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Weekly Thing

Weekly Newsletter from
Jamie Thingelstad

Issue #88 / Jan 12, 2019


This is going to be a short intro this week as we are moving into our new house and everything is all over the place. I won't let that keep me from getting you amazing people your links on time though! Our stuff is in boxes 📦, and the government is shut down, but you will definitely get your links for your weekend enjoyment! 🙌 I will admit this weeks picture is a bit of a stretch though. 😅

I've also been playing around with a (new to me) blogging service called Blot. I have been very impressed with it's capabilities and it feels like the right trade off between power and ease-of-use. If you are looking for a new blogging service I recommend giving Blot a try. I have already moved my Link Blog and Photo Blog to Blot, and have a working copy of my site there too that I will flip to primary soon. I already have a couple of posts (locomotive and moving) there that aren't in the Weekly Thing since I haven't made that flip. 👍


Featured Links 🏅

T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Are Selling Customers' Real-Time Location Data, And It's Falling Into the Wrong Hands

It is obvious that the telecommunications companies know your location when you have a mobile phone, but there is some trust that that data isn't being used for other purposes. We shouldn't trust.

Microbilt buys access to location data from an aggregator called Zumigo and then sells it to a dizzying number of sectors, including landlords to scope out potential renters; motor vehicle salesmen, and others who are conducting credit checks. Armed with just a phone number, Microbilt’s “Mobile Device Verify” product can return a target’s full name and address, geolocate a phone in an individual instance, or operate as a continuous tracking service.

This is a crisis of ethics. How is it justifiable to track your location and sell it to other commercial entities when there is no expectation that that is occurring. This has the additional issue that there is no way for the user to even know that it is or is not happening since it’s on the providers end.


My Weekly Photo 📷

Art by the handful piled up waiting its final placement after moving.

Art by the handful piled up waiting its final placement after moving.
Jan 10, 2019 at 8:09 PM
Edina, MN


Notable Links 📌

Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB Compatibility): Fast, Scalable, and Highly Available | AWS News Blog

I've been wondering for a long time when AWS would come out with an answer for MongoDB. They must not have been able to reach any deal with MongoDB so developed a compatible solution. Wonder if the lawsuits have been filed yet? 😏


Qumulo Announces New Minneapolis Office To Support Growing Demand for Hybrid Storage Solutions | Qumulo | Enterprise Scale-Out NAS

Another technology company opening up a presence in SPS. This makes sense given the history of successful storage companies in town. Plus, Pete was our CMO at SPS and knows the community here is solid!


The Best App for Taking Handwritten Notes on an iPad – The Sweet Setup

The app space for handwritten notes on the iPad Pro is hotly contested, and constantly improving. I've tended to stick with the KISS approach and just use built-in Notes, but these roundups show an incredible amount of innovation.


SQL is No Excuse to Avoid DevOps - ACM Queue

Many teams have DevOps processes that stop at the database interface. There are a couple of simple things you can do to adopt DevOps practices in databases as well. 🕴


Using the iPad Pro as my main computer | Hicks Journal

Another writeup on using the iPad Pro as a primary computer. I find I learn interesting things from reading about peoples experiences doing this. This one is definitely focused on creative work with the Pencil which seems like an area that the iPad Pro is profoundly better than anything else at.


Ditching Medium | JJ's JavaScript Blog

Personally I've never been excited about Medium, it is another attempt to cage the free web in to a corporate silo. Now the premium plans on top of that? I'll pass.


The Complete List of 140 Things You Can’t Say About Assange or WikiLeaks – Emma Best

Initially I thought WikiLeaks, while potentially a dangerous organization, was ultimately driven by good motives. I don't think so anymore.


Court: Politicians who block citizens on social media violate 1st Amendment | Ars Technica

I've been following this topic and as far as I know this is the first ruling from a court on it. It makes sense to me that politicians that choose to use private platforms to communicate with citizens should not be able to block people. Particularly when those people are their constituents!


New year, new GitHub: Announcing unlimited free private repos and unified Enterprise offering | The GitHub Blog

This is great to see! Hopefully people will still mostly default to public repositories, but having private ones is a great utility for everyone. Please remember that it’s still not a good idea to put passwords and other secrets in revision control, private or not.


Oil Fail - ongoing by Tim Bray

Interesting post that reminded me of Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air, a book my book club read a while back. Both that one and this Oil Fail book sound interesting.


N.O.W. Tone Therapy System

I got these mindfulness aids for my birthday and have tried them a few times already. They are a nice complement for other meditation practices. 🧘🏼‍♂️


The 2018 Emoji Report — Rands in Repose


Emoji continues to be one of my favorite work habits. As I wrote earlier, I initially resisted emoji. But the efficiency of the lightweight communication that occurs via emoji and emoji reactions can’t be denied. It also happens to be fun.



Links & Recommendations — On my Om

Om Malik is starting link blogging. This is guaranteed to be a worthwhile stream of good information. 👍🏻


Give Back 🎁

Let's Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority, run for the public’s benefit. All connections to web servers should be encrypted! The biggest challenge with encrypting the web historically has been the cost and hassle of getting an SSL certificate. Let's Encrypt has changed that entirely by being a free certificate authority. Let's Encrypt is possibly one of the most important things to happen on the web in recent years. Donate to Let's Encrypt today!


Yet More Links 🍞


Microposts 🎈

Sunday @ 8:18 PM

Watched Smallfoot, fun family movie. 🎬


Sunday @ 8:15 PM

Family friends joined us and we beat the Diagonal Alley room at Trapped North Loop. The room was exceptionally well done, highly recommended! 🧩


Sunday @ 8:12 PM

My daughter made me the most amazing birthday card! She made a broken laptop out of cardboard and I had to fix it by connecting cables and putting In the “backup email” to unlock her message! It was a puzzle on its own! So fabulous! 🧩🥳


Sunday @ 8:09 PM

We went back to Missing Pieces on Thursday and successfully completed the Final Frontier room after failing in November! 🧩


Fortune 🥠

You've made it all the way to the end! 👏 Here is your fortune for this week.

Today is what happened to yesterday.

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