Notes for week 46 of 2021
I started a new job as a team lead at Productboard. So far, it’s a very pleasant experience. I explicitly wanted to be in the trenches and with a limited sphere of influence and I’m happy with the result so far.
This marks a transition to a new stack for me, so you’ll see more notes on JVM and Kotlin in the upcoming weeks.
Productboard has come a long way. I still remember meeting the founders when they were starting and having very limited faith in what the product was supposed to do back then, together with not much confidence it can make a room for itself next to Atlassian. Yet here we are: after many iterations, it makes complete sense and people around the world think the same.
I conceptually enjoy a lot going to the office. I know for a long time that I usually perform best when going in 2-3 times a week, saving commute and focusing more for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, we have crossed 1300 covid cases per million per day, compliance is low and people are pissed. Another low-key winter it is.
I have welcomed a new and important member of the household. This tea pot was christened using Tie Guan Yin and is designated for corresponding oolongs only.
- I finally got myself a keyboard with touchid and its the best usability improvement since…a long time
- TIL NextDNS if you want pi-hole on steroids
- Fluid is discontinued and not M1-compatible. I am looking for alternatives and willing to pay
- There is a language that doesn’t have words for relative directions. This has an effect of speakers having more cardinal direction awareness.
- VirtualBox doesn’t run on M1 (and will not). VMWare should. Qemh-based UTM also does, but unlike the previous two, it’s an emulator and not a hypervisor
- Atlassian cloud can’t connect to GitHub without giving it access too all repositories, not just for a given organization. Another company-specific account it is.
- I relaxed in the past week and did zero activities as I spent my time convincing myself that that bone really isn’t broken.
Recommended Readings From This Week
Individuals matter: Dan Luu on abstracted and quantifiable decision makeing.
NFT games are fun. Filing taxes afterward is a nightmare.: When in-game events have tax implications, isn’t it a metaverse already?
The Secret of Simple Code: The correct abstractions
The culture war at the heart of open source: In my opinion, both free software and open source were weaponized for marketing and that’s also why we’re here.
The man who brings the human touch to Google Cloud: “The customer shocked Hightower by declaring right away that a Black person had never stepped foot inside his house. “But you’re the only person that can give me this technology right now,” he remembered the man saying, “so I’m going to put all that aside, because you have something that I don’t."”
The 10 commandments of navigating code reviews: How to do code review when reviewers are not nice
The coronavirus may sometimes slip its genetic material into human chromosomes—but what does that mean?: Interesting viral strategy
No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees: A different kind of company. On Working Less.
My first 25 years of HTTP: “I have since been working with HTTP pretty much daily. For twenty-five years.
If someone tries to tell you that HTTP is an easy or simple protocol, don’t believe them.”
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