Findings and thingies - Notes (en), 21 Apr 2021 23:47:11 +0000Phones and Apps Reduce Your Ability to Focus Even When They Don’t Distract You<blockquote> <p>The same “brain drain” applies to any potential distractor even when they aren’t actively distracting us. Research in cognitive psychology tells us that we automatically pay attention to things that are habitually relevant to us, even when we are focused on something else.</p> </blockquote> <p>Maybe it's time to get rid of even more apps on your smartphone.</p>, 26 Mar 2021 08:00:00 +0000Why employee surveys, like political polls, are misleading<blockquote> <p>Most important, it’s time for a new mindset. Businesses should focus more on building toward a better future and less on assessing where things are. Making this shift means embracing the unknown and accepting complexity.</p> </blockquote> <p>This. Don't ask your employees once a year what they think about their professional environment. Talk to them, look where things can be improved. And work together with them to tackle these issues.</p>, 12 Mar 2021 08:00:00 +0000Why Is Facebook Launching An All-Out War On Apple's Upcoming iPhone Update?<blockquote> <p>In an interview with NPR, Facebook's director of privacy and public policy Steve Satterfield said Apple's forthcoming alert is an attempt to undercut the business model used by Facebook and other ad-supported free apps.</p> </blockquote> <p>I really hope that this will create a backclash for Facebook because people will start to recognize that they are not the users but the product of this plattform (<a href="">"If You're Not Paying For It, You Become The Product"</a>).</p>, 28 Feb 2021 10:30:00 +0000Always Open Self<blockquote> <p>This "always-open self" Wells speaks of, though admirable, doesn’t always guarantee a happy time of things. Often it is exhausting. Often it is heartbreaking. But no worthwhile life ever had it different. Sic transit Gloria Mundi.</p> </blockquote> <p>Nothing to add from my side...</p>, 23 Feb 2021 07:30:00 +0000Make Boring Plans<blockquote> <p>To become great at technology strategy, start by getting good at making boring plans. Get clear about the problem you are overcoming with your plans.</p> </blockquote> <p>As mentioned <a href="">before</a> it is good to use boring technology but it is also a good idea to make boring plans.</p>, 22 Feb 2021 11:30:00 +0000Choose Boring Technology<blockquote> <p>So I’m making a case here that you should tend to prefer mature things, and you should try not to use too many things.</p> <p>But it’s not an absolute principle. Obviously sometimes it does make sense to add new technology to your stack. And it can even make sense to use a weird new thing.</p> </blockquote> <p>It is always good to stick to/use technology which has a proven trackrecord and is known well by you. But as always your mileage may vary and as always the answer in technology is: "It depends".</p>, 22 Feb 2021 07:30:00 +0000Friends don't let friends right-click publish<blockquote> <p>What you really want is a repeatable, automatic pipeline that takes your code, merges it with everyone else's, runs some tests, deploys it to a test server, runs some more testing and validation, then automatically promotes it to production once you know it works.</p> </blockquote> <p>Simply obey the rule that you never ever should do use this tool in any production environment.</p>, 17 Feb 2021 09:00:00 +0000Cloud computing 'sticker shock' is on the rise, and containing it may be a new career path<blockquote> <p>As cloud adoption rises, so does cloud "sticker shock." That tremendous savings seen from the switch to up-front CapEx investments in information technology to subscription mode soon gets soured as the rising monthly bills come in for services nobody knows where and when they are being used.</p> </blockquote> <p>Although many cloud providers advertise that cost savings can be achieved, the reality then looks different in many places. Especially the distinction between <a href="">CapEx</a> and <a href="">OpEx</a> looks tempting at first glance, but in practice it often fails to meet the high expectations.</p>, 15 Feb 2021 09:00:00 +0000Timezone Bullshit<blockquote> <p>There is no good reason to use short timezone codes like EST, CST, PST — doing so will only bring you pain. Either use the tzdb name like America/New_York, or use an offset from UTC, depending on what you want.</p> </blockquote> <p>It is important to be aware of special things when handling date and time.</p>, 12 Feb 2021 10:00:00 +0000-<p>Just a quick thought. From my point of view there are three different stages of software quality:</p> <ul> <li>proof of concept</li> <li>project</li> <li>product</li> </ul> <p>Each of them have different needs, share some aspects of software development but do not share the same requirement for quality/maintainability.</p>, 29 Oct 2020 10:58:00 +0000