Links for Week 11 of 2016

This week I bookmarked 13 interesting links tagged development, github, gtd, apple, database, agile, siri, aws, devops, alphago, dropbox, open_web, sleep, graph, encryption, go, http, security, email and cloud.

  1. My Sleep Button | Cool Tools at kk.org

    Each word or phrase is very different from the previous one. It might get you to imagine a pear, a lamp shade, a rock, fishing, trying on hats, skiing, whatever. This is meant to imitate and induce the first stage of sleep (“N1″), where your mind drifts from one “random” thing to another.

  2. GTD-Q® Assessment at gettingthingsdone.com

    How well are you doing with your control and perspective? Are you a Crazy Maker, Captain and Commander, Responder, or Micro Manager? In less than two minutes, the GTD-Q® will give you visual results about your current reality, describe your strengths, and offer opportunities for improvement.

  3. Your most important skill: Empathy at chadfowler.com

    Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to become happier the more you practice.

  4. Ransomware is the future. at bluesoul.me

    This is going to get worse way before it gets better. You’ll see builds that try to invoke APIs for popular cloud storage providers to delete the versioning. They’ll find ways to avoid taking ownership of a file to quickly spot the vector of infection. While it’s almost impossible to be truly proactive to effectively block ransomware, there are things that can be done.

  5. The 451 status code is now supported | GitHub Developer Guide at developer.github.com

    GitHub API will now respond with a 451 status code for resources it has been asked to take down due to a DMCA notice.

  6. Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2016 Results at stackoverflow.com

    This year, over fifty thousand developers shared where they work, what they build, and who they are. You are about to read the results of the most comprehensive developer survey ever conducted.

  7. Can we save the open web? | Dries Buytaert at buytaert.net

    I worry that some of these platforms will make us lose the original integrity and freedom of the open web. While the closed web has succeeded in ease-of-use and reach, it raises a lot of questions about how much control individuals have over their own experiences. And, as people generate data from more and more devices and interactions, this lack of control could get very personal, very quickly, without anyone's consent. So I've thought through a few potential ideas to bring back the good things about the open web. These ideas are by no means comprehensive; I believe we need to try a variety of approaches before we find one that really works.

  8. Announcement: ProtonMail has launched worldwide! - ProtonMail Blog at protonmail.com

    ProtonMail iOS and Android apps are available worldwide. ProtonMail is officially out of beta now and we are allowing open signups.

  9. What we learned in Seoul with AlphaGo at googleblog.blogspot.com

    We’ve learned two important things from this experience. First, this test bodes well for AI’s potential in solving other problems. AlphaGo has the ability to look “globally” across a board—and find solutions that humans either have been trained not to play or would not consider. This has huge potential for using AlphaGo-like technology to find solutions that humans don’t necessarily see in other areas. Second, while the match has been widely billed as "man vs. machine," AlphaGo is really a human achievement. Lee Sedol and the AlphaGo team both pushed each other toward new ideas, opportunities and solutions—and in the long run that's something we all stand to benefit from.

  10. Algorithm Solves Graph Isomorphism in Record Time | Quanta Magazine at www.quantamagazine.org

    Last month, László Babai, of the University of Chicago, announced that he had come up with a new algorithm for the “graph isomorphism” problem, one of the most tantalizing mysteries in computer science. The new algorithm appears to be vastly more efficient than the previous best algorithm, which had held the record for more than 30 years.

  11. AWS Database Migration Service — AWS Official Blog at aws.amazon.com

    If so, the new AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) is for you! First announced last fall at AWS re:Invent, our customers have already used it to migrate over 1,000 on-premises databases to AWS. You can move live, terabyte-scale databases to the cloud, with options to stick with your existing database platform or to upgrade to a new one that better matches your requirements. If you are migrating to a new database platform as part of your move to the cloud, the AWS Schema Conversion Tool will convert your schemas and stored procedures for use on the new platform.

  12. Siri's Hidden Talents at www.myproductivemac.com

    We all know that Siri can be a powerful assistant on our iOS devices. I frequently leverage her power to schedule meetings, set reminders, make calls and send messages. Yet a small amount of web trawling showed me some other use cases that I simply wasn't aware of.

  13. The Epic Story of Dropbox’s Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire | WIRED at www.wired.com

    Dropbox built its own vast computer network and shifted its service onto a new breed of machines designed by its own engineers, all orchestrated by a software system built by its own programmers with a brand new programming language.