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The care and feeding of software engineers (or, why engineers are grumpy) - Human Who Codes
Stellar article that gives some great insight into what drives, motivates, and frustrates software engineers.

> And here’s the real crux of the problem: software engineers aren’t builders. Software engineers are creators. Building is what you do when you buy a piece of furniture from Ikea and get it home. The instructions are laid out and if you go step by step, you’ll get that comically small table you wanted. Creating is a different process, it’s birthing something without direction or instruction. It’s starting with a blank canvas and painting a masterpiece. Software engineers don’t get into coding because they want someone to tell them what to do, they get into it because they discovered they could create something useful. Every single software engineer fell in love with coding because she made a small, useful program early on and was hooked.

If you have ever wondered what makes software engineers tick, this will fill you in. 👍
november 2019
Developing New Engineers - Karl L. Hughes
Amazingly detailed and specific skill development framework for engineers.
november 2019
Yes! and… How to be effective in the theatre of work
Article is mostly about the book [Impro - Improvisation and the Theatre](https://www.amazon.com/Impro-Improvisation-Theatre-Keith-Johnstone/dp/0878301178), which thanks to this article is now on my wish list, and how it applies to improving your capabilities at work. This article is particularly serendipitous for me. We just had our all-company meeting at [John Sweeney gave the keynote](https://micro.thingelstad.com/2019/11/12/john-sweeney-gave.html). Sweeney is with Brave New Workshop, an improve theatre, and they have an entire side of their business [consulting with companies](https://www.bravenewworkshop.com/creativeoutreach/)! Might learning improve be a good next step in my own development? 🤪
november 2019
Data General's Tom West dies • The Register
I loved reading [The Soul of a New Machine](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soul_of_a_New_Machine) and the history of Data General and [Tom West](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_West). It is too bad that he never experienced that same level of success again.
november 2019
inessential: You Choose
Completely agree with Brent Simmons here. My internet doesn't have the vast majority of social media giants, thanks to [1Blocker](https://1blocker.com). I, and you, can choose the internet we want. You are not obligated to any of these platforms.
november 2019
1.2 billion people exposed in data leak includes personal info, LinkedIN, Facebook
The scale of these data leaks is hard to even fathom these days. 😟
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november 2019
Using OmniFocus 3.4 with Shortcuts - The Omni Group
I’m digging these new, very powerful, Shortcut features coming to OmniFocus and I’m looking for even more. The future is bright for automation on iOS with the new Shortcuts and apps adding support for it.
november 2019
How our home delivery habit reshaped the world | Technology | The Guardian
All the stuff that makes that package arrive at your door. Moving activities outside of normal view, where nobody typically sees them, allows companies to automate and drive efficiencies. However, sometimes you wouldn't like what you saw if you knew what was happening.
november 2019
Facebook and Google’s pervasive surveillance poses an unprecedented danger to human rights | Amnesty International
More piling on to Facebook and Google.

> [_Surveillance Giants _](https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/pol30/1404/2019/en/)lays out how the surveillance-based business model of Facebook and Google is inherently incompatible with the right to privacy and poses a systemic threat to a range of other rights including freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of thought, and the right to equality and non-discrimination.

This article brings in the idea of a "public square".

> While other Big Tech companies – including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft – have accrued significant power in other areas, it is the platforms owned by Facebook and Google that have become fundamental to how people engage and interact with each other – effectively a new global public square.

