September 30, 2017
This week was a blur with a tremendous amount going on at work as well as at home. I had a great evening hanging out with Steve, Dennys and Layne. We all went to Iceland together several years ago and it’s super fun every time we get together over some good food and beers. Unfortunately Dennys was sick and had to bail last minute. I also had my R/W Book Club meeting this week and we discussed our book and had great conversations. Both of these nights were reminder that even when things are busy, and even more so when they are busy, it’s important to take some time to hang out with friends and chat, laugh and debate. I feel pretty lucky to have those opportunities. I highly recommend it! 👍
Our cabin is on Cannon Lake and there are a number of float planes that come and go from the lake. It’s always fun to see them taking off or landing.
Sep 24, 2017 at 11:46 AM
💬 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 page is worth a read too.
💬 I've played with Graphviz 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.
💬 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. 👍
💬 I’m a sucker for time-lapse videos but this one spanning a 30 day trip across the Atlantic ocean is epic.
💬 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!
💬 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! 🤡
💬 Thorough review of macOS High Sierra. A handful of small tweaks and improvements I wasn’t aware of in here.
💬 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.
💬 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.
💬 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.
💬 This article exactly captures why I decided to order the Series 3 with LTE. ⌚️
💬 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.
💬 Some great examples of reports and analysis from the VP of Engineering at Kickstarter to identify compensation inequity in a team.
💬 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. 🐪
💬 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.
💬 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.
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Play the classic card game cribbage with your grandpa! Cribbage With Grandpas is a relaxing and delightful game you'll love curling up with. It features a grandpa creator which you use to create a grandpa and select what personality they should have (grumpy, silly, sweet, etc.). You can create multiple grandpas with different difficulty and conversational settings for every mood.
Tammy has been teaching me to play cribbage and I wanted too find a way to practice on my own on iOS. I found this game and decided to give it a try and really like it. It’s funny and the whole concept of picking Grandpa's and giving them personalities to play with is really fun. Recommended for anyone from a casual to serious cribbage player.
$2.99 4.5/5 stars
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