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What’s happening at Nest? | Nest
I was a Dropcam customer, and the product was great. Then that became Nest. And then Nest became Google. Now Google is completing the assimilation.

> We want to unify our efforts around third-party connected home devices under a single developer platform – a one-stop shop for both our developers and our customers to build a more helpful home. To accomplish this, we’ll be winding down Works with Nest on August 31, 2019, and delivering a single unified experience through the Works with Google Assistant program.

So from a data perspective this lowers the barriers to Google using the data from these devices to augment their profile of a user. 😠
may 2019
Chromium Blog: Improving privacy and security on the web
I’m still not going to use Chrome but it’s good to see them finally adopting some of the anti-tracking technology that Safari has had in place for years now.
may 2019
Homegrown family business embraces EDI to sell to large retailers | SPS Commerce
SPS Commerce customer story that I just loved watching. What a great success story these two young women have created!
may 2019
LookUp 5.2 Brings New Watch App, Handoff Support, and Instant Search – MacStories
I’m not sure why but I like to have a good dictionary app on my iPhone. I'd previously used [Terminology](https://agiletortoise.com/terminology/) but I really like the modern feel of LookUp.
may 2019
One-on-ones are my most valuable meetings; here’s how I run them
I like to read about how leaders use one-on-one meetings and this is an excellent, and simple one.

> If done effectively, these one-on-ones are an opportunity to show my team that I care about them, their professional success, and their overall happiness. It gives them an opportunity to step back and think about what they need to be successful, and to hold me accountable to setting them up for this success.

Mathilde Collin writes about **three** distinct types of one-on-ones, with various structure and objectives. This looks amazing, and definitely requires good preparation ahead of time. I’m going to try and cherry pick some things from this. 👏
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may 2019
Trouble with Today Lists | Using OmniFocus
Segmenting and slicing the many, many projects and tasks I have is the primary job of perspectives in OmniFocus.
may 2019
Crappy Range Imaging for < $175, But Still No Moore's Law for LIDAR. Yet. | LinkedIn
I met Peter when he was CTO of Datek and I love that he's still hacking away on tech, this time creating his own low cost LIDAR system to see how it worked.
may 2019
A World Run with Code—Stephen Wolfram Blog
Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, riffing on a future computational model.
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may 2019
The 5 Whys of Organizational Design. | Kellan Elliott-McCrea
Some really good prompting questions, particularly for technology teams, about your organizational layout and what could be causing problems. These questions might prompt some good actions.
may 2019
How to Create a Great Team Culture (and Why It Matters) - ACM Queue
Some solid thoughts and practices on how to create a desirable team culture.

> Every day, people are looking for signals in their environment about what is the norm. As a leader, it is part of your job to set the example for those around you.

So very true! 👍
may 2019
Stripe’s fifth engineering hub is Remote
I like this approach to thinking about remote team members. I also like the structure they've put into this.
may 2019
Beam: A Distributed Knowledge Graph Store
Interesting to see concepts like RDF and SPARQL from the Semantic Web continuing to move along.
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may 2019
CC Search
I’m a fan of Creative Commons, and donate to it annually. I’m glad to see them offering an image search service directly.
may 2019
1Password for Journalism | 1Password
I like seeing 1Password creating programs specifically for people that have higher risks.
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may 2019
Unraveling The JPEG
Super geeky deep dive into the JPG format.
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may 2019
Relive the Action: Minnebar14 Recap - Minnestar
Great highlights and fun facts about this years Minnebar! It was a great event, as always.
may 2019
A doorbell company owned by Amazon wants to start producing “crime news” and it’ll definitely end well » Nieman Journalism Lab
I’m no fan of where Ring (owned by Amazon) is trying to take these tools.

> Ring already has an app called Neighbors that, judging by its marketing, encourages people living in bucolic suburbs with wrought iron gates to feel like they’re in the last un-zombified neighborhood in The Walking Dead.

