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Sun, 17 Dec 2017

iteration, the podcast

iteration: A weekly podcast about development and design through the lens of amazing books, chapter-by-chapter. We do our best to be code-agnostic but we talk a lot about Rails, JavaScript, React, React Native, design, business and startups. https://iteration.simplecast.fm/

PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client | TechCrunch

PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client | TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/13/putty-begone-microsoft-will-ship-an-openssh-client/

The retail apocalypse is fueled by no-name clothes, and Amazon wants in | Bloomberg

The retail apocalypse is fueled by no-name clothes, and Amazon wants in | Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-11/the-retail-apocalypse-is-fueled-by-no-name-clothes

Business is booming for America’s survival food king | Bloomberg

Business is booming for America’s survival food king | Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-11-22/business-is-booming-for-america-s-survival-food-king

My social-posting app is improving my Vim skills

My social-posting app -- currently a command-line script -- allows use of any text editor in your path, and I am running it in Windows 10. Notepad (not the ++ I use for everything else) works well, but I am using Vim, and my Vim skills are improving rapidly.

Facebook conceded it might make you feel bad. Here's how to interpret that. | The New York Times

Facebook conceded it might make you feel bad. Here's how to interpret that. | The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/technology/facebook-blog-feel-bad.html

Why is Facebook admitting that social networks can be bad for our health? | Recode

Why is Facebook admitting that social networks can be bad for our health? | Recode https://www.recode.net/2017/12/16/16783020/facebook-study-social-media-research-post

Snapchat is still the network of choice for U.S. teens — and Instagram is Facebook’s best shot at catching up | Recode

Snapchat is still the network of choice for U.S. teens — and Instagram is Facebook’s best shot at catching up | Recode https://www.recode.net/2017/12/16/16783570/snapchat-instagram-teenagers-rbc-survey-favorite-app

Facebook bravely admits that it is a problem and suggests we spend more time on Facebook

Facebook bravely admits that it is a problem and suggests we spend more time on Facebook https://qz.com/1158984/is-facebook-fb-bad-for-you-facebook-says-it-is-and-the-company-has-a-solution/

The case against reading everything | The Walrus

The case against reading everything | The Walrus https://thewalrus.ca/the-case-against-reading-everything/

Longer tweets make posting easier if you don't try to write longer tweets

While Twitter allows 280-character tweets, not consciously trying to write that long means that if you're aiming to write a "normal" tweet, you can go over without having to think about it and edit so much. It quickens the process.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017

The cover price of the New Yorker magazine is $8.99

The cover price of the New Yorker magazine is .99. Something tells me they are not counting on selling lots of magazines ... wherever magazines are sold. Maybe they just want to make subscribers feel like they're getting a deal.

My year of no shopping | The New York Times

My year of no shopping | The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/opinion/sunday/shopping-consumerism.html

White House launches redesigned website on Friday, is now using WordPress

White House launching redesigned website on Friday | TheHill (Note: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ now runs on WordPress) http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/365031-white-house-launching-redesigned-website-on-friday

Firefox is on a slippery slope | Drew DeVault

Firefox is on a slippery slope | Drew DeVault https://drewdevault.com/2017/12/16/Firefox-is-on-a-slippery-slope.html

Aristotle’s timeless advice on what real friendship is and why it matters

Aristotle’s timeless advice on what real friendship is and why it matters https://medium.com/personal-growth/aristotles-timeless-advice-on-what-real-friendship-is-and-why-it-matters-c0878418343f

OpenBSD doesn't like Mozilla shenanigans in new Firefox

OpenBSD doesn't like Mozilla shenanigans in new Firefox, is killing ability for upstream to add unwanted extensions for shady promotional purposes https://marc.info/?l=openbsd-ports-cvs&m=151337184303007&w=2

You can find my 'original' social media posts on this blog

You can find my "original" social-media posts created on a computer at http://stevenrosenberg.net/blog/updates/ and on Twitter. Not on Facebook. (I turned that off.)

Firefox may have damaged its own name to promote Mr. Robot | wccftech

Firefox may have damaged its own name to promote Mr. Robot | wccftech https://wccftech.com/firefox-damaged-user-trust-promote-mr-robot/

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

Let's just say that when WordPress is out of its comfort zone and relies on third-party development for basic functionality, things happen

Let's just say that when WordPress is out of its comfort zone and relies on third-party development for basic functionality, things happen

Hard Questions: Is spending time on social media bad for us? | Facebook Newsroom

Hard Questions: Is spending time on social media bad for us? | Facebook Newsroom (Remember, this is from Facebook ... not from somebody who is not from Facebook) https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/12/hard-questions-is-spending-time-on-social-media-bad-for-us/

Review of The UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook | Dan Moore

Review of The UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook | Dan Moore (This book really needed an update, you can see from the review how much newness is in it)
http://www.mooreds.com/wordpress/archives/2538

The case for .NET in the classroom (this guy really loves .NET)

The case for .NET in the classroom (this guy really loves .NET) http://luisquintanilla.herokuapp.com/2017/12/14/dotnet-in-the-classroom/

How to set file permissions from within Vim

I tried this, and it works: How to set file permissions from within Vim | Stack Overflow.

