Reasons Kubernetes is cool — Julia Evans
Nice, simple writeup on some of the highlights that make Kubernetes a compelling platform. This was helpful for me to help see the differences between Kubernetes and some of the other platforms like Mesos.
october 2017
Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation | Cosmos
Whew — we now have pretty good proof that we are not living inside of a giant simulation inside some computer.

> If the complexity grew linearly with the number of particles being simulated, then doubling the number of partices would mean doubling the computing power required. If, however, the complexity grows on an exponential scale – where the amount of computing power has to double every time a single particle is added – then the task quickly becomes impossible.

We are not in the [Matrix](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/)
october 2017
Every Yahoo account that existed—all 3 billion—was compromised in 2013 hack | Ars Technica
> Yahoo said a major security breach in 2013 compromised all three billion accounts the company maintained, a three-fold increase over the estimate it disclosed previously.

This has to be the largest breach in history. Wow.
october 2017
Are You Using Social Media or Being Used By It? - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Newport coins the term "social media industrial complex" and I love it. Good article to highlight the tricks and techniques that social media platforms use to capture your attention and not give it back.
october 2017
Tesla misses the mark on Model 3 production - by a lot - Oct. 2, 2017
> The actual number it built? 260, or 83% less than promised.

With hundreds of thousands of these waiting to be purchased (including one from yours truly) I sure hope they get this number up fast.
october 2017
Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?
This is one of the most interesting and thought provoking articles I’ve read about Facebook. This overview of the current size of the Facebook community is amazing.

> What is Facebook? We can talk about its scale: Population-wise, it’s larger than any single country; in fact, it’s bigger than any continent besides Asia. At 2 billion members, “monthly active Facebook users” is the single largest non-biologically sorted group of people on the planet after “Christians” — and, growing consistently at around 17 percent year after year, it could surpass that group before the end of 2017 and encompass one-third of the world’s population by this time next year. Outside China, where Facebook has been banned since 2009, one in every five minutes on the internet is spent on Facebook; in countries with only recently high rates of internet connectivity, like Myanmar and Kenya, Facebook is, for all intents and purposes, the whole internet.

The point of this article is that Facebook has become something that we have never seen before. Something that we really don’t understand. The authors assertion is that Zuckerberg himself and Facebook as a whole doesn’t understand what it is.

> But if Facebook is bigger, newer, and weirder than a mere company, surely his trip is bigger, newer, and weirder than a mere presidential run. Maybe he’s doing research and development, reverse-­engineering social bonds to understand how Facebook might better facilitate them. Maybe Facebook is a church and Zuckerberg is offering his benedictions. Maybe Facebook is a state within a state and Zuckerberg is inspecting its boundaries. Maybe Facebook is an emerging political community and Zuckerberg is cultivating his constituents. Maybe Facebook is a surveillance state and Zuckerberg a dictator undertaking a propaganda tour. Maybe Facebook is a dual power — a network overlaid across the U.S., parallel to and in competition with the government to fulfill civic functions — and Zuckerberg is securing his command. Maybe Facebook is border control between the analog and the digital and Zuckerberg is inspecting one side for holes. Maybe Facebook is a fleet of alien spaceships that have colonized the globe and Zuckerberg is the viceroy trying to win over his new subjects.

This quote stood out to me. I tend to think a lot of social media is just for social media anyway.

>Facebook is good because it creates community; community is good because it enables Facebook. The values of Facebook are Facebook.

This is a long article but it’s definitely worth a read.
october 2017
Electric Bike Reviews - Prices, Specs, Videos, Photos
Website dedicated to only reviewing electric bikes.
october 2017
50 - One more thing…
[Patrick Rhone](http://patrickrhone.com) sharing wisdom with all of us on the occasion of his 50th birthday via his newsletter. Happy Birthday Patrick! 🎂👏
october 2017
Zuckerberg’s Preposterous Defense of Facebook - NYTimes.com
I think this argument is missing a fundamental issue. Facebook is a for-profit company that is allowed to operate on it’s own rules, referenced in it’s Terms of Service and it’s Privacy Policy (which change frequently). Facebook is not the open web, it is not a neutral platform. The best analogy for Facebook is your local mall. If it were an open platform, like the web, the content on it would not be subject to the Terms of Service of Facebook.