This is foundational to my issue with these platforms. They present themselves as the public square, but they are anything but. With that said though, I don't think the right answer is to force them to be a public square. They are private companies and can do as they wish for their shareholders. However, they should have strict rules and regulations, and even more importantly, their users should know they are more like a shopping mall, and nothing at all like a public square. Facebook isn't a church or a park. You have no right to do anything there that they don't want you to, and you have as much right to privacy as you do when you are walking around any other business.
november 2019
110 Nursing Homes Cut Off from Health Records in Ransomware Attack — Krebs on Security
This is a horrible example of the very real-world terrible things that can come without a focus on security.
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november 2019
“You Don’t Bring Bad News to the Cult Leader”: Inside the Fall of WeWork | Vanity Fair
You'd be forgiven for thinking enough of WeWork already, but this is a solid article about the whole thing. Neumann is referenced in every article about him as some hyper-charismatic, super-confident leader. Maybe he's actually just delusional?
november 2019
Miguel Ibarra's My Friend: The end of an era in Minnesota – FiftyFive.One
Miguel Ibarra has always been one of my favorite Minnesota United players. "The club declined Ibarra’s option in the off-season and unceremoniously the most important player to wear a Minnesota United jersey was shunted off." You will be missed Ibarra! ⚽️
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november 2019
7 steps to building an engineering competency matrix - CircleCI
I was just talking about competency and skills inventories with the leader of our Kyiv office and ran across this article. It was over a decade ago that I last tackled this type of effort. This was a good refresher.
november 2019
It's time to ban all political ad targeting . . . everywhere - without bullshit
I can completely get behind this idea.

> But if we don’t ban ads outright, why ban targeting? Because everyone should see what political advertisers are doing. I don’t want political advertisers showing one message to Democrats and another to Republicans, or one to men and another to women, or one to people who clicked on a website about abortion and another to those who visited a site about guns.

I agree with the thesis. You can go ahead and advertise whatever you want, but it needs to be in the open where a lot of people can see it. I like the idea of **only** targeting by geography. That makes sense for political messages. But you shouldn't be able to send some dark message to only your followers.
november 2019
What America Lost When It Lost the Bison - The Atlantic
I feel a connection with bison. You can see farmed bison pretty easily where I grew up in North Dakota. Their ruggedness and strength have always appealed to me. I often refer to them as my Spirit animal.

> Their actions change the landscape. In areas where bison graze, plants contain 50 to 90 percent more nutrients by the end of the summer. This not only provides extra nourishment for other grazers, but prolongs the growing season of the plants themselves.

Amazing to hear how they impacted the land so positively as well.
november 2019
Timery for Toggl Updated with Shortcut Parameter Support and a Refreshed Design - MacStories
I've been using Toggl via custom Shortcuts for two years now to do calendar analytics. Timery's shortcut additions are nice, and may open up some new data insights for me.
november 2019
★ L’Affaire Vaperware —Daring Fireball
App Store bans are super complicated and cause frustration all over the place. The easy answer here is to suggest nothing should be blocked, allowing anything to be published. That results in a huge mess too.
november 2019
An update on our political ads policy — Google
This is a good step for Google to take, and I like that it puts some pressure on Facebook to revisit their pathetic and destructive approach to political advertising.
november 2019
How Turkish coffee destroyed an empire | 1843
The history of coffee, and its spread around the world, is fascinating.

> In the coffee houses they were introduced to ideas that spelled trouble for the Ottoman state: rebellion, self-determination and the fallibility of the powerful.

I watched [Black Coffee](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0963976/) several years ago and it asserts a similar path for the French Revolution as well. ☕️
november 2019
How containers work: overlayfs - Julia Evans
Simplified and easy-to-understand overview.
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november 2019
Apple’s New Map, Expansion #6: Midwest + Western U.S.
Still waiting for the updated maps for Minnesota, but it’s very interesting to see how Apple and Google are approaching this massive dataset.
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november 2019
Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information | Pew Research Center
I'd agree with the leader here.

> Majorities think their personal data is less secure now, that data collection poses more risks than benefits, and believe it is not possible to go through daily life without being tracked.

So basically I take from this article that American's went from first not caring about our privacy, to not understanding, to giving up.
november 2019
The Service Mesh: What Every Software Engineer Needs to Know about the World's Most Over-Hyped Technology
Good overview from the author of [Linkerd](https://linkerd.io/).