An example. In Vim's command mode:

:call setfperm("foo.txt","rw-r--r--")

It's probably easier to just do this in the Bash shell, but it can be done from within Vi/Vim.

In Bash (to make the files rw-r--r--):

chmod 644 foo.txt

I usually do all the .txt files in the directory (because I generally want text files to be 644, which is rw-r--r--):

chmod 644 *.txt

How a DIY network plans to subvert Time Warner Cable's NYC Internet monopoly

How a DIY network plans to subvert Time Warner Cable's NYC Internet monopoly | Motherboard http://nycmesh.net https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gv5qb4/how-a-diy-network-plans-to-subvert-time-warner-cables-nyc-internet-monopoly

Motherboard and Vice are building a community Internet network | Motherboard

Motherboard and Vice are building a community Internet network | Motherboard https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/j5djd7/motherboard-and-vice-are-building-a-community-internet-network-to-protect-net-neutrality

Netflix rips net neutrality repeal: ‘This is the beginning of a longer legal battle’ | The Hill

Netflix rips net neutrality repeal: ‘This is the beginning of a longer legal battle’ | The Hill http://thehill.com/policy/technology/364937-netflix-rips-net-neutrality-repeal-this-is-the-beginning-of-a-longer-legal

62 rare nuclear test films have been declassified and uploaded to YouTube

62 rare nuclear test films have been declassified and uploaded to YouTube https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/62-rare-nuclear-test-films-have-been-declassified-and-u-1821302584

Jim Chanos: We think Tesla is worth zero

Jim Chanos: We think Tesla is worth zero https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/14/jim-chanos-we-think-tesla-is-worth-zero.html

Now that the FCC has repealed net neutrality, let’s adopt it in California | State Sen. Scott Wiener

Now that the FCC has repealed net neutrality, let’s adopt it in California | State Sen. Scott Wiener https://medium.com/@Scott_Wiener/now-that-the-fcc-has-repealed-net-neutrality-lets-adopt-it-in-california-fa3bd02101ee

Facebook will launch pre-roll video ads in 2018 | Recode

Facebook will launch pre-roll video ads in 2018. You don't them. Facebook didn't them. But here we are. | Recode https://www.recode.net/2017/12/14/16776314/facebook-watch-pre-roll-video-ads-video-2018

Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Millennials are screwed | The Huffington Post

Millennials are screwed | The Huffington Post (This is literally dizzying to read. The graphics and animations might induce a seizure.) http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/poor-millennials/

iMac Pro: Apple releases its most expensive computer – starting at £4,899 | The Guardian

iMac Pro: Apple releases its most expensive computer – starting at £4,899 | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/14/imac-pro-apple-expensive-computer-creative-professionals

Google has its own domain-name service: Google Domains

Google has its own domain-name service: Google Domains https://domains.google/#/

How to make your HTML responsive by adding a single line of CSS | freeCodeCamp

How to make your HTML responsive by adding a single line of CSS

How to leave white space on both sides of the page in an HTML document

From Stack Overflow: How to leave white space on both sides of the page in HTML

Using GraphQL & Node.js Express to build a neat e-commerce app

Using GraphQL & Node.js Express to build a neat e-commerce app https://codeburst.io/using-graphql-node-js-express-to-build-a-neat-e-commerce-app-af2e4997f3f6

Can a for-profit business be socially responsible? – written by my friend Julia Scott (aka @JScottMarketing)

Can a for-profit business be socially responsible? – written by my friend Julia Scott (aka @JScottMarketing) https://medium.com/@julia_42310/can-a-for-profit-business-be-socially-responsible-1a4d845a3433

Wed, 13 Dec 2017

Twitter will now let you publish an entire tweetstorm all at once | Recode

Twitter will now let you publish an entire tweetstorm all at once | Recode https://www.recode.net/2017/12/12/16764470/twitter-tweetstorm-feature-threads-longer-tweets

Patreon to world: 'We messed up'

Patreon to world: 'We messed up' https://gizmodo.com/patreon-to-world-we-messed-up-1821260027

