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Analyzing hundreds of millions of SSL handshakes | Little Short Bulletins
Interesting read on real world activity in SSL certs. It’s awesome that Let's Encrypt is already servicing the majority of SSL certificates. I didn’t even think you could make a certificate that didn’t expire for a 100 years.
september 2019
Opinion | Don’t Trust Facebook With Your Love Life - The New York Times
It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would trust Facebook with more of their personal data. I concur with the recommendation. The question to ask with nearly any move that Facebook makes is "What data does this give them to better monetize me?".
september 2019
The Egg
Interesting read to make you think for a moment. 🥚
september 2019
Travis Kalanick wrote an awesome letter to Uber employees. They never saw it. - without bullshit
I always assumed Kalanick was unrepentant about the caustic culture that he helped create at Uber, but it looks like he did see the light right at the end. It was far, far too late by then though. The analysis of this never-sent email is a fun read.
september 2019
A Radical Guide to Spending Less Time on Your Phone
I know a lot of people that feel like they inadvertently spend too much time on their phones.

> Over the years, though, that pride has worn off. My phone, once a source of liberation — I could check my email without having to go home, which meant I could spend more time out doing things — eventually became a weight that tied me down. Instead of making me better at my job, it started preventing what Cal Newport calls “deep work” — focused, dedicated, creative time. Instead of helping me have fun, it was making me miserable.
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> So recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to use it less. About how to get the benefits from the technology without all the downsides.

I have done some of these things for a long time, others I would not recommend. All are good food for thought.
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september 2019
Apple Music launches a public beta on the web | TechCrunch
This works really well, and if you have iTunes Match it even shows your own music.
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september 2019
Continuous Compliance | Dave Farley’s Weblog
This is a good set of idea if you need to deal with regulators and compliance as you build software.
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september 2019
Minimum Viable Bureaucracy — Acko.net
A rant of sort on many aspects of modern business environments and tools, with a call to action around writing with clarity.

> The best way to capture the necessary mindset is that of Minimum Viable Bureaucracy: we need to make our tools and processes work for us, with a minimum amount of fuss for the maximum amount of benefit, without any illusions that the technology will simply do it for us. It can even save your bacon when the shit hits the fan.

Wikis deserve a lot more credit than people give them.
september 2019
The history of Tetris randomizers - Simon Laroche
I’m a sucker for anything about the history of Tetris. I honestly hadn't considered that the randomizer for Tetris was anything but random, but it makes sense that it would be specialized with some rules.
september 2019
Spam In your Calendar? Here’s What to Do. — Krebs on Security
This is one of the most insidious forms of spamming that I see. Easy to follow directions for ways to limit the impact of this garbage. 😡
september 2019
swissmiss | How To Write by Elizabeth Gilbert
Great suggestions for writing. Doesn't matter what you are writing, all of these could be applied.
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september 2019
Camera sales are falling sharply – On my Om
I have made significant investments in Canon camera gear. Expensive lenses, powerful bodies, etc. It’s hard to see any path for this gear outside of the very specific needs of professional shooters.

> I have a five-year old camera, and I can’t conceive of a convincing reason to get a new one. The one I own was very good at the start of its life, it cost me a lot of money, and I suspect it has a long life ahead of it. And to be clear, I am extremely fond of my camera. I find absolutely no joy in the demise of the standalone camera.

When someone that put up the money for a Leica is saying that, camera companies must realize they are in a no win spot.
september 2019
Just Delete Me | A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services.
Great resource to easily find pages to delete your profiles places. I like that it also includes an indication of the level of difficulty. If only there were API methods for these kinds of requests!
september 2019
Journaling :: Up and to the Right — Jonathan Borichevskiy
This idea of multiple "levels" of journaling is worthwhile. I often think level 1 is a waste of time, but maybe a better way to think of it is as a doorway to the other levels.
september 2019
You’re Not Lazy, Bored, or Unmotivated - Forge
Not getting to that project, or that thing you want to do?