This isn't the kind of environment I want to be in. We used to worry about Surveillance State, and then Surveillance Companies. Now with a bunch of ring doorbells we can surveil each other!
may 2019
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the ‘future is private’ - The Verge
Yeah, right, sure. Please nobody believe that Facebook is going to really change their view on your data.

> “Now look, I get that a lot of people aren’t sure we’re serious about this,” Zuckerberg said at F8. “We don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly. But I’m committed to doing this well and starting a new chapter for our product.”

Keep in mind that if Facebook can convince you it is private, that will encourage you to share even more detailed and private information, so they can monetize you even more! It’s a huge win for them. And you can be sure that that data will then be sold out to data markets as well.
may 2019
MacMenuBar.com - A curated directory of 200+ Mac menu bar apps
I have some handy menu bar apps. It’s cool that there is a directory of them.
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may 2019
Darling | macOS translation layer for Linux
Run macOS applications on Linux. Nifty. Very early, doesn't support GUI apps yet.
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may 2019
Refuse to Rule
I agree that this is an important observation for leaders of teams. There are times when you should defer, and make sure that decisions are not being "delegated up". I have a variant of this. If there is a position being put before me that requires me to pick a winner and a loser, depending on the situation, I may ask the individuals to go back to the whiteboard and keep working. Find a solution that is a win for all.
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may 2019
The once-hot robotics startup Anki is shutting down after raising more than $200 million - Vox
This is sad. I have a Cozmo and a Vector. I have no idea what this will mean for the continued operation of these devices. It’s too bad they weren't able to take off. The article makes me wonder if they were trying to do too much, too fast. I will say that the Vector was a bit underwhelming. I felt like they needed more time to get the software right.
may 2019
Cardbox • The first place to connect
There were a couple of these services a long time ago on the web. Don't use them. They are free by selling your data.
may 2019
Delta Lake
Open-source storage layer that brings ACID transactions to Apache Spark™ and big data workloads.
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may 2019
Home Screens — Hugo Castellanos — MacSparky
I like these articles for discovering new apps.
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may 2019
My Billion Dollar Mistake | Product Habits
This is a pretty amazing article by Hiten Shah, a co-founder of KISSmetrics. He walks through how they found market fit, saw tremendous engagement, and then failed to execute.

> We were ahead of the market by 3 years. Yes, 3 full years. In 2010, we had moved the entire analytics category to the point that competitors wouldn’t close the gap until 2013.
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> We had a billion dollar opportunity sitting right in front of us. Without a shred of doubt, I believe we could have turned KISSmetrics into a billion dollar startup. It was ours to lose.
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> That’s exactly what we did, we lost it.

Not an easy thing to write, but the kind of thing you can learn from.
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april 2019
Uber Questions – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Another great writeup from Ben Thompson looking at Uber's S-1.

> However, if I bought individual stocks (I don’t per my ethics policy), I would be out: this S-1 is so devoid of meaningful information (despite its length) that it makes me wonder what, if anything, Uber is trying to hide. If I am going to be taken for a ride I want at least some idea of where I am going — isn’t that the point of Uber in the first place?

He raises some interesting questions.
april 2019
Tesla Full Self Driving ASIC – Perspectives
Detailed hardware analysis from James Hamilton of AWS on the new custom ASIC that Tesla announced for Full Self Driving. Very fun read with all the technical details any engineer would be curious about.
april 2019
MindNode 6 Review: Refined Mind Mapping – MacStories
Nice improvements to my preferred mind mapping software.
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april 2019
The Greatest Coach | Silicon Valley Product Group
I've read a number of remembrances of [Bill Campbell](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Campbell_(business_executive)) and this review of [Trillion Dollar Coach](https://www.trilliondollarcoach.com) has put the book at the top of my reading list! 📚
april 2019
Apruve Announces New Board Member
Congratulations to my friend [David Novak](https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidnovak/) on joining the [Apruve](https://apruve.com) board!
april 2019
Amazon re:MARS 2019 | AI & ML Conference
Interesting **new** conference from AWS focused on machine learning. I've been looking for an opportunity to deep dive into this at an event and decided to sign up to attend. See you in Vegas! 🎟
april 2019
The Instant Pot was made to cook Indian butter chicken
I think I may finally get on the Instant Pot bandwagon. 😎
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april 2019
Running Datasette on Glitch
This is a fun read for me in large part because I've not worked with [Glitch](https://glitch.com). It looks very interesting. Plus, I like how Simon tackled the automation here using smart command line capabilities versus diving into code.
april 2019
SPS Commerce: Tech-Driven Value Creation - YouTube
A brief video I did for the SPS team in Ukraine to share with people that are interested in working with us!
april 2019
How the Boeing 737 Max Disaster Looks to a Software Developer - IEEE Spectrum
This is a fantastic read on the Boeing 737 Max situation.