Patreon says, 'We messed up. We’re sorry, and we’re not rolling out the fees change'

Patreon says, 'We messed up. We’re sorry, and we’re not rolling out the fees change' https://blog.patreon.com/not-rolling-out-fees-change/

Taking React-based static-site generator Gatsby.js for a spin | dev.to

Taking React-based static-site generator Gatsby.js for a spin | dev.to https://dev.to/ardennl/taking-gatsby-for-a-spin-4je

Will robots take our children's jobs? | The New York Times

Will robots take our children's jobs? | The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/11/style/robots-jobs-children.html

I was wrong about Bitcoin. Here's why. | The New York Times

I was wrong about Bitcoin. Here's why. | The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/technology/bitcoin-predictions.html

Sexual harassment cases show the ineffectiveness of going to HR | The New York Times

Sexual harassment cases show the ineffectiveness of going to HR | The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/business/sexual-harassment-human-resources.html

Web Performance 101 -- also, why is Gatsby so fast? | GatsbyJS

Web Performance 101 -- also, why is Gatsby so fast? | GatsbyJS https://www.gatsbyjs.org/blog/2017-09-13-why-is-gatsby-so-fast/

Making website building fun | GatsbyJS

Making website building fun | GatsbyJS https://www.gatsbyjs.org/blog/2017-10-16-making-website-building-fun/

Tue, 12 Dec 2017

GatsbyJS: Blazing-fast static site generator for React

GatsbyJS: Blazing-fast static site generator for React https://www.gatsbyjs.org/

React.js starter kits

React.js starter kits https://reactjs.org/community/starter-kits.html

Making Vim great again | Sourcerer Blog

Making Vim great again | Sourcerer Blog (note: this Tweet was composed in Vim, and the blog post linked here has some great .vimrc tips that I'm going to use) https://blog.sourcerer.io/making-vim-great-again-cdfbc281428b

The doctor is in. Co-Pay? $40,000 | The New York Times

The doctor is in. Co-Pay? ,000 | The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/03/business/economy/high-end-medical-care.html

What is a DuckDuckGo !Bang?

What is a DuckDuckGo !Bang? https://duckduckgo.com/bang

Google uses comics to explain Kubernetes container management

Google uses comics to explain Kubernetes container management https://cloud.google.com/kubernetes-engine/kubernetes-comic/

Classic Valley diner Du-Par’s will depart Studio City on Jan. 1 | Eater LA

Classic Valley diner Du-Par’s will depart Studio City on Jan. 1 | Eater LA https://la.eater.com/2017/12/11/16762720/du-pars-diner-closing-studio-city-january

Can Uber ever deliver? Part Eleven: Annual Uber losses now approaching $5 billion | Naked Capitalism

Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Eleven: Annual Uber Losses Now Approaching Billion | naked capitalism https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/12/can-uber-ever-deliver-part-eleven-annual-uber-losses-now-approaching-5-billion.html

Disconnect just a little bit | Modern Human Beings

Disconnect just a little bit | Modern Human Beings https://modernhumanbeings.com/disconnect-just-little-bit/

Apple touts iMac Pro at Apple.com

Apple touts iMac Pro at Apple.com https://www.apple.com/imac-pro/

FT Person of the Year: Ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler, whose blog post detailing company's problems got #MeToo ball rolling

FT Person of the Year: Ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler, whose blog post detailing company's problems got #MeToo ball rolling https://www.ft.com/content/b4bc2a68-dc4f-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482

What would you pay to keep your digital footprint 100% private?

What would you pay to keep your digital footprint 100% private? https://hbr.org/2017/12/what-would-you-pay-to-keep-your-digital-footprint-100-private

'I’m moving you to BCC': A paradox, a politeness, a gift | The Atlantic

'I’m moving you to BCC': A paradox, a politeness, a gift | The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/04/im-moving-you-to-bcc/522885/

I can't stop drinking coffee out of this temperature-regulating mug | WIRED

I can't stop drinking coffee out of this temperature-regulating mug | WIRED https://www.wired.com/story/ember-ceramic-mug-rants-and-raves/

How email open tracking quietly took over the Web

How email open tracking quietly took over the Web https://www.wired.com/story/how-email-open-tracking-quietly-took-over-the-web/

iMac Pro, Apple’s most powerful Mac, will be available to order December 14 | 9to5Mac

iMac Pro, Apple’s most powerful Mac, will be available to order December 14 | 9to5Mac. tl;dr: Base model will cost ,999 https://9to5mac.com/2017/12/12/imac-pro-apples-most-powerful-mac-will-be-available-to-order-december-14/