> You’re not lazy. You’re not bored. You’re not unmotivated. What you are — what all of us are — is afraid. And the best advice for overcoming fear is the bland three-word sentence Nike turned into the most successful marketing slogan of all time (after slightly tweaking a serial killer’s last words): Just do it.

This reminds me a lot of what [Pressfield](https://stevenpressfield.com) calls "[the resistance](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resistance_(creativity))"
september 2019
Time Tracking with Timeular — MacSparky
I use my calendar along with some custom Shortcut scripts and Toggl to track my time, and I don't attempt to track non-scheduled time. Capturing your time is a very useful tool though, and having a physical object that you move to different positions seems like something that would actually work to track non-scheduled time.
september 2019
Tim Harford — Article — What we get wrong about meetings – and how to make them worth attending
A short essay on meetings.

> A good meeting is a good meeting less because of what happens at the time, but because of what came before — and most importantly, what comes after.

This is very true.
september 2019
Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure | Ars Technica
This is a fun read on the early history of Unix. Consider the 50 years of Unix in two ways. it’s truly amazing that every smartphone you see is powered by a Unix-based system that started 50 years ago, that the technology has lasted that long. On the other hand, consider that it’s taken **five decades** for the combined intelligence of software developers to create a Unix kernel that is as stable as what we have today.

> The rest has quite literally made tech history. By the late 1970s, a copy of the operating system found its way out to the University of California at Berkeley, and in the early 1980s, programmers there adapted it to run on PCs. Their version of Unix, the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), was picked up by developers at NeXT, the company Steve Jobs founded after leaving Apple in 1985. When Apple purchased NeXT in 1996, BSD became the starting point for OS X and iOS.

Writing an operating system is not for the faint of heart.
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september 2019
devopsdays Minneapolis 2019 - Megan Tischler - The Art of Continuous Improvement - YouTube
One of #TeamSPS doing a lightning talk at DevOpsDays Minneapolis 2019! 🙌
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september 2019
Sharing the Data: How Technical Women Navigate Their Career | Developer Resources
Good insights and data from Automattic, the makers of WordPress, and what they learned about how women navigate the technology industry. I found this highlight interesting:

> Respondents read job descriptions almost exclusively for red flags; for instance, they search for language encouraging all relevant employees (not just women) to take parental leave.

I've highlighted other articles in the past that showed changing the style of job postings had a radical impact on the pool of candidates that companies got.
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august 2019
You can heal the internet - Signal v. Noise
I’m with DHH on this one. Best way I can think of, put your content on your own website.
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august 2019
Inno-Versity Presents: Greatness by David Marquet - YouTube
This is the author of [Turn the Ship Around!](https://www.amazon.com/Turn-Ship-Around-Turning-Followers/dp/1591846404/), which I've seen recommended many times but has never made it to the top of my reading list. This is a great 10 minute version of the concept with a well done video.
august 2019
GitHub has SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 reports - The GitHub Blog
A few years back I went looking for GitHub's certifications and was pretty surprised, particularly at their size and the function they provide, that they didn’t have any independent certifications. it’s great to see them now doing this. 🔒
august 2019
Credit card privacy matters: Apple Card vs. Chase Amazon Prime Rewards Visa - The Washington Post
When you start looking at where your activity is tracked, it seems like there is no end of it.

> What I learned: The card data business is booming for advertisers, for aiding investors and for helping retailers and banks encourage more spending. And there are many ways a card swipe can be exploited that don’t always require a transaction being “sold” or “shared” in a way that fully identifies you. Data can be aggregated, anonymized, hashed or pseudonymized (given a new name), or used to target you without ever technically changing hands.

🤨
august 2019
Mario Kart Tour Coming to iOS September 25 - MacStories
Mario Kart is one of my favorite Nintendo titles on nearly every platform. It will be fun to play this on iOS! 🎮
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august 2019
Things I Learnt from a Senior Software Engineer | Neil Kakkar
It’s notable to me that things like deploying, monitoring, and derisking are on this list. These are the things you learn from writing, and more importantly, supporting your code in a 24x7 production environment.
august 2019
The Official Bulletproof Coffee Recipe - It's Not Just Butter Coffee
I feel like I’m wired in on nearly every way of making and drinking coffee, but this one was not at all on my radar! I haven't tried it yet, but plan to, and [folks I know that drink this](https://twitter.com/mikebjerkness) love it. ☕️
august 2019
For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic | WIRED
Men working in the technology industry, especially those in leadership roles, need to read articles like this that share the experience that women in technology have. This article is even more troubling as it is focused on internships!

