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Apache Pulsar
Open-source pub-sub messaging system. Originally from Yahoo! and now part of Apache.
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11 weeks ago
My Approach to 1-on-1s — Marco Rogers
Interesting ideas for different 1:1 conversations.
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11 weeks ago
Frank Chimero · Redesign: Table of Contents
Frank Chimero is a renowned designer, and he's taken to redesigning his website in the open, and documenting the process. This is a lot of fun to follow. 👏
11 weeks ago
What do you call the parts of a story? Or: why can’t journalists spell lead? · The Ethically-Trained Programmer
I spent a bunch of time working very closely with newsrooms and building bespoke tools and content management systems for them. This breakdown of the various components of an article is a good glimpse into the complexities in that world.
11 weeks ago
glow: Render markdown on the CLI, with pizzazz!
Markdown is a plaintext format already, but this adds a little spice for a terminal user.
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december 2019
My Business Card Runs Linux • &> /dev/null
This is so incredibly geeky, and also very cool.
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december 2019
Robocall fines rise to $10,000 per call under newly passed law - The Verge
I’ve been paying an $18/year subscription to NoMoRoBo for a while to block the barrage of calls. Once the blocking stopped working and I started getting over a dozen calls a day. It was borderline harassment.

> The House voted overwhelmingly to approve the measure earlier this month, and Thursday’s **unanimous** Senate vote means the bill only requires President Trump’s signature to become law.

Emphasis added. When does the US Senate ever do anything unanimously? I guess everyone hates robocalls.
december 2019
Mozilla - *privacy not included
Mozilla providing reviews of products specifically focused on the privacy aspects.
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december 2019
Hammerspoon
I’m a big fan of automation, and I've long wanted to learn Lua.

> This is a tool for powerful automation of OS X. At its core, Hammerspoon is just a bridge between the operating system and a Lua scripting engine. What gives Hammerspoon its power is a set of extensions that expose specific pieces of system functionality, to the user.

This might be interesting.
december 2019
Apple Mac Pro 2019 | New Apple Computer Guide
The metal holes in the new Mac Pro look very cool, but even better, they are designed that way to accommodate the thermal load.

> Making those holes deep gets back to the first principle: more surface area means better dissipation. “[The pattern] gives us a lot of surface area, which is hugely beneficial,” Ternus says. The Pro Display has fans for specific components, but the bored metal holes are what keeps that huge panel of LEDs cool enough to run so bright.

I love when great design and engineering need is solved in one solution.
december 2019
The Power of The Inbox | Kourosh Dini
Kourosh thinks deeply about his GTD system, and he uses OmniFocus just like me, so I find his reflections to be very useful. I tend to never let my Inbox get cluttered, but I also wonder if I couldn't shove more things into the Inbox and get them out of my way.
december 2019
Your Makefiles are wrong · Jacob Davis-Hansson
It seems I've never used `make` right, or even really understood it. 🤷‍♂️
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december 2019
Microbrowsers are Everywhere ◆ 24 ways
Good research on metadata to enable smart previews of links.
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december 2019
I’m a 37-Year-Old Mom & I Spent Seven Days Online as an 11-Year-Old Girl. Here’s What I Learned.
The experiences documented here are disturbing and concerning. First, what the hell is wrong with these men? Second, how do you manage this and protect your kids online? Staying far, far away from all social platforms seems the best choice.
december 2019
At age 13, I joined the alt-right, aided by Reddit and Google
There seems to be a pretty straightforward means to radicalize people to some desired outcome online. Wether the alt-right, or terrorist organizations, the playbook seems very similar.
december 2019
Yap
This reminds me a bit of Unix `talk`.
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december 2019
disaster.radio | a disaster-resilient communications network powered by the sun
Love this project. In a world where I had unlimited free time I'd bite off a big chunk of it to play with [Scuttlebutt](https://scuttlebutt.nz). It’s a really interesting protocol for rarely connected network devices. The video is a good overview. Maybe this can be my version of [prepping](https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/prepper/). 😎
december 2019
It’s Time to Get Back to Basics – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss
I’m not a Tim Ferriss devotee, but I find his stuff interesting, and I like that he's returning to writing.

