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nextdns
This looks like a compelling DNS service.

> The first cloud-based private DNS service that gives you full control over what is allowed and what is blocked on the Internet.

I’m still leaning towards using [Pi-hole](https://pi-hole.net).
10 weeks ago
An Exercise Program for the Fat Web
This may have convinced me to jump into [Pi-hole](https://pi-hole.net) and better protect privacy for my entire home network. I was using the [Eero Plus](https://eero.com/shop/eero-plus) service but I've found that to have some performance issues, and I no longer trust that it will be true to it’s mission now that they have been acquired.
11 weeks ago
A People Map of the US
This is really cool and fun to play with.

> A People Map of the US, where city names are replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident: people born in, lived in, or connected to a place.

it’s very interesting to drill down to towns you know and see the names highlighted.
11 weeks ago
Visualization: 2012–2019 US Electric Car Sales (This Is A Must See) | CleanTechnica
This visual of EV car sales over time is pretty amazing. It puts the importance of the Tesla Model 3 into perspective!
11 weeks ago
What's New in Alfred 4
I use Launchbar but Alfred tempts me with some of it’s cool capabilities.
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11 weeks ago
SR-71 Online - SR-71 Flight Manual
When I was a kid the SR-71 Blackbird was one of those amazing, nearly mythical things. How fun to be able to read the flight manual now!
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11 weeks ago
PugSQL :: SQL is Extremely Good, Actually
Nice, [KISS](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle), approach to keeping your database interfaces simple in Python.
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11 weeks ago
Chrome to limit full ad blocking extensions to enterprise users - 9to5Google
This is exactly why I will not use Chrome as my primary browser. It is a great browser, and every other browser is better because of the amazing job it did with Javascript performance. But they were the last to support [Do Not Track](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_Not_Track), and with this decision they are making it very clear that protecting your privacy is not aligned with their mission.
11 weeks ago
Announcing Minnestar's Newest Board Members - Minnestar
I’m so happy to welcome these new members to the Minnestar board! 💚
11 weeks ago
ongoing by Tim Bray · On SQS
Bray knows a lot about writing great software, and I like his rounded view on queues.

> The proportion of services I work on where queues are absolutely necessary rounds to 100%. And if you look at our customers, lots of them manage to get away without queues (good for them!) but a really huge number totally depend on them. And I don’t think that’s because the customers are stupid.

I've been on the wrong end of queues many times. It’s a massive problem when you have a production queue that is backed up and you have to somehow get the data off and moving safely. I've probably been dealing with queues for 25 years at this point. But all in, they have a very valid place in systems. Just like everything in software though, they are not magical. 🦄
11 weeks ago
Introducing Mercury OS – UX Collective
Cool conceptual framework for a different way of thinking about an operating system and the user experience for it.
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11 weeks ago
Rethinking Brand You
I enjoy Tom Peters writing on leadership and business. His "personal brand" message is often taken the wrong way.

> Yes. You give a shit, and it shows. You build your brand as a leader, not by making great speeches to thousands of people, but in conversation after conversation, one by one by one, making a small difference each time. That’s the best aspiration you can hope for, in most jobs, and probably the longest lasting.

Be authentic and genuine! 🤝
11 weeks ago
OKRs from a development team’s perspective – ZAFU LABS
We've been adopting OKR's in our team at SPS and I think there are some substantial benefits from having it. This article highlights a level that I don't think would make a lot of sense. Tying spring backlog items to OKR's seems like an odd thing.

> Shouldn’t we be using the OKRs to drive coming up with ideas in the first place instead of just wedging them in afterwards?

Yes. That is how it should work.
11 weeks ago
You got this. | Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design
I can totally relate to this post from Zeldman and his feelings around learning new technology.
11 weeks ago
How to Move Beyond a Monolithic Data Lake to a Distributed Data Mesh
This is a very dense article, and has some interesting thoughts on getting leverage from data.

