• JIRA is an Antipattern

    Jon Evans: Let me reiterate: to write elegant software, you must keep both the macro and the micro vision in your mind simultaneously while working. JIRA is good at managing micro pieces. But you need something else for the macro. (And no, a clickable prototype isn’t enough; those are important, but they too require descriptive […]

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  • I’ve tried logging my exercise and diet – but are health apps really a good idea?

    Solid read. It is pretty clear that most ‘health’ apps are far more concerned with engagement than with help. Though I suspect most genuinely start off by wanting to help. There’s long been a trend with Nicholas Felton at the top of that, about logging your life to analyze the data. I call bullshit. Most […]

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  • Google is Still Shady, Even If You Try to Dodge It

    The DuckDuckGo blog: Private browsing mode and being logged out of Google offered very little filter bubble protection. These tactics simply do not provide the anonymity most people expect. In fact, it’s simply not possible to use Google search and avoid its filter bubble. Ultimately: We often hear of confusion that private browsing mode enables […]

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  • Notes and LiquidText

    Gabe Weatherhead: I’ve spent my entire career working with PDFs as reference material. I have thousands of documents and many, many notes. I feel like I spent my life doing it all wrong. LiquidText is an indispensable tool for any researcher or student. Such a killer app. If I still worked in real estate it […]

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  • TOLL, an action-thriller novel by Matt Gemmell

    Out today, I had it in pre-order myself on Apple Books. Really enjoyed the first novel in the series and have been looking forward to reading this one too.

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  • Work-Life Balance

    Speaking of lifestyle changes, this post at Working Mother, has this tidbit that bothers me: Instead of work and life outside of the office being two totally separate parts of our lives, Bezos envisions a more harmonic relationship between the two. In his world, work and life outside of work are reciprocal rather than competing, […]

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  • Men’s Health on Standing versus Sitting

    Men’s Health has a follow up to that NYT post. From Michael Frederickson, M.D.: It really has to be a lifestyle. Not “okay, I’ll sit all day (even though it’s really bad) and then I’ll try and make up for at another time.” Think about your lifestyle and how you can work around inactive periods. […]

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  • NYT: Standing Desks are Overrated

    Aaron E. Carroll: But standing is not exercise. Many health groups recommend that people at work take frequent walking breaks. Replacing sitting with standing does not fulfill that recommendation and may even mislead people into thinking they’re doing enough activity. Standing desks are “overrated” in the same way that any other health advice is: it’s […]

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  • Building Technology for Good

    Wilneida Negrón: By then, my experience working as a therapist, social worker, immigrant rights advocate, and social movement researcher had made me deeply skeptical of Mark Zuckerberg’s “move fast and break things” ethos, which has defined Silicon Valley. While this mantra is credited with ushering in an era of incredible innovation–the products, platforms, and tools […]

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  • Knit Velcro Patch Caps from All Day Ruckoff

    Speaking of All Day Ruckoff, I just picked up one of these new knit caps. Damn is it nice, and perhaps the warmest cap I’ve owned. I’ll be using this for my early morning rucks.

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  • GORUCK Gear & Colorway Directory at All Day Ruckoff

    A huge benefit for people like me. And damn, there’s been some sweet colors out there. The new 10L Bullet Ruck colors are stellar. Great resource from All Day Ruckoff.

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  • ProtonVPN

    I’ve been using ProtonVPN for, I think, over a month now and it’s been really great. They just pushed out their iOS app, which makes the service far better.

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  • GORUCK Black Friday Sale Week

    Some insanely good deals on GORUCK Gear now through Sunday. Most non-black bags are lower in price than they were before the price increases. Get a GR1 or a 10L Bullet Ruck for a bargain. Oh and the Bullets are available in color combinations I’ve never seen before, and in an amount of combinations I […]

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  • The Big iPad

    This is a really good post from Matt Gemmell on the new iPads. Despite my quoting below please do read the entire post. Ok, now some choice quotes from Gemmell. Gemmell on reviewers who don’t use the iPad Pro full time: They draw conclusions that are intellectually dishonest. Watch out for that. And who that […]

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  • iPad and Surface Competition

    Ross Rubin has a solid post about the differences between Surface and iPad, but this bit about value to developers is key: That said, the long-term incentive for at least Mac developers to adapt the full power of their apps for the iPad seems clear. The level of mastery Apple has achieved in silicon–combined with […]

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  • Pencil + Text Selection Prototype

    Very neat.

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  • Initial iPad Impressions from Mr. Blanc

    Shawn Blanc on the Keyboard Folio: The new Keyboard Folio is nicer than the previous Smart Keyboard Cover, but I’m not in love with it. Because the Keyboard Folio attaches to the entire back of the iPad, it’s not as easy to quickly connect / disconnect the iPad as it was with the predecessor. This […]

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  • GORUCK Veterans Day Sale

    With the price increases at GORUCK I know many have been waiting for a sale. There’s good deals to be had on the Bullet Rucks, and the clothing. I snagged a pair of midweight Simple Pants, as I love the ones I already have. I’d also get another Bullet Ruck if I needed it, but […]

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  • padOS

    Good post from Ben Lovejoy on his experiences with the iPad Pro so far. What really stands out in his post, which I’ve seen all over with this round of iPad coverage, is that many people (rightfully) feel that software companies don’t take the iPad seriously enough. This couldn’t be more true. Just look at […]

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  • When a Business Insider Writer Doesn’t Realize They Don’t Use Computers the Same

    Lots of headlines I could have used for this piece written by Dave Smith (don’t bother reading it in full): I insist the iPad Pro is not a real work computer because even trying to perform the most basic of tasks felt underwhelming and compelled me to use a laptop instead. Many people I’ve heard […]

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