Friday, June 14, 2024

Friday Links 24-18

Polaroid photo and camera
I really love the photograph series in the random section, it is a great concept.

The videos about the busiest train station and buying a train are also great … if you like trains.

Leadership

Beyond 'Sorry': How to Apologize and Mean It 6 | 22  [Podcast] - most apologies are just deflections.

TBM 293: Where More Effective Product Teams Spend More (and Less) Time - "Navigating proxies" - good collection!

Engineering

Story: From Burnout to Breakthrough  [Podcast] - I didn't know about Hedy before, it sounds quite interesting. The origin story is well told.

Regexle - who doesn't like regexes? 

The Documentation Tradeoff - "Nobody _wants_ documentation. They want to know enough to change the code quickly"

New York Times source code stolen using exposed GitHub token - oops!

Environment

Whose Truth?: Climate change denial  [Podcast] - part of a BBC series about misinformation.

Swiss parliament defies ECHR on climate women's case - Swiss being Swiss.

Urbanism

Galway City produces local version graphic showing space used by transport modes

I Visited the World's Busiest Train Station [YouTube] - three million!

Rushing to McDonald’s, sneaking into Trump Tower: the desperate struggle to find a public toilet in New York - a problem in most cities. 

Decoding the 15-Minute City Debate: Conspiracies, Backlash, and Dissent in Planning for Proximity - conspiracies are always weird, but this one is the weirdest.

Random Photographs

A Black photographer added himself to places where history didn’t want him - so cool.

591. Signs of Progress, One Year at a Time  [Podcast] - fun stories, some I knew already.

Whose Truth?: Russia v Ukraine [Podcast] - another episode in this series

Death from the Skies, Musk Edition - filling the sky with satellites and the ground with rubbish.

Will a personality test cost you your dream job? - "workplace horoscopes"

I Got My Own Train [YouTube] - everyone's dream.

It’s another Guardian Blind date wedding! How a lockdown love story ended in ‘I do’ - yes, I am a sucker for Guardian's blind dates, and especially the successful ones.

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, June 07, 2024

Friday Links 24-17

Book cover: Commodore Amiga a visual Commpendium

The leadership antipatterns are quite good, so is the video about a new development in Amsterdam.

Leadership

Product Coaching with Petra Wille  [Podcast] - coaching not agile coaches.

Briefly: Anonymous Questions - how to set up Q&As as a leader

Unexpected Anti-Patterns for Engineering Leaders — Lessons From Stripe, Uber & Carta - #3 being a shit-umbrella 

Engineering 

What to Know Before You Implement Public-Facing APIs - I still think versioning APIs is overrated.

Sharing details on a recent incident impacting one of our customers - "we left auto-delete on"

Work

A year on, Spain’s ‘historic’ menstrual leave law has hardly been used. Why? - unsurprising, I hope this will improve.

Offsites, huh - the bigger you are, the harder they will be

Urbanism

Mayor fined €100 for riding on street where cycling is banned by the council, while shooting ‘cycle to work’ video to encourage cycling in Barcelona - I never realised there were roads like this in Barcelona ... you never stop learning things you don't want to know.

The $1.8 Billion Plan for Amsterdam [YouTube] - bloody Amsterdam, making everything so nice!

Are the Suburbs Getting Worse?* [YouTube] - yes, in the US

Random Amigas

AmigaPCI - a new Amiga compatible board based on PCI

New Electronics Workshop Tour [YouTube] - I don't understand all the toys, but I want them.

interviewcopilot - I expect some fun future interviews!

On Fire Drills and Phishing Tests - I had an article about this last week, this is the original "You can’t “fix” people, but you can fix the tools."

Drum N Bass in CommonLisp  [YouTube] - groovy 

Spain fines budget airlines €150m over ‘abusive’ cabin bag and seat charges - I am boycotting Ryanair, but the others are pretty bad too.

Other Links

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Friday Links 24-16

Alice in Wonderland themed tea mug with writing "Drink me"
This week, the "City in A Bottle" JavaScript demo blew me away. 

The podcasts in the leadership section are also pretty good. 

Leadership

Albert Strasheim, CTO at Rippling, on Embracing Rapid Iteration and Setting Goals for Accountability [Podcast] - interesting ideas about project management and also insights into our competition.

A company is not a family with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky [Podcast] - I didn't know the origin of the name! I also think that overcommunication is a good thing. I am working on that. 

How Can I Set the Right Boundaries in a New Job? [Podcast] - another great coaching session.

Engineering 

Why, after 6 years, I’m over GraphQL - I have always been sceptical.