> So what is the answer to the failure modes and characteristics we discussed above? In my opinion a paradigm shift is necessary. A paradigm shift at the intersection of techniques that have been instrumental in building modern distributed architecture at scale; Techniques that the tech industry at large has adopted at an accelerated rate and that have created successful outcomes.
>
> I suggest that the next enterprise data platform architecture is in the convergence of Distributed Domain Driven Architecture, Self-serve Platform Design, and Product Thinking with Data.

I think I'd have to read this a couple of times along with some others to really grok it. 🤯
11 weeks ago
Why CIOs Make The Perfect Corporate Board Members
I've been exploring board opportunities for a while and feel strongly that a CTO/CIO is of growing importance for boards. This piece hits it spot on.

> CIOs have a breadth and depth of understanding of their companies and industries that give them an exceptionally valuable ability to contribute to the broader boardroom agenda. Adept at business case building to justify their budgets they also naturally execute in a team-based environment with other executives. Digital and technology savvy, strategic and operational business aptitude, governance aware, team-oriented, risk versed, well rounded, deeper and broader than a CFO or CEO, CIOs need to be on every corporate board.

I expect that in coming years having a CTO/CIO on the board will be considered absolutely necessary.
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11 weeks ago
How Data (and Some Breathtaking Soccer) Brought Liverpool to the Cusp of Glory - The New York Times
Good read for [Liverpool](https://www.liverpoolfc.com) fans coming into the [UEFA](https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/) Championship this weekend. It’s nice to see the data driven analysis made famous in [Moneyball](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moneyball) is thriving in soccer too! ⚽️🤓
11 weeks ago
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
Next week Apple WWDC 2019 will likely begin the transition to an entirely new UI framework for macOS. This article does a good job putting that in context and looking at the last time that happened, when NeXT OPENSTEP was in the mix.

> In 2007, Apple got the chance for a complete do-over of Mac OS X with a modern architecture optimized for touchscreen devices with powerful GPUs, but with thermal, resource, and battery constraints. That do-over was, of course, iPhone OS. […]
>
> With macOS 10.15, UIKit is finally coming back to the Mac to serve as a top-tier native application development framework alongside AppKit. This is the start of Apple's next transition, and just like last time, it's almost unfathomably difficult to see how these two completely different architectures will cooperate and find common ground.

I think this will be a fun ride. 🎢
11 weeks ago
CQRS and Event Sourcing Intro For Developers - Software House ASC
Detailed and well-written overview of this powerful architectural pattern.
11 weeks ago
Available on MasterClass: "Aaron Franklin Teaches Texas-Style BBQ" — Tools and Toys
OMG this is so amazing and awesome! I [experienced the magic of Franklin Barbecue](https://micro.thingelstad.com/2019/04/03/full-fanboy-mode.html) and this series of classes with Aaron Franklin are exceedingly well done. I've also got a bit of a '[man crush](https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mancrush)' on Franklin. I'd love to hang out for a day of smoking BBQ with him. I'd even bring the beer! 😍🍻
11 weeks ago
Interactive presentation software - Mentimeter
This looks like a solid tool

> Mentimeter is an easy-to-use presentation software used by more than 25 million people. With Mentimeter you can create fun and interactive presentations. We help you make your events, presentations, lectures, and workshops innovative and memorable.

Thanks [Paul Birkbeck](https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbirkbeck/).
11 weeks ago
H.264 is magic: a technical walkthrough of a remarkable technology.
Deep dive into the video compression method that is likely powering everything you watch.
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11 weeks ago
The Empty Promise of Data Moats – Andreessen Horowitz
Just having data doesn't mean anything if you don't have a use and have structured the data in a way to provide strategic benefit.

> None of this is to suggest data is pointless! But it does need more thoughtful consideration than leaping from “we have lots of data” to “therefore we have long-term defensibility”. Because data moats clearly don’t last (or automatically happen) through data collection alone, carefully thinking about the strategies that map onto the data journey can help you compete with — and more intentionally and proactively keep up with — a data advantage. It’s way better to plan for it than being blindsided when an asymptote or point of diminishing returns suddenly hits your company.