> More than half of the respondents said they either had a negative experience while applying for engineering internships or knew another woman who had a negative experience, such as being subjected to gender-biased interview questions and inappropriate remarks, or observing a noticeable lack of diversity when they interacted with company representatives during the interview process.
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> Although the survey did not explicitly ask about sexual harassment and discrimination, respondents raised both issues in written responses at the end of the survey. They described instances where a male interviewer flirted with them during the interview, sent an unsolicited photo of himself, asked if they had a significant other, or made sexual remarks in their presence. The respondents also reported feeling dismissed or demeaned because of their gender. One respondent was asked why she would want to go into tech as a woman; in another instance, a male interviewer laughed when the candidate said she saw herself becoming a software engineer in five years.
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> The inappropriate behavior they describe is alarming considering that the average age of the respondents was 19 and, for the most part, they’re describing interactions with grown men who have some control over their access to opportunity.

The scale of this problem is big, but it cannot be ignored.
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august 2019
How to manage up effectively - Know Your Team | Blog
Good practical suggestions here. But you could probably just anchor on the very first sentence.

> You want to manage up – but what you really mean is that you simply want to work well with your boss.

👍
august 2019
Facebook wants to manage Wi-Fi on your phone
Utterly deceptive capabilities used to undermine your privacy while pretending to offer you value. Just like the rest of Facebook! 🙄
august 2019
Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection
Last week the WebKit team published their position on trackers and blocking them, focusing on improving privacy for those using the web. Google came out with an oddly titled response, [Building a more private web](https://www.blog.google/products/chrome/building-a-more-private-web/amp/), which got a good [Daring Fireball writeup](https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/08/23/google-privacy-excuses).

This look at the statements Google is making is thorough.

> Google is trying to thread a needle here, implying that some level of tracking is consistent with both the original design intent for web technology and user privacy expectations. Neither is true.
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> If the benchmark is original design intent, let’s be clear: cookies were not supposed to enable third-party tracking, and browsers were supposed to block third-party cookies. We know this because the authors of the original cookie technical specification said so ([RFC 2109](https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2109), Section 4.3.5).

Google gets in tough spots when they have to address privacy. Everyone knows that they thrive on user data. Limiting the ability to collect user data directly, negatively, impacts they're revenue.
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august 2019
Michael Tsai - Blog - Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site
Most people I know that use Amazon get frustrated with this. Personally I pay close attention to who the product is sold by and fulfilled by when shopping on Amazon. If it’s not fulfilled by Amazon, I won't buy it from them. I go somewhere that does it themselves. And I'd prefer it is sold by them too, otherwise go to that site and get it from them.
august 2019
Introducing nushell
I 💚 that people are still innovating with shells and lower level geeky stuff. I've never played with PowerShell but am familiar with it’s concepts. This new shell, which borrows from PowerShells concepts, looks interesting. I'll likely still stick to fish, but I bet there are some things that nushell would do very well.
august 2019
Sona Mehring - CaringBridge Founder - Twin Cities Business
I had the privilege of being on the CaringBridge board for 6 years and this is podcast with Sona Mehring is a great background on the organization, it’s mission, and Sona's energy and passion come through loud and clear.
august 2019
WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy | WebKit
Want to know why I use Safari (WebKit) exclusively to browse the web? This is why.

> WebKit will do its best to prevent all covert tracking, and all cross-site tracking (even when it’s not covert). These goals apply to all types of tracking listed above, as well as tracking techniques currently unknown to us.
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> If a particular tracking technique cannot be completely prevented without undue user harm, WebKit will limit the capability of using the technique. For example, limiting the time window for tracking or reducing the available bits of entropy — unique data points that may be used to identify a user or a user’s behavior.
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> If even limiting the capability of a technique is not possible without undue user harm, WebKit will ask for the user’s informed consent to potential tracking.

