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Patrick Rhone: "the calendar will tell you the truth of who you are"
Short post from Patrick Rhone about looking at our time and how that defines you. I continue to be intrigued by the idea of calendar analytics. I think there is a very real amount of value that a service could give you from the information on your calendar.
10 weeks ago
TWTR: Enough Already | No Mercy / No Malice
Searing open letter to Twitters board arguing that the poor performance of the company should result in the firing of the part-time CEO Jack Dorsey. I don't know that I care so much, I’m not a Twitter shareholder, but Dorsey does seem more than a bit looney.
10 weeks ago
Time Machines & Species Failure | No Mercy / No Malice
Great article highlighting the value of extending or enhancing time that you get from products. Galloway then goes into the horrible tradeoff that a company like Facebook makes in that bargain.

> Movies and HBO saved some time, but were relatively expensive. And then came Google, Facebook, and Netflix. I’ll get a year back (time spent not watching ads) in exchange for $4,680 spent on Netflix. How to even think of doing research without Google? Would I have to go to a library and log on to Lexis/Nexis? It’s hard to imagine how much time and life Google has created.

And…

> Facebook is now squarely in the red and a net negative for society. The social network held the promise of enhancing our time here, via connection, and has delivered on much of that. However, most time enhancement has been negated, as the social network is depressing our teens and endangering our most precious asset, girls. Teen suicide has skyrocketed — up [77%](https://www.thecoddling.com/better-mental-health) for older teen girls and up [151%](https://www.thecoddling.com/better-mental-health) for younger teens (research by colleague [Jonathan Haidt](http://thecoddling.com/)).

Good time for a New Years evaluation to delete Facebook and remove it from your life?
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10 weeks ago
The Best Apps & Hardware of 2019 – The Sweet Setup
I like these roundup of apps articles. They are a good way to discover new tools. I grabbed Pixelmator Photo and it is impressive. I already had CalZones and agree it’s a great way for dealing with global time zone management. Drafts, Shortcuts, Day One, Darkroom, GoodNotes are all already in my toolbox.
10 weeks ago
AI Dungeon
Uh oh, Dungeon Masters might be getting replaced by the big learning algorithm!
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10 weeks ago
How GitHub’s CTO Architects Engineering Teams That Scale
This is a fabulous set of 12 recommendations for any technology leaders. This is worth thinking through and developing some thoughts on each one for your own team. Great stuff. 👍
10 weeks ago
Fenwick High School 2017 Commencement Speaker Mick Betancourt '92 - YouTube
My colleague [Dan Juckniess](https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-juckniess-68920a10/) shared this [Fenwick High School](https://www.fenwickfriars.com/) commencement speech with me after telling me the quote that he found so powerful in it.

> Whatever your doing, is what you’ll get better at. <br/>
> Go to the bar every night and drink, guess what you’ll get better at.

Very powerful message.
10 weeks ago
Wait, How Do You Pronounce Kiev? - The New York Times
I travel to our office in Kyiv twice a year and learned early on about the Ukrainian pronunciation. It’s super hard for me to get right, but I try. And I am much more aware when people say "the Ukraine" instead of just calling it Ukraine now. When I work with others and discuss our Ukraine operation, I tend to use Kiev in a more global context, and use Kyiv when speaking to team members or others in Ukraine itself.
10 weeks ago
Liam Bot
Funny parody of [Facebook’s Liam Bot](https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/02/technology/facebook-chatbot-workers.html) for difficult questions over the holidays. 🙂
10 weeks ago
FastAPI
This looks like a crazy simple Python library to make API endpoints!
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10 weeks ago
Create beautiful Gantt charts!
Not sure I want to make a habit of creating Gantt charts but this tool looks very powerful.
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10 weeks ago
How Ring Went From ‘Shark Tank’ Reject to America’s Scariest Surveillance Company - VICE
I do not like anything about Ring. This first in a series of articles talks about the origin of Ring. I didn’t realize it was on Shark Tank!

> At its core, Ring is a marketing company that realized it could make money by selling fear.