As such, Facebook must have an opinion about the content that appears on the site. All of the content. Why? Because it **does** have an opinion about the content that doesn't appear on the site! You cannot have the right to manage content on one side, but not the other. If your local shopping mall had a store that was appalling to you it would be on them, they wouldn't get away with some "well, we are an open platform" argument. Because they are not. It is a chosen set of actions for a business goal. That is what Facebook is too, it just likes to pretend that it is something else so you don't realize you are being monitored and monetized.
october 2017
Ikea has bought TaskRabbit - Recode
Interesting and unexpected (to me at least) acquisition by Ikea. Does make sense though as a way to distribute the installation work of the products that Ikea sells.
october 2017
Game Pick: Flower —macsparky
Based on David Spark's recommendation I purchased [Flower](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flower/id1279174518?mt=8&uo=4&at=1001lxyE&ct=thingelstad_com) this morning and it is a treat. Fun and relaxing game with very nice animations and gameplay. It takes a bit to figure out what you are doing, but after you get the hang of it it’s a lot of fun.
october 2017
Apple Watch Series 3 review: A solid improvement over the original Apple Watch —Apple World Today
I've had my Series 3 Apple Watch for two days now and I can attest that everything in this article is spot on. 👍
october 2017
Why SQL is beating NoSQL, and what this means for the future of data
[Timescale](https://www.timescale.com/) sells a SQL-based time series database so their opinion on SQL versus NoSQL may be a little skewed. With that in mind this is still a well thought out post about the strengths and advantages that SQL has.
october 2017
Application Network Functions With ESBs, API Management, and Now.. Service Mesh? – Software Blog
Analysis of a handful of different enterprise architecture patterns and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Good article to consider the dimensions and layers to think about architecture on.
october 2017
How to build a dashboard for your grill using Arduino and React
I’m still firmly opposed to introducing technology to my grilling and smoking setup. I believe the best smoked food comes from careful management of fire and air combined with wisdom. With that said, these DIY tech projects are pretty fun to read about. Thanks to [Dan Grigsby](https://twitter.com/dcgrigsby) for the link.
october 2017
Coffee Roasting, Mathematical Modelling, and Asymptotic Analysis
Love this deep mathematical look at roasting coffee beans using a more advanced model:

> Our mathematical model uses multiphase physics to describe the evolution of the solid, liquid, and gas components within the coffee bean. This is a crucial difference from previous attempts to model coffee roasting, as existing models treated the coffee bean as a single “bulk” material.

A properly sophisticated model with precise measurement combined with a machine learning approach could result in a fabulous, consistent and even personalized roast! ☕️ Hat tip to [Isaiah](https://twitter.com/keating_isaiah) for the link!
october 2017
Privacy - Apple
> Apple products are designed to do amazing things. And designed to protect your privacy.