Having a data strategy is probably a good place to start.
12 weeks ago
Khoi Vinh on How His Blog Amplified His Work and Career – Own Your Content
Great story from a well known blogger on the value that his personal website has brought to his career and work.
12 weeks ago
Tesla: Insane or Clever – Monday Note
This article captures very well the way I think about Tesla. It’s **all** about the software.

> Turning to mainstream, legacy car companies, we have to ask what they know about software — and do they even care? The Engine Control Unit, the computer that controls ignition and fuel injection, comes from a vendor like Robert Bosch (my autokorrekt wants to write “ogre botch”); the gearbox controller from ZF (as in toothed gears, Zahnrad Fabrik) or Japan’s Aisin; and the entertainment/navigation module from Panasonic and others. And they all use bundled software. To conventional automakers, software is a sourced component, often from the lowest bidder, a hard-to-control annoyance.
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> It’s a situation that’s reminiscent of the early days of cell phones. Motorola and Nokia had software because they had to, they even boasted about being good at it, only to be displaced by competitors who loved software, namely Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

I've told many friends that driving my Tesla Model 3 feels a lot using an early iPhone. The dashboard's emptiness harkens back to the ridicule of the first iPhone, that "it doesn't even have a keyboard!" Yeah, there is no speedometer in the middle of the steering wheel. The car can become completely different with a software update. Just today I got a new software push that changes dramatically some of the on screen displays.

It’s awesome to experience this, and wether other companies catch up to batteries and motors I suspect is a given. But catching up to the unified software platform that Tesla has is going to be exceedingly hard. For everyone that is, except other software companies. 😎
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12 weeks ago
Kickstarter will not voluntarily recognize its employee union - The Verge
I didn’t realize that Kickstarter had so much internal turmoil.
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12 weeks ago
Playdate. A New Handheld Gaming System
This looks super fun, and Panic is a top-tier company that makes great products. I love the idea that this brand new handheld game unit comes with a "Season 1" of 12 games, delivered every week. [Gruber's reaction](https://daringfireball.net/2019/05/playdate) is worth reading too. Plus, it has a crank! Love that! 🤩🕹
12 weeks ago
Focused, beautiful & free blogging – Proseful
Another super simple, nicely designed blogging service. It’s never been easier to create your own website!
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12 weeks ago
The best cycling hack is a pool noodle — Quartz
I've done my share of riding on rural highways and this is a pretty great idea!
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12 weeks ago
The Human Antivenom Project | Outside Online
This is absolutely bananas. 🐍

> In the video, Friede holds the head of a Papua New Guinea taipan, one of the world’s most potently venomous snakes, against his forearm. Blood is already dripping from fang marks on his right arm, left there moments earlier by a ten-foot-long black mamba. Now the taipan bites. An attack from either snake can stop a person’s heart in a couple of hours. Other symptoms, including drooping eyelids and paralysis of the tongue, develop in seconds. But Friede calmly puts the snake back in its cage and says to the camera, “I love it. I love it. I love it.”

😲
12 weeks ago
Google Gmail tracks purchase history — how to delete it
It surprises me that people would be surprised that Google would index the email receipts that you receive to augment to your profile for advertising. Of course they would. It’s a cheap and very effective way to see purchasing activity all around the web, and in some cases offline!
may 2019
Novelist Mark Haddon Quit Twitter. Not Because It’s Terrible, But Because It Prevents Him From Being Great - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
This is spot on. I’m guessing it’s bad form to quote another articles quote, but…

> “I am taking a long break because every tweet had begun to feel like a peep of steam through my whistle — Listen to me! Listen to me! — which reduced the boiler pressure I needed to write another novel.”

Blurting out little bits of stuff has exactly this effect for me of letting out the steam. I debate often removing those outlets to force the urge to author to build up to something more substantial.
may 2019
Olivia Laing: ‘I was hooked and my drug was Twitter’ | Technology | The Guardian
The emotions that Laing describe in this article are very close to what I feel from Twitter, but certainly not as strong as she describes.

