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January, 2021

My Medium experiment / January 30, 2021

Here are the final two pieces I published on Medium this month: 8 simple ways to get the most out of today. A guide to living well in the pandemic. (Hint: I don't take self-help pieces seriously.) Your 401(k) hates you. The way we all save for retirement in America needs serious ...

In case you missed it / January 25, 2021

As I mentioned, I've been experimenting with writing on Medium instead of my personal space for the second half of January. Here are some pieces you might have missed:   Where I want to work: what are the characteristics of a healthy workplace? Which values matter? Do no harm: what does it mean to ...

I need your help / January 19, 2021

If you're saving for retirement in the United States - or you want to be - I'd love about 30 seconds of your time. Here's a very short survey form. Heads up that it does ask for your contact details - but if you're squeamish about that, feel free to write ...

Adjusting the volume / January 16, 2021

I'm not quite an indieweb zealot - you can find me on Twitter and other social networks over the web - but I've been writing on my own site since 1998 (albeit not one consistent, continuous site - I change it up every decade or so), and it's become a ...

Paradigm shift / January 15, 2021

One of my favorite pieces of software is Apple photo search. If you've got an iPhone, try it: great searches to try are "animal selfie", "bird", "ice cream", or "cake". What's particularly amazing about these searches is that the machine learning is performed on-device. In fact, Apple provides developer tools for ...

The year of self-respect / January 15, 2021

I'm nearing the end of my first week on the Whole30 diet. I'm still not what sure I think about it: which foods are allowed and which aren't feels a bit arbitrary, and the very fact that the diet has a logo and a trademark is off-putting. On the other ...

Thinking broader / January 14, 2021

It's really easy to assume that the world around us is fixed and absolute. The way we do things is the way things are done. The internet works the way it does. The market is the market. People behave how people behave. One of my superpowers has traditionally been that I'm ...

The ambient future / January 13, 2021

I have a longstanding bet that we're moving to an ambient computing world: one where the computer is all around us, interacting with us in whatever way is convenient to us at the time. Smart speakers, high-spec smartphones, natural language intelligent assistants, augmented reality glasses, wearables with haptic feedback, and ...

I’m hiring / January 11, 2021

I'm hiring for two roles. I'm looking for product leaders with hands-on mission-driven startup experience, and for back-end engineers who have both written in Ruby on Rails and scripted headless browsers in a production environment as part of their work. In both cases, I'm looking for people who have experience ...

Making open source work for everyone / January 10, 2021

The power of free and open source software comes down to how it is shared. Users can pick up and modify the source code, usually at no cost, as long as they adhere to the terms of its licenses, which range from permissive (do what you like) to more restrictive ...

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