Apple outlining the work that they do in various platforms and services to protect your privacy. They don't mention Google here but they don't need to. I continue to believe that Apple has a long-term position that this is important, even if consumers don't value it highly today. The [Approach to Privacy](https://www.apple.com/privacy/approach-to-privacy/) page is worth a read too.
september 2017
How Silicon Valley Reacts to Apple's iPhone X - YouTube
This is really funny — particularly if you watch [Silicon Valley](http://www.hbo.com/silicon-valley). 👏 Thanks to my friend [@DennysB](https://twitter.com/dennysb) for the link.
september 2017
A Quick Introduction to Graphviz
I've played with [Graphviz](http://graphviz.org) before and it is a very powerful tool for visualizations, and I don't see people using it very often. The nice thing is that the input is textual and easily written by a person or write a small program to output it. This is one of those tools that should be in your tool belt.
september 2017
Microsoft Teams is replacing Skype for Business to put more pressure on Slack - The Verge
This is a good move! 👏 Skype for Business gives the Skype brand a bad name. It’s just Lync with different branding and Lync was a hot mess from the first step. Teams isn't perfect, but Microsoft will have an easier time bringing Teams to where they want to go versus dragging the dead-weight of Lync around. 👍
september 2017
30 Days Timelapse at Sea | 4K | Through Thunderstorms, Torrential Rain & Busy Traffic - YouTube
I’m a sucker for time-lapse videos but this one spanning a 30 day trip across the Atlantic ocean is epic.
september 2017
The Ten Essentials for Good API Documentation · An A List Apart Article
Well thought through article thinking about the ten things you should make sure that you do when you publish an API. This is often an overlooked component. The team finishes the service and the last thing to go is to put the API documentation together. Sadly, bad docs and lack of understanding will dramatically impact the adoption of your API!
september 2017
Peppa Pig Live Surprise
Our kids loved Peppa Pig when they were younger. Mazie found it when we spent a month in London when she was 3, before it was in the US. Tyler liked it as well. If they were younger we'd definitely go to this, but the characters put into real life honestly look a little scary! 🤡
september 2017
macOS High Sierra Review: A Modern Snow Leopard? – 512 Pixels
Thorough review of macOS High Sierra. A handful of small tweaks and improvements I wasn’t aware of in here.
september 2017
The 5 biggest announcements from today’s Amazon hardware event - The Verge
Amazon clearly knows they have something with the Echo lineup. The Echo Spot is pretty interesting and is a smart targeted play. I could see the benefits of having a cheap voice controlled device on the nightstand. The Echo Button is a total surprise. Sounds like it’s a Bluetooth lighted button that will be used to extend into gaming. I’m impressed with where Amazon is taking this platform, I just wish it could play with the iOS ecosystem better.
september 2017
Your future cloud is hybrid, and so is Azure —Microsoft Azure Blog
It’s Microsoft's big week for new announcements to Azure and this specific angle on how they enable hybrid cloud operations is an interesting one. It is aligned with their huge installed base in corporate IT and certainly is an angle where they have a potential edge over Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.
september 2017
I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets | Technology | The Guardian
There are a lot of posts about all that Facebook knows about you — it’s interesting to see one on what Tinder knows about it’s users. This line at the end of the article drew my attention.

> As a typical millennial constantly glued to my phone, my virtual life has fully merged with my real life. There is no difference any more.

That puts Terms of Service and Privacy Policies in a bit of a different light.
september 2017
Never Give Up, Retry: How Software Should Deal with Failures
It’s hard to quantify the number of system issues in various systems I've seen through the years that are the result of poor retry logic in code. Retry logic is the close cousin of exception handling and these two areas are where a lot of large system failures cause huge challenges. Pessimistic retries around services you depend on can make a **huge** difference in real system performance.
september 2017
Tracking compensation and promotion inequity | Lara Hogan
Some great examples of reports and analysis from the VP of Engineering at [Kickstarter](https://www.kickstarter.com/) to identify compensation inequity in a team.
september 2017
Monitoring and Observability – Cindy Sridharan – Medium
Curious to understand better what people mean when they say **observability** and why that isn't just **monitoring**? This post has good clarification on the differences and how you use them to achieve different objectives. 🐪
september 2017
Are Industrial Robot Costs Hitting an Inflection Point?
The graphs in this article tell the story of the dropping prices of industrial robots. Look at those graphs and then think of the employment in the industrial sector. Now what would the graph of Industrial Robot Cost look like if overlaid on the employment cost of people. It’s concerning where this goes, but seems inevitable.

