Weekend Reading —

This week we find the optimal solution to the empty boxes problem, review the software career ladder, move to a Zoom town, and the adorable pup and lamb!

Weekend Reading —

GitHub - rbanffy/3270font The font from the IBM 3270. I’m old enough to find this charming. Look at that 9!

📆 Can you believe October? What a month!

Oh … wait … we're only on the 3rd day … 😰

🧰 Tools of the Trade

Buttons that Spark Joy A little bit of animation is always fun.

A Short Story for Engineers I feel like every engineering school should give you 10 credits for doing a case study on this “empty boxes problem”:

Understanding how important that was, the CEO of the toothpaste factory gathered the top people in the company together. Since their own engineering department was already stretched too thin, they decided to hire an external engineering company to solve their empty boxes problem.

tef e. birbs 👇 Great thread, but especially this:

the modern web browser demonstrates how many well intentioned ideas do not work out in practice. like version numbers.

turns out feature detection works a lot better than numerology, but it's more work, so we do what doesn't work & hope for the best

Chris Birchall The best tip:

How to TDD

  1. Write the code
  2. Write the tests
  3. git rebase -i to reorder your commits

The perfect exchange does not …

Microsoft Excel “35 years 🥳”

Coder Loco “Don't really trust you with dates, so I would double check

Microsoft Excel “We feel you.”

📓 Lines of Code

When people ask you about the career path in the software industry show them this thread:

James Barclay: Engineer: “I can write that code.”
Senior Engineer: “Should we write that code?”
Staff Engineer: “We should delete that code.”
Principal Engineer: “Delete all the code.”
Otubre Alvaro Videla: CTO: “I can write that code.”
Josh Reich CEO: I wrote that code. Sorry.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Teamwork

code e 💯

The ability to pick who you work with and say no to jobs is true wealth.

Coinbase offers exit package to those uncomfortable with new direction Coinbase CEO got so bothered up by employees talking politics at work, he’ll pay them 4 months of severance to go work somewhere else. This is from the company has plasters “radical”, “more equitable”, “freedom”, and ”active listening” on its website.

Chad Dickerson Absolutely:

Companies can't sit out "politics" as a practical matter. Example: Trump travel ban. When I was CEO, I had employees whose families were affected. Talent/team is everything & you have to have people's backs. Staying quiet when policy endangers your ppl & families not an option.

📈 Business Side

The SaaS Website Content You Need to Close Sales [Data] Using search terms to determine what buyers search most often during the consideration phase of their journey.

Joaquin Roca So true.

Sometimes running a startup feels glamorous. A lot of the time it's just tedious work like chatting with a robot to get them to enable your account for Google Voice.

I wouldn't give any of it up for the world right now.

Zoom Towns And The New Housing Market For The 2 Americas “Zoom towns”

It's up over 23% since last year, according to data from Redfin, a real estate brokerage. Truckee is part of a trend that realtors and journalists are calling "Zoom towns," places that are booming as remote work takes off.

🔒 Locked Doors

Jamie Kyle 👍

Normalize telling your company “I’m not building that”

I did it my third week at Discord over a privacy concern and they just went “Yeah okay, we can go without it” and that was the end of it

Twitter Comms Fantastic policy! And I say that part without irony.

tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against anyone are not allowed and will need to be removed. this does not automatically mean suspension.

If only Twitter applied it to everyone. Not just one person. Not just this week:

⭐ None of the Above

Amanda Rosenberg “checking twitter”

Jessie 🙏

Prayers for my husband who very tragically got me nothing for our anniversary when I specifically told him I wanted nothing for our anniversary.

Valorie This:

Stop asking candidates if they “believe in” climate change and start asking if they understand it.

It’s science, not Santa Claus.

pupandpip “Just two spring babies growing up and in friendship 💕” (▶️ Click image to play)


So I got named in a pending lawsuit … Some personal drama happening on the me front. It started in 2019, when my co-founder had to resign over sexual assault. The head of HR was fired for covering up the harassment reports. Now she's suing for “wrongful termination”. This shitshow isn't over yet, stay tuned for updates.

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg “My friend @shirafischer is here to provide you the hamster sukkah content you all need.”

Trend Watch: ‘Schadenfreude’ “Lookups spiked 30,500% on October 2, 2020” — Merriam Webster

This Overlooked Variable Is the Key to the Pandemic TL;DR COVID infections follow the Pareto principle:

This finding is not rare: Multiple studies from the beginning have suggested that as few as 10 to 20 percent of infected people may be responsible for as much as 80 to 90 percent of transmission, and that many people barely transmit it.

Farhan Thawar “Your COVID instructions”

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