Environment

What does China's green tech revolution mean for the world? [Podcast] - for some reason, they focus on the negative.

What are PFAs? Everything you need to know about the ‘forever chemicals’ surrounding us every day - we are all plastic!

Random Tea

For seven years, I have been caffeine-free. Here’s how it has changed me - I can't remember when I stopped, probably around that time.

Remembering ICQ: A Page Out of History - I don't have that rosy memories. I am from the IRC generation.

Heura Launches Plant-Based Butcher’s - I really like Heura's products. This is a gimmicky way of marketing products.

City In A Bottle – A 256 Byte Raycasting System - this is just remarkable.

The Space Quest II Master Disk Blunder - oops.

Google: Stop Trying to Trick Employees With Fake Phishing Emails - I am not a big fan of tricking employees either.

The greatest clock (and map) ever made [YouTube] - definitely not the greatest. Pretty good, though.

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Friday Links 24-15

Mocktail on a dark table
This week I enjoyed the podcast with Vitaly Pecherskiy, and the one about improv and presence. 

If you like alcohol-free cocktails, the article from The Guardian has a good list, with some weird tricks, like clarifying coconut milk.

Leadership

Vitaly Pecherskiy, Co-Founder at StackAdapt, on the Role of the CEO, Mental Models, and Employee Onboarding [Podcast] - I liked the insights about leadership composition and constantly improving yourself. 

Presence: 'Yes and...' - how the secrets of improv can teach us about work [Podcast] - some interesting ideas between all the self-promotion.

Beyond the Bias: The Truth About Remote Work vs. Returning to the Office [Podcast] - Co-founder of product for remote "goes beyond the bias" … right. 

Leadership, Decision Making, Work-Life Balance, and Everything in Between with Kendall Miller [Podcast] - Kendall about everything.

Making engineering strategies more readable - nice tips.

These People Aren’t Gods: How European Founders Can Stop Making The #1 Mistake in US Recruiting  - "What happens when a culture of understated accomplishment meets a culture of overstated achievement?"

Engineering

Never, Ever, Ever Use Pixelation for Redacting Text  - The Unredacter!

Environment 

Alarm as German climate activists charged with ‘forming a criminal organisation’ - similar development to the UK. 

Toxic Gaslighting: How 3M Executives Convinced a Scientist the Forever Chemicals She Found in Human Blood Were Safe - it is always the same, the polluters know before the rest of us.

Urbanism

How did Helsinki make transit work in the suburbs? | Navigating Urban Transit with George Liu [YouTube] - those are some fancy bus / metro terminals. 

“Pure bile and prejudice”: Cyclists slam local government’s proposal to introduce “mandatory bike insurance” and urging cyclists to “encourage overtaking” in Spanish city - it is the usual anti cycling policies of some cities. This is not far from Barcelona. 

Random Drinks

The experts: bartenders on how to turn 16 classic cocktails into mocktails – from a negroni to a mojito - nice ideas for all us teetotals.

Specialized SL8 Index: How Long Does It Take to Afford S-Works SL8 Around the World? - it is a toy for the rich. 

The KeePassXC kerfuffle [LWN] - I think I have disabled most of these options.

An exercise in frustration - more fun with AI image generators. 

1152. Waro Kishi /// Kim House /// Ikuno Ward, Osaka, Japan /// 1986-87 - I like these small houses more than the usual villas on the site.

Other Links 

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Friday Links 24-14

A collection of vinyl single records

This week's recommendation is everything in Urbanism. It's all about improving cities. Two podcasts and one YouTube video.

Leadership

Wisdom for Work #23 - Cultivating Conditions of Courage [Podcast] - how to lead with honesty and foster psychological safety 

Sociotechnical Maestros with Gene Kim [Podcast] - I am not a big fan of most of Gene Kim's books, but this interview is pretty good.

Five Tips to be Happier at Work (Dr Laurie at SXSW) [Podcast] - why do you want happier employees? Because they are more productive.

Urbanism

Can we build better cities for mental health and the climate? [Podcast] - we could if we wanted.

Some Business Owners REALLY Hate Bike Lanes (with Bike Curious) [Podcast] - you just can't use logic with them.

What is the "Correct" Speed Limit? [YouTube] - it's 30 km/h

Random Records

"I was probably off my head... it wasn't meant to be a novelty record, it was meant to be an underground record": The story of The Prodigy’s cartoon-sampling rave hit Charly - from 1991!

Reimagining technology – and talking to animals – with Aza Raskin [Podcast] - using AI to talk to animals, and what that could mean for us.