> A 2014 study by Dutch neurologists suggests that when people see an accident, they can’t at first empathise, let alone reflect, make decisions or act, because they are bombarded by an instantaneous flight/freeze/fight response, which has to wear off before they can think in more helpful ways. **It seems to me now that being on Twitter was like watching a perpetual car crash.**

Ever since I've stopped following any profiles and only use Twitter to syndicate to, I've not had this problem, which is great.
may 2019
Can “Indie” Social Media Save Us? | The New Yorker
Nice writeup by Cal Newport about IndieWeb solutions. I like that he highlights my own microblogging platform of choice, [micro.blog](https://micro.blog)! He's skeptical they can have the scale of the surveillance networks out there today.

> Despite its advantages, however, I suspect that the IndieWeb will not succeed in replacing existing social-media platforms at their current scale. For one thing, the IndieWeb lacks the carefully engineered addictiveness that helped fuel the rise of services like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This addictiveness has kept people returning to their devices even when they know there are better uses for their time; remove the addiction, and you might lose the users.

I totally agree, but I also don't think the goal is to be that scale. These services are human scale, and that is part of what makes them great.
may 2019
Idle Words - Talks - Privacy Rights and Data Collection in a Digital Economy (Senate hearing)
Very well stated position on privacy from Pinboard's Maciej Cegłowski about privacy. I particularly like the enumerated goals for privacy legislation.

> The final, and paramount goal, of privacy regulation should be to preserve our liberty.

Well stated. 👏
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may 2019
Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech - The Glowforge Blog
This is a concept that Amazon particularly has highlighted as a good thing.

> What really happens? The loudest, most bombastic engineer states their case with certainty, and that shuts down discussion. Other people either assume the loudmouth knows best, or don’t want to stick out their neck and risk criticism and shame. This is especially true if the loudmouth is senior, or there is any other power differential.
>
> Diverse members of your team may be less likely to have experienced the collegial, open debate environment, and may feel uncertain of their position. This means you might not hear their ideas. Given the extensive research that shows diverse teams make smarter decisions, this is tragic.

I think there is some truth to this.
may 2019
Amazon’s Away Teams laid bare: How AWS's hivemind of engineers develop and maintain their internal tech • The Register
These concepts that Amazon has built into the AWS engineering organization are really interesting, and you can see how they are directly designed to fight against bad patterns. The 'away team' concept I think could also be called 'inner source'. I dig the idea that if your team is the last and only team using a service, you now own the service. It encourages folks to move forward with deprecation. The thing I wonder on articles like this is if a design that works for a giant organization growing so fast has any applicability to 99% of the rest of organizations out there.
may 2019
Bunch, a batch app launcher for your Dock - BrettTerpstra.com
For years I've used a script in [AppleScript](https://developer.apple.com/library/archive/documentation/AppleScript/Conceptual/AppleScriptLangGuide/introduction/ASLR_intro.html) called "Launch Apps.scpt" and when I get to work I run it to start the dozen or so applications that I run all day, every day. Bunch is an app version of that, and has some fun additional features. A fun project that [Brett Terpstra](https://brettterpstra.com) has added to [his list](https://brettterpstra.com/projects/).
may 2019
Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry | WIRED
I enjoyed reading this article from Paul Ford reflecting on the "magic" that we sometimes forget, and occasionally misuse, in the technology industry.

> And of course I rarely get to build software anymore.
>.
> I would like to. Something about the interior life of a computer remains infinitely interesting to me; it’s not romantic, but it is a romance. You flip a bunch of microscopic switches really fast **and culture pours out.**

The emphasis is mine there. I simply loved that turn of phrase – that culture pours out. How delightful.

> And here I squirm and twist. _Because—because we have judged you and found you wanting._ Because you do not speak with a confident cadence, because you cannot show us how to balance a binary tree on a whiteboard, because you overlabored the difference between UI and UX, because you do not light up in the way that we light up when hearing about some obscure bug, some bad button, the latest bit of outrageousness on Hacker News. Because the things you learned are already, six months later, not exactly what we need. Because the industry is still overlorded by people like me, who were lucky enough to have learned the etiquette early, to even know there was an etiquette.

That is a great way to capture the lack of inclusion in technology culture. it’s completely spot on as well.