> If you’re encountering the idea of service mesh for the first time, you can be forgiven if your first reaction is mild horror. The design of the service mesh means that not only does it add latency to your application, it also consumes resources and also introduces a whole bunch of machinery. One minute you’re installing a service mesh, the next you’re suddenly on the hook for operating hundreds or thousands of proxies. Why would anyone want to do this?
>
> There are two parts to the answer. The first is that the operational cost of deploying these proxies can be greatly reduced, thanks to some other changes that are happening in the ecosystem. Lots more on that later.
>
> The more important answer is because this design is actually a great way to introduce additional logic into the system. That’s not only because there are a ton of features you can add right there, but also because you can add them without changing the ecosystem. In fact, the entire service mesh model is predicated on this very insight: **that, in a multi-service system, regardless of what individual services actually do, the traffic between them is an ideal insertion point for functionality.**

Service mesh is on a maximum in the [hype cycle](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle).
november 2019
Matthew Walker's "Why We Sleep" Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors - Alexey Guzey
Oh c'mon, "Why We Sleep" is one of my most recommended books! The is only an analysis of the first chapter, and there is a lot that the author of this post argues Walker got wrong. 🤷‍♂️
november 2019
RoutineHub • A community for Siri Shortcuts
An active community site to share Shortcuts. There are some great ready-to-use things here, as well as examples to learn from.
november 2019
I'm the Google whistleblower. The medical data of millions of Americans is at risk | Anonymous | Opinion | The Guardian
How is it that even with HIPPA and other regulatory requirements in place this still happened?

> What AI algorithms were at work in real time as the data was being transferred across from hospital groups to the search giant? What was Google planning to do with the data they were being given access to? No-one seemed to know.
>
> Above all: why was the information being handed over in a form that had not been “de-identified” – the term the industry uses for removing all personal details so that a patient’s medical record could not be directly linked back to them? And why had no patients and doctors been told what was happening?

Medical data isn't something I want Google to ever have their hands on.
november 2019
If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Newport is taking a number of different threads here and putting them together well. The idea of deliberate practice was something I read about in [Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26312997-peak) and appreciated a lot.

> In fact, the more elite the player, the more pronounced the peaks. For the best of the best — the subset of the elites who the professors thought would go on to play in one of Germany’s two best professional orchestras — there was essentially no deviation from a rigid two-sessions a day schedule.

It’s not the total duration that matters as much as the duration times the focus. Lots of time spent messing around will not move you forward.

To me, this is one of the most sinister aspects of social media and mobile devices. The ever present attention economy flitters your time in a way that leaves you never relaxing, and never being deliberate. I've found myself in this space at times, having finished a busy day at the office and feeling like I need recovery time, and then sitting down to messing around on my phone and realizing that my brain and body isn't getting any recovery at all, and the value of what I’m doing is precisely zero.
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november 2019
A reflection on scaling Agile | LinkedIn
This article resonates with me as our team is right in that next phase as well, needing to drive even more transformation and innovation, with a broader impact, and through more of the organization than we ever have before. This means changing our approach. Many of the things mentioned in here are on my to do list as well.
november 2019
Salesforce announces it’s moving Marketing Cloud to Microsoft Azure | TechCrunch
This is a big win for Azure. I don't know how meaningful these megadeal announcements with cloud providers that are obviously negotiated at the CEO level really mean, but they do give credibility to providers.
november 2019
Breaking: Private Equity company acquires .Org registry - Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News
The physical world works better because we have zoning — residential, commercial, industrial, etc. You don't expect to be sold things when in a park. You shouldn't expect privacy and freedom of speech in a commercial zone. I wish the domain name systems served a similar purpose, but it seems we are getting even further away from that.
november 2019
Calendar Strength Training - Next Action Associates
I use a bit of this calendar blocking technique myself. Depending on your role and the organization you are in defending your calendar, your time, can be critically important to your success.

> People seem to treat their diaries as though they have no say in them anymore, and they simply have to obey what is in there – even if someone else has put it there.

To take this up a level, I recommend using Shortcuts (on iOS) to automate the creation of these blocks, rather than creating repeating events that become routinized and forgotten.
november 2019
How to cultivate a lifelong network when you suck at networking - without bullshit
I enjoyed this read because I also am terrible at networking. When faced with a room of people mingling and having small-talk about whatever it is people have small-talk about, I tend to want to avoid it all.