> I’ll say it again: In the 737 Max, the engine nacelles themselves can, at high angles of attack, work as a wing and produce lift. And the lift they produce is well ahead of the wing’s center of lift, meaning the nacelles will cause the 737 Max at a high angle of attack to go to a higher angle of attack. This is aerodynamic malpractice of the worst kind.

It is very interesting to hear from someone who knows this space what the 737 Max was trying to achieve in it’s design.

> In a pinch, a human pilot could just look out the windshield to confirm visually and directly that, no, the aircraft is not pitched up dangerously. That’s the ultimate check and should go directly to the pilot’s ultimate sovereignty. Unfortunately, the current implementation of MCAS denies that sovereignty. It denies the pilots the ability to respond to what’s before their own eyes.

So Boeing essentially had unworkable hardware and said "Hey, we'll fix it in the software!". But then the software doesn't let the pilot work the way all other planes let them work.

> So Boeing produced a dynamically unstable airframe, the 737 Max. That is big strike No. 1. Boeing then tried to mask the 737’s dynamic instability with a software system. Big strike No. 2. Finally, the software relied on systems known for their propensity to fail (angle-of-attack indicators) and did not appear to include even rudimentary provisions to cross-check the outputs of the angle-of-attack sensor against other sensors, or even the other angle-of-attack sensor. Big strike No. 3.

Anyone writing software that can mean life and death should make sure to learn from this situation.
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april 2019
Apple spends more than $30 million a month on Amazon Web Services
Now that is a large bill! It is interesting that a company with the resources of Apple sees enough value in a 3rd party cloud service that they would spend this much with AWS instead of bringing it in-house.
april 2019
Report: 26 States Now Ban or Restrict Community Broadband - Motherboard
Anti-competitive behavior on the part of telecom companies and your easily purchased legislators. 😡
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april 2019
mockit · An open source tool to mock endpoints
Mocking API endpoints is a great way to get projects moving quickly.

> MockIt was designed and developed to help developers get off the ground faster, and give developers a quick way to create APIS for their applications whilst “real” ones are being worked on.

Cool to see an open source version of this you can run on your own.
april 2019
California VC Turns $9 Million into Eye-Popping $6.9 Billion in Uber IPO Jackpot
766 times initial investment in 8 years. That is approximately **$2 million** of appreciation a day, including weekends. 💰
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april 2019
A Technical and Cultural Assessment of the Mueller Report PDF | PDF Association
This is a fun read. Forget the politics for a moment and this is a fun analysis of the PDF file that was delivered by the Department of Justice for the Mueller Report. It is a little crazy that they didn’t digitally sign the document. There is no way to guarantee that you got the original file.
april 2019
Tips on industrial strength WiFi for normal people – A Whole Lotta Nothing
I’m worried about the future for Eero so I read this with a bit more interest. It looks like a great option if you are willing to spend a little bit to get really solid home WiFi. It is worth keeping this option in mind. 🤓
april 2019
What it's Like to View a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Someday I hope to see a real rocket take off in person. I loved reading this recap of this persons visit to see the Falcon Heavy launch.

