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Think globally, microblog locally
Wed, 31 Oct 2018

'Hey, you're a developer. That means there's a 100 percent chance you're using a Macbook,' says developer who writes blog post that gives "brew" installation instructions with no acknowledgment that non-Mac-using developers exist.

Make your Firefox browser a privacy superpower with these extensions | The Firefox Frontier https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/make-your-firefox-browser-a-privacy-superpower-with-these-extensions/

Tiny books fit in one hand. Will they change the way we read? - Alexandra Alter/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/29/business/mini-books-pocket-john-green.html

I have 1,500 followers, and my tweets draw between 50 and 200 "impressions," as Twitter calls them, per post. Retweets are rare. Twitter is a different game for those with 50k, 100k and more followers.

Thank you for this story @AntonieWrites: Granada Hills Jewish Community Center shooting survivors and their relatives reflect on a more-deadly ending in Pittsburgh rampage https://www.dailynews.com/2018/10/31/pittsburgh-rampage-taps-memories-of-hate-fueled-attack-at-granada-hills-jewish-community-center/

Tue, 30 Oct 2018

OpenBSD has virtual machines - OpenBSD FAQ http://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq16.html

Twitter should kill the retweet - Taylor Lorenz/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/10/twitter-should-kill-retweet/574321/

The Growth of Reddit - QuillBot Blog https://blog.quillbot.com/subreddit-growth-over-time/

Announcing the release of Fedora 29 - Matthew Miller/Fedora Magazine https://fedoramagazine.org/announcing-fedora-29/

Sun, 28 Oct 2018

IBM acquires Red Hat | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-acquires-red-hat/

IBM to acquire Raleigh-based Red Hat for billion | Richard Stradling and Zachery Eanes/Bradenton Herald https://www.bradenton.com/news/nation-world/national/article220764180.html

The largest software acquisition ever: IBM to buy RedHat for – Josh Constine/TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/28/biggest-software-acquisition/

IBM is acquiring Red Hat for billion - Becky Peterson/Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/ibm-is-reportedly-nearing-a-deal-to-acquire-redhat-the-software-company-valued-at-20-billion-2018-10

IBM acquires Red Hat https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/red-hat-ibm-creating-leading-hybrid-cloud-provider

Learning by copying the textbook - Eugene Wallingford http://www.cs.uni.edu/~wallingf/blog/archives/monthly/2018-09.html#e2018-09-05T15_58_36.htm

Fri, 26 Oct 2018

A dark consensus about screens and kids begins to emerge in Silicon Valley - Nellie Bowles/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/style/phones-children-silicon-valley.html

Snapchat loses 2M more users in Q3 as shares sink to new low – Josh Constine/TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/25/snapchat-q3-2018-earnings/

Thu, 25 Oct 2018

Is Gutenberg the end or a new beginning for WordPress? - Iain Poulson/Delicious Brains https://deliciousbrains.com/wordpress-gutenberg/

Wed, 24 Oct 2018

Google is making it easier to wipe out your search history - Tom Warren/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/24/18017832/google-search-privacy-changes-2018

Palm rises from the dead as a zombie brand, launches tiny smartphone | Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/10/palm-rises-from-the-dead-as-a-zombie-brand-launches-tiny-smartphone/

7-Zip is also a file manager? I didn't know. https://www.tenforums.com/software-apps/14522-latest-7-zip-update.html#post328499

What's new in WordPress 5.0 (How to prepare for Gutenberg) - Brian Jackson/Kinsta https://kinsta.com/blog/wordpress-5-0/

Apple’s Tim Cook makes blistering attack on the ‘data industrial complex’ – Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/24/apples-tim-cook-makes-blistering-attack-on-the-data-industrial-complex/

Lavender's soothing scent could be more than just folk medicine - JoAnna Klein/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/23/science/lavender-scent-anxiety.html

How we wrote a textbook – Tim Wheeler (The book is about computer science, but what interests me here is how they put the book together using LaTeX) http://tim.hibal.org/blog/how-we-wrote-a-textbook/

Tue, 23 Oct 2018

This Perl Goes To 11 http://perl11.org/

Google News app bug is using up gigabytes of background data without users’ knowledge - The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/22/18011028/google-news-app-bug-background-data-overage-charge

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

How many hours do we really need to work? - Jory MacKay/RescueTime https://blog.rescuetime.com/how-many-hours-should-we-work/

Fruit, veg and family life – why Spaniards are living longer - Sam Jones/The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/19/spaniards-living-longer-researchers-credit-diet-lifestyle-fruit-veg-family-life

