Friday, July 12, 2024

Friday Links 24-21

Octopus in aquarium
Good news for the environment. 

I enjoyed reading the PySkyWiFi hack! This happens when engineers are bored.

Engineering

Just Use Postgres for Everything - I have opinions …

PySkyWiFi: completely free, unbelievably stupid wi-fi on long-haul flights - how many programmers have thought about hacking the Wi-Fi in planes? All of them! 

Microservices [YouTube] - funny, also use better names for your stuff!

PagerDuty Incident Response - looking at this at the moment..

Work

A growing body of data is debunking myths about remote work

Environment 

Amazon meets 100% renewable energy goal 7 years early - maybe Google should take notice.

Energy boss backs lower bills for those near wind farms - that's a good way of spreading them. Germany does this badly.

Labour lifts Tories’ ‘absurd’ ban on onshore windfarms  - yay!

Urbanism 

Cities are failing women on bikes, but we can fix it  [YouTube] - you have to make it easy and safe for everyone.

Review of City-Wide 30 km/h Speed Limit Benefits in Europe  [Paper] - up to 38% reduction in road crashes, 18% less emissions

Random Octopuses

Is it Octopi or Octopuses? | Correct Plural of Octopus - both work, apparently.

The Famous Computer Cafe 1984-11-17 Bill Gates and Kazuhiko Nishi [Podcast] - early Gates and MSX.

Nike killing app for $350 self-tying sneakers - internet of sh*t.

Spanish town acting as 'rear guard' for charity boats rescuing migrants - nice

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, July 05, 2024

Friday Links 24-20

Vintage Atari ad: One word for these prices: Rip-off

This week I have been enjoying the audio archive of The Famous Computer Cafe, a radio show from the eighties with many famous guests of the home computer area. There are definitely some parallels to the present. 

The X Windows history is also great. 

Today's post does contain plenty of throwbacks.

Leadership

TBM 297: Staying In Touch - keeping track of things helps, people forget, and we can't see trends 

On Burnout, Mental Health, And Not Being Okay  - take care of yourself.

Engineering

X Window System At 40 - about the history, and why it is still around. 

Serious vulnerability fixed with OpenSSH 9.8 - seems to be difficult to exploit, but possible.

Environment 

‘It needs to stay in the loop’: German reuse schemes turn shopping upside down - some of this is happening in Spain too. 

Our 2024 Environmental Report - from Google, pretending everything is fine 

Google’s emissions climb nearly 50% in five years due to AI energy demand - it's not fine.

Heatpumpmonitor - database with ratings. 

World’s largest plane to carry wind turbines and save Earth - I don't even understand if this makes sense.

Understanding the large role of long-distance travel in carbon emissions from passenger travel [Paper] - turns out long-distance travel is increasing and also especially bad for the environment. 

‘We can’t let the animals die’: drought leaves Sicilian farmers facing uncertain future - maybe everybody has to migrate north.

Urbanism

In this satirical city builder, your goal is to convert walkable cities into parking lots and use propaganda to convince everyone it's what they want - too real!

The REAL reason America can’t go Dutch [YouTube] - because they don't dare to do it. 

Read this at my funeral - all cyclists know how they die ... most likely die anyway.

Random Home Computers

The Famous Computer Cafe 1985-02-08 James Copland [Podcast] - I have been going through the backlog of these radio recordings. They are all fun, even the commercials. This one is about Atari.

The Famous Computer Cafe 1984-12-21 Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky [Podcast] - Douglas Adams talking about the Infocom HHGG text adventure.

Fiio’s reboot of the Walkman no longer hides those glorious cassettes - I am pretty sure the quality will be bad. I might still get one. 

Sony Walkman Turns 45  - not much of an article ... but yeah!

German cannabis clubs face jungle of bureaucracy - who is surprised? 

The Circle Back Initiative - interesting initiative to make sure companies get back to you when you apply for a job.

Here is your demo version of Energize for Solaris - those are some pretty CDs!

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.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.