Friday, July 09, 2021

Friday Links 21-24

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This weeks ransomware attack shines another light on the dumpster fire of cryptocurrencies. Some banks are waking up, but it is probably too late for a lot of people. 

On the other hand some positive posts on management, engineering and urbanism.


Leadership Stories from Slack by Michael Lopp [Podcast] - Rands telling stories about his experiences in various companies

do archeology on ONE product initiative ... even something small. visualize the journey. - nice timeline of a product initiative by John Cutler

Infographic: The rise of the 4-day workweek - why not 3-days ... asking for a friend

Limits to one Product Backlog - 2 - continuing from last week, looking at Nokia as an example


prefers-reduced-motion and browser defaults  - I am so glad I don't have to know everything about the browser any more - Scott Burns talking about parallels between cycling and software, not much to see yet, but I am curious where this is going

Pockets of rest enable careers. - a career usually is not a straight line

Ron is unhappy about the scrum alliance

The foundations of Continuous Delivery [Podcast] - Dace Farley interview


News: Tether printer on hold, China’s crypto crackdown, the world hates Binance, El Salvador’s Chivo wallet - the whole cryptocurrency thing is going well

The Ransomware Problem Is a Bitcoin Problem - ban it already

The Non-Innovation of Cryptocurrency - "nothing would be lost by a blanket cryptocurrency ban"

Kaspersky Password Manager: All your passwords are belong to us - security is hard, even for "security" companies

Cybereason: 80% of orgs that paid the ransom were hit again - surprise!

The Untold Story of SQLite [Podcast] - great story and SQLite is a great product. Richard is suffering from a strong case of NIH syndrome though

Massive Ransomware Attack May Impact Thousands of Victims - guess how they get paid? 

What Happened in the Kaseya VSA Incident? - more on the ransomware attack

"Monero is a cryptocurrency that provides money laundering as a first-class primitive, unlike Bitcoin where additional steps are required to obscure the origin of funds. Yet basically nobody uses Monero for legitimate payments; and as “altcoins” (alternative cryptocurrencies) go, it is significantly smaller, ranking only 26th in market capitalization among all altcoins."

Remote work

How remote work changed the way companies think about where to keep offices - maybe having an office in Barcelona is not so bad

Revealed: rise in stress among those working from home - summary of a paper

Opinion: Working from home is great — except for productivity - I think this really depends on your work 

Covid-19 briefing: working from home and worker productivity - more on this


The Streetsblog review of Fastererer and Furiouserer is great - I really enjoy jwz getting into Urbanism :-)

The Downtown Office District Was Vulnerable. Even Before Covid. - we need places with mixed use to avoid long trips and make cities nice to live in

City-Maut und autofreie Innenstädte – erst gehasst, dann geliebt [German] about the hate of making cities nicer before it happens and the love thereafter 

Barcelona’s superblock will have a ‘more sustainable’ pavement - more information of the new superblocks (pretty video)

Mehrere Städte fordern flächendeckend Tempo 30 [German] - in Germany cities can't decide to introduce speed limits, it is pretty silly

It’s True: The Typical Car Is Parked 95 Percent of the Time - everybody knew this already

War on cars? Woo the public, or this will be a battle zone - it is really a War For People

How Milan is reinventing itself as a cycle city - cool things happening in Italy and France at the moment 

Hannover verwandelt Straßen in Spielplätze [German] - a tiny bit is changing in Germany too

Random Music

The Woman-Machine [Podcast] - women as one driver of electronic music

Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored) - depressing, while politicians are currently talking about "lets not make hasty decisions"

“Wearing a mask” [Comic] 

The Flemish Scrollers, 2021 - people are doing the best things with image recognition

Friday Links Disclaimer
Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kind of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time you might notice common themes though.
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