Simple and clear. Aligned with the user and what they should get. 🤝
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august 2019
Amazon Forecast – Now Generally Available | AWS News Blog
Interesting new offering that could bring more sophisticated forecasting capabilities to a larger audience.
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august 2019
The WeWork IPO – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
WeWork filed it’s S-1 to go public and it is drawing a lot of attention. There was a lot written about it, but I could only get time to read one of them so I picked Ben Thompson's. Two other articles worth a look are [WeWork isn’t a tech company; it’s a soap opera - The Verge](https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/15/20806366/we-company-wework-ipo-adam-neumann) which is a bit more salicious, and a detailed article [What is We!? Understanding the WeWork IPO - Byrne Hobart - Medium](https://medium.com/@byrnehobart/what-is-we-understanding-the-wework-ipo-b74f0f1f1b46) by a former banker.

I like Thompson's two-sided Bull and Bear look at WeWork. Comparing it to AWS is good, but I think the demand and adoption curve is so different that the comparison is strained. The references to WeWork Corporate Governance issues are worth noting. After Uber's horrible culture, one has to wonder about a company that seems to have so much self-dealing. Add to that the vast amount of money involved and I wonder if this isn't a future Enron-like story.
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august 2019
Apple Card launches today for all US customers - Apple
I really don't need another credit card. But, I really want to get the new Apple Card. I’m curious to see how the interface works. It seems like a good deal as far as a card goes. Plus, the card is made of Titanium! If you do get it, check out the related [You should opt out of the Apple Card’s arbitration clause — here’s how](https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/20/20813800/apple-card-pay-arbitration-clause-goldman-sachs-credit-how-to-opt-out) article.
august 2019
Exclusive: Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on what’s next for Tumblr - The Verge
I don't think there would be a better buyer for Tumblr than Automattic.
august 2019
World's largest EV never has to be recharged
I so 💚 this!

> The dump truck, at 45 tons, ascends the 13-percent grade and takes on 65 tons of ore. With more than double the weight going back down the hill, the beast's regenerative braking system recaptures more than enough energy to refill the charge the eDumper used going up.

It actually ends the day with more electricity than it started! ⚡️ And it's huge!
august 2019
Chart.xkcd | xkcd styled chart lib
I want to make a website and put charts on it just to play with this!
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august 2019
Exclusive: Apple planning $4.99/month price for Arcade game subscription service after free trial, works with Family Sharing - 9to5Mac
If $5/mo is the price this is would be an easy decision for me. Our family enjoys playing occasional games and having a curated set of new games seems perfect.
august 2019
Feedbin for iOS
Feedbin is my RSS reader of choice. It is fast, efficient, and easy to use. With a supportable business model.
august 2019
'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish? | Environment | The Guardian
So mostly plastic just gets sent somewhere we can’t see it and then, well, nothing really after that.
august 2019
The Impact of Meditating every day - Pascal Precht's Blog
I've built a very consistent daily meditation practice, and I would concur with many of these benefits.
august 2019
WorldCat.org: The World's Largest Library Catalog
This looks like a potential option to link books to instead of feeding visitors straight into an Amazon buy now page.
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august 2019
Cloudflare S-1
Cloudflare has begun the process of filing to go public. I've been very impressed with Cloudflare's offerings, the technical depth that they bring to global Internet delivery is amazing. Plus, they are focused on being on the side of good on the Internet.
august 2019
WARREN ELLIS LTD | This Ain’t Walden Pond, Mate
I like this perspective from Warren Ellis on his engagement with social platforms.

> I process a lot of stuff, and keep up with a lot of things, and a shift is required to allow for the career step-change. You can’t be dogmatic about anything. Situations tend to be fluid and dynamic, and you need to be able to flow and adjust in response.