Stop Trying To Defeat Racism With Logic - the announcement of the new Assassin's Creed game led to the expected racist backlash.

Why clubbers are raving about Germany’s cross-country Techno Train - a round trip is a bit boring

BreakTime - kill the meetings!

Most common 4 digit PINs - mine are also on the bottom left.

Other Links

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, May 03, 2024

Friday Links 24-13

Eurobeat 2000 club flyer

This week I enjoyed the interviews with Hazel Weakley and Melinda French Gates.

For some reason, I also have a few clubbing related links. If you like electronic music and play around with it yourself, I recommend the podcast with Alex McLean about live coding.

Leadership

Software Development As Collective Learning With Hazel Weakly [Podcast] - Very thoughtful interview about Hazels journey and her views on leadership.

TBM 274: How Capable Leaders Navigate Uncertainty and Ambiguity - this was mentioned in the podcast above. Prompts and example interview questions. 

Constraints on giving feedback. - how to think about feedback.

A Software Engineering Career Ladder - another one!

The Power of Rituals at Work 6 | 16 [Podcast] - he clearly has a book to sell. 

Presence: Presence starts with positive leadership [Podcast] - another book to sell? Presence doesn't have to be in person.

Engineering 

PHP from 2014 to 2024 [YouTube] - it has been a while since I last worked with PHP. I still think it is underrated and one of the languages that is developing the fastest and with a great ecosystem.

With Backstage, Spotify’s getting serious about its enterprise and dev tools business play - I still haven't seen this in action. It seems to be mostly focused on organisations with many services.

VASA-1: Lifelike Audio-Driven Talking Faces - scary … but also: rapping Mona Lisa!

OMG! We’re at forty! (Announcing the release of Fedora Linux 40) - I can't believe it has been 20 years since I complained about the switch from RHL to FC.

Environment 

Europe baked in ‘extreme heat stress’ pushing temperatures to record highs - the summer will be fun.

Ocean spray emits more PFAS than industrial polluters, study finds - it's not the ocean's fault!

Urbanism

‘Urination equality’: Amsterdam women win fight for more public toilets - we just need more public toilets for all genders.

Is Europe Sprawling? [YouTube] - yes, but not if compared to the US.

How to Remove a Highway [YouTube] - nice.

Lawmakers to allow NYC to lower speed limit to 20 mph - Germany started this idea, and now it is lacking behind.

Random Flyers

george georgiou clubart - flyers and clubart.

Wherein the Millennial influencers weigh in on staying until last call - I can relate. 

“I'm almost ashamed to be known as a DJ”: Dave Clarke on the state of dance music and the making of Archive One

The magic of ALGORAVE: Why We Bleep podcast with Alex McLean [YouTube] - Alex talking about live coding, Tidal Cycles, and Strudel.

8. Melinda French Gates [Podcast] - I just discovered this podcast now. It is great to have Kirsty Young back. She is such a great host.

The Millennial CAPTCHA - fun. I qualify, apparently. 

Teslarossa Ep10 - 2000 mile road trip [YouTube] - I want an electric classic car, but something more practical. French rest stops are also the best.

The Fifth Floor: My emergency kit list [Podcast] - I have been looking into this since last year. The forest fires are coming closer.

‘In the US they think we’re communists!’ The 70,000 workers showing the world another way to earn a living - maybe I have to get an Orbea after all.

Five of Europe’s best national parks – with all the beauty but none of the crowds - I have been only to two of these.

podcastindex - nice initiative.

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Friday Links 24-12

fibre network distribution boxes with cables on a wall
Both leadership podcasts about managers and coaching are excellent. 

The post about remote work is also interesting. People are different, so are organisations.

Leadership

The future of work? "The manager as a therapist" [Podcast] - I think I used that line before. I am not sure if this is a good thing.

Extras #24 - Building High-Performing Teams Through Coaching - with Steph Yiu [Podcast] - interesting stuff from Automatic. I would love to see that kind of support in all companies. 

The remoteness of remote work - well-balanced and personal view on a companies remote work phases. 

Principal Engineer - according to this, mainly about business skills.

Engineering

Docs as code is a broken promise - I agree. Writing stuff should be as easy as possible. Workflows for code are not optimised for that.

Environment 

How Swiss women won a landmark climate case for Europe [Podcast] - The Guardian

The biggest climate case that ever was [Podcast] - The Europeans

Why are electric scooters, mopeds and rickshaws booming? [Podcast] - because they are better.

Snow in Peril: The Impact of Climate Change on Ski Resorts in the Pyrenees - the Grandvalira marketing speaks of a 5% sales loss. They are probably optimistic.

