Links for Week 2 of 2016

This week I bookmarked 21 interesting links tagged aws, gtd, retail, python, iceland, SPS, ios, bitcoin, minneapolis, typography, ansible, meditation, cto, kubb, security, cloud and cool.

Iceland has jailed 26 bankers, why won't we? (www.independent.co.uk)
There are many reasons to admire Iceland, but here is another one: it has just sentenced five senior bankers and one prominent investor to prison for crimes relating to the economic meltdown in 2008.
GoPro: The 66th Parallel - Discovering Iceland with Ben Brown - YouTube (www.youtube.com)
Professional Kayaker and GoPro Athlete Ben Brown packs his kayak and venture to the 66th parallel to explore its untapped potential.
Kubb United (kubbunited.com)
Our plan is to make Kubb United the place to go if you are looking for instruction on improving your skills, strategy for playing kubb, developing your team dynamics, help in starting or promoting your tournaments, or a place to collaborate with other kubb athletes.  An additional goal is to create a major tournament that we are calling the U.S. Kubb Open.
Save Time with Expert-Level TextExpander Snippets (www.asianefficiency.com)
This is a guest post by Helmut Hauser. He is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Robotics at the University of Bristol (UK), a father of three little boys, and a productivity geek.
Top 5 Ways to Improve Your GTD Practice in 2016 (www.next-action.eu)
As you get into the swing of the New Year, how about considering some refinements to your GTD systems and practices that could make 2016 more fulfilled, productive, and stress-free than last year? Here are some thoughts.
Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind (zenhabits.net)
Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. Before I started meditating, I never thought about what was going on inside my head — it would just happen, and I would follow its commands like an automaton. These days, all of that still happens, but more and more, I am aware of what’s going on. I can make a choice about whether to follow the commands. I understand myself better (not completely, but better), and that has given me increased flexibility and freedom.
A Dispatch from Cloud City – State of the Union 2016 – Platformonomics (www.platformonomics.com)
There is no longer much question whether public cloud will be the foundation for IT going forward; instead we quibble about timing and implementation details. The largest enterprises as well as the most sophisticated workloads are wafting up into the cloud. The leaders are distancing themselves from the pack while the dreams of cloud wannabes are deflating like footballs around Tom Brady. Legacy vendors’ worlds are imploding. Private cloud proponents are harder and harder to find: except for those few diehards hunkered down in their closet-sized data centers with several years supply of canned goods and tape backup cartridges, previous private cloud proselytizers now talk earnestly about hybrid clouds in hopes of retaining a few on-premises crumbs in the process. And even the very largest corporations are realizing they can’t keep up with the hyperscale public clouds.
Radware (www.radware.com)
Radware's DDoS protection, application delivery and load balancing solutions ensure optimal service levels for applications in virtual, cloud and software defined data centers.
Interact: Better iOS Contact Management (macsparky.com)
For a 1.0 version application, Interact has a lot of nice touches. Scrolling up and down with your finger on the right edge and searching are both wicked-fast. On the surface, Interact is a fast, clean contacts manager.
The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment (medium.com)
Why has Bitcoin failed? It has failed because the community has failed. What was meant to be a new, decentralised form of money that lacked “systemically important institutions” and “too big to fail” has become something even worse: a system completely controlled by just a handful of people. Worse still, the network is on the brink of technical collapse. The mechanisms that should have prevented this outcome have broken down, and as a result there’s no longer much reason to think Bitcoin can actually be better than the existing financial system.
Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering? | Bothsides of the Table (www.bothsidesofthetable.com)
Because more technology people probably read startup blogs I’m guessing this post will come under more scrutiny. The terms “CTO” and “VP Engineering” have such stigmas associated with what they are that I’m sure some people will feel uncomfortable with the definitions I’ve put forward. Still, I believe I’m offering an accurate representation of the ideal configuration of the main technology leaders.
The Dire Straits Of Publicly Traded Tech In Minnesota [Part 1] (tech.mn)
What little positive there was in 2015 goes to B2B omnichannel retail software maker SPS Commerce who was the biggest winner in calendar year 2015, growing by 35% from $909,150,000 to $1,233,000,000 — no small feat. The next closest was IoT firm Digi International, which realized a 29% gain from $223,500,000 to $287,910,000, also great to see.
Ansible 2.0 Has Arrived (www.ansible.com)
Ansible 2.0 is quite a bit more than a large refactoring effort. The cleaner architecture allowed us to add several new features we had been considering for a while, plus one which became possible directly because of the refactoring.
Scheduled Reserved Instances (aws.amazon.com)
Our new Scheduled Reserved Instances are a great fit for use cases of this type (and many more). They allow you to reserve capacity on a recurring basis with a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule over the course of a one-year term. After you complete your purchase, the instances are available to launch during the time windows that you specified.
Longer EC2 Resource IDs Now Available (aws.amazon.com)
Effective today, you can opt in to the new format for EC2 instances and EC2 reservations. Each reservation represents the results of a single instance launch request, and can be associated with multiple instances.
The Infinity Binder (theinfinitybinder.com)
A dry erase binder that combines both dry erase board and notebook technology. It also simplifies the note taking and retrieving process. Writing notes, photographing, and uploading allows the user to conveniently edit and access their notes online.
In the Works – AWS Region in Canada (aws.amazon.com)
We continue to announce, build, and launch additional AWS regions as our customer base becomes larger, more diverse, and accustomed to running many different types of workloads in the cloud. Hello,
Typography for Lawyers (typographyforlawyers.com)
Originally released to great acclaim in 2010, Typography for Lawyers was the first guide to the essentials of typography aimed specifically at lawyers. Author Matthew Butterick, an attorney and Harvard-trained typographer, dispelled the myth that legal documents are incompatible with excellent typography. Butterick explained how to get professional results with the tools you already have quickly and easily.
Pythonista 2.0 Brings Action Extension, iPad Pro Support, Code Editor Improvements, and More (www.macstories.net)
Back in the Fall of 2012, a few months after I had taken it upon myself to start moving all my work from OS X to iOS, I came across Ole Zorn's Pythonista. A Python interpreter for iPhone and iPad that could natively integrate with iOS system features, Pythonista opened up a new world to me, demonstrating how I could automate tedious tasks on iOS devices via scripting. Since then, other apps have come along and shown how iOS tasks can be automated with visual interfaces and pre-packaged actions (above all, Workflow and Launch Center Pro), but Pythonista is, in many ways, the crown jewel of iOS automation and scripting for advanced users.
AWS Case Study: Brooks Brothers (aws.amazon.com)
Using AWS to deploy and operate our SAP environments, we can be more nimble, which opens up many more possibilities for our business. We can get new initiatives to production faster, and if some
52 things I learned in 2015 — Medium (medium.com)
number of things still to be learned in the world