28 / Willingness to look stupid
Hello from sunny Germany, enjoy this weeks collection. ✌🏻
Tweet of the Week
idea: Computer but good — @barrelshifter on Twitter
- Willingness to look stupid (danluu.com) — Dan Luu in an amazing post about the advantages of “looking stupid”. If you only read one story today, this is it.
- Beyond Smart (paulgraham.com) —Paul Graham about intelligence and how it’s “merely a means to an end”.
- Software developers have stopped caring about reliability (drewdevault.com) — Drew DeVault about the current state of software and how we can improve.
- The First 90 Days (conordewey.com) — Conor Dewey about the 30-60-90 day framework when starting at a company.
- Some reasons to work on productivity and velocity (danluu.com) — Another great Dan Luu post about the value of productivity and why some people say it doesn’t matter.
- How to get useful answers to your questions (jvns.ca) — Julia Evans has a guide on asking useful questions.
- Simple Product Management Tricks (jacobian.org) — Jacob Kaplan-Moss about some tricks to “be not completely useless” as a project manager.
- The Sabotage List (randsinrepose.com) — Michael Lopp has a list of project’s at the back of every notebook and tells you why.
- Scott Mabin (mabez.dev) — Another update on Rust on Expressif chips (like the ESP32c3).
- NixOS on Framework laptop (kvark.github.io) — Dzmitry Malyshau set up NixOS on the Framework and has some additional insight. Sounds like a great combination.
- New HTTP standards for caching on the modern web (httptoolkit.tech) — Tim Perry introduces the new cache headers, namely
<Target>-Cache-Control. You can use them today with some providers!
- Why not “Why not WireGuard?” (tailscale.com) — Avery Pennarun about a popular article by Michael Tremer and their arguments against WireGuard (Tailscale runs WireGuard under the hood).
- Herding elephants: Lessons learned from sharding Postgres at Notion (notion.so) — Garrett Fidalgo explains the strategy of sharding the Notion Postgres monolith and what they’d do differently today.
- New UUID Formats (ietf.org) — There’s new UUID formats underway, which incorporate a mix of randomness and time (similar to Snowflake, Sonyflake and friends).
Cutting Room Floor
- @fasterthanlime on Twitter (twitter.com/fasterthanlime) — Amos shares some insight from a locked account about the unreacted Google antitrust filling. “I have to say that either Google is screwed or society is screwed, we’ll find out which.”
- Germany’s conspiracy theory counseling centers combat COVID misinformation. (slate.com) — Alessio Perrone about a German conspiracy hotline called Zebra.
- Composability is the only game in town – Roam, shipping containers, Lego and Twitter. (piszek.com) — Artur Piszek about the perks of composability.
- Why Is Inflation Rising Right Now? A Stuffed Toy Shows Why (time.com) — Alana Semuels tells the story of a stuffed giraffe that makes its way from China to the US and explains the problems with cargo these days.
- Review: ‘The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity’ (theatlantic.com) — William Deresiewicz reviews a book with vastly different views on early humanity.
- Moderna won’t share its vaccine recipe. WHO has hired an African startup to crack it (text.npr.org) — Nurith Aizenman about the plans of WHO to build a “technology transfer hub” for a COVID-19 vaccine similar to the Moderna one.
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