> The roar sounds just like just what it is: an immense amount of energy unleashed all at once. It builds gradually in intensity while dropping in pitch (due to the Doppler effect.) It’s a roar that you can feel in your chest

Sounds amazing. 🚀
april 2019
Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time coming to the Mac - 9to5Mac
The Shortcuts app coming to macOS would be a big deal for me. Just a rumor so far though. 🧐
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april 2019
Explore U.S. National Parks in Google Earth
Visiting every National Park is something I've thought would be a good retirement activity. Maybe this is an option? 😬
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april 2019
Selfie Deaths Are an Epidemic | Outside Online
Oh my.

> Last October also witnessed the much-publicized deaths of travel bloggers Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Viswanath, who apparently fell while taking a selfie at Yosemite’s Taft Point, a popular rock outcrop with an 800-foot drop. A month prior, Tomar Frankfurter, an 18-year-old from Jerusalem, also fell to his death in the park while reportedly taking a selfie at Nevada Fall. Last July, three stars of High on Life, a popular YouTube thrill-seeking adventure travel show, plummeted to their deaths at a waterfall near Squamish, British Columbia. And in late March, a man from Macau fell 1,000 feet to his death while attempting to take a selfie on the rim at Grand Canyon West.

Stay safe out there! 📷🧗‍♂️
april 2019
Tinder’s move to Kubernetes – Tinder Engineering – Medium
Lessons learned moving a very big social platform to Kubernetes.
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april 2019
Facebook is working on an AI voice assistant similar to Alexa, Google Assistant — Ars Technica
You would have to be absolutely bonkers to put a microphone attached to Facebook in your house! Please no… just no.
april 2019
An Intro to Threading in Python – Real Python
Great overview of threading for Python with good code examples.
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april 2019
CalZones Review – MacStories
I need to deal with time zones frequently and most time zone apps on the App Store are garbage. This one is really well done, and has a very solid user experience.
april 2019
Desmos | Graphing Calculator
Very cool, fast, and easy to use graphing calculator in the browser. 🤓
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april 2019
Why software projects take longer than you think – a statistical model · Erik Bernhardsson
This is like reading a mathematical breakdown of what I've seen over decades of building software. It also highlights why Agile processes focus on spiking the biggest unknowns before tackling other tasks. Those individual tasks can take all of the time.
april 2019
Pete For America Design Toolkit
This is great design, and a very well done toolkit to enable supporters to embrace your materials. Great example that other politicians, companies, and really any brand could emulate.
april 2019
Opinion | What Women Know About the Internet - The New York Times
There are definitely gender differences on privacy matters.

> Even well-meaning efforts at transparency don’t always work that way for women. Lyft’s car pool service shares the registered names of passengers with everyone else in the car. The first name of an incoming passenger flashes in lights across the dashboard, a feature intended to let riders know they are in the right car. A privacy researcher told me that she once jumped into a Lyft shared ride wearing a sweatshirt with her company’s logo. The next day, she received an email from a male passenger saying, “I found you!” Clearly, he had been able to use her first name and the name of her company to track her down online.

This is a good example where more gender diversity in technology would help.
april 2019
Link Click Analytics and Privacy | WebKit
Glad to see WebKit continuing to make privacy a core feature.
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april 2019
The nutrition study the $30B supplement industry doesn’t want you to see | Ars Technica
We seem to constantly learn that food is the ultimate **analog**. We try to decompose it into numbers and weights, chemicals and nutrients. But it’s fundamentally analog. It cannot be decomposed to bits and bytes. When we try to recompose it from units, it isn't the same thing, and our bodies know.