> If you want to rapidly build your network, my advice is useless to you, because it takes lots of time — decades.
>
> But if you want to build a solid network, it may help. My advice is based on being curious, being helpful, and doing a good job. Even if you suck at networking, as I do, you need to do your job. These are just a few tips on how to do it in a way that will support you later in your career.

I haven't been intentional about it, but I think I've been doing something similar to what he describers here.
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november 2019
Toolbox Pro Review: A Must-Have Companion Utility for Shortcuts Power Users - MacStories
This is for sure a power user tool for Shortcuts users, but what an awesome tool it is! This was an instant buy for me and I've already made some great enhancements to my Shortcuts using it. It also has a cool Global Variable feature, that allows you to set and get variables between devices and scripts. I've done this before using iCloud files, but Toolbox Pro's global capabilities are nicer. 🛠
november 2019
The Pac-Man Rule at Conferences — Eric Holscher - Surfing in Kansas
This is a great idea for indicating openness to newcomers in many situations.
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november 2019
How to Build an Audience of 1000 True Fans in a Noisy World - Unmistakable Creative
I hadn't encountered this concept of "1,000 True Fans" before, but I really like it. It’s an interesting approach to a project, a hobby, or even a business.

> Building your audience this way is a commitment to showing up day after day, year after year, and being ok with the fact that you might not hit a home run, but instead you'll win through a lot of base hits. It might take you 1000 days to reach 1000 true fans.

This deserves a read and some thinking through.
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november 2019
Let's Not Misuse Refactoring
Interesting clarification. I've used the word refactor to just mean "larger than normal" change. I guess the proper usage is to make a change in the implementation without changing the behavior of the software.
november 2019
When XML beats JSON: UI layouts - Instawork Engineering
I do think a lot of developers are biased that XML is just "bloated and bad". This article makes a good point, it’s a different thing than JSON.

> Both XML and JSON can represent complex nested data structures, but they excel at different types of structures. JSON’s origins as a subset of JavaScript can be seen with how easily it represents key/value object data. XML, on the other hand, optimizes for document tree structures, by cleanly separating node data (attributes) from child data (elements).

🤓
november 2019
Airbnb Promises to Verify All 7 Million Listings After VICE Report Exposes Scam - VICE
This feels like a strong response from a company on an important topic. 👏
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november 2019
The Deletion of Yahoo! Groups and Archive Team's Rescue Effort – Waxy.org
Looks like the Archive Team is going to be busy again. We mostly think of things on the Internet being permanent, but they really aren't.
november 2019
System design hack: Postgres is a great pub/sub & job server
This falls into the category of using boring, proven technology to solve a critical, behind-the-scenes task. I don't think many teams would come up with this answer when faced with this need, but probably more should.
november 2019
Episode #54: David Allen on Someday/Maybe and Incubation Best Practices - Getting Things Done®
I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about my Someday/Maybe structure, and this talk gave me a bunch of good ideas. Afterwards I restructured entirely how I was doing Someday/Maybe and it’s a marked improvement.
november 2019
RSS Feed Generator, Create RSS feeds from URL
Cool web app that will build an RSS feed for you from a site that doesn't have one. These tools used to be really common, but many of them went away a few years ago. It is exciting to see them come back!
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november 2019
File systems unfit as distributed storage backends: lessons from ten years of Ceph evolution – the morning paper
Using shared filesystems for distributed systems is pretty common, and it works fine when it’s small and lightly used. It starts to break in very bad ways at scale.
november 2019
Things I wish someone had explained about functional programming
Innovation in cloud platforms as well as some resurgence of more esoteric languages have brought functional programming more popularity. It’s a good reminder that this isn't just another language, this is another way of thinking.