Urbanism

Does tiny living impact wellbeing? - apparently not!

After 30 years, Critical Mass is still fighting for cyclists on London’s roads - if you can, join one in your city!

Technology can save you from red light runners - I would argue tech could help with many things drivers do wrong.

Random Networks

The Rise And Fall Of The LAN Party - I missed that part. It started with not networked home computers and didn't do computers in the high of the LAN parties. Looks cool. 

Hidden 3D Pictures - finally some "hidden" pictures that are easy to see. 

Can You 3D Print Cassettes? [YouTube] - yes, just the case. 

@countleaves - play text adventures on Mastodon - currently HHGG

Abortions in first 12 weeks should be legalised in Germany, commission says - I didn't realise that abortion was illegal in Germany. There are numerous exceptions to make it accessible to most people.

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Friday Links 24-11

Amiga Kickstart boot screen

Some cheerful urbanism news this week. It is especially great to see how Paris is progressing.

For a fun nerdy read, have a look at the tic-tac-toe implemented in printf, or the floppy history.

Engineering 

How to measure your cloud carbon footprint [Podcast] - nice open-source tool.

Backdoor in XZ Utils That Almost Happened - Schneier weighs in too.

The Turing Police say "X Wins"  - tic-tac-toe implemented in a single printf. 

Notes on how to use LLMs in your product. - as always, a good summary from Will.

Environment

Taylor Swift's Two Private Jets in 2023: Where Did They Go? [YouTube] - two? 

Tenth consecutive monthly heat record alarms and confounds climate scientists - this really isn't news any more. 

Human rights violated by Swiss inaction on climate, ECHR rules in landmark case - go KlimaSeniorinnen!

TIL: Most Teabags contain plastics, and release micro plastics in large amounts when brewed - I am now 2% plastic.

Urbanism

End of the Line? Saudi Arabia ‘forced to scale back’ plans for desert megacity - nobody really believed this would happen? Do cities created by rich people ever work?

How do the dolmuş and minibus systems work in Istanbul? | With Geert Kloppenburg  [YouTube] - one way of having flexible public transport. 

Spain to end 'golden visas' granting residency to investors who spend €500k on housing - it was not widely used, but it is good that they stop it. 

French Revolution: Cyclists Now Outnumber Motorists In Paris - this was a pretty quick change overall. 

Campaigners hail “historic” EU cycling declaration - it remains to be seen if this changes anything.

Beyond Bike Lanes: What Really Impressed Us About Cycling in the Netherlands [YouTube] - the Netherlands are still showing the way.

Random Floppies

The Rise and Fall of 3M’s Floppy Disk - amazingly, I never had a computer with proper 5 1/4 floppy disks, only with 3 and later 3 1/2 disks.

583. Are We Living Through the Most Revolutionary Period in History? [Podcast] - mostly depressing. 

GNU Stow 2.4.0 released - I switched to using this for my dotfiles last year, and I just now learn that I know the maintainer. 

How to Build a Small Solar Power System - this goes straight to the to-do list.

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.


Friday, April 05, 2024

Friday Links 24-10

Heisenberg's indeterminacy principle formula.

Two weeks of links, which includes a collection from the xz debacle. I loved reading these, as this is a good combination of spy story and technology postmortem. If you want to read an overview, read the timeline post. 

Good podcasts this week: about the Heisenberg principle, and the silencing of climate protesters in the UK. 

Leadership

Getting real with Employee Experience [Podcast] - two good interviews with people active in the area.

Mentorship, coaching, sponsorship: three different — and equally important — tools for developing talent - good summary of the three aspects of staff development.

How do we evaluate people for their technical leadership? - measuring knowledge work is hard.

Jack Shit - systems over work. 

Part 1: Burnout Is A Thousand Tiny Self-Betrayals - I first read it as victim blaming, but it is true that it is mostly in your hand.

Reflection: When was your team last together? - sadly, in a fully remote and distributed company, this is really hard. 

TBM 277: Bring Back Fun - “Having fun building stuff that has impact”

Engineering

xz backdoor

GNOME 46 puts Flatpaks front and center - I don't like it!

mini-announcement: I've decided to publish Yotta. - very cool minimalistic system.

AI is boring and stupid and maybe that's OK - "Sometimes boring and stupid is still really useful. "

What We Know We Don't Know [Talk] - "Nothing is real, we don’t understand what we’re doing, and the only way to write good software is to stop drinking coffee. Burn it all down. Burn it to the ground."

Environment 

The silencing of climate protesters in English and Welsh courts [Podcast] - is the UK becoming less democratic? I think this answers the question. 