Violating **other** peoples privacy, and enabling surveillance, is despicable.
10 weeks ago
Roleplaying Difficult Conversations | Lara Hogan
Roleplaying is a very useful way for managers to work through tough messages. I like this perspective on why you should take the time to do it.

> Practicing difficult conversations and feedback helps you be a better manager, but the real reason you should do it is to fully support the person on the receiving end. It’s your job to help them be successful!

Some very good suggestions here.
10 weeks ago
Amazon API Gateway Offers Faster, Cheaper, Simpler APIs Using HTTP APIs (Preview)
This seems to simplify much of the complexity of building API’s and get you going right away.

> HTTP APIs simplify the API building experience for the most common features needed to build serverless applications or to proxy requests to HTTP endpoints. They come with standard API Gateway functionality such as throttling, metrics, and logging capabilities. In addition, you can secure your APIs using OIDC and OAuth 2 out of box, quickly build web applications using a simple CORS experience, and get started immediately with automatic deployment and simple create workflows.

Impressive.
10 weeks ago
Two malicious Python libraries caught stealing SSH and GPG keys | ZDNet
This is a smart attack vector, and I suspect dangerously unprotected.
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10 weeks ago
Warren Rustand on Working in the White House and Building a Purpose-Driven Life | Elevate Podcast
I recently discovered this podcast and this episode resonated strongly with me. I enjoyed thoroughly the discussion of focus areas, time management, and dedication. Recommended and worth a listen. 🎧
10 weeks ago
CBS shows Mark Zuckerberg is a human. Does that matter? - without bullshit
Total PR puff piece.

> He’s not evil.
>
> But Facebook is. And we need to hold him responsible for that.

Yes.
10 weeks ago
Django 3.0 release notes | Django documentation | Django
Major new release of one of the biggest Python frameworks.
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10 weeks ago
A letter from Larry and Sergey
Definitely a momentous milestone for Google.
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10 weeks ago
Why You Should Ditch Your Laptop For iPad Pro – The Brooks Review
I like this argument for using an iPad more.

> Something really fascinating happens when people open a laptop: they get to work. They check email, they have a million tabs, tons of apps showing progress on many tasks/projects, they have tabs for social networks, half in progress projects abound. People do stuff. They are sucked in — unlikely to step away anytime soon. However, when I see people use an iPad they use it for one thing — the thing they grabbed it to do — and then they go back to life.

I think there is some truth to that. This goes to the "context" of a computing device. For me I find the iPad a more focused device. Perhaps it is the lack of multiple windows? I am consistently increasing the volume of things that I do on my iPad.
10 weeks ago
Riot Settles Lawsuit, Will Pay Every Female Employee Since 2014 With $10 Million Fund
Riot was frequently in the news a couple of years ago regarding the negative culture they had. It’s good to see some restitution being made here, and hopefully real change follows.
10 weeks ago
Newsletters spam test by mail-tester.com
Really handy tool to test if your mail is likely to be flagged as spam. 💌
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11 weeks ago
The Mind at Work: Guido van Rossum on how Python makes thinking in code easier | Dropbox Blog
Nice background on the design philosophy of Python.

> Python’s readability is not just typographic, but conceptual. Van Rossum thinks Python may be closer to our visual understanding of the structures that we are representing in code than other languages because, “Python makes that structure mandatory.”

I like that take on indentation and the "Why?" behind it. This little snippet from the article made me chuckle.

> As Thompson writes, “When you meet a coder, you’re meeting someone whose core daily experience is of unending failure and grinding frustration.”