> Learning functional programming is different. It’s more than some extra concepts that slot in with what you already know. No, functional programming is a whole new way to think about programming. If you come from an OOP or imperative background, it turns a lot of received wisdom on its head. Things that you thought were bad ideas turn out to be good ideas. Things that you thought were convenient and clever turn out to be problematic. Or plain impossible.

Beware, there be dragons there. 🐉
november 2019
Nice Ride Proposes Master Plan Amendment for 2020 Riding Season | Nice Ride Minnesota
Very cool to see Nice Ride is looking at bringing eBikes to their service!
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november 2019
On Digital Minimalism, Loneliness and the Joys of True Connection - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
I suspect that there are multiple effects of the mobile and social waves that negatively impact people, and I truly do believe one of them is that our brains are always occupied. Solitude is an amazing thing, and something we take away from ourselves regularly. I have often wondered if this isn't part of the surge in people meditating over the last few years.

> To fill every moment of solitude with a droning hum of twitter timelines and pull-to-refresh swipes reduces the nobility of our social nature.

Indeed. 🧘‍♂️
november 2019
Tech and Liberty – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
I like the concepts in this article, and I’m a big fan of Thompson's perspective. I struggle though to the extent that this article applies to Facebook the same logic that would be applied to the Internet. They are not the same thing.
november 2019
What do you want to schedule? - cally.com
Emails trying to find dates to get together with a group drive me bonkers. I've used [Doodle](https://doodle.com/) for years to coordinate those things. This looks like a slightly newer take on that concept.
november 2019
How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables
The concept behind this book is interesting to me.

> The idea behind the book is to ask what would it be like to live in a city administered using the business model of Amazon (or Apple, IKEA, Pornhub, Spotify, Tinder, Uber, and more), or a city where critical public services are delivered by these companies?

I feel the answer to this is very much know. Cities do not have the same goals as companies. Why would you run them the same.
november 2019
What's Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much | WIRED
I've been a bear on blockchain for a while. I do believe that the technology solves a problem. It is a solution for trust in systems that need to provide that. However, outside of cryptocurrencies, in most developed countries we have trust. I would also note that negative articles on blockchain would be queued to start increasing right about now if the technology follows a typical [hype cycle](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle).
november 2019
Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain | WIRED
When I read [Why We Sleep](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34466963-why-we-sleep) it introduced me to the different types of non-REM sleep. This new research shows a bit more about what those other four stages of sleep do.

> What she discovered was that during non-REM sleep, large, slow waves of cerebrospinal fluid were washing over the brain. The EEG readings helped show why. During non-REM sleep, neurons start to synchronize, turning on and off at the same time. “First you would see this electrical wave where all the neurons would go quiet,” says Lewis. Because the neurons had all momentarily stopped firing, they didn’t need as much oxygen. That meant less blood would flow to the brain. But Lewis’s team also observed that cerebrospinal fluid would then rush in, filling in the space left behind.

There is a lot of important and poorly understood things that happen when we sleep. Of course I’m typing this comment late at night, when I should be drifting off to sleep instead. 😬😴
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november 2019
How a Harvard class project changed barbecue | Engadget
For years I've ignored all this technical innovation going on in the barbecue world. Honestly, I have enough tech in my life and I like that BBQ, in my opinion, is fire, smoke, and love. With that said, these devices have gotten pretty amazing, and I feel the urge to consider getting one. Link from [Tom](https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomkeekley/).
november 2019
Mobile phone apps like Citizen aim to curb neighborhood crime — Quartz
I call BS on all of these apps. The marketing angles for services like NextDoor are all about preying on your fear. Add Ring to that as well.

> People have always been curious about crime, fearful for their safety, and yearned for community. But today, technology can supercharge these feelings, and sometimes helps people give into their worst inclinations. Privileged (often white) users are defining safety by excluding those who are already disenfranchised (usually people of color). At the same time, the platforms and devices grant tech companies and law enforcement new ways to build their networks of surveillance.