> As machine learning and new sensing capabilities impact them, not only will their performance improve but other costs associated with installation and integration should fall as well. For example, they will require little or no human programming and will be able to roam freely instead of being trapped in safety cages and by other barriers.
september 2017
Spend More Time Alone - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
This post struck a chord with me, particularly the framing of solitude as “the real key to solitude is to step away from reacting to the output of other minds”. Reflect on your day and think how often that happens. Not enough I would guess.

When I think of how mobile technology combined with social media has infiltrated our lives I think of spray foam. If you fill a hole with spray foam it’s remarkable to watch it grow, spread and fill every space it can occupy. When we reflexively reach for those inputs, other people’s thoughts, so consistently we drown out even small moments of solitude.
september 2017
Relicensing React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code | Facebook
Facebook moved really fast on this quickly growing license concern around React. Moving to [MIT License](https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT) should quell the concerns around those looking at adopting React.
september 2017
Superaccurate GPS Chips Coming to Smartphones in 2018 - IEEE Spectrum
Having a GPS in so many devices has been a revolution bigger than I would have expected. Moving the accuracy of GPS locations from 5 meters to 30 centimeters would enable a whole new class of use cases. It’s surprising to me that this is even possible! 🕴🏻
september 2017
iPhone 8 Plus Camera Review: India — Austin Mann
[Austin Mann](http://austinmann.com) writes about cameras as a working photographer does, not megapixels, but the photographs it takes. 📷 The portrait lighting mode looks amazing in the new iPhone 8. Adding Slow Sync flash is another big advance.
september 2017
watchOS 4: The MacStories Review
Very thorough overview of all of the improvements in watchOS 4. Take for a read if you have an Apple Watch since some of the improvements are subtle and sometimes hard to discover on the very small screen. ⌚️
september 2017
iPhone 8 Is World's Fastest Phone (It's Not Even Close)
Apple purposefully doesn't tout CPU benchmarks on their machines and will usually just reference a multiple on other devices. The benchmarks in this article show how far ahead the [A11 Bionic](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_A11) chip is in raw compute. An iPhone 8 benchmarks faster than a recent MacBook Pro!
september 2017
The inside story of the iPhone X 'brain,' the A11 Bionic chip
What Apple is doing with the silicon behind the iPhone is amazing. They are miles ahead of anyone else in mobile.

> You could be forgiven if, after Apple’s giant, two-hour product launch event on Tuesday, the only thing you remembered is the stunning iPhone X. It is special. It’s also nothing without the A11 Bionic CPU.

As an aside, it’s surprising to see how many companies Apple has purchased in the hardware and fabrication space.
september 2017
Anatomy of a Moral Panic
So much truth in this article. I spent years in media and the incentives and revenue systems that have evolved there are not good for the mission of news organizations.

> And reporters have no choice but to chase clicks. Because Google and Facebook have a duopoly on online advertising, the only measure of success in publishing is whether a story goes viral on social media. Authors are evaluated by how individual stories perform online, and face constant pressure to make them more arresting. Highly technical pieces are farmed out to junior freelancers working under strict time limits. Corrections, if they happen at all, are inserted quietly through ‘ninja edits’ after the fact.