> Equally important, those early years of regular writing helped me to think more clearly and to hone a craft I deeply revere. For me, to write is to become more human. To the extent that I’m sane, writing helped keep me in that lane.

I strongly agree with him. It’s easy to have thoughts and jabber on about them. It’s much harder, and intellectually rewarding, to actually form sentences and paragraphs.
december 2019
In Review: 30 Years Of The World’s Highest Paid Athletes
The animation in this article showing the highest paid athletes is pretty cool to watch. I had no idea boxers made so much money! 🥊💰 And then comes Tiger Woods. ⛳️💰💰💰💰💰💰💰
december 2019
Git from the inside out
More than you ever wanted to know about how Git works. 🤓
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december 2019
Machine Learning Crash Course | Google Developers
It’s amazing how much one can learn through completely open and free resources like this. This might be a cool course to take between Christmas and New Years!
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december 2019
Lightroom 5.1 Adds Direct SD Card Importing on iPad and iPhone, Plus New Export Options - MacStories
This is a huge deal for Lightroom on iPadOS being a powerful tool for a photographer. Being able to skip passed the built-in Photos system and go direct into Lightroom is very important. I hope to give this a workout on some of our travels this summer.
december 2019
Drafts for Mac: It's Action Time - MacStories
Drafts is the fastest app that I have on both my iOS and macOS devices for capturing random bits of text and then working with it. Actions are super powerful and it’s great to see them coming to macOS now.
december 2019
Why databases use ordered indexes but programming uses hash tables
Overview of two common and different ways to access data, and the tradeoffs between them.
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december 2019
Ring's Neighbors Data Let Us Map Amazon's Home Surveillance Network
I despise Ring's marketing tactics. A look at this map shows that it works. It turns out we don't need the government to create a surveillance state. If we sell people fear and tell them they'll be safe violating the privacy of anyone walking in the public spaces around there house that is enough. 😠
december 2019
Operations and Internal Communication Strategies For Effective CEOs
A ton of recommendations for different communications inside of a company. It seems like a lot, but there are some really good nuggets in here. Grab one thing and try it out?
december 2019
An Introduction to JSON-LD | jonm.dev
I find JSON-LD interesting. JSON is super interesting, but it lacks semantics. That is where JSON-LD comes in.

> [JSON-LD](https://www.w3.org/2018/json-ld-wg/) is a [specification](https://w3c.github.io/json-ld-syntax/) being developed in the World Wide Web Consortium ([W3C](https://www.w3.org/)) as a media type `application/ld+json`. This means you can still parse it as a plain-ol’ JSON document, but there are some additional conventions that add meaning to the content.

This might bring some of the good parts of XML to the JSON world.
december 2019
dgsh — directed graph shell
I can't say that I completely get it, but it looks cool.
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december 2019
The Product-Minded Software Engineer
I love this and thing all engineers should try to embody many of these 9 disciplines. 👍
december 2019
Privacy Analysis of Tiktok’s App and Website | Rufposten
I have never used Tiktok, and I don't plan to start ever. This article is an interesting read but don't ignore it just because you don't use Tiktok. Everything they are doing, is probably being done by several other services. It’s very good to be aware of how much targeting, identification, and tracking is being done in these applications. Honestly the app is just a little trinket to get you to fiddle with all of this tracking! 👀
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december 2019
Adding a new teller | queuing theory example
Nearly every technical system of moderate complexity will use queues at some place, and there will inevitably be a time when those queues backup and cause problems. It can be very hard to explain those issues to non-technical folks. This simple article does a good job highlighting the non-linear behavior of queues.
december 2019
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.
december 2019
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.
december 2019
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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december 2019
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.
december 2019
AI Dungeon
Uh oh, Dungeon Masters might be getting replaced by the big learning algorithm!
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december 2019
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