Zeta Global acquires commenting service Disqus (and the web is already too dependent on it)

Zeta Global acquires commenting service Disqus (and the web is already too dependent on it) https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/05/zeta-global-acquires-commenting-service-disqus/

Storify is going away, and it's the latest cautionary tale about relying on third-party services for your content

Storify is going away, and it's the latest cautionary tale about relying on third-party services for your content. (I'm very worried about Disqus, which was just acquired ...) https://storify.com/faq-eol

Storify’s standalone service is shutting down next year | TechCrunch

Storify’s standalone service is shutting down next year | TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/12/storifys-standalone-service-is-shutting-down-next-year/

Is Debian coming to the Windows Subsystem for Linux?

According to Bits from the DPL (November 2017), Debian is aiming to be one of the choices for the Windows Subsystem for Linux https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2017/11/msg00002.html

Chocolatey - The package manager for Windows

Chocolatey - The package manager for Windows (I heard about it here: https://ariya.io/2017/02/windows-for-web-development) https://chocolatey.org/

The future of work is uncertain, schools should worry now - Education Week

The future of work is uncertain, schools should worry now - Education Week https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/09/27/the-future-of-work-is-uncertain-schools.html

Fri, 08 Dec 2017

What’s College Good For? - The Atlantic

What’s College Good For? - The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/whats-college-good-for/546590/

Mastering Ruby blocks in less than 5 minutes - Mix & Go

Mastering Ruby blocks in less than 5 minutes - Mix & Go https://mixandgo.com/blog/mastering-ruby-blocks-in-less-than-5-minutes

Thu, 07 Dec 2017

The Bitcoin bubble

The Bitcoin bubble https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/bitcoin-bubble

How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult - Vox

How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult - Vox https://www.vox.com/2015/10/28/9622920/housing-adult-friendship

Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it. - The Washington Post

Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it. - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/12/07/amazon-wants-a-key-to-your-house-i-did-it-i-regretted-it/?utm_term=.2ef0fdb98056

The FCC still doesn’t know how the Internet works

The FCC still doesn’t know how the Internet works | Electronic Frontier Foundation https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/12/fcc-still-doesnt-know-how-internet-works

Patreon is shifting processing fees from creators to supporters

Patreon is shifting processing fees from creators to supporters https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/07/patreon-shifting-processing-fees-creators-to-supporters/

The price of bitcoin has doubled in two weeks, now above $16K | TechCrunch

The price of bitcoin has doubled in two weeks, now above | TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/07/the-price-of-bitcoin-has-doubled-in-two-weeks-now-above-16k/

The world’s most popular audio file format arrives at Wikimedia

The world’s most popular audio file format arrives at Wikimedia https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/12/04/wikimedia-mp3-support/

Forget New York, millennials are flocking to 10 US cities to get a job, buy a home and start a life

Forget New York, millennials are flocking to 10 US cities to get a job, buy a home and start a life - Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.com/best-housing-markets-2018-millennial-home-buying-2017-12/

Keylogger found on nearly 5,500 infected WordPress sites

Keylogger found on nearly 5,500 infected WordPress sites https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/keylogger-found-on-nearly-5-500-infected-wordpress-sites/

What we learned in 2017 in science, medicine and health - The New York Times

What we learned in 2017 in science, medicine and health - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/science/what-we-learned-in-2017.html

Why old-school PostgreSQL is so hip again | InfoWorld

Why old-school PostgreSQL is so hip again | InfoWorld https://www.infoworld.com/article/3240064/sql/why-old-school-postgresql-is-so-hip-again.html

Taking a second look at the learn-to-code craze

Taking a second look at the learn-to-code craze https://theconversation.com/taking-a-second-look-at-the-learn-to-code-craze-86597

As Discord nears 100 million users, safety concerns are heard - Polygon

As Discord nears 100 million users, safety concerns are heard - Polygon https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/7/16739644/discord-100-million-users-safety

I booted into my Fedora laptop, and I miss it.

I booted into my Fedora laptop, and I miss it. It was time to do an update. Even in GNOME Shell, I tend to enjoy using it.

