Weekend Reading — Simple but effective

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Design Objective

Why you should share your dirty work by Jonas Downey of Basecamp

When you look at most designers’ portfolios, you usually see beautiful, polished work … but the final product is only a small percentage of your total effort. It just represents your last decisions that made the cut.

Microsoft Outlook Microsoft dumps their legacy Outlook client in favor of a modern email client they acquired with Acompli. What's a modern email client, you ask? One designed post mobile, for email sessions under 30 seconds, for a perpetual manicured inbox (act or postpone). And Microsoft just beat Apple and Google to the punch,

Is Google Translate the Next Great Dating App? Sometimes, broken technology can be quite charming.

Kit FUI Like IMDb but for Fictional User Interfaces from movies and TV shows.

500. Internal Server Error Bloomberg wins the Internet. Also, this and this and of course this.

Tools of the Trade

Comcast "Simulating shitty network connections so you can build better systems." The perfect name and a useful command line tool to boot.

Stream processing, Event sourcing, Reactive, CEP… and making sense of it all

PubCSS: Formatting Academic Publications in HTML & CSS CSS for academic publications, with the nice benefit that it can do double column output for print, and single column output for how you're really going to read that paper (mobile/web).


JSF. Look it up. Then make sure your MVC framework does nothing of this kind. You're welcome.

importantshock "the greatest computing ad of all time"

Lingua Scripta

New string features in ECMAScript 6 At last, I can title with "*".repeat(50)

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Lo-Dash v3 The latest release of Lo-Dash adds speed, lazy evaluation, native ES6 suppor, and more.

Destructuring and parameter handling in ECMAScript 6 I have mixed feelings here. Half of what you can do with destructuring results in simpler, cleaner code. Half of what you can do, leads to Perl.

2to3 What's new in 6to5 3.0: faster compilation, new loose mode for faster execution, and more.


I can't tell if this is script is written in ES6 or has an unresolved merge conflict

tproger "JSON Statham"

Lines of Code


My coding style is reactive programming: I wait for the bugs before reacting to them.


When I don't want people to touch my code, I write "// <AUTOGENERATED 2015-01-27>" at the very top.


Top 9 Reasons Arrays Are Confusing, You Won’t Believe #0

Locked Doors


Cause the hackers gonna hack, hack, hack, hack, hack...

The GHOST Vulnerability Cute logo, serious business, time to upgrade.

Bug in ultra secure BlackPhone let attackers decrypt texts, stalk users Can we just agree there's no such thing as secure code written in C?

In unmanaged languages such as C, these flaws often result in invalid memory accesses that can be exploited in ways similar to so-called use-after-free bugs.


OH: I wish Alice and Bob would just sort their shit out & move in together so they didn't keep having to send each other encrypted messages


Searching for Sex Exploring sex in the US through Google search results.

toothpick App Store activism:

A tip calculator that suggests a lower tip when your server is a woman.

elonmusk Does your car receive useful software updates?

Tesla P85D 0 to 60mph acceleration will improve by ~0.1 sec soon via over-the-air software update to inverter algorithm

None of the Above

Barisieur An alarm clock and coffee brewer. Enough said.

The Real Reason Kids Aren't Getting Vaccines It comes down to our broken health system:

The study found that an astonishing 49 percent of toddlers born from 2004 through 2008 hadn't had all their shots by their second birthday, but only about 2 percent had parents who refused to have them vaccinated. They were missing shots for pretty mundane reasons—parents' work schedules, transportation problems, insurance hiccups.

WiFi Map Passwords for public Wifi spots (iPhone/Android). Worked out well the two times I used it.

Reasons You Were Not Promoted That are Totally Unrelated to Gender. McSweeney at its best.

Cliptext A Chrome extension for sharing text as images, because Twitter 140 limit.

YouTube now defaults to HTML5 video YouTube and NetFlix now do native video in Safari. For everything else, Chrome still ships with Flash because not sure exactly why. Another trick is switching the UA string to mobile device, some sites will then do native video.

Tomgram: Ann Jones, Answering for America WTF is wrong with the US?

In fact, if you are an American, you are statistically in less danger of dying from a terrorist attack in this country than from a toddler shooting you.

Men Promise Brooklyn Women 8 to 12 Inches, Deliver 4.3

The Curse of Akathisia Why anti-depression drugs can be effective and yet lead to suicides.

Slavatar Beef up your social profile with an "Artisan, hand-drawn Avatars".

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