Plant-heavy ‘flexitarian’ diets could help limit global heating, study finds - it is a lot easier to get people to become flexitarian than vegetarian or vegan. And the numbers make a difference.

Urbanism

Mobility Debate at COAC: What is Barcelona missing? - I agree with all of this, especially about the congestion charge and superblocks.

Random Uncertainty

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle [Podcast] - another lovely episode from In Our Time.

We have a right to repair! (Interview) [Podcast] - history and challenges of iFixit. 

‘We can’t find a single German or European applicant’: Deeptech startups feel bite of talent shortage - Germany making progress difficult.

All billionaires under 30 have inherited their wealth, research finds - is anyone surprised?

Best printer 2024 - just get a brother laser printer

You Can Now Follow President Biden on the Fediverse - I am not on Threads, but now some accounts from there are arriving at Mastodon. 

Cannabis users celebrate relaxation of laws on personal use in Germany - finally! This will also change Europe.

EU investigates Apple, Meta and Google owner Alphabet under new tech law - the EU is doing good work in this space at the moment.

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Sharing a monitor between Linux & Mac

Desk with two monitors and laptop
For my new job, I (annoyingly) have to use a silly MacBook. For everything else, I have a nice, beautiful desktop running Fedora.

I looked into KVMs to share my monitor and keyboard between the two computers, but couldn't really find something reasonably priced and functional. 

Synergy/Barrier/InputLeap for keyboard sharing

I have used Synergy before to share keyboard and mouse between Linux computers, and this was already a good step. There is a fork for Synergy on Linux called Barrier, which now has been forked again to InputLeap. It also allows copy & paste between systems.

This brought me half to where I wanted to be, but I was still restricted to the tiny laptop screen on the Mac. 

DDC monitor input source switching

Both of my monitors are connected via DisplayPort to my desktop. I now connected the right monitor also via HDMI to the Mac. This already allowed me to easily switch between the input sources with the monitor's on-screen menu.

While researching a new monitor, which has a build in KVM, but only comes with software for Mac & Windows, I found out that you can control most monitor functionality via DCC. 

This includes things like brightness, contrast, rotation, and most importantly the input source. 

For Linux, you can use ddcutil and your window manager keyboard shortcut settings. For me, it is these two commands, your monitor and sources may vary.

ddcutil -d 1 setvcp 0x60 0x0f # display 1 -> displayport

ddcutil -d 1 setvcp 0x60 0x11 # display 1 -> hdmi

On OS X you can use BetterDisplay, this is a pretty nifty tool to control all kinds of aspects of your display, definitely worth a look. It also supports keyboard shortcuts to change input sources.

BetterDisplay screenshot

There you go, easy-peasy and for free. I hope that helps someone, or me in the future, when I forget how it works.


Friday, March 22, 2024

Friday Links 24-09

Painting with two radio masts in the country side

I loved the essay about 40 years of programming by Lars Wirzenius. 

The coaching session about career goals is also great, independent of the topic.

Leadership

How Do I Balance My Career Goals with My Company’s Needs? [Podcast] - great coaching session. 

Breaking Down Barriers: How Field Trips to Different Team Offsites Spark Cross-Team Collaboration - I love this idea. 

Leadership requires taking some risk. - "sometimes bottom-up leadership requires obfuscating the work being done"

Friction isn't velocity. - change creates friction (in the form of more work), and change feels good, even if the result might not be better.

Engineering

40 years of programming - good summary about engineering and leading projects (at the time of writing, there is an SSL error)

How to run an LLM on your PC, not in the cloud, in less than 10 minutes - I'll put that on my long to-do list. 

Code samples for the opening chapter of Refactoring - love this. It is missing Perl, Ruby, and Elixir, in case you are bored.

Urbanism

People Hate the Idea of Car-Free Cities—Until They Live in One - “If you go back a year or two later, people will just say: well, this is the best thing we ever did.”

Paris cycling numbers double in one year thanks to massive investment and it’s not stopping -

Cheating Automatic Toll Booths by Obscuring License Plates - crimes in cars are fine.

Random Radios

Fifty Things you can do with a Software Defined Radio - now I want one of these too!

Threads has entered the fediverse - there will be a shitstorm, let's see how it ends.

US sues Apple for illegal monopoly over smartphones - good!

Shaped like information - always funny. I am all for Hoboz! 

How the world sleeps, according to Garmin Connect sleep score data - unsurprisingly Spain isn't doing great.

