0.0
Homebrew makes using your Mac so much easier, and now with support for Linux and Windows 10 Linux subsystem.
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february 2019
Humaaans: Mix-&-Match illustration library
Robust graphic library with a variety of images for people.
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february 2019
Lapis - A web framework for Lua or MoonScript powered by OpenResty
I continue to find Lua a bit fascinating, and dig the idea of putting Lua right in the web server.
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february 2019
Notepin - Extremely simple blogging
Another simple blogging platform. Let's keep these options flourishing!
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february 2019
Rogue Amoeba - The Design of Loopback 2
This is a great overview of how to go about user experience design, just using some paper and pens. Teams often over complicate the tooling to get these design concepts created.
february 2019
Inspecting JSON Files on iOS with Jayson – MacStories
I have the same use case as Frederico, using iCloud to store state for Shortcuts in JSON files. If you need to deal with JSON on iOS this is a nice tool to do it with.
february 2019
On Being A Principal Engineer
Great reflections on the breadth of responsibilities that come with being a principal engineer.
february 2019
Google will stop peddling a data collector through Apple’s back door | TechCrunch
This story as well as the one about Facebook is getting a lot of attention. A number of people have seemed to think that Apple pulled the enterprise certificates because of the privacy issues with these applications. I don't think that has anything to do with it. These certificates are meant to be used to distribute internally developed applications to your employees, not outside your company. That is the reason they pulled the certificates.
february 2019
Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools — ProPublica
At this point nothing should really surprise us from Facebook right? 🤦‍♂️
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february 2019
Maze Design
Turns out generating mazes is pretty complex.
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february 2019
Omni Roadmap 2019 - The Omni Group
Basically finish up what they were hoping to get done in 2018. I do think the JavaScript automation for OmniFocus will be a big deal.
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february 2019
Lawrence Lessig On What MMOs Can Teach Us About Real Life Politics — Seed
I’m a big fan of [Larry Lessig](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Lessig). I had no idea that he was an advisor to Second Life. Seed sounds like SimCity taken to the extreme.
february 2019
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