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Think globally, microblog locally
Fri, 29 Jun 2018

Facebook’s retreat from the news has painful for publishers — including Slate - Will Oremus/Slate https://slate.com/technology/2018/06/facebooks-retreat-from-the-news-has-painful-for-publishers-including-slate.html

Microsoft releases 125 million building footprints in the US as open data - Bing Maps Blog https://blogs.bing.com/maps/2018-06/microsoft-releases-125-million-building-footprints-in-the-us-as-open-data/

That time I had Steve Jobs keynote at Unix Expo - Chris MacAskill/Cake https://www.cake.co/conversations/rZXhqtP/that-time-i-had-steve-jobs-keynote-at-unix-expo

More Unicode circles that you can use in Vim and other editors - Mark Tolonen/Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/a/12982461

Space is full of dirty, toxic grease - Hannah Devlin/The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/27/space-is-full-of-dirty-toxic-grease-scientists-reveal

If you need a bigger 'bullet,' try the Unicode character 'BLACK CIRCLE' (U+25CF) https://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/25cf/index.htm

Thu, 28 Jun 2018

An appreciation: Harlan Ellison was a trendsetting writer, a Hollywood maverick, a way-cool Valley guy — and, yes, an often nice fellow – Bob Strauss/Daily News aka @bscritic https://www.dailynews.com/2018/06/28/harlan-ellison-genius-writer-hollywood-maverick-valley-cool-and-yes-often-nice-guy/

The @medium model for collecting money and paying it out looks great. Here is what they say: Each member's /month subscription is distributed proportionally to the stories that the individual member engaged with that month. https://medium.com/creators

How to type a bullet character in Vim http://vim.1045645.n5.nabble.com/How-to-get-rounded-bullet-list-character-tp5726926p5726927.html

The architects of this building in Romania used Morse code to "sign their names" - toromio/Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/8ujutr/the_architects_of_this_building_in_romania_used/

When using Vim macros in your vimrc, (which I do heavily), here's how to type an <esc> https://stackoverflow.com/a/4010918

Wed, 27 Jun 2018

Amazon Linux WorkSpaces is some kind of virtual desktop thing from AWS. You can also do it with Windows. https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-amazon-linux-workspaces/

Tue, 26 Jun 2018

Why nobody ever wins the car at the mall - Zachary Crockett/The Hustle https://thehustle.co/why-nobody-ever-wins-the-mall-car-giveaway

Mon, 25 Jun 2018

Big tech isn’t the problem with homelessness. It’s All of Us - Adam Rogers/WIRED https://www.wired.com/story/big-tech-isnt-the-problem-with-homelessness-its-all-of-us/

An invisible rating system at your favorite chain restaurant is costing your server - Caroline O'Donovan/BuzzFeed News https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolineodonovan/ziosk-presto-tabletop-tablet-restaurant-rating-servers

How did Google get so big? — 60 Minutes/CBS News https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-did-google-get-so-big/

Sun, 24 Jun 2018

GraalVM is a unversal virtual machine that runs applications in more languages that I can list in this post: JS, Python, Ruby, Java, Scala, C(++), etc. https://www.graalvm.org/

On Lisp by Paul Graham - a link to a download of the 1993 book http://www.paulgraham.com/onlisp.html

Amazon, the brand buster - Julie Creswell/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/23/business/amazon-the-brand-buster.html

The power of simplicity - Paul Okstad http://pokstad.com/2018/05/20/power-of-simplicity.html

Migrating from Jekyll to Hugo - Danny Guo https://www.dannyguo.com/blog/migrating-from-jekyll-to-hugo/

Fri, 22 Jun 2018

London Trust Media Holdings buys IRC.com https://irc.com/

Stanford grads dish out life advice for high school and college in what kind of, sort of looks like a book https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JCX52XIG6LE6GpC8e7feQyQ1JG-ATCUZ/view

React Native at Airbnb - Gabriel Peal (TL;DR: Airbnb is winding down use of React Native and will return to "regular" native development, meaning separate apps for iOS and Android) https://medium.com/airbnb-engineering/react-native-at-airbnb-f95aa460be1c

Should we use React Native? – Charlie Cheever/Expo https://blog.expo.io/should-we-use-react-native-1465d8b607ac

This entire web site is worth looking at for a deep dive into the history of technology: Creatures of Thought https://technicshistory.wordpress.com

Testing out a new future for Consumer Reports - Karen K. Ho/Columbia Journalism Review https://www.cjr.org/business_of_news/consumer-reports-wirecutter.php

A first look at desktop metrics | Will Cooke/Ubuntu blog https://blog.ubuntu.com/2018/06/22/a-first-look-at-desktop-metrics

Twitter ‘smytes’ customers, turns off security service a half-hour after 6 a.m. announcement – Sarah Perez/TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/21/twitter-smytes-customers/

