> Once you start to see this, you’ll see why it wreaks havoc on people’s minds:
Reality isn’t simple. It’s complex and messy. Life is full of uncertainty so
naturally we’re eager to flock to media where everything makes perfect sense in
neat, rounded rectangles. It’s the reductionist blender. Take my life, break it
into parts, and present it back to me as a comfortable illusion. It’s hard not
to buy in, even when a part of me knows it isn’t real.
> There is a striking pattern in the emerging tec> Google also makes most of their money via this same type of keyword-based
advertising that doesn’t require any search-history tracking.
> So why do they track it all then? Because Google is not really a search company;
they are an advertising company. On Google, your searches are tracked, mined,
and packaged up into a data profile for advertisers to follow you around the
Internet through intrusive and annoying ever-present banner ads, using Google’s
massive [https://marketingplatform.google.c> When you have sales guys (they are mostly guys) in charge, decisions will
reflect their usual approach, which is to maximize their personal gains as
quickly as possible, cash in their bonus checks, and then move on to another
outfit desperate enough to let them do it all again. This won’t work in an
industry in need of the focus, foresight, and boldness that brings about
transformational change. Sadly, the media establishment’s attitude appears to
track more with our politicians’ thinking on c> “So I really believe, guys, that we are in a war of Blobs versus Chunks. We are
in a war between giant, unstructured blobs of content, and clean,
well-structured fields of content that have metadata attached. We are in a war
of Blobs versus Chunks. You all are on Team Chunk. We cannot let the blobs win.”
— Karen McGrane
> As platforms proliferated, WYSIWYG quickly became WYSIWTF.
Source: Topics & Assemblies | Contentful
[https://www.contentful.com/r/knowledgebase/topics-and-assemblies/]> Storybook is a user interface development environment and playground for UI
components. The tool enables developers to create components independently and
showcase components interactively in an isolated development environment.
> Storybook runs outside of the main app so users can develop UI components in
isolation without worrying about app specific dependencies and requirements.
Source: Storybook: UI component explorer for frontend developers
great magic tricks of all time: a world record for misdirection in business.
> Tracking-based ads, generally called adtech, do not sponsor publications. They
use publications as holding pens in which human cattle can be injected with
uninvited and unwelcome tracking files (generally called cookies) so their
tracked eyeballs can be shot wherever they might show up with ads aimed by
whatever surveillance data has be> In such a “client-side” encryption scheme, databases utilizing Field Level
Encryption will not only require a system login, but will additionally require
specific keys to process and decrypt specific chunks of data locally on a user’s
device as needed. That means MongoDB itself and cloud providers won’t be able to
access customer data, and a database’s administrators or remote managers don’t
need to have access to everything either.
Source: A Plan to Stop Breaches With Dead Simple Database Enc> In a major milestone for a Chinese technology company, the short-video app
TikTok, known as Douyin (?? d?uy?n) in its home country, was downloaded over 1
billion times as of earlier this year. That’s according to statistics from
Sensor Tower [https://sensortower.com/blog/tiktok-downloads-one-billion], a US
company that tracks apps.
> Chinese companies had already produced several mega-apps, including the social
media-and-everything-else app WeChat that also has over one billion active
users, b * https://www.getvero.com/
* https://getstream.io [https://getstream.io/]> Writing novels is hard, and requires vast, unbroken slabs of time. Four quiet
hours is a resource that I can put to good use. Two slabs of time, each two
hours long, might add up to the same four hours, but are not nearly as
productive as an unbroken four. If I know that I am going to be interrupted, I
can’t concentrate, and if I suspect that I might be interrupted, I can’t do
anything at all. Likewise, several consecutive days with four-hour time-slabs in
them give me a stretch of time in whi> We get 0 points for just getting a feature out the door if it is not actually
contributing to making the experience better for users, or helping them to
understand Slack, or helping us understand them. None of the work we are doing
to develop the product is an end in itself; it all must be squarely aimed at the
Source: We Don’t Sell Saddles Here – Stewart Butterfield – Medium
[https://medium.com/@stewart/we-dont-sell-saddles-here-4c59524d650d]> We all watch different TV shows and read different books and listen to different
music. So nothing catches fire and blows up, because no one’s got the time for
what they’re already interested in.
