Weekly Thing

by Jamie Thingelstad

December 2, 2017

This week marked the official start of the Christmas 🎄 shopping season and a lot of you all went to stores and websites and bought things. I know because we were on high alert ⚡️ at work to make sure all of that stuff worked as it should, which we did very well!

Amazon Web Services also had their annual event this week and announced an impressive array of new capabilities. I continue to be amazed at their pace of innovation, even as they get bigger. 💪

Now I need to get going on my Christmas shopping! 🎁

Blog posts 📬


AWS re:Invent 2017 Keynote Notes

Notes from the announcements at the Amazon Web Services 2017 Keynote.

Envisioning a Cloud Native Wiki

What would a modern, cloud-native approach to re-energize the wiki movement look like?

Photog 📷

Leaves are all gone, the days are short. Only a few more days until we have snow come for the rest of the winter.

Dec 1, 2017 at 4:10 PM
Minneapolis MN


Links 📌


Microservice Architecture: All the Best Practices You Need to Know | Coding Sans

💬 Long but good post describing the various aspects of microservices architecture.

Kubernetes: Getting Started

💬 Good index of starters into the various aspects of the Kubernetes ecosystem.

The Motherboard Guide to Avoiding State Surveillance - Motherboard

💬 Practical advice in a number of areas to protect yourself against surveillance. There is almost certainly one or two things nearly anyone could apply from this. 👍

ongoing by Tim Bray · Unapocalyptic Software

💬 I love this writeup by Tim Bray on what software development is actually like. It’s like this: You sit down to im­prove a piece of soft­ware, make a cou­ple of changes, and sud­den­ly a lot of unit tests are fail­ing, leav­ing ug­ly red trails on your screen. (In fac­t, if you made changes and didn’t break unit test­s, you wor­ry that something’s wrong.) But then you dig in­to them one by one, and af­ter not too long, it’s all back to green; which is re­al­ly a good feel­ing. Fun read, and very accurate.


💬 I’m a big fan of The Decemberists and a friend said this game was really awesome. On the Christmas list! 😁


💬 Very cool website that allows you to see what information your browser is giving away on you and how well it fights against advertising and tracking technology. I had no idea this existed and it’s great that it does. Found it via this announcement about the new version.

Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons - YouTube

💬 Cal Newport has made it a mission of his to get folks off of social media. This is a worthwhile 14 minutes to consider all aspects of this medium.

App: The Human Story - A documentary coming soon.

💬 This documentary looks pretty interesting. I like the focus of the intersection of how people use digital tools. Not just the human or digital side, but the power of both used positively together.

Joplin - an open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities

💬 A FOSS option for managing notes and to do's. Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format.

macOS High Sierra 'root' security bug: Stop and do this NOW | iMore

💬 This is a massively embarrassing security hole for Apple. 😳 Now patched.


💬 Another option for storing secrets for your systems and infrastructure. 🔐

MindNode 5 - It starts with a thought - MindNode

💬 New major release of one of my favorite mind mapping tools (the other is iThoughts). I like MindNode's simpler and light user interface. It’s a great place to do brainstorming. Also, a good review of this on MacStories.

MediaWiki Pivot Skin

💬 Very impressive skin/template for MediaWiki by Tom Hutchison. Tom and I collaborated extensively on the Foreground skin when I was working on that for WikiApiary. Pivot looks great! 👍

Chaos Toolkit

💬 Nice to see more general tooling coming to the chaos engineering space. The Chaos Toolkit aims at simplifying your journey through the Principles of Chaos Engineering and more generally considers that you should embrace continuously observing and poking your system to empower your team in face of adversity.

Sugar industry accused of hiding evidence of sucrose's negative health effects 50 years ago | The Independent

💬 This behavior sounds really familiar — 🚬! Food research and health effects are notoriously fuzzy and change over time so it’s easy to discount this stuff. However, an industry acting to cover-up data is alarming no matter what the outcome is.

RememBear: Secure Password Manager

💬 A new entrant into the Password (Secret) Manager space. I've been a 1Password user for years (and the whole family is safe with 1Password for Families) and will stick with it. This is from the same company that makes the TunnelBear VPN offering which I have used in the past.

Carp | Veit's Blog

💬 I find it fun to read through takes on various computer languages. There are so many languages and the vast majority never got any traction. A thorough blog post reviewing a language is sort of like a vacation to another country to explore it’s traditions and taste the flavors and importantly come back home shortly after. I had never heard of Carp but this is a thorough review of it. A Lisp language that compiles down to C to then be compiled natively.

Promotion 🎁

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Featured App 📱

MindNode 5

by IdeasOnCanvas GmbH

A clean interface and focused feature set enable you to develop your project. Start with a thought, then take your project from first steps, to the next level, and into action.

If you are looking for a solid mind mapping app for iOS this is the one I would recommend to everyone. There are more powerful ones on the market but this one is by far the easiest to use and has a great, intuitive user experience. Also available on macOS.

Free 5/5 stars

Microblog updates 🎈


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