That pretty much sums up the status quo.
september 2017
SPS Academy | Elimisha Children's Project
SPS Commerce partnered with the [Elimisha Children's Project](https://elimishachildrensproject.org) and [helped fund the reconstruction](https://www.spscommerce.com/blog/kenya-sps-academy-sps-commerce-spst/) of this new school in [Kitui](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitui)! 👏
september 2017
You Might Be Evil —Tim Bray
Tim Bray catching on a number of articles that I've also seen. When I read articles like this I can’t help but going back to the root of things and reminding everyone that there are no ethics classes taught to technologists. Our industry is one that rarely even puts that topic on the table. We are creating a world of software and hardware that many people live inside of without really understanding what we are doing, and the tradeoffs implicit in it.
september 2017
Apple does right by users and advertisers are displeased —EFF Updates
Happy to see the EFF express their opinion on this. Also gives me even more confidence that this approach has been vetted by more people. [Intelligent Tracking Prevention](https://webkit.org/blog/7675/intelligent-tracking-prevention/) looks great! 👏
september 2017
iOS 11, thoroughly reviewed | Ars Technica
Ars always does super detailed reviews of new releases of iOS. This is almost book length. 📖
september 2017
tvOS 11: The MacStories Review – MacStories
In this weeks flurry of new software for the Apple ecosystem tvOS also got a major version upgrade. As someone who has 3 Apple TV devices using tvOS I can attest that Home Screen Syncing is a bigger deal than your would think. Everything else is pretty minimal updates.
september 2017
Visual Codes Generates QR Codes for iOS 11’s New Camera Features – MacStories
Alright, so I've said many times that QR codes are dumb and have no utility. I may have to take some of that back. Putting a QR code in the house that a visitor can hit with their camera and jump on the WiFi network is a pretty slick use case. I'll put one up and see if anyone is able to use it.

I still love [Pictures of People Scanning QR-codes](http://picturesofpeoplescanningqrcodes.tumblr.com)! 🤣
september 2017
★ Apple Watch Series 3 —Daring Fireball
*With the addition of cellular networking in Series 3, Apple Watch gains something essential: independence. It’s not just a cool feature. It’s aimed smack dab in the middle of the two things people like best about Apple Watch: notifications and fitness.*
september 2017
Facebook’s war on free will | Technology | The Guardian
*The long read: How technology is making our minds redundant*
september 2017
How Useful is Tufte for Making Maps? | Making Maps: DIY Cartography
John Krygier, a cartographer and professor, takes [Tufte's](http://edwardtufte.com) visual display guidelines.

> The 20 Tufteisms and the Six Commandments are superficially less than I expected, from the perspective of practical guidelines. But, upon reflection, they do touch on many of the fundamental issues that determine if a map design is going to work or not, and what could more practical than that?

Not a takedown per se, but a detailed breakdown of how you would practically apply these techniques.
september 2017
Satya Nadella Rewrites Microsoft’s Code
*Microsoft’s CEO has stopped infighting, restored morale, and created more than $250 billion in market value. All it took was focusing on what matters most.*
september 2017
Analyzing One Million robots.txt Files
This is a delightfully fun read analyzing the `robots.txt` files of the top million websites. Interesting history about the origins of the robots specification and the fact that it was never standardized. There isn't even an RFC for it! As a bonus the code excerpts to show the analysis are all in Python and was the first time I've seen the [collections](https://docs.python.org/2/library/collections.html#module-collections) module.
september 2017
Swift.org - Swift 4.0 Released!
I still haven't coded anything in Swift but I continue to watch the language evolve from the sidelines. I find it interesting to see how the Swift community is forging this language.
september 2017
Use OmniFocus with Drag and Drop and Siri on iOS 11 —Learn OmniFocus
Nice, quick primer to using the new drag & drop feature in iOS 11 inside of OmniFocus. Many of the use cases that are highlighted for drag & drop are between applications but this shows how powerful these features are inside one application.
september 2017
★ The iPhones 8 —Daring Fireball
*These are solid year-over-year updates — at least as impressive as the iPhone 7 was over the iPhone 6S. If they hadn’t debuted alongside the iPhone X we’d be arguing about whether these are the most impressive new iPhone models since the iPhone 6.*
september 2017
Here are 11 quick tips for using iOS 11 —The Sweet Setup
Good list of features in iOS 11. Take a read and see some of the things that you may not know about.
september 2017
watchOS 4 now available for download —Apple World Today
I switched to the Siri face immediately after updating to watchOS 4. ⌚️ I’m curious to see how it does anticipating what information I will need throughout the day.
september 2017
tvOS 11 rolls out with AirPlay 2 support —Apple World Today
Multi speaker support in AirPlay 2 is a big deal. I have 5 AirPort destinations and only iTunes on my Mac can send to multiple. 🎶
september 2017
iOS 11: The MacStories Review – MacStories
The monster iOS 11 review from MacStories! 🎉
september 2017
AUTOMATICA - Nigel Stanford
Programming robot control arms to play music! 🎶 It’s a good song too. 🎧 Nigel Stanford [spent a month programming these robots](https://www.cnet.com/news/nigel-stanford-automatica-robots-video/) to play this. 🎩 Hat tip to my friend [Dennys](https://twitter.com/dennysb) for this link.
september 2017
Second-Hand Misogyny – Transposit
This article from a male co-founder reflecting on how his female co-founder was dismissed and not recognized by people they met with is illuminating. This stuff happens all the time in tech and I found this an illuminating article.
september 2017
An open letter to the W3C Director, CEO, team and membership | Electronic Frontier Foundation
I [linked to this W3C DRM decision](https://links.thingelstad.com/2017/07/the-w3c-has-overruled-and/) and now we see the [EFF](https://www.eff.org/) reaction to endorse "Encrypted Media Extensions", to make DRM possible, on the web.

