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John Allspaw: “Getting the messy details is critical”
Success results in more stuff.

> Another way of saying this is successful software never gets simpler. I think that’s something we can all agree on. That growing success and therefore that growing complexity makes it more and more difficult for people to understand how it all works right.

Doing this well is one of the hardest tasks in technology companies.
august 2019
Matterwiki - A simple and beautiful wiki for teams
I’m still a fan of wikis and what they enable. We need more simple and easy wikis like this.

> Matterwiki is just that, a simple wiki for teams to store and collaborate on knowledge. People use it to store documentation, notes, culture guidelines, employee onboarding content and everything else they want to.

😎
august 2019
Our Biggest Mac Release Ever: The New Toggl Desktop App Is Here - Toggl Blog
I use Toggle along with automation in Shortcuts to keep track of where my time goes. Nice to see they have a handy macOS app now too!
august 2019
Apple Maps in iOS 13: Sights Set on Google – MacStories
I use Apple Maps almost exclusively and find it works pretty great for my stuff. I am eager to see what this newest generation of mapping is capable of. The Apple Map cars are collecting an impressive array of data.
august 2019
Daring Fireball: Superhuman and Email Privacy
I’m not a fan of read receipts. I disable them in the Weekly Thing, and I really wish that email software did a better job of protecting users from this form of surveillance.
july 2019
Whimsical — The Visual Workspace
This looks like a very powerful tool to use for diagrams, flowcharts. Just the collaborative sticky notes are pretty amazing. I’m definitely going to keep this around. 👍
july 2019
The helicopter team that films the Tour de France is one of a kind | Ars Technica
Broadcasting the Tour de France as it travels throughout the country is a complicated job!

> Circling at 2,000 feet (600m), the relay helo takes camera feeds and sends them to a fixed-wing aircraft flying higher at 10,000 to 25,000 feet (3,000-7,600m), depending on weather. The airplane sends the combined feeds back down to two receive trucks located along the race course.

The work they put into it shows. The views from the helicopters are often stunning while watching the Tour.
july 2019
Zoom Zero Day: 4+ Million Webcams & maybe an RCE? Just get them to visit your website!
Yikes.

> This vulnerability leverages the amazingly simple Zoom feature where you can just send anyone a meeting link (for example https://zoom.us/j/492468757) and when they open that link in their browser their Zoom client is magically opened on their local machine. I was curious about how this amazing bit of functionality was implemented and how it had been implemented securely. Come to find out, it really hadn’t been implemented securely. Nor can I figure out a good way to do this that doesn’t require an additional bit of user interaction to be secure.

🚨

[Response from Zoom](https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2019/07/08/response-to-video-on-concern/).

And a [better response from the CEO of Zoom](https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2019/07/10/security-update-and-our-ongoing-efforts/).
july 2019
How can you improve your organization’s data strategy?
A bit pithy but the categories would work well to identify areas to focus on.
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july 2019
Cloudflare outage caused by bad software deploy (updated)
Actually caused by a regular expression change.

> Unfortunately, one of these rules contained a regular expression that caused CPU to spike to 100% on our machines worldwide. This 100% CPU spike caused the 502 errors that our customers saw. At its worst traffic dropped by 82%.

Reminds me of that great saying…

> Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems. ([source](http://regex.info/blog/2006-09-15/247))

🤪
july 2019
Sunshine
Simple page to tell you how much daylight there is left.
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july 2019
Choose Boring Technology
This is a very well known talk at this point and this is a great way to take in the key concepts.

> If you think about innovation as a scarce resource, it starts to make less sense to also be on the front lines of innovating on databases. Or on programming paradigms.

Choose to innovate where it matters.
july 2019
How to pick a random number from 1-10
This is a fun read, and why is 7 such a popular number for people to pick? 🤓
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july 2019
An intro to the great language with the strange name – IBM Developer
I’ve used awk in a copy/paste way not really knowing what was happening under the hood. This is a quick and easy overview. I bet there are a decent chunk of little Python, Ruby, or Perl scripts that awk would do better or as good.
june 2019
Wavēy — A set of vibrant wallpapers
A set of vibrant wallpapers in 4 themes, for Mac, iPad & iPhone.
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june 2019
Coaching - Managing Time | Silicon Valley Product Group
Good advice for product managers on prioritizing their time to objectives.

