Issue 021: 2017-01-18
New Year Related Pick
I heard a neat podcast episode from the Tiny Challenges site that was about 2017 intentions. The challenge itself is “three words of intentions for 2017”. I think it’s a nice challenge that isn’t as burdensome as the new year’s resolution approach.
If you’re looking for a more traditional goal based approach you might find the following article to be useful: https://eli4d.com/2016/01/29/alternatives-to-new-year-resolutions/.
I’ve been thinking/struggling for quite a while about the nature and place of my canonical place. Manton Reece has been thinking of the same thing. Manton has come up with micro.blog which will be a “timeline and publishing platform for the open web”. It’s an interesting idea and approach. Some information regarding this effort:
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The “Essentials: Architectural Patterns for Big Data on AWS” webinar from today was one of the best webinars that I have seen in a long time.
Siva Raghupathy (https://www.linkedin.com/in/siva-raghupathy-823229) methodically covered all the parts that he mentioned at the beginning of the presentation. The last summary slide really shows everything that he covered:
I really like the use of temperature graphs to compare and contrast AWS usage scenarios and the best services for such scenarios. This is a great example of such a graph (I’ve seen some other AWS webinars that use similar visualization).
It’s funny that at the beginning of every AWS webinar a bunch of people ask if the slides and presentation video will be available. The answer is always the same “we’ll send out a link to the slides and video in a few days”. I have attended several of these webinars and with the exception of one – the slides and video are never sent (for the exception – a link to video/slides was available for a few days – then the video disappeared).
These days I typically record the webinars if I can. I’m really glad to have recorded this one. I would love to post the video of the presentation but I cannot do so since it is AWS’s property. If the video for this fantastic webinar does not show up – please hit up @awscloud (https://twitter.com/awscloud) and ask them to give me permission to post the video (alternatively – I’m more than happy to send it to them for posting).
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I came across this ngrok tool/service (https://ngrok.com/) while listening to the awesome Shared Instance podcast (http://sharedinstance.com/49). It looks like it would be very useful for web service testing through my security spidey sense is kicking up in terms of production use. There’s a free plan (https://ngrok.com/product#pricing) which would be perfect for temporary use.
PS: The Shared Instance podcast is 3 iOS developers from Ohio discussing development. It’s like an Ohio version of Mobile Couch (http://mobilecouch.co/) though I’m not sure of the Alex^2 / Sam mapping to Jelly / Ben.
I came across an excellent tip from Security Now (https://www.grc.com/sn/sn-542.txt). To view the full URL on Firefox just do the following:
Why would you do this? Well – if you want to see the full URL before copy/pasting or if you just want to be sure you are looking at the correct site.
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So before you ask – no this is not a sponsored ad or any such thing. This is about a great customer service experience which is somewhat unusual these days.
I just received my brand spanking new High Sierra backpack after contacting them (https://shop.highsierra.com/contact-us) about their lifetime warranty. The long and short of it is that I’ve had this High Sierra backpack for many years and I’ve used it every day. Recently it ripped and I decided to shop around for a new backpack. I came across some Amazon reviews (and responses from High Sierra) that talked about their lifetime warranty. So I decided to give the warranty a shot.
High Sierra was amazing. I contacted them. They asked for some pictures of identifying tags of the backpack and bam – new backpack on the way. In all honesty I haven’t experienced this sort of customer service (for a physical good) in years. I would have completely understood if they rejected my request (did I mention that I’ve used this backpack every day). But they didn’t. They sent me a new backpack and they cemented me as a loyal customer.
Thanks High Sierra!
I have used Clarify (http://www.clarify-it.com/) on an almost daily basis. I’ve tried lots of different screenshot programs and Clarify is really the best. If you’re looking for a rapid way to document anything with words and annotated images – then Clarify is your program. It exports to many different formats including Markdown. All of my tutorial posts that have images are done on Clarify. I can’t say enough good things about it.
Yet another great discussion about Vue.js on the Changelog podcast (http://5by5.tv/changelog/184). Whereas the Fullstack Radio interview (https://eli4d.com/?s=Fullstack+vue.js) focuses on where to begin with Vue.js, the Changelog’s interview focuses on Vue’s origin as well as its comparison with other frameworks.
One additional aspect that this episode touches on is the nature of open source and the ‘line’ between a personal project versus an enterprise worthy one. This discussion begins around 55:40 minutes into the podcast. For anyone trying to persuade your company/management about the merits of using an open source project (whether Vue.js or otherwise), this discussion is for you. I especially like Jerod’s (https://changelog.com/author/jerodsanto/) preceptive comments about assumptions of support and laziness when it comes to open source.
Great Test Driven Development (TDD) discussion at http://www.laravelpodcast.com/episodes/20182-episode-38-repositorybeanfactory about typical dogma and losing sight of the goal of testing.