Wed, 06 Dec 2017

Bitcoin is the revolution – Hacker Noon

Bitcoin is the revolution – Hacker Noon https://hackernoon.com/bitcoin-is-the-revolution-2aac943acd97

Vine founder Dom Hofmann hints that Vine may be back

Vine founder Dom Hofmann hints that Vine may be back https://twitter.com/dhof/status/938469576052011008

The '80s software program that made email famous

The '80s software program that made email famous https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mb9ad8/eudora-email

What Have We Learned from the PDP-11? | Dave Cheney

What Have We Learned from the PDP-11? | Dave Cheney https://dave.cheney.net/2017/12/04/what-have-we-learned-from-the-pdp-11

Disqus is acquired by marketing technology company Zeta Global (whatever that is)

Disqus is acquired by marketing technology company Zeta Global (whatever that is) https://blog.disqus.com/disqus-and-zeta

A Bitcoin Frenzy Like No Other Is Gripping South Korea - Bloomberg

A Bitcoin Frenzy Like No Other Is Gripping South Korea - Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-06/bitcoin-frenzy-like-no-other-has-koreans-paying-a-16-premium

Mon, 04 Dec 2017

Many of my social-media posts originate here

Many of my social-media posts originate here http://stevenrosenberg.net/blog/updates/

If you do ANY programming and post to Twitter, you should check out the Twitter API

If you do ANY programming and post to Twitter, you should check out the Twitter API. I'm using it to post, and it's way better than relying on a third-party service that wants to charge you for more than 10 posts a day. (That means you, dlvr.it). It's also faster. https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/tweets/post-and-engage/overview

Firefox Quantum performing well under heavy use

I am using Firefox Quantum today for web production (lots of tabs, lots of WP and Google Apps) and it is performing very well. I heard about extensions that will show all tabs w/o scrolling, but they don't work yet with the new version of FF.

The easy guide to changing fonts in Vim | Vim Tips Wiki

The easy guide to changing fonts in Vim | Vim Tips Wiki http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Change_font

Setting the font in the GUI | Vim Tips Wiki

Setting the font in the GUI | Vim Tips Wiki http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Setting_the_font_in_the_GUI

There is a time like the present

There is a time like the present http://nautil.us/issue/54/the-unspoken/actually-there-is-a-time-like-the-present

Fri, 01 Dec 2017

Shouldn't em dashes in Vim be easier?

Shouldn't em dashes — in Vim, I mean ― be easier? I made these with ctrl-v u 2014.

Special characters in Vim | Arabesque

Special characters in Vim | Arabesque https://sanctum.geek.nz/arabesque/special-characters-in-vim/

Interview with Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress - Mapping The Journey

Interview with Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress - Mapping The Journey https://www.mappingthejourney.com/single-post/2017/12/01/episode-14-interview-with-matt-mullenweg-founder-of-wordpress/

Apple reportedly prepping crazy cheap 9.7-inch iPad For 2018 launch | HotHardware

Apple reportedly prepping crazy cheap 9.7-inch iPad For 2018 launch | HotHardware https://hothardware.com/news/apple-reportedly-prepping-crazy-cheap-97-inch-ipad-for-2018-launch

NY Times scales back free articles to get more subscribers - Bloomberg

NY Times scales back free articles to get more subscribers - Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-01/n-y-times-scales-back-free-articles-to-get-readers-to-subscribe

How the index card catalogued the world - The Atlantic

How the index card catalogued the world - The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/12/how-the-index-card-catalogued-the-world/547271/?utm_source=feed&single_page=true

The new Firefox is pretty nice for 'general' browsing

The new Firefox is pretty nice for 'general' browsing, meaning when I don't have 20+ tabs open.

Linux Journal ceases publication with November 2017 issue

Linux Journal ceases publication with November 2017 issue http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/linux-journal-ceases-publication

50 years ago Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars and changed our view of the universe

50 years ago Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars and changed our view of the universe https://www.space.com/38912-pulsar-discovery-by-jocelyn-bell.html

The Old Calculator Web Museum

The Old Calculator Web Museum http://www.oldcalculatormuseum.com/

Thu, 30 Nov 2017

AWS Cloud9: A cloud-based integrated development environment for writing, running and debugging code in the browser

AWS Cloud9: A cloud-based integrated development environment for writing, running and debugging code in the browser https://aws.amazon.com/cloud9/

Bacteria found on International Space Station may be alien in origin, says cosmonaut | The Independent

Bacteria found on International Space Station may be alien in origin, says cosmonaut | The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/alien-life-bacteria-space-international-station-bacteria-cosmonaut-astronaut-russia-a8080036.html

Asking members to support its journalism (no prizes, no swag), The Guardian raises more reader revenue than ad dollars » Nieman Journalism Lab

Asking members to support its journalism (no prizes, no swag), The Guardian raises more reader revenue than ad dollars » Nieman Journalism Lab http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/11/asking-members-to-support-its-journalism-no-prizes-no-swag-the-guardian-raises-more-reader-revenue-than-ad-dollars/