😂
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11 weeks ago
ChessRoots - Chess opening graph from over 800 million Chess games
Cool graph-based visualization tool to explore chess games. ♟
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11 weeks ago
A frame of mind – On my Om
I like Om’s take on photography as, sort of, a kind of therapy.
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11 weeks ago
The First Non-Bullshit Book About Culture I’ve Read – zwischenzugs
This book has been on my reading list for a very long time, I think I need to move it up. I've heard nothing but great recommendations, and this is another one! 📚
11 weeks ago
Almond - The Open, Privacy-Preserving Virtual Assistant
Not sure how well something like this will work, but glad folks are working on it.
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11 weeks ago
Free, Open-source Anonymous Email Forwarding - AnonAddy
This looks like a very well done anonymous email forwarding service. I've been using [Maskmail](https://www.maskmail.net) for a couple of years now, and have 84 distinct email addresses setup with it for various services. This is a super effective tool for your privacy, with benefits for security as well. By using a unique email address per service organizations loose the ability to track you with a shared email ID. The biggest issue is that many services block these, so AnonAddy's ability to support a custom domain name is a **huge deal**. I’m going to test this out and perhaps switch to it.
11 weeks ago
No App for That
When you get good capture devices, like a solid to do list on your phone, you can build an impossibly long list. For me, this is where the Weekly Review in GTD, as well as the Someday/Maybe lists can give you a release valve.
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11 weeks ago
How to create a good onboarding experience for new hires — Quartz at Work
I really like the areas of focus that this article highlights. A good onboarding experience has many dimensions. I also agree that many companies do this poorly. One of the things I do is meet with all new hires each quarter, and the first question I ask is to describe their onboarding experience. That results in fabulous feedback to take forward.
11 weeks ago
Relentlessly simplify – Den Delimarsky
Great guide to keeping the technology part of your life a bit simpler, and in the long haul, easier.
11 weeks ago
A guide to distributed teams – Increment: Teams
Key points to making distributed teams effective.
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11 weeks ago
Contract for the Web
It’s hard for me to believe that an effort like this is going to have a real impact on the web and how companies act on it. I'd like to, but I’m very skeptical of it. Perhaps with the pedigree of Tim Berners-Lee it has a better chance. For more background on this, his [opinion article in the New York Times](https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/24/opinion/world-wide-web.html) is a good overview. The Guardian also has a good overview, "[Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web](https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/24/tim-berners-lee-unveils-global-plan-to-save-the-internet)". At least he's trying, and hopefully others will get on board.
11 weeks ago
Braid: Synchronization for HTTP
This looks really interesting. Synchronization is a huge pain to write, and rewrite, all the time.

> The Braid Protocol is a set of extensions to HTTP, which transform it from a state _transfer_ protocol into a state _synchronization_ protocol. When a resource is changed by one client or server, all other clients and servers update. Braid supports [Operational Transform](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operational_transformation) and [CRDTs](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict-free_replicated_data_type) at web URLs, enabling peer-to-peer, offline-capable web applications.

It would be pretty amazing if Braid became as well-supported as REST.
11 weeks ago
Apple Releases Annual Holiday Video 'The Surprise' - MacStories
Great 3-minute video that will bring tears to your eyes by the end.
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11 weeks ago
Read Sacha Baron Cohen's scathing attack on Facebook in full: 'greatest propaganda machine in history' | Technology | The Guardian
[Sacha Baron Cohen](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacha_Baron_Cohen), of Borat and Ali G fame, gave the keynote at the [Anti-Defamation League](https://www.adl.org) Never is Now event. Honestly, you should take 25 minutes and [watch the full video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymaWq5yZIYM). This is an incredibly insightful, purposeful take at the negative impacts of social media platforms. I love his statement that "Freedom of Speech is not Freedom of Reach". Social media platforms love to hide behind Freedom of Speech and it’s a completely false argument. Read their Terms of Service and you'll realize there is no freedom of anything. It’s a business! This writeup from the Daily Beast "[Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook](https://www.thedailybeast.com/sacha-baron-cohen-uses-adl-speech-to-tear-apart-mark-zuckerberg-and-facebook)" is a good overview too. ✊
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11 weeks ago
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. 👍
11 weeks ago
Developing New Engineers - Karl L. Hughes
Amazingly detailed and specific skill development framework for engineers.
11 weeks ago
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? 🤪
11 weeks ago
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.
11 weeks ago
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.
11 weeks ago
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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11 weeks ago
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.
11 weeks ago
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.
11 weeks ago
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.
11 weeks ago
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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12 weeks ago
“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?
12 weeks ago
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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12 weeks ago
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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