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Soulver 3 for Mac: The MacStories Review – MacStories
Soulver is one of those niche Mac and iOS apps that you don't really get the hang of at first, and then when you do you find it super handy. I like the changes in this new version, but I’m surprised they released it ahead of the iOS version being at parity. Especially with a changed file format.
9 weeks ago
My personal journey from MIT to GPL | Drew DeVault’s Blog
I like the journey described here and it echos why I use [Creative Commons](https://creativecommons.org) licenses with a similar "[Share Alike](https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/Share_Alike)" clause.
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9 weeks ago
In Court, Facebook Blames Users for Destroying Right to Privacy
Curious how Facebook really thinks about your private data? Read this. Don't bother with the PR and Marketing copy, look at how the lawyers defend the company in court.
9 weeks ago
Opinion | In Stores, Secret Bluetooth Surveillance Tracks Your Every Move - The New York Times
This is a good reason to be wary of installing retailer apps on your iPhone, it gives a hook to get all sorts of private information from you that just isn't available in a browser. I also think it should be required that Bluetooth beacons be visible and identified in stores. I think it’s fine to have them, but you should be upfront with your customer and let them know that they are there and specifically let them see where they are.
9 weeks ago
Looking for a Job? America’s Listings Are Inscrutable - The Atlantic
The over-caffeinated job description is a bit of the sign of the times. I have a suspicion that in addition to not describing the role well, it also doesn't connect with candidates as well as people might think.
9 weeks ago
242 Year Old Birkenstock is Not Interested in Being on Fashion's "Trendy Punch List" — The Fashion Law
I've owned Birkenstock's for as long as I can remember. Each pair last several years. I even get them re-corked sometimes. I love the ethos they are espousing here:

> “It was never about function for them, just logos,” Klaus Baumann, Birkenstock’s chief sales officer, speaking about Supreme, which regularly draws long lines of consumers outside of its store every week on Thursday when it “drops” new products, including collaborations. “These were not product people.”
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> Birkenstock’s management is seemingly unimpressed by such antics.

"These were not product people." Love that. Via [Five Things on Friday #300](https://us8.campaign-archive.com/?u=a84512488c22cce34b03cbcaa&id=3574e85eaa).
9 weeks ago
Meet the new Dropbox | Dropbox Blog
I stopped using Dropbox a couple years ago, and I’m glad I did. I just wanted to simplify and I could put everything on iCloud Drive. This announcement raises the age old question: is all software destined to become bloatware? 😕
9 weeks ago
Introducing support for U2F security keys | 1Password
This might give me a reason to get a U2F key. 🔐
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9 weeks ago
The New Wilderness (Idle Words)
I like how [Maciej Cegłowski](https://idlewords.com/about.htm) frames the privacy topic (and a number of other topics for that matter). I've wished that the Internet had a form of "zoning" in this regard. In everyday life we make a number of assumptions about our privacy informed by our surroundings. When in a restaurant or store, I don't assume I have any privacy. When in a park, I do assume I have privacy.

> Our discourse around privacy needs to expand to address foundational questions about the role of automation: To what extent is living in a surveillance-saturated world compatible with pluralism and democracy? What are the consequences of raising a generation of children whose every action feeds into a corporate database? What does it mean to be manipulated from an early age by machine learning algorithms that adaptively learn to shape our behavior?

It would be nice if you could understand your privacy situation based on your surroundings in the digital world.
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9 weeks ago
Opinion | We Read 150 Privacy Policies. They Were an Incomprehensible Disaster. - The New York Times
This has some great visualization of various privacy policies. It's telling how companies that tend to have a pro-privacy bend like Craigslist and Duck Duck Go are readable in a couple minutes with high-school level education. Facebook requires 18 minutes and a college level education. CNN and Hulu require you to be a legal professional to understand them. Airbnb is in a world of its own.

