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JavaScript Libraries Are Almost Never Updated Once Installed
This isn't surprising to anyone that has built things with JavaScript libraries. Sadly, there are some version upgrades that are probably easy, but it’s rarely seen as worth the effort.
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9 weeks ago
iPad at 10. An affair forever – On my Om
I agree with Om, "Ten years later, the iPad still is magic." The iPad is the only computing device I have that sort of disappears when you use it.
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9 weeks ago
A bird’s-eye view of Kyiv | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice
This is a beautiful tour of Kyiv. I've been to some of these places on foot while traveling there. It’s very cool to see from this perspective.
9 weeks ago
Sexism: Just Another Day as a Woman In Tech - Snort Out Loud
Male leaders and executives, read this.

> Based on my life’s experiences, there is no way this male executive would have treated another male executive the same way. He questioned my capabilities and my experience, even though my team informed him of my title and role; and my experience.

It is important to read articles like this so that we can help others get better, and recognize our own biases, regardless of how advanced you may think you are.
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9 weeks ago
Edina High School student boarding school bus hurt in hit-and-run crash | Star Tribune
This happened just a couple blocks from our house. I had driven down that road not more than 30 minutes before on my way to work. They did [locate the car](http://www.startribune.com/edina-police-locate-car-involved-in-hit-and-run-of-high-school-student/567378922/), in **Mankato!**
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10 weeks ago
My Must-Have Apps, 2019 Edition - MacStories
Federico Viticci is my spirit guide when it comes to power user capabilities with iOS and iPadOS. I'll be spending some significant time picking over this list.
10 weeks ago
PHP in 2020 - stitcher.io
PHP is routinely criticized, but many don't realize how far the language has come in recent years.
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10 weeks ago
The math of brewing a better espresso | Ars Technica
Okay, I came for the science and the cool charts. But then reading this is just straight up heresy!

> "The real impact of this paper is that the most reproducible thing you can do is use less coffee," said Hendon. "If you use 15 grams instead of 20 grams of coffee and grind your beans coarser, you end up with a shot that runs really fast but tastes great. Instead of taking 25 seconds, it could run in 7 to 14 seconds. But you end up extracting more positive flavors from the beans, so the strength of the cup is not dramatically reduced. Bitter, off-tasting flavors never have a chance to make their way into the cup."

7 seconds! Runs really fast? Stay away! 🚫
10 weeks ago
This Is True History: One of the Internet’s Oldest Newsletters
Newsletter are the new hotness? Or are Podcasts? Maybe both. Everyone seems to have one of each. This story is about a newsletter that has been published since 1994! 25 years and still going!

> "I had 2,000 printed, and I told my readers this story. This was before I had PayPal, this was before I had a shopping cart," he explained. "And I said, 'You know, if you’re tired of people telling you what to believe and how to think, send me a buck, I’ll send you 10 cards.'"
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> His wife thought he was crazy, that he just wasted his money on a box of parody cards. Instead, his reader base sent him money through the mail for these cards. He sold so many that he had to start ordering them in sets of 10,000. In two decades, Cassingham has sold more than 2.2 million cards.

Maybe I need to order some Weekly Thing cards! 😎
10 weeks ago
Technical Debt Is like a Tetris Game - Fluent C++
Surprisingly good analogy for a complicated, and often invisible, problem. Plus I like the fact that it’s extensible. "Is that bad like a open row with one block missing? Or like a L-shape piece messing up the top of the pile?"
10 weeks ago
Introducing Deepnews Distills - Monday Note
This is an interesting new news product. The idea is using learning technology to provide relevant and accurate information on a topic.

> The whole idea behind Deepnews Distills is to develop a scalable, agile and largely automated newsletter system. In short, we identify a worthy subject, we curate and vet a set of sources, we fine-tune the query that yields the best results in the crawling process and we let the algorithm work its magic. We can design a new vertical, integrate it in our dedicated CMS, test it and launch in just a week.

