Links for Week 9 of 2016

This week I bookmarked 20 interesting links tagged markdown, art, apple, reference, encryption, chef, hiring, ansible, video, drones, chatops, conference, elon musk, gtd, usb, privacy, wow, devops, music, iphone, star wars, spaceX, development, lists, leadership, deployment, women, security and cto.

  1. The One List You Must Have (but I hope you’ll never use) - Next Action Associates at I knew my wallet was being stolen as it was happening, but was strangely powerless to stop it.
  2. 10 Tips for Planning a Tech Conference that Women Will Actually Want to Attend at Here’s 10 tips from the Women Who Tech team and crowdsourced from our awesome community of 10,000 entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, and industry leaders to help you plan for your next tech conference.
  3. 2016 Titans of Technology honorees announced at The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has picked the recipients of our 2016 Titans of Technology awards, recognizing the industry's top professionals and advocates.
  4. This Is How You Identify A-Players (In About 10 Minutes) During An Interview — Medium at I thought about the commonalities between them and what “makes them tick” and I also thought about my actual interviews with them — even the interviews back in the early 2000s. When I asked myself “What do they all have in common that would form the foundation of an A-player?”, I came up with a series of personality traits and past experiences.
  5. Getting Things Done: Introduction at This is the start of a series of posts about GTD. It’s a system developed (or discovered depending on how you look at it) by David Allen in the book by the same name with the great subtitle “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.” It’s a framework that solves our problem with “stuff.”
  6. We Hire the Best, Just Like Everyone Else at Given the risks, I think maybe "hire the nuttiest risk junkie adrenaline addicted has-ideas-so-crazy-they-will-never-work people you can find" might actually be more practical startup advice.
  7. Wintergatan - Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles) - YouTube at Crazy marble machine that plays music. Need to watch to understand.
  8. How to get started with Markdown using Byword at We think Byword is the best of the bunch because it hits the sweet spot between simplicity and functionality. It offers a calm writing environment, yet has just enough features under the hood to make you a happy and more productive writer. Markdown is a great language to write in because it is fast, readable, and able to be converted to HTML.
  9. Art Channel for Apple TV at Several years ago we bought the Art Authority application for the iPad which has an exhaustive collection of artwork sorted by period. As an interesting bit of trivia, the man behind Art Authority, Alan Oppenheimer was on the original Macintosh team and is responsible for, among other things, AppleTalk. While Art Authority on the iPad is, It doesn't lend itself to more than one or two people at a time.
  10. A Complete History of the Millennium Falcon at The Millennium Falcon underwent a long and arduous number of conceptual iterations before its final iconic shape emerged; the one we now once again see blasting its way across the big screen. In fact it wasn't even known by its famous name until well into production, having up until then gone under the much mundane moniker: Pirate Ship.
  11. iOS 9.3 makes it abundantly clear if your work iPhone is being tracked by your employer at If your iPhone is being tracked by the company, it is now clearly marked in the About page of Settings and the Lock Screen. It’s hard to get more clear than a permanent ‘This iPhone is managed by your organisation’ message at the bottom of the screen.
  12. 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2016 at Which of today's emerging technologies have a chance at solving a big problem and opening up new opportunities? Here are our picks. The 10 on this list all had an impressive milestone in the past year or are on the verge of one. These are technologies you need to know about right now.
  13. How to Deploy Software at Make your team’s deploys as boring as hell and stop stressing about it.
  14. What is GTD? at Ari & Ali Vakil from Calm Achiever interview David Allen, the founder of the Productivity methodology Getting Things Done.
  15. DJI - Introducing the Phantom 4 - YouTube at The Phantom 4 makes flying easy and fun. Control it at a tap, and automatically avoid obstacles or follow your favorite subjects to create video and photos that amaze. Advanced technologies and an updated camera combine to make your memories unforgettable.
  16. Anker PowerDrive 2 — 24W Dual-USB Car Charger — Tools and Toys at Speaking of cars and charging, if you need the ability to charge multiple devices while driving but don’t need a whole jump starter to get the job done, the Anker PowerDrive 2 is where it’s at.
  17. Apple Wins Major Court Victory Against FBI in a Case Similar to San Bernardino at Apple scored a major legal victory in its ongoing battle against the FBI on Monday when a federal magistrate judge in New York rejected the U.S. government’s request as part of a drug case to force the company to help it extract data from a locked iPhone.
  18. 9 Things Out of Touch Leaders Do at It’s not uncommon for employees to get the urge to job shop when they find themselves or their careers oppressed by out-of-touch leadership. For most, self-diagnosing for antiquated leadership behavior may seem daunting. As such, the following list provides insight into nine things leaders do that show their leadership style may need an overhaul.
  19. Ansible vs Chef · Nothing interesting... at I wrote an earlier post about evaluating Ansible as an alternative to Chef. So after spending many years with Chef, I’ve found that Ansible is a lot easier to manage with startups. It’s easier to train developers, it’s easier to manage inventory and orchestration, and it works reasonably well on the scale of thousands of hosts. And less face it, if you have more than that, you’ll have to start partitioning. If you’re using Puppet, you’ll have multiple puppet masters, I’m assuming the same with Salt. For Chef, there’s the enterprise offering which gets pretty expensive and then you’ll have to deal with a slow search, so invariably there’s some usage of chef-solo going on and some self-configuration. But for most use cases, Ansible is just fine and is quick to both setup and is ridiculously easy to maintain. This is a fairly advanced post comparing Chef to Ansible and the patterns that are available.
  20. Introducing Cog — Operable News — Medium at First, we wanted to remove some of the concerns that kept teams from adopting ChatOps. We often heard that companies were uncomfortable with the security ramifications of ChatOps, so we built a fine grained access control mechanism to let you automate even mission critical workflows in chat, with complete control over who can run them and exactly what arguments they can pass to them. We added an audit logging facility so that you can keep track of all the actions that are performed on Cog, and who performed them.