> You have to search long and hard to find an independent technologist who believes that DRM is possible, let alone a good idea. Yet, somewhere along the way, the business values of those outside the web got important enough, and the values of technologists who built it got disposable enough, that even the wise elders who make our standards voted for something they know to be a fool's errand.

I’m not sure what I think about leaving the [W3C](https://www.w3.org) to protest this but I do believe the EFF is on the right side of this position.

Check out [Gruber's comments](https://daringfireball.net/linked/2017/09/18/eff-w3c-drm) on the same article.
september 2017
Netlify: All-in-one platform for automating modern web projects.
Impressive platform for hosting static web projects. Some interesting hooks for things like Identity and Form handling as well which can be very tricky in a static site.
september 2017
Migrating from Jekyll+Github Pages to Hugo+Netlify
I looked into [Hugo](https://gohugo.io) a while back and was very impressed, but [Github Pages](https://pages.github.com) native support for Jekyll keeps things really simple. This post highlights an interesting path to make a transition and introduced me to the very impressive [Netlify](https://www.netlify.com) service. I will very likely be moving [Link Thing](http://links.thingelstad.com) to Hugo for performance reasons alone.
september 2017
Apple responds to ad group’s criticism of Safari cookie blocking
Love the first line of Apple's response to this criticism from creepy ad networks **"Apple believes that people have a right to privacy…"** I don't want to dress Apple up as being only on ethical grounds here. I believe that they have identified a long-term strategy against Google around privacy. Their long bet is that over time people will care. I care today and am really happy to see them continuing to push privacy as a feature!
september 2017
Understanding the prevalence of web traffic interception
This is more interesting information from Cloudflare:

> We found that between 4% and 10% of the web’s encrypted traffic (HTTPS) is intercepted. Analyzing these intercepted connections further reveals that, while not always malicious, interception products most often weaken the encryption used to secure communication and puts users at risk.