Subscription model, delivered via email. Interesting that they choose email.
10 weeks ago
GraphQL: the REST is history? - Stav Barak - Medium
Basic intro to GraphQL. Technologists get so hung up in the X vs Y debate. GraphQL fundamentally solves a different problem than REST. I think it’s clear there is room for both, and there are very hard problems in REST that GraphQL makes very easy. The non-deterministic performance of GraphQL also deserves to be highlighted over and over. You need to be cautious about how queries are constructed.
10 weeks ago
Coaching - Happiness | Silicon Valley Product Group
Basic reminders that every manager should make sure that you are remembering to do. They all matter. As a manager, read these and think to yourself "Which one of these am I likely to forget?" Then make a note in your task manager, and set it to repeat weekly.
10 weeks ago
Backdoors, Golden Keys: Here We Go Again - Monday Note
A good overview with links to other articles on the key issues around encrypted communication and governments desire to have access to it. None of this is new to those that have been following it. The US Government took [Phil Zimmerman](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Zimmermann) to court over the creation of encryption they could not break. It was classified a munition! The [Clipper chip](https://epic.org/crypto/clipper/) debacle was, to my knowledge, the only time government actually required this. Unfortunately the track record suggests that backdoors are desired to surveil everyone, and these flash point with terrorists are great ways for government to try and shift the focus.
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10 weeks ago
Nothing Changes Until You Do
Good context setting on everyones role in cultural changes.

> **There is nothing quite as humbling and powerful to self-reflect and ask yourself: how am I contributing to this environment?** How am I showing up? Is my behavior getting the best out of people? If not, why? These are the questions I continuously have leaders ask themselves. I challenge anyone, not just leaders, to ask these questions. Get curious versus judgmental and see what shows up, I bet you will surprise yourself.

A lot of references to learning and vulnerability too.
10 weeks ago
Look Busy
Some folks know I wrote a Shortcut that automates creating block time on my calendar. i need to do that or all if my team will get taken by meeting requests. This app does that, with a masquerade twist!

> Look Busy fills your work calendar with realistic-looking (but secretly fake) work events. Your co-workers won’t schedule conference calls and meetings, so you can get actual work done.

There is a totally valid use case for something like this! 😊 I think I will stick with my Shortcut automation.
10 weeks ago
Netflix Releases 21 Studio Ghibli Masterpieces Around The World
This is awesome! I keep a DVD plyer in a closet just to get out and play Studio Ghibli movies! i think we may make a list and watch all of these! 🎬
10 weeks ago
TheCodingMonkeys News: Farewell, Carcassonne!
I learned Carcassonne by playing the Coding Monkeys version on iOS. Bummer to see them lose the license. I like the authentic board game approach they used.
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10 weeks ago
LaunchCuts Review: A Better Way to Organize Your Shortcuts with Folders, Advanced Search, and Custom Views - MacStories
Shortcuts should do these things already. Some folder or tagging structure would help power users. This fills a gap until then.
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10 weeks ago
Google opens research and development center in Ukraine | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice
This headline is a little misleading. More accurately, Google acquired a small company with a presence in Kyiv and is keeping it. The general trend of more technology development, not only outsourcing, happening in Ukraine is real though. I travel there twice a year to work with our team of 80 technologists there. 🇺🇦
11 weeks ago
Diary Email
This seems like a really cool service. You send an email to your diary and then this service keeps it private and secure for you. It’s a very simple way to author. It also has a newsletter like extension of allowing friends to subscribe to those notes you send. I’m not sure about this being a black box, I'd want to know there is a way to always keep a copy of my data, but the user interface being simple email is good.
11 weeks ago
Why Americans Are Always Running Out of Time - The Atlantic
In short, instead of taking all of the productivity leverage technology has provided us we've instead raised the bar and increased the amount of work we do to fill the space left open.