> A new computer is the blankest of canvases. You can fill it with files. You can make it into a web server. You can send and receive email, design a building, draw a picture, write 1,000 novels. You could have hundreds of users or one. It used to cost tens of thousands of dollars, and now it costs as much as a fancy bottle of wine.

I loved this idea of a computer as a blank canvas as well. Really the entire article is a delight to read. Do yourself a favor and give it a read, particularly if you have always been drawn to computers.
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may 2019
Millions of people uploaded photos to the Ever app. Then the company used them to develop facial recognition tools.
We need a name for services like this that provide some utility to a user, almost always for free, and then use the data provided to run a completely unrelated, often surveillance focused business on the other side. How about **[Doppelgänger](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppelgänger) business**?

> What isn’t obvious on Ever’s website or app — except for a brief reference that was added to the privacy policy after NBC News reached out to the company in April — is that the photos people share are used to train the company’s facial recognition system, and that Ever then offers to sell that technology to private companies, law enforcement and the military.

The Ever AI screenshots in the article looks like a Doppelgänger of the Ever one.
may 2019
PHP in 2019 - stitcher.io
This is a good recap of the massive improvements made in PHP since the jump to 7.x. I think of PHP as "The People's Language". It’s approachable, and frankly the web is probably run by PHP more than any other language (every WordPress site, every MediaWiki site, including Wikipedia, etc.) PHP does have a terrible reputation, half of which is deserved because the language did have many issues, the other half it gets because so many developers learn to code in PHP and thus the poor practices of novice developers show up a lot. In truth, an experienced developer using PHP 7.x can write elegant solutions.
may 2019
Cooking As A Service – danco.blog
Interesting data on trends around food and cooking. I certainly enjoy dining out, but I read this article on the merits of "outsourcing" food preparation and wonder when you need to look at it differently, and just be clear that making some portion of your food is just called being human.
may 2019
API design: Why you should use links, not keys, to represent relationships in APIs | Google Cloud Blog
I am a fan of this concept and have advocated for it in platforms for a while, particularly large and complicated platforms, which most are.

> Viewed from an implementation point of view, replacing all the database keys with links is a fairly simple change—the server converted the database foreign keys into URLs so the client didn't have to—but it significantly simplifies the API and reduces the coupling of the client and the server. Many URI templates that were essential for the first design are no longer required and can be removed from the API specification and documentation.

Think of your platform as a little web (lowercase w) of it’s own, and using links to establish the relationships. 🔗
may 2019
Disrupting the Tech Profession’s Gender Gap
This is a shocking statistic.

> In 2016, technology industry recruiter Speak With a Geek sent out 5,000 resumes with identical information to companies. One set of resumes included gendered names and biographical information, and the other set omitted those details. When those identifying aspects were removed from the resumes, 54 percent of the women received interview offers; when gendered names and other biographical information were provided, only 5 percent of them did.

54% to 5% with no difference in the data itself? 😳

The article highlights what I think is one of the keys to improving technology teams, creating an inclusive culture and environment. Yes, you need to do the structural things, but nurturing an inclusive culture is critical to sustained improvement, in a number of different areas. Thanks to [Mike Carey](https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikecarey929/) for the link! 👍
may 2019
Denver votes to decriminalise magic mushrooms by razor-thin margin - BBC News
I bet this vote doesn't go this way without Michael Pollan's recent book [How to Change Your Mind](https://michaelpollan.com/books/how-to-change-your-mind/). It’s a good and enlightening read.
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may 2019
Amazon S3 Path Deprecation Plan – The Rest of the Story | AWS News Blog
Changing how S3 handles paths is a huge migration effort for a large part of the internet.
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may 2019
Why Go? – Key advantages you may have overlooked · YourBasic Go
Arguments for Go with comparisons to Java and Python. 🤓
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may 2019
The Time of Day Has a Significant Effect on Your Productivity
I've been wanting to read [When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing](https://www.danpink.com/books/when/) by Daniel Pink for a while and this article makes me want to read it more. It feels like there is something here. I see it in business, when people schedule meetings dependent only on availability. There are times that just don't work for certain conversations.
may 2019
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.
>
> 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.
>
> 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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