Dangit, git! http://dangitgit.com/

Why toilets are still made of porcelain - Rachel Swaby/Gizmodo https://gizmodo.com/5930537/why-toilets-are-still-made-of-porcelain

How IBM’s ThinkPad became a design icon - Harry McCracken/Fast Company https://www.fastcompany.com/90145427/how-ibms-thinkpad-became-a-design-icon

Watch NASA release 450,000 gallons of water in 1 minute - CNET https://www.cnet.com/news/watch-nasa-release-450000-gallons-of-water-in-1-minute/

Sun, 21 Oct 2018

Redline Smalltalk: Smalltalk on the JVM http://www.redline.st/

Pharo is a pure object-oriented programming language and a powerful environment, focused on simplicity and immediate feedback https://pharo.org/web

Even after Microsoft's fix, Windows 10's 1809 update is still botching file operations - Gizmodo Australia https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/10/even-after-microsofts-fix-windows-10s-1809-update-is-still-botching-file-operations/

Endless OS is a Debian-based Linux distribution in which the root filesystem is read-only and managed by OSTree and using Flatpak for applications https://verummeum.com/blog/2018/10/21/endless-os-review-2018/

I love the design of this Hugo site, defn.io, by Bogdan Popa https://defn.io/

Playing around with Racket - Bogdan Popa https://defn.io/2018/10/21/racket/

Open platforms like Android unlock potential - Ayanna Howard/Google's The Keyword blog https://www.blog.google/technology/developers/open-platforms-android-unlock-potential/

Run Perl in the browser with WebPerl https://webperl.zero-g.net/

Sat, 20 Oct 2018

FT8 - tipping point for ham radio? Gerald, K5SDR/FlexRadio https://www.flexradio.com/ft8-tipping-point-for-ham-radio/

If printed dictionaries are history, what will children sit on to reach the table? | Michael Adams/National Endowment for the Humanities https://www.neh.gov/article/if-printed-dictionaries-are-history-what-will-children-sit-reach

Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it | Peter Bright/Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/10/microsofts-problem-isnt-shipping-windows-updates-its-developing-them/

Thu, 18 Oct 2018

Uber is testing an on-demand staffing business called Uber Works - Sean O'Kane/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/18/17995398/uber-works-staffing-business-test-trial

What do you do with a slide rule? https://tryretool.com/blog/the-slide-rule/

See data structures in action with interactive animations - David Galles/University of San Francisco https://www.cs.usfca.edu/~galles/visualization/

Wed, 17 Oct 2018

What's in the App Academy curriculum? I'm only looking because it looks like you can access the entire course for free. https://www.appacademy.io/immersive/curriculum

How you can change the world by learning data structures and algorithms - Adrian Mejia https://adrianmejia.com/blog/2018/04/04/how-you-can-change-the-world-learning-data-structures-algorithms-free-online-course-tutorial/

Tue, 16 Oct 2018

How Lisp became God's own programming language - Two-Bit History https://twobithistory.org/2018/10/14/lisp.html

33 concepts every JavaScript developer should know https://github.com/leonardomso/33-js-concepts

Raspberry Pi-sized LattePanda Alpha runs Windows 10, offers MacBook-like specs - Nick Heath/TechRepublic https://www.techrepublic.com/article/raspberry-pi-sized-lattepanda-alpha-runs-windows-10-offers-macbook-like-specs

Groupon CEO Andrew Mason on its quick rise and faster fall - Alex Blumberg/Intelligencer http://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2018/10/andrew-mason-on-groupon.html

Why we can’t quit the QWERTY keyboard - Rachel Metz/MIT Technology Review https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611620/why-we-cant-quit-the-qwerty-keyboard/

Mon, 15 Oct 2018

Twitter and Salesforce CEOs bicker over who is helping the homeless more - Gabrielle Canon/The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/12/jack-dorsey-marc-benioff-homelessness-twitter-san-francisco

Why are CVS receipts so long? An investigation. - Rachel Sugar/Vox https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/10/10/17956950/why-are-cvs-pharmacy-receipts-so-long

Sun, 14 Oct 2018

A future where everything becomes a computer is as creepy as you feared - Farhad Manjoo/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/10/technology/future-internet-of-things.html

I installed JRuby, and I already had 'regular' Ruby on my Windows 10 system. Can you guess what happened?

The dreaded Windows update 1809 took console Vim out of my path. I added it back. (I use both GVim and console Vim almost all the time in Windows and, when I run it, Linux)

This is a test http://stevenrosenberg.net