> Better technology means higher expectations—and higher expectations create more work.

Seems like a similar argument that is made about making more money just means you spend more. 💸
11 weeks ago
Name and Praise: SPS Commerce - cscareerquestions
Very nice writeup from one of our #TeamSPS members on their experience applying for and getting an offer to join our team. 👍
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11 weeks ago
Making Python Programs Blazingly Fast
Nice insights on how to make Python faster. 🏎
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11 weeks ago
GoatCounter – Website statistics for regular folks
A radically simple web statistics offering that removes all privacy concerns I would have with these services. It tracks no individual data at all. This is essentially like a simple server-side analytics package, but implemented in a very convenient web model. Open source, written in Go.
11 weeks ago
Just get paid and our culture of lies – On my Om
Om Malik making a broader point around the behavior we reward lately.

> Given the size of the reward relative to that of the punishment for lying, cheating and bad behavior, there is little incentive for others not to imitate their actions. What’s good for Facebook is good for every startup that wants to cut corners and grow fast. What’s good for WeWork, is good for others. What’s good for the Astros is good for the Red Sox — and trust me, pretty much every other team. Possible even my beloved New York Yankees.

Just think about the literal **billions** of dollars that the founder of WeWork is enjoying right now. As a society, we need to be more balanced in what success is. Let's start with being authentic and genuine as part of it!

_As an aside, my son has this infatuation with the Astros. I’m struggling with how much at the age of 9 he should be getting a complete view of this, versus his young love and fervor for the sport of baseball. Greed puts us all in awkward spots._
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11 weeks ago
The Crucible Of Leadership - AVC
What a great read and an interesting concept. I read this and felt a lot of truth ring through in my own experience.

> The magic, the alchemy, occurs when _what we do_ mixes with _who we are_ and is cooked by the heat of _what we believe_.

This is worth reading a few times, and probably keeping a bookmark to for the future.

I can say with total conviction that as I have worked on being a better leader it has required me to get better with myself first. As I've broken down those barriers, I've been able to engage others better. After all, if you cannot have a constructive conversation with yourself on a difficult topic, how can you ever with another person.

> That’s often the biggest obstacle to becoming your self. The frenzied, frenetic, do-it-now, answer-the-email-now-or-the-company-will-die-even-though-it’s-3 a.m. attitude is precisely the wrong process of becoming your self.

You need space and room.
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11 weeks ago
Top Tools for Eliminating Resistance to The GTD Weekly Review
The GTD Weekly Review is a hard habit to build out, and these are some good suggestions to make it easier and more effective.
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11 weeks ago
How Trying New Hobbies Made Me More Productive at Work - Toggl Blog
I’m a big believer in hobbies and enjoying a variety of different activities.

> Not everything needs to be a side hustle, and not every hobby needs to make us more marketable. Set out to try something new with no expectations attached. Let go of your perfectionist instincts to find the joy and the worthwhileness of experimentation. Maybe it’ll turn out for you, like it did for me, that the freedom to fail outside of work makes you more willing to take risks at work. But even if your hobby doesn’t have an effect on your professional life, it’s still valuable.

Yes! 👍
11 weeks ago
Your first 90 days as CTO or VP Engineering.
Seriously good advise for entering a new role as a leader.
11 weeks ago
Managing my personal knowledge base · tkainrad
I often find little nuggets when reading how other people manage information flows.
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12 weeks ago
Ring Fired Employees for Watching Customer Videos - VICE
I can’t recommend Ring to anyone. The company has a bad reputation with security and I think their fear based marketing campaigns are despicable. Before you think this article is good, since Ring took action when someone watched videos, ask yourself why they even could do that. This shouldn't even be possible to do.
12 weeks ago
Falling behind vs. streaks | Seth's Blog
I've been trying to use streaks to reinforce good habits.

> But it turns out that real progress comes not from measuring ourselves against everyone else’s pace, but in building habits. And habits come from streaks.