Other Links

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Friday Links 24-08

Tablet with teapot, mug, biscuits, and milk

Quite a mix of topics. I recommend the podcast with Cal Newport and the article about learning to ride a bike ("Stumbling can be lovely")

Leadership

Joe Militello, Chief People Officer at Pagerduty: Why You Need to Rethink Your People Strategy [Podcast] - people strategy has to be part of every team.

Story: Leaving LinkedIn - Choosing Engineering Excellence Over Expediency [Podcast] - not really about leadership, but an interesting inside view about what makes someone leave.

How to be productive without burning out, with Cal Newport [Podcast] - speed vs sustainability. 

The “10x engineer:" 50 years ago and now - the "surgical team" idea always seemed a bit weird to me, even 20 years ago, when I read it.

Measuring Developer Productivity via Humans - about the benefits of qualitative metrics.

How I set expectations for skip levels - I am looking into skip levels at the moment.

Engineering

time_t is not GMT - it has no TZ.

Environment 

Air pollution levels have improved in Europe over 20 years, say researchers - not in most cities.

How did Norway become the electric car superpower? Oil money, civil disobedience – and Morten from a-ha - I always enjoy the a-ha part.

Olive oil becomes most wanted item for shoplifters in Spain - it is still cheaper than everywhere else.

Urbanism / Transit

OMFG DINOSAURS AND TRAINS!!!!! (with TierZoo) [YouTube] - it really isn't Germany's fault!

Health gains of low-traffic schemes up to 100 times greater than costs, study finds - surprise! 

Government tried to bury report which found that Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are effective and popular - no surprise!

Random Tea

Storm over a teacup [Podcast] - about Nepalese tea.

Berlin’s techno scene added to Unesco intangible cultural heritage list - thanks for making me feel even older.

OldWeb.Today - use an obsolete browser, on an obsolete OS, to view dead web pages.

Dial Up Modem Sounds, from 300 bps to 56K [YouTube] - best subtitles ever?

Oh, that's what happened to Kickstarter - close web3 call!

My 5 Step Journey Towards Ergonomic And Fast Typing - I really should learn to type at some point!

‘We cranked up the madness’: Jack Davenport and Steven Moffat on making Coupling - still funny … even if a lot of it is outdated.

Learn your farm animals with AI! - "mock" "qlick"

2023 Garmin inReach® SOS Year in Review - busy west coast. 

Stumbling Can Be Lovely - "The hardest part is the launch, Hal says."

AI Prompt Engineering Is Dead Long live AI prompt engineering - let's just have the AIs doing the job of making the AIs doing our job.

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, March 08, 2024

Friday Links 24-07

Nerd emoji

 

Good urbanism videos today. 

If you got some time, I can also recommend the podcast about bonuses and the four part series about the bicycle industry bubble.

Leadership

Do bonuses actually make us work harder? [Podcast] - it is very tricky, and can go awfully wrong.

The Hagakure #76: Why Are You Not Hiring Junior Developers? - Your juniors will be faster seniors than you expect. But AI is working against them. 

How to Run an Async Retrospective? - I wonder how useful these really are.

Engineering

How GitHub uses merge queue to ship hundreds of changes every day - I like this, even on a smaller scale.

programmingfonts.org - because you can never have enough of them. 

Playing audio files in a Pi Pico without a DAC - I probably would use a DAC. 

List of 2024 Leap Day Bugs - thankfully this happens only every four years … since we are apparently not great at it. 

strudel - "a new live coding platform to write dynamic music pieces in the browser! It is free and open-source and made for beginners and experts alike."

Work

In-Depth: How Does Working From Home Influence Teamwork? - many studies, non-conclusive.

Workchat: workplace culture has never been more complicated [Podcast] - Let's see if "Chronoworking" becomes a thing. 

How to Handle a Retreat: 16 Tips from Bufferoos as We Head to Cancún  - Step 1: head to Cancún.

Urbanism

Why Is It So Hard To Cross The Street? (& What You Can Do To Help)  [YouTube] - the flag thing is still hilarious.

Drop Bar Girls and my homage to the road bike - cycling chic is back.

Should Cities be Circles? [YouTube] - yes, Circleville is a thing. 

How the Dutch SOLVED Street Design [YouTube] - this should be possible everywhere. 

What are the benefits of low traffic neighbourhoods on residents in London? [YouTube] - following the "culture war" around the LTNs is a weird look into the UK.

Random Emojis

On Families and Equality - this is a difficult problem to solve, none of the solutions are ideal. And yes, I now subscribe to a blog about emojis.

How did the bike industry get into such deep trouble? [Podcast] - if you are interested in industry bubbles, or bikes, this is a great four part series.