> So marketers furiously look for publicity in newspapers, blogs, believing it
will start a fire. But it won’t unless it’s truly eye or ear-popping. It has to
be equivalent to the Beatles, or at least Adele, to get traction.
> Otherwise, you’ve got to convert people one by one. Which sellers hate. Bec> It used to be that surveillance cameras were passive. Maybe they just recorded,
and no one looked at the video unless they needed to. Maybe a bored guard
watched a dozen different screens, scanning for something interesting. In either
case, the video was only stored for a few days because storage was expensive.
> Increasingly, none of that is true
[https://www.aclu.org/report/dawn-robot-surveillance]. Recent developments in
video analytics — fueled by artificial intelligence techniques like maLuLu – In today’s connected world, it is rare to find an application or piece of
malware that doesn’t talk to a remote server. LuLu is the free, open firewall
for Macs that can protect your network connections and detect malicious
OverSight – Mac malware often spies on users by recording audio and video
sessions…sometimes in an undetected manner. OverSight monitors a mac’s mic and
webcam, alerting the user when the internal mic is activated, or whenever a
process accesses the webcam.
> Produce music with your computer by creating melodies and beats, synthesizing
and mixing sounds, arranging samples and much more.
> Playback instruments, samples and plugins with a typing or MIDI keyboard in a
user-friendly and modern interface.
> Bundled with ready-to-use content from an assortment of instrument and effect
plugins, presets and samples to VST and SoundFont support.
Source: LMMS | Home [https://lmms.io/]
Open-source music creation tool LMMS [https://lmms.io/] has issued its fi> In my current project, I met a developer who was really confused that I was
using an editor and not an IDE for the development of large business
applications. First, I did not really consider his concerns but meanwhile, I
> In this blog post, I want to tell you why I now mainly use WebStorm instead of
VS Code for development.
> This is a very hot topic and I know this will cause some controversy. In the
following article, I talk about my experience using WebStorm in A collection of open and indie Mac, iOS, and web apps that help promote the open
web. Updated May 20, 2019Submit any new links & issues on this project at Github
Source: Mac Open Web, by Brian Warren [https://macopenweb.com/]> In 1988 Laura and I created a three-stage model of what we called “living
process.” We called the three stages Good Thing, Rut, and Transition. As we saw
it, Good Thing becomes Rut, Rut becomes Transition, and Transition becomes Good
Thing. It’s a continuous circuit.
> A Good Thing never leads directly to a Transition, in large part because it has
no reason to. A Good Thing wants to remain a Good Thing, and this is precisely
why it becomes a Rut. Ruts, on the other hand, want desperately to chSource: Ethical Alternatives & Resources – ethical.net
Ethical.net has compiled a list of resources for “discovering ethical
alternatives to stuff”. All kinds of other services and apps that tend to be
open source, privacy friendly, not supported by advertising, and decentralized.Motion design for your team’s workflow
Animations are hard. Collaborating between designers and developers, even
Luckily for you, Haiku Animator lets you bring motion design to production,
starting with your design tools and finishing with your codebase.
Source: Haiku Animator | Create engaging animations for any app or website.
[https://www.haikuforteams.com/]Jetbrains – Ring UI [https://jetbrains.github.io/ring-ui/master/index.html]
ANT Design [https://ant.design/]
and a bonus one for React Native
React Native Paper [https://callstack.github.io/react-native-paper/]
Think of them as the React versions of
https://material.angular.io/> On mobile, it used to be hard to build beautiful cross-platform apps. Then React
Native came along, giving us a seamless way to build user interfaces and manage
state in code, all while doing it cross platform.
> On desktop, there is no such tool. You can create a GUI using something like Qt,
but for people who are used to the React workflow and JSX, there currently isn’t
> Some of you might be saying that you could do it in Electron. It’s a good tool,
but it brings in a lot ofHeroku vs. a private server vs. Kubernetes
1. Use Heroku (or something similar) whenever you can. It’s easy and painless.
But sometimes you need disk storage, or your own database server, or a few
apps which cooperate. This is hard to do with Heroku.
2. You can always run your own private server. We all know the tradeoffs here.
It’s easy (but only if you know Unix by heart!), and you can set it up
however you like. But servers often turn into a mess of badly-documented