> When the researchers picked apart effects of individual micronutrients, they found that adequate intake of vitamin K and magnesium linked to a lower risk of all-cause mortality. Also, vitamin A, vitamin K, zinc, and copper were associated with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. **But these benefits were restricted to intake only from foods—not supplements.**

As Michael Pollen stated so succinctly: [Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.](https://michaelpollan.com/articles-archive/unhappy-meals/).
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april 2019
"Ethics" and Ethics - iA
There is growing occurrence of Ethics functions in tech companies. Ethics Officers even. That is probably a gimmick, as this article suggests. This is a thoughtful analysis of what ethics can and could drive in technology companies.
april 2019
Sourced Fact
This is a cool way of showing journalism with the source material directly discoverable from the content. I spent some time thinking of a system that would do something sort of like this, a sort of open-source news. This is a well done realization of some of those ideas.
april 2019
Opinion | It’s Time to Panic About Privacy - The New York Times
A visual explainer on privacy matters. Introduces the unknown "other" uses for some of the devices we are putting in our homes.
april 2019
Great developers are raised, not hired – The Principal Developer by Eduards Sizovs
I agree with the premise of this article. Talent in technology is in high-demand, and growing technology organizations will never be able to fill all their positions by going to the market for existing talent. Teams have to learn how to hire motivated learners and develop them.

> In the current market situation, every company needs to build a mentoring capacity. The most experienced developers should find time to grow less experienced colleagues through pair programming, continuous feedback, career advice.

All great technology organizations are learning organizations, and perhaps bringing in and developing future talent is the best example of that.
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april 2019
Uber's IPO Is Historic, Despite Its $10 Billion Loss - The Atlantic
What an amazing amount of money being invested.

> Here’s a deeply strange thing about Uber, which publicly filed for its IPO today: The company has lost $10 billion from operations, just since 2016, and while riders have paid $79.4 billion for rides, many drivers attest that they can barely scrape together a living. So no part of the operation is a high-margin business, and yet Uber keeps growing and growing and growing.

If the end-game to real profit and margin for Uber is self-driving cars, one has to wonder if they can possibly lose that much money while those are being developed. I think it’s a long ways off.
april 2019
Calory Review: Simple, Convenient Calorie Tracking – MacStories
There are so many food tracking applications, and I've used a lot of them. I currently use [Ate](https://youate.com) which is all about photo journaling. There are super precise calorie loggers, but this fun logger with a delightful user experience looks really good.
april 2019
Daring Fireball: Disney+ Details: $7/Month, No Commercials, Tons of Old and New Content
This offering has some definite potential. Disney has an amazing catalog of content, and I have a high degree of confidence they will execute this well.
april 2019
3 pieces of advice in Jeff Bezos’ Shareholder Letter – On my Om
Summary of some key highlights from [Jeff Bezos Shareholder letter](https://blog.aboutamazon.com/company-news/2018-letter-to-shareholders). I really like the "Wander" point. It is very uncomfortable to do that, but acknowledging that it is a necessary component to innovation is important.
april 2019
Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2019
There is _so much_ data here that it’s hard to even navigate it all. I would be cautious since the selection process isn’t controlled, so, the data could have a lot of unknown bias based on that. However, there are enough respondents that it is absolutely valid for many things and certainly good for spotting trends.
april 2019
Helvetica Now
It’s cool to see such an iconic typeface getting updated.
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april 2019
10 questions I wish I’d asked more to turbocharge my career
Good questions for 1:1 sessions with people that you work with or want to learn from. [The book](https://juliezhuo.com/book/manager.html) sounds like it could be interesting too.
april 2019
Second-Order Thinking: What Smart People Use to Outperform
In general, think through decisions to the longer impact.

> A lot of extraordinary things in life are the result of things that are first-order negative, second order positive. So just because things look like they have no immediate payoff, doesn’t mean that’s the case. All it means is that you’ll have less competition if the second and third order consequences are positive because everyone who thinks at the first order won’t think things through.

🧐
april 2019
The Design of Apple's Credit Card
This is definitely going to be a fun card to check out.

> This level of obsession with the details is nearly expected from Apple. It’s an obsession that requires taste, wealth, expertise and an extensive supply chain, a combination unique to Apple.

I honestly didn’t expect this much design to go into the physical card.
april 2019
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