‘Hard Miles’: The Hollywood Movie That Could Boost Bicycling - new cycling film! 

Hairy Bikers chef Dave Myers dies at 66 - RIP

Content Nation Backlash Highlights Mastodon’s Toxicity - the Fediverse needs to chill a bit. 

Easy-to-make kimchi - Kimchi in general isn't that hard. This is a good way of making it. 

‘It makes me so sad’: church re-emerges from reservoir as Spain faces droughts - my drought update. 

Feeds all around - useful tool to find RSS feeds of your Mastodon network. 

Carve Her Name - "Every day women have, and are, making history. ​Find out what happened on this day, and carve her name with pride."

Other Links

Weekly Design Links – 03/05/24 - I love the Thai Tuan Dang's art and the N64 book.

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, March 01, 2024

Friday Links 24-06

Ukrainian flag on post at halfmast position
The flag of Ukraine at Kyiv City Hall

It has been two years since Russia's invasion and beginning of the unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine.

There is fatigue and attention, and headlines are turning to the next topic.  

I'm not as down about it now as I was two years ago, as it really got under my skin. 

Now I stay mostly current with the news to not forget. I am impressed by The Guardian's continued reporting on this.

Ukraine

The Worst Morning Ever - a memory of the first 24 hours of the war.

Nastia @ Vernadsky Library in Kyiv 2024  [SoundCloud] - it is wonderful how some life continues as normal.

Two years of war in Ukraine – then and now - in pictures.

A train through Ukraine: a journey into the stories of two years of war

Engineering 

Story: Beautiful Code - Inside Greg Wilson's Vision for Software Design [Podcast] - interesting story about getting into code and teaching it.  

time_t Hard Mode - my favourite topic: time zone changes!

Today in "Daylight Savings Chaos Monkey" - every four years we learn about the mistakes we make.

Increase Test Fidelity By Avoiding Mocks - I quite like mocks! Not using them can also quickly get out of hands if you have many dependencies. 

Are Aurora Performance Claims True? - deep dive into the claims … it depends, but it appears to be true.

Work

Periodic Face-to-Face - I was lucky to meet some coworkers already in my first month, and I know many people are eager to do the same around conferences. 

RTO doesn’t improve company value, but does make employees miserable: Study - it is good to see some studies around this. Until now, it was just camps shouting at each other.

Four-day week made permanent for most UK firms in world’s biggest trial - 51% is technically most :-)

Environment

European parliament votes for watered-down law to restore nature - good, except for the watered-down part. 

Rise of fast-fashion Shein, Temu roils global air cargo industry - another thing we really don't need.

Urbanism

Europe Spends More on Roads than Rails (with Real Time History) [Podcast] - mostly about Germany because it is so depressing.

In the beginning (of generative AI) [Podcast] - it is astonishing how dead ML and data science is, after being on the hype train for the recent years. 

A hydrogen tram for Görlitz: about the worst idea I can imagine - the hydrogen hype continues.

The cities stripping out concrete for earth and plants - pretty. 

I Biked (Almost) Everywhere for a Month - "I had more mental energy for work and play and felt more intimately connected to the places and people in my city."

How to find space for bike lanes in clogged cities [YouTube] - Paris showing others how to do it. I really have to visit soon. 

Car harm: A global review of automobility's harm to people and the environment - "1 in 34 deaths are caused by cars and automobility"

Magnificent City Transformations: 6 Before & After Photos - I expect there was a lot of resistance to change, and now nobody wants to go back.

Random

BERLIN TYPE - I like the Berlin station lettering. This new font is nice too.

Analog Cassette Tape is Mounting a Comeback - the never-ending comeback.

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Friday Links 24-05

DeLorean car from side with doors open
by Kevin Abato from Wikipedia

The two leadership podcasts are good this week, both about trust.

I also like the Vision Pro review.

Leadership

Trust and Inspire With Stephen M.R. Covey 6 | 5  [Podcast] - pretty good episode with a guest talking about trust. 

Jacob Morgan, 5x Best-Selling Author & Futurist [Podcast] - "Futurists" are always suspicious. His premise that being vulnerable without leading doesn't help. 

The PROBLEM With DORA Metrics [YouTube] - besides being just metrics, they also just measure a tiny part of the creation process.

Engineering 

(Almost) Every infrastructure decision I endorse or regret after 4 years running infrastructure at a startup - that is white an extensive list!

I worry our Copilot is leaving some passengers behind - "Why do we accept a product that not only misfires regularly, but sometimes catastrophically?"

Let Me Tell You A Secret - "Ask the Senior Engineers about problems … then tell Leadership about it"

Mastering Programming - Kent Beck's high-level approach. Many good tips in there.

