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Weekend Reading — Can we get on a quick call?

This week we welcome new subscribers, guess which song is playing, use AI to eat for free, lose a domain name at gun point, and explore the deep blue see.

Weekend Reading — Can we get on a quick call?

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Jesse Morgan “Going to tell my kids this was ABBA.”


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Design Objective

The State of UX in 2020 Another great yearly exploration from UX Collective.

It's time we stopped drawing lines around who is a designer and who is not. UX is a fast-growing discipline, and we need to enlist everyone's superpowers in order to deliver the experiences people really need.

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scott belsky ‼️

for perspective on just how long it takes for product defaults to change despite how important (and time saving) proper defaults are: address book still defaults phone number field to “home,” not mobile.

when’s the last time you entered someone’s home phone number?

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Nafnlaus 👀

Design Skill: A Comparison

Tesla: Cutout is sized for the cable to fit inside, sheltered, and follow its contours

Lincoln: Rips off Tesla's design, but makes the cutout a little too small for the cable, so it sticks out awkwardly.

Ford: "I'm not even going to try"

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Kelly Moran That's one way to solve design indecision …

You can not be serious. You're asking users to rate the spacing on your website? This must be a terrible place for designers to work. #badsurvey

Artëm Chistyakov “Apple iTunes is like an app designed by someobe who’s never used a computer app but read a Microsoft Access 2000 manual cover to cover. Which song is playing?”


Tools of the Trade

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Alfredo Lopez 👇 On the difficulty of contributing to open source for the very first time. Too many unwritten rules.

I've been hesitant to post this, but after contributing and attempting to contribute to a few open source projects; I've found there are several unwritten rules that prevent first-timers from contributing regardless of their level/experience. Allow me to explain...

Matthew Green 🔥

Reminder: never close someone’s Linux laptop. They may never get it to wake up again.

Amber Slack.

What would you use 1.5 TB of RAM for?

How I Eat For Free in NYC Using Python, Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Instagram Cool hack. I guess that count as “passive income”:

I was able to go about my life; work at my job, go out with friends, see a movie— never having to worry about spending any time manually growing my page. It had the formula to do its thing while I did my thing.

Andromeda Yelton 😹

Current laptop model:

Archillect “Computer Angel”


Web-end

Case Study: lynnandtonic.com 2019 refresh What an amazing web site.

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Tomasz Łakomy “Backend developer attempting to fix a CSS issue”


Devoops

Taylor Swope 👇 Fixing the elusive bug. Story time:

We released patch 1.2 of #TheOuterWorlds today, and it includes a fix for the dreaded "the game thinks my companions are dead" bug, which I believe I spent more time investigating than I have for any other individual bug in my career (1/18)

sleepy bit rot 🤔

i'm not a network engineer, i'm a relationships counsellor for computers who don't wanna talk to each other anymore


Teamwork

Emily Key “Can we get on a quick call? A workflow 👇🏼”


Startup Life

Product Zeitgeist Fit: A Cheat Code for Spotting and Building the Next Big Thing Good ideas and execution are only successful if they come at the right time. Here's a framework for understanding “product zeitgeist fit”.

Balaji S. Srinivasan This has been pretty much my 2019:

A founder starts as lead engineer and ends up chief psychologist.


Locked Doors

Failed plot to steal domain name at gunpoint brings 14-year prison term 😬

Q: “What's your threat model?”
A: “Someone will break into my home, and force me to do a domain transfer at gun point”

What’s yours is ours This will make for an interesting TV drama:

On Thursday, December 12, Russian law enforcement raided the Moscow office of the IT company “Nginx,” which owns the eponymous web-server used by almost 500 million websites around the world. According to several reports, Nginx co-founders Igor Sysoev and Maxim Konovalov spent several hours in police interrogation.

Christina Farr 👇 How public is your health data:

THREAD: A lot of folks are rightfully worried about tech companies like Amazon and Google gaining access to their health data.

But here are some legal, and very common, ways that health care companies are already taking advantage of your data:


Available To Hire

Signal boosting people looking for a job. If your company is hiring, or you know someone who is, reach out to them.

Amy If you’re looking for a Kubernetes application developer skilled in... • crying over client-go • reading kubebuilder & k8s docs • measuring indents & deciphering YAML • & fuqin around with gRPC / proto files https://www.youtube.com/AmyCodes

Jesús Ferretti Full-stack JavaScript dev: React.js, Next.js, GraphQL, Prisma, GraphQL Nexus, serverless deployment with ZEIT Now, API integrations, CSS-in-JS. Looking for remote work. https://github.com/jferrettiboke

Žan Anderle Consultant, full stack web engineer (Python, Django, Angular, UX), training/mentoring. https://zanderle.com/hire-me/

Elizabeth Product-obsessed start-up support expert: improve your processes from customer experience to internal training and tools. https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizposadas/


None of the Above

Ree “focus on a different child every time you watch 😂😂”

Kimberly King Parsons I'm in good company:

Took Me Eleven Minutes to do That Thing I've Been Avoiding for Three Months: A Memoir

Dad's Puns So sorry. I couldn't resist.

When does a joke become a dad joke?

When it becomes apparent.

nina jacobson “Just a little inter species wrestling match”

Catherine na Nollag 🤦‍♀️

i still think my favourite thing that's ever happened to me on the internet is the time a guy said "people change their minds when you show them facts" and I said "actually studies show that's not true" and linked TWO sources and he said "yeah well I still think it works"

Vikas Shah MBE “My goal in life is to be THIS happy”

How You Can Actually Read One Non-Fiction Book Every Week “A realistic guide to getting the most from any book you choose in record time”

Best of Nextdoor I know that dog!

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How To Leave Toxic Diet Culture Behind And Pursue Actual Health You can also listen to the podcast.

The result has been nothing short of miraculous in my life. I finally felt like my body and I were a well functioning team, my weight stabilized, and I felt healthier and happier than I had ever felt both mentally and physically. I had a ton of time, money and energy to devote to things other than weight loss attempts, and I used it to do things that I had always wanted to do.

Jennifer Wright This mouse is wiser than most people.

The Other Shoe Drops: Away Fires CEO Steph Korey After Months-Long Search for Her Replacement A plot twist to the Away drama from last week. Apparently the board was looking for a new CEO, and the Verge story just happened to drop at the righ time.

Shann Biglione “Finally a brand that's right for the meme. French supermarket chain Carrefour.”

TWTR: Enough Already 🔥

Few people have benefited more from Donald Trump’s election than Jack Dorsey.

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The Deep Sea Amazing visualization.

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