I use [Streaks](http://streaksapp.com) on iOS to keep track of mine. **My longest streak is currently at 336 days!** 🏆
12 weeks ago
A Note on Reading Big, Difficult Books...
My book club read [How to Read a Book](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Read_a_Book) which is a much deeper dive on this topic, but there is a lot of similarities.
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12 weeks ago
Leadership Derailers: Anger | Leadership Freak
I've coached many people on this over years. The most common place in technology for anger, or anger-frustration, to appear is dealing with system failures. Everyone is on edge, tensions are high, and people have a swirl of feelings from fear, anger, frustration, anxiety and many more coarsing through their system. The cortisol is pumping. But anger is not helpful, and creates a cancer in a culture. Leaders cannot exhibit it, and cannot condone it.
12 weeks ago
Present From The Head Of The Table - Feld Thoughts
Completely agree with this, and I also see it from time to time. If you are presenting to the room, then stand in front and present. Take the stage!
12 weeks ago
Socially visible progress | Lara Hogan
Interesting advice for managers.

> How often do we just move on to the next thing? ESPECIALLY in our work as managers! There’s no launch party for a reorg :D There’s no trophy for writing that really hard email, or delivering that really challenging feedback.
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> Find trustworthy peers to lean on so that they can celebrate YOUR progress, and you can celebrate THEIRS, too. It’s a game changer.

Oftentimes this happens through formal or informal mentor relationships, but I like the idea of being more deliberate with it.
12 weeks ago
Make blogging beautiful — Anchor CMS
I love all the innovative projects going on right now to make blogging easy, and importantly beautiful, again. We need these projects to create a path for people that want to opt-out of the surveillance systems of social media.
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12 weeks ago
The Coming Supremacy of AR - Allen Pike
I think that augmented reality is going to be a huge deal. I’m intrigued by visual AR, but I’m also intrigued by audio AR. When we can engage with the real world with all the insight and capabilities of technology it could be amazing.

> Where AR has the potential to change everything is the ability not to be 'in your face', but to blend into the world around you. The capability to seamlessly augment your vision is so powerful that if Apple – or anybody else – ever pulls it off, it will upend how we interact with technology as much or more as the smartphone ever did.

There is a very real negative path here too, and I’m hard put to give a good answer why that won't be where we end up. But the potential here is amazing.
12 weeks ago
Clear and Present Leadership
To the point advice for leaders.

> When I've screwed up as a leader it has been a lack of clarity or presence. Why have I done this? Another truth related to leadership is that all leadership flows from character. Every time I've done wrong or less than I could have as a leader it has been a character weakness, either temporary or an ongoing struggle.

This is one to refer back to from time-to-time, especially if you are facing some challenging decisions or situations.
12 weeks ago
Thinking faster with mind maps - BrettTerpstra.com
Mind maps are a tool that I feel I could get a lot more value out of so I enjoyed this take from Brett Terpstra. I have all the same tools that he has, and this article helped me think about them differently. I might sign up for the [Mind Mapping Course](https://brettterpstra.com/2020/01/06/thinking-faster-with-mind-maps/) at The Sweet Setup.
12 weeks ago
The empty promises of Marie Kondo and the craze for minimalism | Life and style | The Guardian
> Dissatisfaction with materialism and the usual rewards of society is not new, but minimalism is not an idea with a straightforward chronological history. It is more like a feeling that repeats in different times and places around the world. It is defined by the sense that the surrounding civilisation is excessive, and has thus lost some kind of original authenticity, which must be regained. The material world holds less meaning in these moments, and so accumulating more stuff loses its appeal.
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12 weeks ago
Apache Pulsar
Open-source pub-sub messaging system. Originally from Yahoo! and now part of Apache.
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12 weeks ago
My Approach to 1-on-1s — Marco Rogers
Interesting ideas for different 1:1 conversations.
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12 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. 👏
12 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.
12 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
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