That is more encrypted traffic interception than I would have ever guessed. 🔑
september 2017
Mozilla and the Washington Post Are Reinventing Online Comments - The Mozilla Blog
I didn’t realize that Mozilla was doing work in this space. It makes sense for them to focus on this and perhaps they can make a dent here. In general I suggest avoiding comments at all cost. It’s a tough problem to solve!
september 2017
You Can’t Protect Yourself from the Equifax Breach - TidBITS
The Equifax breach is different than nearly every other data breach we've seen. The breadth of the data they collect is hard to grasp and it is impossible to not be pulled into their data set. Another highlight that high concentrations of data and private information grow increasingly valuable as they grow in size.
september 2017
Ad groups blast apple for blocking cookies in Safari —Apple World Today
This pleases me greatly -- that these ad networks are worried about the new [Intelligent Tracking Prevention](https://webkit.org/blog/7675/intelligent-tracking-prevention/) feature in Safari tells me it might have a real impact to protect users privacy. Thematically this is one of the reasons I use Safari. Google has no motivation to work for users privacy in Chrome. Remember Chrome was the [last browser to support Do Not Track](http://www.zdnet.com/article/googles-chrome-finally-embraces-do-not-track-but-with-a-warning/).
september 2017
★ Thoughts and Observations on the Products Announced at This Week’s iPhone X Introductory Event —Daring Fireball
At one time [John Siracusa](https://twitter.com/siracusa) was known for his [meticulous reviews of Mac OS X](https://arstechnica.com/author/john-siracusa/). Now [Frederico Viticci](https://twitter.com/viticci) is known for his similar [reviews of iOS](https://www.macstories.net/?s=iOS+%22The+MacStories+Review%22). In my opinion, nobody writes about an Apple event like Gruber. Great stuff, enjoyable everytime.
september 2017
cPrime Announces Acquisition of DevJam | cPrime
Big congratulations to my friend David Hussman on the sale of his company to cPrime! 🎉
september 2017
Steve Jobs’ legacy
Deep writeup from Om Malik on the key benefits of controlling the entire stack in the iPhone. The performance gains that Apple has achieved in their own custom silicon are unmatched and being able to put this all into one cohesively designed package have given them a tremendous advantage.
september 2017
Jessie Frazelle's Blog: Windows for Linux Nerds
Fabulous writeup on the fundamentals of Windows Subsystem for Linux. Particularly like this from Jessie Frazelle who brings incredible Linux kernel knowledge to the topic.
september 2017
Photos: What it was like to attend Apple’s iPhone X event - Recode
Scan through the pictures to get a feel for the new Steve Jobs Theater, part of the new Apple Campus. Gorgeous building. The spinning elevator is a fun touch! Also that entrance dome with no supports is a feat of engineering!
september 2017
Ayuda! (Help!) Equifax Has My Data! — Krebs on Security
The findings in this Equifax breach continue to be fascinatingly bad!

> It took almost no time for them to discover that an online portal designed to let Equifax employees in Argentina manage credit report disputes from consumers in that country was wide open, protected by perhaps the most easy-to-guess password combination ever: “admin/admin.”
september 2017
Facebook, You Needy Sonofabitch | Brad Frost
Another day, and more psychological manipulation influencing people in subtle and not-so-subtle ways that get them to do more for the machine. 😡
september 2017
After the flood | Projects | AtF Spark
Wait a second… [sparklines](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparkline) generated from a font! Mind blown! 🤓 Tools & Toys has a good [article on this with examples](http://toolsandtoys.net/atf-spark-typeface/).
september 2017
TODO Open Source Program Guides // TODO: Talk openly, develop openly
Great project to build out a framework to allow companies to more easily create an open source program. I've looked at this and it’s way more complicated than it seems at first. This is a good idea to make things easier for organizations to publish more open source!
september 2017
Principles of Successful Software Engineering Teams
I like every one of these and I think this is an interesting way of clarifying what is often thought of as the culture of your technology team. I particularly like the "no my code, it’s our code" thought and "leave things better than you found them".
september 2017
AgileBits Blog | Announcing the 1Password command-line tool public beta
This is cool! 🎉 You can now build 1Password secrets into automation and a variety of different scripts using their command line tool! CLI FTW!
september 2017
Kitchen Soap – Multiple Perspectives On Technical Problems and Solutions
[John Allspaw](https://www.kitchensoap.com/about-me/) writing about the evolution of architecture review processes at [Etsy](https://www.etsy.com). Some interesting phases to their evolution that I can relate to very well. I like the fundamental definition of engineering not being provably correct or best. That is something that we don't acknowledge enough. I also really appreciate the perspective on the power dynamics of these conversations. Another thing that isn't considered enough.
september 2017
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