Do yourself a huge favor, and delete your Nextdoor account if you have one. I tried it for a while, and after noting how they amplify fear in their messaging and use cases decided I had enough.
november 2019
Piper Announces New M600 SLS. First GA Aircraft to be Standard Equipped with HALO™ Safety System and Autoland Capability. Available Q4 2019. | Piper Aircraft
This sounds like science fiction.

> The Halo system, once engaged either automatically or by a passenger, gains immediate situational awareness and assumes control of all systems necessary to bring you and your passengers safely to the best suited runway. During all phases of flight it communicates with passengers and appropriate air traffic control facilities regarding the new flight plan route and estimated time until landing. Halo continually monitors all aircraft system parameters and real-time external inputs as if the pilot were at the controls. It takes into account runway size and orientation, wind, time, fuel range, glide path and considers weather conditions and terrain en route to the nearest suitable runway. Once Halo has landed the aircraft, the braking system will activate and will bring the aircraft to a full and complete stop. Finally, the engine will shut down and instructions will be provided on how to exit the aircraft.

That is amazing. It’s odd to me that self-driving airplanes is in so many ways an easier problem than self-driving cars.
november 2019
The SpaceX Starship is a very big deal – Casey Handmer's blog
This is a pretty amazing look at the aims of SpaceX. 🚀
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november 2019
Weaving Books into the Web—Starting with Wikipedia | Internet Archive Blogs
When you get all depressed about the Internet, the surveillance, the social media garbage, just read amazing cool stuff like this that is happening. Also, this is a good time to setup recurring donations to both [Wikipedia](https://donate.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:LandingPage&country=US) and [Internet Archive](https://archive.org/donate)! 💸
november 2019
The first map of America's food supply chain is mind-boggling
It is sort of amazing how *not* local our food supply is.
november 2019
XML is almost always misused
Most technologists dislike the idea of working with XML, and nearly always prefer JSON. The core of this article is accurate, and comparing XML and JSON is really a misguided comparison.

> From time to time someone will do something really strange and compare XML and JSON, proving that they understand neither. XML is a document markup language; JSON is a structured data format, and to compare the two is to compare apples and oranges.

🍎🍊
november 2019
Thank you, Guido | Dropbox Blog
A very sincere and heartfelt thank you to the former [Benevolent Dictator for Life](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_dictator_for_life) (BDFL) of Python, [Guido van Rossum](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guido_van_Rossum), as a retires from Dropbox. Dropbox was pretty lucky to get someone of his background on their team, and reading how much Dropbox uses Python I suspect it was hugely beneficial to him to work with the language he created operating at such scale!
november 2019
5 things Rob Pike attributes to Go's success —The Changelog
Very few people get the opportunity to create and launch a new programming language. It’s interesting to see the key success criteria that [Go](https://golang.org)'s creators believe were so important.
november 2019
Daring Fireball: AirPods Pro First Impressions
I would agree with most everything in Gruber's writeup on the new AirPods Pro. I would highlight the comfort in the ear. These AirPods Pro fit in the ear very differently than any previous earbud that I've used.
october 2019
Shopify's Global Economic Impact Report
Some very impressive numbers here. 😲
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october 2019
1Blocker for Mac Introduces New Features and a Subscription-Based Business Model - MacStories
I use 1Blocker through Safari on all of my computers and devices. I pretty much don't browse the web without it, and I love the immense power it gives me. The ability to create custom rulesets that I can use to block content of my choosing is a key feature. Moving to a subscription offering is welcome and was an instant buy for me.
october 2019
2019 Season Recap | Minnesota United FC
Love this, and can’t wait for 2020 Season. 🖤💙⚽️
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october 2019
Inside the iPhone 11 Camera, Part 1: A Completely New Camera
Exquisitely detailed examination of the camera capabilities of the new iPhone 11 Pro and it’s computational photography capabilities.

> With these huge improvements in processing, the iPhone 11 is the first iPhone that legitimately challenges a dedicated camera.

