“Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.”
don’t be clever
code is a liability
ask, learn, and teach
design and architecture matter
first make it correct then make it fast
only make it fast if you know it matters
it’s not done until customers are getting value
it’s not done until there’s nothing left to take away
don’t automate something you haven’t done manually
quick incremental progress is better than the alternative
code is shared by the team. there is no such thing as my code
it’s easier to change a dry-erase board than a production system
code is written to be understood by humans first, computers second
80% of Dutch people are active (biking, walking, gardening, swimming, etc) at least once a week compared to 44% in the rest of Europe. Why? Good infrastructure according to these researchers. So there you have it; fix your country one bicycle path at a time.
Article (in Dutch) here: Nederlanders bewegen meer dan wie ook in Europa
Some excellent ideas about dealing with abuse and moderation from Mastodon. Twitter could really learn something here, a lot of this would work in a centralized system as well; Cage the Mastodon
Computer generated floor plans optimized for walking distance, construction costs and other variables. Resulting in fabulous organic shapes. Joel Simon
Openbook just launched their campaign on Kickstarter and i backed it. Starting a new social network is super tough but these peeps are off on the right track. (and such a neat kickstarter video!)
Color palette’s based on the work of famous artists; colorlisa.com Neat little idea (& time sink)
Where do you think you are going with that steak? Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth
One of those security issues that might not be immediately obvious, and many people are potentially vulnerable to. Storing secret stuff in your address book app and then allowing random apps to hoover up your contacts. People, Please Don’t Store Private Data in Your Address Book
Vraag je je wel eens af hoe computers je dagelijks leven beïnvloeden? Dan is deze serie van het NRC zeer de moeite waard, uitgebreid en goed leesbaar; De Formule: hoe algoritmes ons dagelijks leven sturen - NRC
On May 22nd, our climate resolution will be on the agenda of Shell’s annual shareholders’ meeting, on behalf of me and more than 3,700 other green Shell shareholders. Do you support this climate resolution as well? Then buy a green share (35 euros) at follow-this.org, so that we can represent at least 4,000 shareholders next week.
Ugh, so basically there will be no-one left in management to advocate privacy at WhatsApp; WhatsApp founder Jan Koum plans to leave Facebook
In our coming new age of non car ownership this seems like a nice safe bet: Electric buses are coming, and they’re going to help fix 4 big urban problems - Vox
The announcement that Signal is starting the Signal Foundation with a 50mio injection from ex WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is the best technology news in a long while.
This quote covers a lot of the why:
“slack is inherently rushed: I feel like I’m in a hurry to whisper before someone shouts. The ‘is typing’ feature is the nail in the coffin here. … Paradoxically, speed is just as toxic to group thought, as people will race to get out ideas and leave them half-formed or contradictory.” – Slack is the opposite of organizational memory
This combined with the indeed useless search has me nodding my head in agreement with Abe’s take on Slack. My hunch is that most of what i like about Slack; quick one-on-one questions; timed considerately, is fairly easily replaced by any messaging app with a good desktop client. It would kill the one-to-many features of Slack but that may be an improvement as it would move some activities better suited for other communication modes back to those ‘old’ modes or tools.
At the very least it should be OK to just be ‘away’ for a couple of hours on a (remote) work day. If you can do that and teach people to consider the impact of their interruption (and how to use the mute button) your probably well on your way to using Slack sustainably. Thoughtful deployment of the tools used in your teams is a must with the sheer quantity of them in use.
Most modern organisations work with teams in very varied and quick changing formations, and those are really easy to manage in Slack. The fact that it’s easy to represent these loose and often unofficial groupings of people in Slack, and allow the members to find each other, might be it’s killer feature. This surely has value, but is perhaps hard to quantify.
So yeah in a sense it might be better to kill Slack and move forward without distractions. But in the sort of mixed teams that i tend to see a lot (different roles, external and internal staff, junior to c-level) i can’t really come up with a better way to make the organisation of these different groupings transparent to anyone joining one of those teams, from day one. And giving them a way to reach out to their new team members without fear of upending some unknown political boundaries in the process. In a sense Slack makes the org chart transparent which is probably a good thing considering how fluid that chart tends to be these days.
With the live traffic info Apple Maps is finally a viable alternative to Google Maps. Since switching my only Google dependency left is Docs and the odd non DuckDuckGo search. Quite happy I’m finally making headway for that challenge after many years.
Haha, even better than blocking or deleting Twitter outright.
Not quite working as intended yet but i’m warming to the idea of (micro) blogging thoughts in a personal space again vs. a central hub like Twitter. Currently running Micro.blog which is basically hosted Jekyll. Let’s see if this sticks.
I’d love to come up with predictions for 2018 but i’m just glad i got all my christmas shopping done in time to relax for 5 minutes.
That’s for Firefox btw, chrome has a ‘advanced’ setting to do the same: t.co/8twjCwV6L…
Does anybody actually -want- these notifications?
Yup, some blockchain features do actually make sense. #transparency t.co/3NlpvrFaj…
Currently working with Ace & Tate; they could really use some more front-end developers. Nice #react / #ruby stack! t.co/GDvPwBBHR…