> One way or another, if you can’t manage to clear four hours a day during your workday, then I only know of two possibilities – either you extend your workday, or you fail to deliver results and so you fail at your job.

Everything here applies to any job. The specifics may be different, but if you don't have control of your time how can you possibly believe you have control of your outcomes? ⌚️
june 2019
Fowling, the Ultimate Tailgating Game
So we were watching the final episode of [The Amazing Race](https://www.cbs.com/shows/amazing_race/) and it featured a **fowling** challenge. I had never seen this and it looks awesome. Kubb, Bags, Ladder Golf — time to add Fowling to the list! 🎳🏈
june 2019
Track This | A new kind of Incognito
I love this kind of sabotage. Do everything you can to block internet surveillance machines, and while your at it intentionally create activity that will confuse the algorithms to no end.
june 2019
★ Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple — Daring Fireball
Wow! 💥 John Gruber is probably the best person in the world to write about this [news release](https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/06/jony-ive-to-form-independent-design-company-with-apple-as-client/) and what it means. While I think Ive has been pretty disconnected for a while now, I will still miss Ive's white room, voice from nowhere video introductions of new devices.
june 2019
Minneapolis Women in Tech Breakfast with Jennifer Tejada, CEO fo PagerDuty - YouTube
SPS' own [Amy Patton](https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyjpatton/) co-hosted this event with [Jennifer Tejada](https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenntejada1/) of PagerDuty, and led the Fireside Chat Q&A format. I greatly enjoyed [the event](https://micro.thingelstad.com/2019/06/26/excited-to-attend.html) and Jennifer's experiences as CEO of PagerDuty were insightful and fun to hear. This was the first Women in Tech event that I have attended, but it won't be my last. Having men in technology involved in these conversations is important to our industry making progress.
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june 2019
Ethical Principles, OKRs, and KPIs: what YouTube and Facebook could learn from Tukey | Data Science Institute
Making the case that driving to continuous improvement of objectives and key results, absent of ethical principles, is a recipe to potentially do significant harm. You need to make sure you know where you are going, in addition to how quickly you are getting there!
june 2019
Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Ben Thompson with a thorough article about Facebook's Libra and the trade-offs in it's design, as well as where Facebook would win.

> To put it another way, Libra has the potential to significantly decrease friction when it comes to the movement of money; of course this potential is hardly limited to Libra — the reduction in friction is one of the selling points of digital currencies generally — but by virtue of being supported by Facebook, particularly the Calibra wallet that will be both a standalone app and also built into Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, accessing Libra will likely be much simpler than accessing other cryptocurrencies. When it comes to decreasing friction, simplifying the user experience matters just as much as eliminating intermediary institutions.

Good read if you are interested in this new thing that Facebook is going after.
june 2019
How Verizon and a BGP Optimizer Knocked Large Parts of the Internet Offline Today
Great post from Cloudflare about a large scale routing issue that impacted some big sites on the Internet. it is amazing how much impact a small error like this can have.

> Today at 10:30UTC, the Internet had a small heart attack. A small company in Northern Pennsylvania became a preferred path of many Internet routes through Verizon (AS701), a major Internet transit provider. This was the equivalent of Waze routing an entire freeway down a neighborhood street — resulting in many websites on Cloudflare, and many other providers, to be unavailable from large parts of the Internet. This should never have happened because Verizon should never have forwarded those routes to the rest of the Internet. To understand why, read on.

