Weekend Reading — 🐶 Smelling Ground
This week we run a highly available three-node Meow-Meow cluster, subtitle a formula F1 race, and discover sniff media.
anti romantic “one of my favorite pictures”
🪑 Design Objective
Shreyas Doshi “Can confirm this observation also applies to building products”
David Perell: Jerry Seinfeld, on why his TV show was so well written
The PM oath:
I will -
choose simplicity over complexity
be customer-focused over internally focused
improve current features over just launch new onesexperiment over make assumptions
let my engineers reduce tech debt
Quantifying and Comparing Ease of Use Without Breaking the Bank Pragmatic Usability Ratings by Experts, basically Rotten Tomatoes for UX:
PURE is focused on just one component of user experience: ease of use. Other aspects of user experience, such as aesthetic appeal, effectiveness (meeting user needs), or resulting emotions are not addressed. But having a measure of ease of use is critical, because, if the target users aren’t able to easily use a given product or service, they cannot unlock its potential benefits.
amazon gift card / user experience interview industrial complex
🧰 Tools of the Trade
Ali Spittel “How long do you play with a tool before deciding to adopt or abandon it?”
11 Mental Tricks to Stop Overthinking Everything Helpful tips for breaking the over-thinking loop and hitting the fast-forward button:
Embrace informed ignorance.
News flash: You can't read the future, you can't read minds, and you can't know everything. So don't try. Thinking harder doesn't activate the crystal ball.
ibraheemdev/modern-unix A collection of modern/faster/saner alternatives to common unix commands.
Ask HN: 90s programmers, what did you expect the future of tech to look like? The future we were promised: object-oriented programming, UML, and RAD. The future we got: NoCode. Same and different.
GitHub Issues GitHub taking Issues to the next level, with table views, task lists, custom fields, grouping. Nothing about reporting, but with 3rd party add-ons, this could be the one-size-fits-most project management tool.
In real Agile methods, the reaction to a problem is always to shorten the feedback loop. Never is it “plan better”.
Andrew Brookins 🤣
My 2-year-old daughter's favorite stuffed animal, "Meow-Meow," is a critical service in my house, so I run a highly available three-node Meow-Meow cluster.
Here's how it works:
- Three observer processes monitor the current Meow-Meow leader (wife, oldest daughter, and me)”
Do Chance Meetings at the Office Boost Innovation? There’s No Evidence of It. I guess it depends on who you ask …
Yet people who study the issue say there is no evidence that working in person is essential for creativity and collaboration. It may even hurt innovation, they say, because the demand for doing office work at a prescribed time and place is a big reason the American workplace has been inhospitable for many people.
Melissa McEwen: “Daily scrum/standup was so toxic to me during the pandemic. Having to demonstrate forward momentum every morning in front of everyone was draining af.”
Chris Ferdinandi: “My ADHD makes me excessively productive some days/weeks, and useless shit during others. Stand ups always suck.”
Emily G Why you get high quality knowledge capture in the beginning of a project, that decays to useless as time goes by:
Wikipedia was a one-off. It’s not a functioning knowledge management model for an organization. Contributor-based knowledge curation is rarely sustainable except for narrow niche passion-project scenarios, and even then that is tenuous.
🔒 Locked Doors
Brian in Pittsburgh The contrast between tech-sec ads and real attack vectors:
When the head of @nsacyber, privy to the most closely held secrets about what the most capable adversaries are doing, chooses to talk at length about technical debt, unpatched vulns on the perimeter, weak passwords, etc. instead of anything fancier, that should convey a message.
⭐ None of the Above
Ólafur Waage “Weird way to do subtitles for the Formula 1 race.”
jane c. hu The latter:
there are two types of people in the world: those with the self-control to go to bed at a responsible hour, and those who, upon bedtime, suddenly need to know the etymology of the word blimp, differences between blimps & zeppelins, and stories of the Hindenburg disaster survivors
Dick King-Smith HQ “Nonverbal communication of the day.”
The primary rule of Twitter is that if you ask a sincere question, you will only get joke responses and if you make a joke, you will only get deathly serious responses
James Clear Every habit I ever stuck with:
When choosing a new habit many people seem to ask themselves, “What can I do on my best days?”
The trick is to ask, “What can I stick to even on my worst days?”
Start small. Master the art of showing up. Scale up when you have the time, energy, and interest.
Adil Najam “Magicians do exist.”