> Airbnb’s privacy policy, on the other hand, is particularly inscrutable. It’s full of long, jargon-laden sentences that obscure Airbnb’s data practices and provides cover to use data in expansive ways. For example, here is how Airbnb justifies collecting users’ personal information. Vague language like “adequate performance” and “legitimate interest” allows for a wide range of interpretation, providing flexibility for Airbnb to defend its data practices in a lawsuit while making it harder for users to understand what is being done with their data.

This is where services such as [Terms of Service; Didn't Read](https://tosdr.org) should be able to help crowdsource these intentionally obfuscated documents and turn them into something that normal people can understand. However, these services, like many in the pro-privacy space, aren't exactly taking off like wildfire.
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9 weeks ago
Regulating Big Tech makes them stronger, so they need competition instead - Open Voices
[Cory Doctorow](https://craphound.com) writing in The Economist about the unintended consequences of additional regulation of tech giants. Keep this in mind when you hear companies like Facebook start to say that they think privacy regulation is a good idea. There is a potential they see that as a great way to lock in their monopoly status for the long haul.
9 weeks ago
The world in which IPv6 was a good design - apenwarr
Fun read about the evolution of the network stack to IPv4, the hacks put in place around it, and the dream of IPv6 versus the reality. 🤓
9 weeks ago
Post Death Internet Service – WARREN ELLIS LTD
Services that extend beyond your death are an interesting area. A common one thought of is personal website hosting. The idea of queuing messages is an obvious one too.
9 weeks ago
Bond - Mary Meeker's Internet Trends 2019
The annual tablet of data from Mary Meeker on the state of the Internet. *333 slides!* 😅
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9 weeks ago
Maker Faire halts operations and lays off all staff | TechCrunch
This bums me out. [Make: Magazine](https://makezine.com) and Maker Faire's are really cool events. I subscribe to the magazine. I hope the organization finds a soft landing and can continue to operate in some way.
9 weeks ago
I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me
Call to action on what to do to protect privacy online.

> Not to be outdone, another startup projected a map of San Francisco with a red line tracking a real, anonymous person throughout their day. He challenged us to infer what we could about her. She left the house at 7 a.m. Went to Starbucks. Went to a school. Went to a yoga studio. Went back to the school. She was a mother with at least one child, and we knew where she lived. We knew this because this woman’s cell phone was tracking her every move. As does every other cell phone, including the one in your pocket right now.

I like the four steps that are outlined to give people the control they deserve.
9 weeks ago
Hands-On with iPadOS and iOS 13: Changes Big and Small – MacStories
Highlights of some of the changes coming in iPadOS. This is solid stuff for people that want to do more of their work on their iPad, like me. 🙌
9 weeks ago
Salesforce is buying data visualization company Tableau for $15.7B in all-stock deal | TechCrunch
This is a big deal and a major get for Salesforce. A while back Salesforce tried to make their Wave offering a thing in this space. It never really got traction.
10 weeks ago
iOS 13 cracks down on location permission settings - 9to5Mac
This looks like a great way to highlight for the user what they are about to share. 🙌
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10 weeks ago
The IA Client – The Swiss Army Knife of Internet Archive | Internet Archive Blogs
Cool to see Internet Archive building a command line tool like this to help people automate collection of data to the archive. 🛠
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10 weeks ago
The Making of a YouTube Radical - The New York Times
This is a pretty incredible, detailed walk-through of how following a series of videos on YouTube changed this individuals outlook. So much of this content is not visible to most people.

> Perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise. Our political culture is now built largely on shapeshifting internet platforms, which have made flipping partisan allegiances as easy as changing hairstyles. It’s possible that vulnerable young men like Mr. Cain will drift away from radical groups as they grow up and find stability elsewhere. It’s also possible that this kind of whiplash polarization is here to stay as political factions gain and lose traction online.