Urbanism 

More Lanes are (Still) a Bad Thing [YouTube] - in case you don't know yet.

Seville's Cycling Revolution, 10 times more cycling in 4 years [YouTube] - if you build it, they will come. 

When cycling is 'normalized but marginalized' [YouTube] - true, in many places, and depressing

Train your brain - people don't die of the things you think they die off, and definitely not peanuts.

Random DeLorean

Driving sideways to move forward: Stanford engineers show how an autonomous, drifting DeLorean can improve driver safety - of course you use a DeLorean.

‘You can get home for the 10 o’clock news’: UK ravers fall in love with daytime clubbing - It's music for old people after all.

The Curious Mr. Feynman [Podcast] - profile of one of the Manhattan Project people. He seemed fun.

Tear Down Walls, and Build Bridges - the current Fediverse storm.

Cycling with Apple Vision Pro: The Future? [YouTube] - summary: indoors good, outdoors bad

soundalike - I thought I clean up my music collection again. This doesn't quite work. 

France halts €100-a-month electric car leasing scheme after huge demand - people do want electric cars for reasonable prices. 

RSS is still pretty great - yes! I wonder if anyone is following this blog via RSS/Atom.

The best Bookshops to visit in Amsterdam - I am going soon. 

All My Thoughts After 40 Hours in the Vision Pro - great review. I want something like this, but it has to be open, and not by Apple.

I went into a bit of a tea temperature rabbit hole. These are just part of it:

Other Links

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
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Friday, February 09, 2024

Friday Links 24-04

Gummy bears sorted in cups by colours
I seem to have fewer links recently. 

Just check them all out. :-) 

Leadership

A lesson from Richard Feynman for Engineering Leaders - I like the concept of Type 1 and Type 2 collaboration. The article is a bit unstructured at first, but comes with some practical strategies at the end.

Front-end Versus Back-end - Kent Beck about why there is a different working style between them and how to bring them together.

Engineering

Gradually gradually typing Elixir [Podcast] - all dynamic languages seem to acquire types at some point. 

Environment 

Mutant wolves living in Chernobyl disaster are evolving ability to fight cancer - I haven't decided yet if this a good thing or not.

Urbanism

Parisians vote in favour of tripling parking costs for SUVs - Paris is still leading the way.

Random Colours

New AI paint colors - training AI to name colours. This is a fun website overall.

Live at the Liquid Room, Tokyo  - the Wizard at his peak.

Report: Arlington’s first guaranteed income pilot boosted quality of life for poorest residents - "Individuals who received the stipend reported increasing their monthly income by 36%, from $1,200 to $1,640, compared to the control group, whose income only rose 9%."

Today in Assassination Coordinates: Taylor Swift jumps on the Streisand train. 

Keeping todo items in org-roam - I am in that rabbit hole right now. I am currently using just org-agenda mixed with org-roam.

Other Links

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, February 02, 2024

Friday Links 24-03

Atari 1200XL home computer

A quick one today. I especially recommended the articles about productivity tools and over-meeting culture.

Leadership

4 Productivity Tools I Use Everyday - I like that this is not about the tools that you buy, but how you use them.

Yes, You Should Estimate Software Projects - back in the good old days when teams were still doing time estimates, I truly enjoyed it when I got them right. 

Psychological Affordances Can Provide a Missing Explanatory Layer for Why Interventions to Improve Developer Experience Take Hold or Fail [Paper] - highly dependent on the culture of the company and the messaging. 

The Root of Over-Meeting Culture - "252% increase in time spent in meetings [since February 2022]"

Michael Bungay Stanier, Author of #1 Bestselling Book ‘The Coaching Habit,’ on How to Work With (Almost) Anyone [Podcast] - I loved the coaching book, I'll give this a try too. There is also a website for it

Environment

Catalonia declares drought emergency, extending restrictions to Barcelona - I said I wouldn't include depressing news anymore, but here is one anyway. This was expected. At some point, they will have to restrict water for private households in Barcelona.

Analysis: Clean energy was top driver of China’s economic growth in 2023 - meanwhile Europe is being left behind. 

Energy Efficiency across Programming Languages - short version: compiled wins, interpreted looses.

Random Atari

Atari Coding Fonts - I wonder if the Amiga / TI99/4A fonts are available somewhere?

ascii.theater - "stream free text-based movies in your terminal"

Looking ahead to Emacs 30 [LWN] - I also learned about EditorConfig in the comments!

Apple, the DMA, and malicious compliance - Apple still being the New Microsoft.

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 kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.