The test shots show the capabilities and limitations very well. I love seeing these advances in camera technology. 📷
october 2019
SLOs Are the API for Your Engineering Team
Interesting way to think about this. 🤔
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october 2019
Apple reveals new AirPods Pro, available October 30 - Apple
These look great, and I badly needed to replace my first generation AirPods after they took a trip in the pool with me. They still worked, but the battery life took an extreme drop. This was an easy order to replace those. I'll be curious how the noise cancelling works, and I’m very interested in the "transparent" mode. AirPods have been one of my favorite products in recent years, and I've gotten into the habit of carrying them with me every day which made me realize I have more use cases for headphones than I thought I did!
october 2019
Peloton Is Spinning Faster Than Ever
I enjoy my Peloton spin bike a lot.

> The company loaned me one over the summer, and I’ve been taking classes. I was arrogant at first: I’ve been going to SoulCycle for years. I figured it would be cake, that I’d soar calmly to the top of the leaderboard and then gently dry my brow. But Peloton classes are really hard!

I can say with total confidence that the hardest spinning sessions I've ever had have been on my own, on the Peloton, usually in a live streaming class with an eye towards the leaderboard. 💦
october 2019
DevOps: Tools Can Lead The Culture Change – Alt + E S V
I think this is a very good, pragmatic perspective.

> If you are trying to drive organizational transformation with procurement alone you’re in for disappointment. Tools cannot fix a broken culture. You can’t buy your way out of a culture issue. Tools can’t save you if you’re ignoring underlying issues like internal power struggles, lack of trust across teams, siloed communication, etc. There are no silver bullets.
>
> […]
>
> Tools can be critical to changing people’s mindset. It’s hard to practice the right behaviors without the right foundational toolset. Tools can enable new ways of working and collaborating.

Not all changes you wish to affect in an organization are the same. Changes that are more "complicated", have tended in my experience to require both a cultural transition and can, at times, require tooling to facilitate that change.

I've recently been working on incorporating OKR's into our team and that is an example to me where tooling is needed. We tried to do it without, and the act of managing and tracking things became so complicated that the hope of cultural change was lost. We realized we need tooling to support that in our environment as well.
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october 2019
Deploy on Fridays, or Don't. - By Dave Mangot
Personally, I've not been a big fan of Friday afternoon deploys of most things. It’s pretty common that folks are rushing to get to something and might unwittingly shortcut something.
october 2019
5 Ways To Stop Hating Your To-Do List (According to Science)
Some solid suggestions on mental tricks to play with your to do list. This isn't GTD focused, but the suggestions work for anyone doing GTD. I’m a particularly big fan of, and practice, the idea of putting all the stuff in the task that you need to complete it including a phone number, sometimes the hours a business is open, etc.
october 2019
Skip level meetings: What they are, and exactly how to run them - Signal v. Noise
This is a good overview on approaching skip level meetings.

> For you as a manager, the purpose of a skip level meeting is to get out of your good news cocoon: How are folks on the team really feeling about the work, the culture, and the team around them. What could be better? What needs to be resolved? It’s valuable, sacred time what you truly won’t get any where else.
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> Skip level meetings are dually beneficial for the employee, as well. It’s an opportunity for them to get aligned and centered around the vision – and ask you valuable questions that helps them with their own work.

By far the thing I like the most here is the list of things you **don't** do. I do skip level 1:1s, and should do them even more, and it’s critical that you not interfere with or get in the way of the work the direct manager is doing.
october 2019
An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Eng Management.
This looks like a very good book. I have a few copies on the way to the office. Thanks to [Sam Pierson](https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuelpierson/) for the link.
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october 2019
Latest Firefox Brings Privacy Protections Front and Center Letting You Track the Trackers - The Mozilla Blog
For the first time in what seems like forever Firefox is actually interesting to me. I like this new focus on privacy as a core feature, actually that's too small, capability is a better word. I personally would never use Chrome for privacy reasons. I will likely continue on Safari with 1Blocker to give me additional protection. But I like how Firefox is showing the user what sites are doing. This is a good thing, and I hope more browsers do this. Remember, in todays web, you should not run a browser that doesn't protect you in some way.
october 2019
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