I honestly tend to avoid YouTube. I've found the whole platform to be a bit of a mess.
10 weeks ago
Exercise-Bike Maker Peloton Files Confidentially for IPO - WSJ
I’m a huge fan of our Peloton gear and the service. Seems like it would be a good investment!
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10 weeks ago
In Conversation with Juan Porral and Gregory Haley | FOD NYC
Greg was one of my roommates in college and his passion for architecture and design has always been so front and center. Reading this interview with him it reminded me a lot of people that build software as well. Greg highlights that design brings people together and is relatable. There is a lot of technology that aspires to do the same thing. 😎
10 weeks ago
Xcode - SwiftUI - Apple Developer
SwiftUI looks amazing and simple. 🕴
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10 weeks ago
How to Organize Your Life With GTD (Step-By-Step Workflow Guide)
Good introduction and overview of GTD. I've been using GTD for 10+ years and plan on using it for another 10 and more.
10 weeks ago
How Cooking Can Change Your Life - Michael Pollan - YouTube
Great, short talk from [Michael Pollan](https://michaelpollan.com) on the importance of the fundamental act of cooking food for ourselves and our families. Via [Patrick Rhone](https://www.patrickrhone.net/how-cooking-can-change-your-life-michael-pollan/) and [Swissmiss](https://www.swiss-miss.com/2019/06/in-defense-of-home-cooking.html)
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10 weeks ago
An update on Sunday’s service disruption | Google Cloud Blog
When the biggest cloud providers in the world have issues it’s a good reminder on how hard it is to run technology platforms, at scale, continuously.

> In essence, the root cause of Sunday’s disruption was a configuration change that was intended for a small number of servers in a single region. The configuration was incorrectly applied to a larger number of servers across several neighboring regions, and it caused those regions to stop using more than half of their available network capacity.

Sounds similar to other big outages, unintended consequences of a change or accidental scoping of a change. These changes come from expert administrators, so the machines follow the direction. I don't think it'll be that long before we build some skepticism into our platforms to not always trust even an expert administrators direction if the scope of that change is large.
10 weeks ago
Apple’s Audacity – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Thompson's recap of the WWDC 2019 announcements is insightful. He gave a lot of attention to the new Sign In with Apple capability and the privacy components of it.

> This is the context for Sign In with Apple: developers can now let Apple handle identity instead of Facebook or Google. Furthermore, users creating accounts with Sign In with Apple have the option of using a unique email address per service, breaking that key link to their data profiles, wherever they are housed.

I've been using [Maskmail](https://www.maskmail.net) to create unique email addresses and one of the things that frustrates me is how many websites block services that allow you to generate random email addresses. One upside to Apple doing this is I don't see people trying to block them.
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10 weeks ago
The Full List of Automation Triggers in Shortcuts for iOS 13 – MacStories
This is a pretty big power user feature coming to iOS. Being able to trigger a Shortcut on the events shown here will bring a whole new set of customization capabilities to Shortcuts. 👏
10 weeks ago
Shopify Unveils First State of Commerce Report - MarketWatch
A variety of retail consumer behavior information collected by Shopify. Some interesting highlights in here.
10 weeks ago
iOS 13: The MacStories Overview – MacStories
I really dig these improvements coming in iOS 13. Scheduling Shortcuts to run on a schedule opens up a whole bunch of new things that you can do on your phone. The photos changes look great. I don't use Reminders, I’m an OmniFocus user, but the improvements there will be welcome by many people. Good stuff! 👍
11 weeks ago
watchOS 6: The MacStories Overview – MacStories
Good overview of new capabilities coming in watchOS 6. Looks like some good stuff.
11 weeks ago
iPadOS: The MacStories Overview – MacStories
Solid overview of the capabilities coming in the newly named iPadOS!
11 weeks ago
Announcing Snowflake on Google Cloud Platform | Google Cloud Blog
We have had amazing success with Snowflake and it’s great to see that it is now on all three of the major cloud providers!
11 weeks ago
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).
11 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.
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> 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. […]
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> 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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12 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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may 2019
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! 🤩🕹
may 2019
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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may 2019
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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may 2019
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.”

😲
may 2019
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.
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> 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.
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> 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
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