Yikes. 😬
june 2019
Painting a Picture of Your Infrastructure in Minutes | Spotify Labs
This type of dynamic, graph-based service map work is a big deal in a modern Microservices architecture. This used to be done with documentation, but modern environments change far too fast for that, and the complexity is too much for a people-based process.
june 2019
Stack History: A Timeline of Slack's Tech Stack Evolution | StackShare
"Nascar shots" of all the tech Slack has used at various stages. I absolutely love that PHP was there in the beginning. 🤩
june 2019
What it’s like to be on House Hunters and House Hunters International
House Hunters is one of our families guilty pleasures, particularly if we are all in a hotel and winding down for the night. I've always assumed it was embellished, but it's actually much more so than expected.
june 2019
How do you delegate to a group of people?
Interesting walkthrough about working across a leadership team.
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june 2019
Introducing time.cloudflare.com
Cloudflare keeps introducing these foundational services for the Internet. They have incredible technical chops, and seem to be doing amazing work.
june 2019
A different kind of new manager checklist: The 4 essential questions to ask yourself as a leader - Know Your Team
Great questions to consider as a leader. I would also think these should be revisited regularly.
june 2019
Forget monoliths vs. microservices. Cognitive load is what matters. | TechBeacon
This seems like a much more human way to define what Microservices mean. Focus on boundaries that enable the people working with and on the system to understand it more easily. If the grain gets too small, it's hard to follow, and too big makes it too complex to understand.
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june 2019
21wallpaper - Download curated wallpapers for you screen
Cool website with some creative backgrounds for your devices. Device backgrounds is an interesting way to bring some art into your day to day. Via [Dense Discovery 42](https://www.densediscovery.com/issues/42).
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june 2019
Swedish Couple Builds Greenhouse Around Home to Stay Warm and Grow Food All Year Long
Cool idea for a house where the winters are long. The video is interesting as well and goes through the infrastructure. I wish they would have shown it in the winter though.
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june 2019
44 engineering management lessons | defmacro
Solid list of short, quick pieces of advice for a new engineering manager. 👍
june 2019
Scientists shocked by Arctic permafrost thawing 70 years sooner than predicted | Environment | The Guardian
Climate news just seems to be going from bad to worse, and at the same time the likelihood of governments, companies, etc. doing anything about it seems less and less likely. I wouldn't rely on tech stopping these trends. Maybe it will help us deal with the consequences. 🤷‍♂️
june 2019
The Mystery of the Miserable Employees: How to Win in the Winner-Take-All Economy - The New York Times
This article connects the analytical approaches used in highly data-driven sports like baseball, with a quantitative approach to understanding what makes people successful in their jobs. This specifically dives into a large team at Microsoft where people expressed dissatisfaction with work-life balance. The exploration of instinctive reasons for this proved wrong. Through survey data they found some good reminders (emphasis added).

> One of their findings was that people who worked extremely long work weeks were not necessarily more effective than those who put in a more normal 40 to 50 hours. In particular, when managers put in lots of evening and weekend hours, their employees started matching the behavior and became less engaged in their jobs, according to surveys. **Another finding was that one of the strongest predictors of success for middle managers was that they held frequent one-on-one meetings with the people who reported directly to them.** Third: People who made lots of contacts across departments tended to have longer, better careers within the company. There was even an element of contagion, in that managers with broad networks passed their habits on to their employees.

The more interesting data came when they looked at data that quantified the teams experiences (emphasis added).

> The two kept iterating until something emerged in the data. People in Mr. Ostrum’s division were spending an awful lot of time in meetings: **an average of 27 hours a week.** That wasn’t so much more than the typical team at Microsoft. **But what really distinguished those teams with low satisfaction scores from the rest was that their meetings tended to include a lot of people — 10 or 20 bodies arrayed around a conference table coordinating plans, as opposed to two or three people brainstorming ideas.**
>
> The issue wasn’t that people had to fly to China or make late-night calls. People who had taken jobs requiring that sort of commitment seemed to accept these things as part of the deal. The issue was that their managers were clogging their schedules with overcrowded meetings, reducing available hours for tasks that rewarded more focused concentration — thinking deeply about trying to solve a problem.

I have my own bespoke system for tracking calendar analytics. I track a handful of dimensions on the data in addition to just frequency and scheduled v. unscheduled time. I track wether I scheduled the meeting or if someone else did, to get a sense of how much of my time I am directing. I also track special flags for meetings with just one other person, a one-on-one meeting, as well as a flag for large meetings with a lot of attendees. Most recently I've also started attaching an emoji to each event to gauge a qualitative rating of the meeting. I'm now using that data to both correlate my own level of excitement about various parts of my work as well as insure that I'm putting my most precious resource, time, towards my most important objectives.
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june 2019
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