Friday, January 18, 2019

Inside the Strange Yet Profitable World of Retail Arbitrage

https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/inside-the-strange-yet-profitable-world-of-retail-arbitrage
Buy low, sell high. Local vs. online.

How To Find Hidden Cameras & Spy Gear Like a Professional: The Definitive Guide

https://www.senteltechsecurity.com/blog/post/how-to-find-hidden-cameras/
Surprisingly good piece about scanning for hidden surveillance devices.

Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. Take One That Isn’t.

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/personality-quiz/
Yes, the Big 5 are generally agreed upon.

14 Timeless Pieces of Advice for Living Your Best Life No Matter What Happens

https://medium.com/swlh/14-timeless-pieces-of-advice-for-living-your-best-life-no-matter-what-happens-96698d4d8e9e
From the great stoic Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Goodbye (Mostly) to Moodle: Hello Open, And Goodbye to Closed

https://medium.com/asecuritysite-when-bob-met-alice/goodbye-mostly-to-moodle-hello-open-and-goodbye-to-closed-45e41dcbffe8
Interesting flip/flop on open/closed. But I do get it. Blackboard/Moodle/Canvas are all stuck in the past, and are clumsy, clunky products.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Benefits of Optimism Are Real

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-benefits-of-optimism-are-real
Always look on the bright side of life.

8 Productivity Tips for GitHub

https://dev.to/_darrenburns/8-productivity-tips-for-github-44kn
Not Git, GitHub.

In the Shadow of the CMS

https://www.thenation.com/article/content-management-system-essay-wordpress-drupal-internet-feature/
So is the pendulum swinging back to proprietary CMSs?

The Most In-Demand JavaScript Frameworks for Developers in 2019

https://blog.bitsrc.io/the-most-in-demand-javascript-frameworks-for-developers-in-2019-39bba192d8dc
Good to see vue.js getting noticed.

Lies You’ve Been Told About Podcasting

https://medium.com/s/story/all-the-lies-youve-been-told-about-podcasting-eb5271746677
An attempt at making sense of the current podcasting landscape.

Remember the $86 million license plate scanner I replicated? I caught someone with it.

https://medium.freecodecamp.org/remember-that-86-million-license-plate-scanner-i-replicated-heres-what-happened-next-9f3c64e8f22b
Followup on writing a license plate scanner

Sunday, January 13, 2019

We already know blockchain’s killer apps

https://hackernoon.com/we-already-know-blockchains-killer-apps-f2d443eba35
I've long thought that the blockchain's killer app is micropayments.

Data Mining Reveals Fundamental Pattern of Human Thinking

https://medium.com/mit-technology-review/data-mining-reveals-fundamental-pattern-of-human-thinking-7fc1d5e1d8b
Interesting... Frequency vs rank of words isn't a strict hyperbola as we'd been taught. Think: fast and slow

The Power of Purpose and Meaning in Life

https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/brain-waves/201901/the-power-purpose-and-meaning-in-life
The purpose and meaning in life.

How Etsy Sellers and Big Business Make Money on Public Domain Art

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a3mmxg/how-etsy-sellers-and-big-business-make-money-on-public-domain-art
Is curating and printing public domain art a viable business?

These Are The Five Lessons That Changed My Life This Year

https://medium.com/swlh/these-are-the-five-lessons-that-changed-my-life-this-year-491112bc8c37
There is no wagon.

How to Easily Build Desktop Apps with HTML, CSS and Javascript

https://medium.freecodecamp.org/how-to-easily-build-desktop-apps-with-html-css-and-javascript-d3e3f03f95a5
Interesting intro to Electron: turning web pages into desktop apps.

The Architecture and History of Git: A Distributed Version Control System

https://medium.com/@willhayjr/the-architecture-and-history-of-git-a-distributed-version-control-system-62b17dd37742
The background and structure of Git.

Stop Calling Your APIs Microservices

https://blog.stoplight.io/stop-calling-your-apis-microservices-e165a80eba9d
Not quite sure I agree with his interpretations.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Age against the machine: the secret to enjoying a long life

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/03/age-against-the-machine-secret-enjoying-long-life-carl-honore
stay active, healthy and curious.

Don’t have 10,000 hours to learn something new? That’s fine — all you need is 20 hours

https://ideas.ted.com/dont-have-10000-hours-to-learn-something-new-thats-fine-all-you-need-is-20-hours/
How to make a dent in a new skill in ~20 hours.

How to Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/qvq99b/how-to-download-the-books-that-just-entered-the-public-domain
A lot of works just went into the public domain. Here's where to get them.

WonderCMS transfer websites easily

https://www.wondercms.com/
A cms in 5 files?

Open Source Business Models Considered Harmful

https://medium.com/@johnmark/open-source-business-models-considered-harmful-2e697256b1e3
Good point here: focus on delivering value, not squeezing money out of the user base.

6 Popular CSS Frameworks to Use in 2019

https://scotch.io/bar-talk/6-popular-css-frameworks-to-use-in-2019/amp
Some of the usual suspects: Bootstrap, Foundation, but some new ones as well.