Notes

20 Apr 2020

How to use focus blocks and get others to respect heads-down time

Plex has released, Plexamp, their Winamp-inspired minimal client focused only on music

The five levels of autonomy when it comes to remote working

15 Apr 2020

Sandra Upson writes the devastating decline of a brilliant young coder, the emotional story of the neural degenerative disease that has completely transformed one of the founders of Cloudflare

14 Apr 2020

Some note-taking tips for one-to-ones. I like the idea of the 4 colour pen here

John Conway has died, xkcd commemorates his life exactly how you would expect.

How would the classic 6502 processor look clocked at 15GHz?

9 Apr 2020

Influencers have been behaving badly during this pandemic, could this trigger the end of influencing as we know it

There’s a new book from the Google SRE team — Building Secure and Reliable Systems

8 Apr 2020

After 25 years .NET magazine is to cease publishing. It has been such a massive influence in our industry and a huge shame to see it closing

The Bank of England’s paper Money Creations in the Modern Economy explains that money is no more than an IOU, created by another bank not them. The Guardian summarises the paper nicely.

7 Apr 2020

Is this a sandwich will determine how much of a sandwich ingredient/structure purist you are

Marie Curie reminds us that not everything is On Hold

John Krasinski has started Some Good News, a talk-show, shot in his home while this lockdown continues, focused on good news only

6 Apr 2020

It may be 8 years old, but Jason Fried’s give it five minutes is still a must read.

It has been several years since I’ve helped out with SETI or any other distributed computing project. Folding@home recently announced it’s running a number of projects to help understand SARS-CoV-2 / Covid-19 so I’ve gladly contributed my spare CPU (and GPU!) time to help.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent ‘misleading data’ being shown to pilots. This is a bit better than Airbus’s similar bug that needed a power cycle every 149 hours

An in depth, and visual, guide to concurrent programming

5 Apr 2020

Google releases community mobility reports, based on recent location data from Android devices, showing in what areas people have and have not been travelling

This twitter thread by Cory Doctorow explains how many complex creations (game of craps, financial deriviatives, leveraged buyouts) are using complexity to hide a scam

3 Apr 2020

Template maker — Generate paper templates for many 3D shapes or objects

Webcam hacking on iOS and macOS, getting camera/microphone access without permission

How to make your own face mask at home

BBC set to deliver it’s biggest ever schedule of educational content during this pandemic

NHS Nightingale hospital opens less than two weeks after work began

2 Apr 2020

Tips for planning and managing layoffs should you need to do so

Technical writing courses from Google. Great technical writing is an underapreciated skill for developers

It turns out it’s really hard to model figures for a pandemic

SoftBank pulls out of $3.5bn WeWork buyback deal.

Spotify replaces its #ThrowbackThursday playlist with #ThankYouThursday in support of all NHS/frontline workers