Links for Week 13 of 2016

This week I bookmarked 20 interesting links tagged essay, economics, day one, snapchat, google, video, magazines, linux, cloud, coffee, media, dropcam, writing, tesla, interview, development, cryptography, pinboard, nest, aws, journaling, ifttt, timelapse, azure, messaging, security and lambda.

  1. Why do we work so hard? | 1843 at www.1843magazine.comThe pleasure lies partly in flow, in the process of losing oneself in a puzzle with a solution on which other people depend. The sense of purposeful immersion and exertion is the more appealing given the hands-on nature of the work: top professionals are the master craftsmen of the age, shaping high-quality, bespoke products from beginning to end. We design, fashion, smooth and improve, filing the rough edges and polishing the words, the numbers, the code or whatever is our chosen material. At the end of the day we can sit back and admire our work – the completed article, the sealed deal, the functioning app – in the way that artisans once did, and those earning a middling wage in the sprawling service-sector no longer do.
  2. Expresso at www.expresso-app.orgExpresso is a little tool to edit texts and improve your writing style. It will teach you to express yourself through writing more efficiently and help make your texts more readable, precise, and engaging.
  3. The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me) | Tesla Motors at www.teslamotors.comBuild sports car Use that money to build an affordable car Use that money to build an even more affordable car While doing above, also provide zero emission electric power generation options Don't tell anyone.
  4. Chicago Timelapse Project, Windy City Nights II on Vimeo at vimeo.comWindy City Nights II is all about my continuing passion for shooting night timelapse photography in a city I truly appreciate for its inspiring views and beauty. This project is a continuation of my first Chicago Timelapse movie and I have been shooting for the past 18 months in my spare time in this amazing city to try and capture what your eyes do not see normally. There is something special about looking down on streets of gold and taking in the view.
  5. Linux at 25: Q&A With Linus Torvalds at spectrum.ieee.orgThe creator of the open-source operating system talks about its past, present, and future.
  6. Snapchat's Ladder at stratechery.comMoreover, the primary means of communication was not text but rather a picture, usually a selfie. Again, this more closely corresponded to how people actually communicate — non-verbal communication with our face is even more important than verbal — and also appealed particularly strongly to teenagers: while everyone is ultimately mostly concerned about themselves, teenagers don’t even bother to pretend otherwise!
  7. Let's Encrypt & Nginx at letsecure.meState of the art secure web deployment.
  8. Tesla Model 3 announced: release set for 2017, price starts at $35,000 at www.theverge.comAt the unveiling of the Model 3 this evening at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the car will deliver at least 215 miles of range beginning at just $35,000 — that's a bold claim, and an important one for Tesla to meet. Musk is "fairly confident" that deliveries will begin by the end of 2017, and "you will not be able to buy a better car for $35,000, even with no options." And it will be one of the safest cars in the world, according to Musk.
  9. Serverlessness at www.tbray.orgBut you do still have to have those ar­gu­ments about op­er­at­ing sys­tem­s, and how much mem­o­ry, and the load-balancing se­tup, and how many servers in the rack. Ex­cept maybe not, with Lamb­da and its com­peti­tors.
  10. Multitasking Is Rubbish at www.myproductivemac.comSo I now have a call that is being extended unnecessarily, an email that is no further through being processed yet is now in the back of my mind due to it's importance, tugging away at my attention like a puppy playfully trying to free a toy from the hands of it's owner, as well as a colleague who feels awkward having been cut off mid-sentence while I deal with something that is clearly 'more important'.
  11. Financial services firm processes 25 billion stock market events per hour with Google Cloud Bigtable at cloudplatform.googleblog.comFIS, a global financial technology and services firm and frequent leader of the FinTech Top 100 list, recently ran a load test of their system on Google Cloud Platform to process, validate and link U.S. stock exchange market events. FIS used Google Cloud Dataflow and Google Cloud Bigtable to process 25 billion simulated market events in 50 minutes, generating some impressive statistics in the process.
  12. [Cryptography] On the Impending Crypto Monoculture at www.metzdowd.comWhat's more, the reference implementations of these algorithms also come from Dan Bernstein (again with help from others), leading to a never-before-seen crypto monoculture in which it's possible that the entire algorithm suite used by a security protocol, and the entire implementation of that suite, all originate from one person.
  13. Advanced Economies Must Still Make Things at spectrum.ieee.orgAnd yet manufacturing is still important for the health of a country’s economy, because no other sector can generate nearly as many well-paying jobs. Take Facebook, which at the end of last year had 12,691 employees, versus the 344,109 that Toyota had at the end of its fiscal year, in March 2015. Making things still matters.
  14. Our Guide to Iced and Cold Brew Coffees — Tools and Toys at toolsandtoys.netBelow is our guide to the hows and whys of making two kinds of cold coffee: Iced and cold brewed.
  15. Day One and the Apple Watch at www.myproductivemac.comAs I'm working through my day, my brain tends to develop ideas. This can be when I'm on one of my daily walks, when I'm sat on the train zoning out, out with the family - any time. The beauty of Apple Watch is that it's always on my wrist to I always have a means of capturing these ideas.
  16. Davos 2016 - An Insight, An Idea with Kevin Spacey - YouTube at www.youtube.comA conversation with actor and director Kevin Spacey about his acclaimed performance in the series House of Cards and the theatricality of American politics in this election year.
  17. How to Avoid Brittle Code at www.go.cdThe most common problem with legacy code is brittleness. A brittle codebase is one that a team cannot change without great pain. In ThoughtWorks’ 10 years of building products we’ve learned some hard lessons while trying to keep fairly large codebases malleable, year after year. In this post I'll share what we learned from our biggest challenges.
  18. Esquire loses a man at his best at www.cjr.orgGreat editors embody their brands: Anna Wintour of Vogue, David Remnick of The New Yorker, Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair. Granger, who at 59 belongs to their generation, has used Esquire to stretch the bounds of conventional masculinity even as the culture was forcing us to re-imagine what it means to be a man.
  19. The Dropcam Team at medium.comI can’t publish Dropcam’s revenue, but if you knew what percentage of all of Alphabet’s “other bets” revenue was brought in by the relatively tiny 100-person Dropcam team that Fadell derides, Nest itself would not look good in comparison. So, if Fadell wants to stick by his statement, I challenge him to release full financials (easy prediction: he won’t).
  20. My Heroic and Lazy Stand Against IFTTT at blog.pinboard.inThis is the position I find myself in today with IFTTT, a form of Internet plumbing that has been connecting peaceably to my backend for the past five years, but which has recently started sending scary emails.