I should start keeping a running list of articles that made me feel okay about not knowing trendy technologies. Today, Sarah Mei on MongoDB.
There should be a nonprofit organization that pays developers to work on open-source Indie Web infrastructure tools, the way Ruby Together pays developers to work on open-source Ruby infrastructure tools. To continue the environmentalism metaphor Dave Winer started, we could call it the Internet Protection Agency.
Dave Winer says the internet is going the wrong way, and tech workers have a responsibility to get it back on course. Let's start by swearing off tweetstorms, and posting those thoughts on our own sites instead. Don't let Twitter own your epic wisdom.
TIL that integer overflow likely caused NASA to lose contact with the Deep Impact probe, and that there is a year 10,000 problem similar to the Y2K bug.
It’s helpful, but not entirely necessary to understand cron before proceeding.
Beautiful example of conceptual compression. When you install the Ruby gem
whenever, this comment is in the generated file.
As I'm setting up the
whenevergem to manage cron jobs in a Rails app for the first time, I've read a few different guides, but I think this one from Giant Hat gives the best explanation for why and how to use it.
I really like how there’s no character limit on replies on Micro.blog. (I’m sure there is one, but it’s large enough that I’ve never noticed it.) For some reason on Twitter I get more frustrated by the character limits on replies than on top-level posts. So to me it’s cool that Micro.blog truncates posts but not replies. I know Manton has said it’s technically a bug, but I hope it doesn’t change.
This trend of websites forcing me to click a “Got it” button to close a modal window makes me irrationally angry. Feels like they’re putting words in my mouth. I guess it’s supposed to signify that the information is important and I need to actually read it, but 🙄
The story of Rails, from The History of the Web. Lots of great stories in their archive too.