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  • 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.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cron

    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 whenever gem 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 🙄

  • Email is the pinnacle of human communication. 🔗

  • The story of Rails, from The History of the Web. Lots of great stories in their archive too.