Those adjustments are a good thing.
august 2019
Michael Tsai - Blog - Verizon Sells Tumblr to Automattic
At this point Tumblr the company has long ceased to exist. Tumblr the Community, finding a home at Automattic with WordPress is by far the best outcome that could have ever happened for it. Mullenweg and team will treat this with care and respect.
august 2019
Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 60+ companies – Simple Opt Out
Nice set of links to immediately drop you to the hidden, obfuscated pages to opt-out of various data sharing things. Great reference!
august 2019
Escape rooms are very big business - Vox
Our family has done well over 20 Escape Rooms. They are a lot of fun!
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august 2019
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil - The New York Times
There is a lot of great content on YouTube, but this stuff is far too prevalent.

> As his time on the site grew, YouTube recommended videos from other far-right figures. One was a lawmaker named Jair Bolsonaro, then a marginal figure in national politics — but a star in YouTube’s far-right community in Brazil, where the platform has become more widely watched than all but one TV channel.
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> Last year, he became President Bolsonaro.

It lowers YouTube (Google's) revenue by blocking this stuff. I wouldn't expect much to happen.
august 2019
RSSMailer
Simple app to send emails when an item appears in an RSS feed. Cool tools like this are just one of the reasons I 💚 RSS.
august 2019
Tips from 16 years of working from home – A Whole Lotta Nothing
Good list of things to consider if you work from home regularly.
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august 2019
Python is eating the world: How one developer's side project became the hottest programming language on the planet | ZDNet
Thorough read on the story behind Python, it’s introduction and rise in popularity. I don't do any professional coding, but I do goof around on things and I nearly always do that in Python.

> What Python offered, and still offers, is clear and unambiguous syntax, where indentations group code into blocks, making the code easier for developers to understand.

It is a joy to use and very readable.
august 2019
xkcd: E Scooters
I used my first Lime scooter a few weeks back. The first ride made me a bit nervous. The second ride, I had a ton of fun.
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august 2019
How We Keep Learning
One of my most repeated references is "All great technology companies, are learning companies." You simply cannot be a great tech company without that learning foundation.

> Invest in your engineers’ learning. There is no way around the need for this to be an explicit investment by fast growing companies.

Yes, and twice on Sunday.
august 2019
Standard Ebooks: Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover.
Very cool project, non-profit, creating high quality digital books from public domain titles. I like that they also make their template available for others to use.
august 2019
Here’s What Those Phone Charging Lockers Are Doing With Your Personal Information
Don't go plugging your phone with so much personal information into some random plug at a retail location! Much less let it take a picture of you and collect personal data.
august 2019
Why Aren’t We Talking About LinkedIn? - The New York Times
LinkedIn has adopted all of the addictive patterns of social media, to great affect. The site has continued to grow in every dimension of engagement.

> Considering its size and social footprint, LinkedIn has been a notably minor character in major narratives about the hazards of social media. The site hasn’t proved especially useful for mainstreaming disinformation, for example, nor is it an obvious staging ground for organized harassment campaigns. It is unique among its social media peers in that it has not spent the last five years in a state of wrenching crisis.

But LinkedIn is very different since it is a "professional" or business network. it is a vertical network focused on a single dimension. You don't go there for news. The only thing it’s a battleground for is recruiters, not partisans.
august 2019
Scaled agile helps modernize Guardian's operations | CIO
I worked closely with [Dean Del Vecchio](https://www.linkedin.com/in/dean-a-del-vecchio-66a874/) when I was at Dow Jones. Smart, fast-paced leader. He's been doing some great stuff at Guardian!
august 2019
One job, many roles. The different skills needed to be a successful CTO - madewithlove
I suspect that many roles, particularly leadership roles, have this type of evolution in a growing company. I've personally experienced this type of path being a CTO for more than 20 years now. The important aspect to me is to regularly inventory what you need to start doing, and more importantly what you need to stop doing. Refactor yourself, and you can make the changes needed.
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august 2019
Buying Coffee Won’t Make You Poor - The Atlantic
Keep your budget away from my single-origin hand-washed coffee beans. 😬
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august 2019
RegExr: Learn, Build, & Test RegEx
I like collecting regex tools for some odd reason. 🤓
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august 2019
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
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