Thu, 21 Jun 2018

Facebook Groups may soon charge monthly subscription fees for access - Shannon Liao/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/20/17484876/facebook-groups-monthly-subscription-service-fees-access

When your program crashes at the same time, every time, you know something's wrong

Former Citrix chief Mark Templeton takes over at cloud start-up DigitalOcean - Jordan Novet/CNBC https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/20/digitalocean-new-ceo-former-citrix-chief-mark-templeton.html

Proton Native - React Native for the desktop, cross compatible https://proton-native.js.org

More transparency and control in your Google account - The Keyword/Google https://www.blog.google/topics/safety-security/more-transparency-and-control-your-google-account/

The death of a once great city: The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence | Kevin Baker/Harper's Magazine https://harpers.org/archive/2018/07/the-death-of-new-york-city-gentrification/

How Twitter made the tech world's most unlikely comeback - Alan Kantrowitz/BuzzFeed News https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkantrowitz/how-twitter-made-the-tech-worlds-most-unlikely-comeback

WordPress.com owner buys Atavist, maker of subscription-offering publishing software - Benjamin Mullin/WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/wordpress-com-owner-buys-atavist-maker-of-subscription-offering-publishing-software-1529597700

Why would you need an ssl certificate for localhost? - Let's Encrypt https://letsencrypt.org/docs/certificates-for-localhost/

Wed, 20 Jun 2018

The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer's Odyssey - Edith Hall http://edithhall.co.uk/books/the-return-of-ulysses

Classics for the people – why we should all learn from the ancient Greeks (2015) - Edith Hall/The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/20/classics-for-the-people-ancient-greeks

Basic income could work — if you do it Canada-style - Brian Bergstein/MIT Technology Review https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611418/universal-basic-income-works-if-you-do-it-canada-style/

YouTube blocks Blender videos worldwide, Blender starts its own video service called PeerTube — Ton Roosendaal/blender.org https://www.blender.org/media-exposure/youtube-blocks-blender-videos-worldwide/

Tue, 19 Jun 2018

Why women don't code - Stuart Reges/Quillette https://quillette.com/2018/06/19/why-women-dont-code/

BitTorrent has been sold to blockchain startup for an alleged million - Muhammad Jarir Kanji/Neowin https://www.neowin.net/news/bittorrent-has-been-sold-to-blockchain-startup-for-an-alleged-140-million

Teach yourself Racket - Prabhakar Ragde https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~plragde/flaneries/TYR/

Sun, 17 Jun 2018

Netflix: Why AT&T bought Time Warner and Comcast and Disney want Fox - Alex Sherman/CNBC https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/13/netflix-why-att-bought-time-warner-and-comcast-and-disney-want-fox.html

Goodbye, Denver Post. Hello, Blockchain. - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/17/business/media/denver-post-blockchain-colorado-sun.html

Thu, 14 Jun 2018

Delivering WordPress in 7KB - Jack Lenox https://blog.jacklenox.com/2018/06/04/delivering-wordpress-in-7kb/

Windows 10 April 2018 Update now open to all, thanks to machine learning - Peter Bright/Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/06/windows-10-april-2018-update-now-open-to-all-thanks-to-machine-learning/

State of React Native 2018 - Sophie Alpert/Engineering manager on React at Facebook https://facebook.github.io/react-native/blog/2018/06/14/state-of-react-native-2018

Not only is the Mac Mini outdated, it's no longer mini - John Gruber/Daring Fireball https://daringfireball.net/linked/2018/06/14/snellintosh

Fund managers are preparing for a crash - Dion Rabouin/Yahoo Finance https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fund-managers-say-see-next-economic-crash-looming-144251620.html

Inside the facility where Kodak brings film back to life | Popular Science https://www.popsci.com/inside-kodak-factory-photos

The market for driverless cars will head towards monopoly - The Economist https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2018/06/09/the-market-for-driverless-cars-will-head-towards-monopoly

Wed, 13 Jun 2018

How Firefox is using Pocket to try to build a better news feed than Facebook - Casey Newton/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/13/17446660/mozilla-firefox-pocket-recommendations-ceo-nate-weiner-interview-converge-podcast

Netflix and Alphabet will need to become ISPs, fast – Danny Crichton/TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/12/netflix-and-alphabet-will-need-to-become-isps-fast/

Podcasts are feeds: If it doesn't have an RSS feed it isn't a podcast - Dave Winer/Scripting News http://scripting.com/2018/06/10/192326.html

Our big loop: I want people to be able to put up their own web servers. Not companies. Not people with Computer Science degrees. People. Anyone. Everyone. - Dave Winer/Scripting News http://scripting.com/2018/06/13/131758.html

Google and HTTP: I've been writing about Google's efforts to deprecate HTTP, the protocol of the web. This is a summary of why I am opposed to it. - Dave Winer http://this.how/googleAndHttp/

Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot - John Myers/LA Times http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-split-three-states-20180612-story.html