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TechDev Reading List #001

11 min read

My new approach to interesting articles in the technology and development space is to add them to a weekly digest and scan through them each Friday. This frees up the week to not having to worry about catching up with the latest news, so it's a process I recommend.

I haven't read and do not condone the articles here, I merely thought they look interesting. Thoughts on this format are welcome

Here's the first edition:

2019: What’s Coming Next on DigitalOcean

2019: What’s Coming Next on DigitalOcean



It is the beginning of the year and an opportunity for us to reflect on 2018 and share what’s upcoming for our community in 2019. Last year, we shared details on the progress we’ve made on an ambitious roadmap in January and August. Here’s a recap:

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via Pocket https://do.co/2BcUSSq

February 01, 2019 at 08:05AM February 01, 2019 at 08:15AM

via Pocket https://blog.digitalocean.com/whats-new-for-2019/

 
 

An Illustrated Guide to SSH Agent Forwarding

An Illustrated Guide to SSH Agent Forwarding



The Secure Shell is widely used to provide secure access to remote systems, and everybody who uses it is familiar with routine password access. This is the easiest to set up, is available by default, but suffers from a number of limitations.

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via Pocket http://www.unixwiz.net/techtips/ssh-agent-forwarding.html#chal

February 01, 2019 at 08:09PM February 01, 2019 at 08:15PM

via Pocket http://www.unixwiz.net/techtips/ssh-agent-forwarding.html#chal


Using SSH Agent Forwarding

Using SSH Agent Forwarding



SSH agent forwarding can be used to make deploying to a server simple. It allows you to use your local SSH keys instead of leaving keys (without passphrases!) sitting on your server. If you've already set up an SSH key to interact with GitHub, you're probably familiar with ssh-agent.

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via Pocket https://developer.github.com/v3/guides/using-ssh-agent-forwarding/

February 01, 2019 at 08:09PM February 01, 2019 at 08:15PM

via Pocket https://developer.github.com/v3/guides/using-ssh-agent-forwarding/


Privacy is not just a personal matter

Privacy is not just a personal matter



I started working with the Web in 1992, just a few years after Tim Berners-Lee made Web standards available to the public, paving the way for a massive transformation in our lives. A transformation that has been very positive.

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via Pocket https://vivaldi.com/blog/privacy-is-not-just-a-personal-matter/

February 03, 2019 at 02:37PM February 03, 2019 at 02:39PM

via Pocket https://vivaldi.com/blog/privacy-is-not-just-a-personal-matter/


50 Years In Tech Part 15. Be: From Concept To Near Death

50 Years In Tech Part 15. Be: From Concept To Near Death



As described in the Firing Frankness Monday Note, my exit arrangement with Apple involved staying another six months or so as a ”minister without portfolio”. As I pondered my next move, I got a pair of phone calls from Steve Jobs.

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via Pocket https://mondaynote.com/50-years-in-tech-part-15-be-from-concept-to-near-death-f69c64d8725e

February 03, 2019 at 02:37PM February 03, 2019 at 02:39PM

via Pocket https://mondaynote.com/50-years-in-tech-part-15-be-from-concept-to-near-death-f69c64d8725e


How Not to Crash #9: Mindset

How Not to Crash #9: Mindset



You know the old line about not writing code that’s as clever as you are, because it will take someone even smarter than you to debug it? I used to think that means I should write code that’s about 80% as clever as I am. Save a little bit for debugging.

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via Pocket http://inessential.com/2015/06/10/how_not_to_crash_9_mindset

February 03, 2019 at 02:37PM February 03, 2019 at 02:39PM

via Pocket http://inessential.com/2015/06/10/how_not_to_crash_9_mindset


inessential: How Not to Crash

inessential: How Not to Crash





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via Pocket http://inessential.com/hownottocrash

February 03, 2019 at 02:37PM February 03, 2019 at 02:39PM

via Pocket http://inessential.com/hownottocrash


Paying tribute to the web with View Source

Paying tribute to the web with View Source



The web isn’t just another software platform. It’s the greatest software platform the world has ever seen. And yet even in its obvious glory, we’re still learning how to be grateful for all its constituent parts. Take View Source, for example. I owe much of my career to View Source.

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via Pocket https://m.signalvnoise.com/paying-tribute-to-the-web-with-view-source/

February 03, 2019 at 02:37PM February 03, 2019 at 02:39PM

via Pocket https://m.signalvnoise.com/paying-tribute-to-the-web-with-view-source/


Multisite Support for Site Metadata in 5.1

Multisite Support for Site Metadata in 5.1



WordPress multisite introduces a new database table to store metadata associated with sites. This allows for the storage of arbitrary site data relevant in a multisite / network context.

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via Pocket https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/01/28/multisite-support-for-site-metadata-in-5-1/

February 03, 2019 at 02:37PM February 03, 2019 at 02:39PM

via Pocket https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/01/28/multisite-support-for-site-metadata-in-5-1/


Memento, the Third-Party Reminders Client, Adds Watch App, Keyboard Shortcuts, and More

Memento, the Third-Party Reminders Client, Adds Watch App, Keyboard Shortcuts, and More



Apple's Reminders is one of the few native iOS apps with a database that can be directly tapped into by third-party clients.

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via Pocket https://www.macstories.net/reviews/memento-the-third-party-reminders-client-adds-watch-app-keyboard-...

February 03, 2019 at 02:39PM February 03, 2019 at 03:19PM

via Pocket https://www.macstories.net/reviews/memento-the-third-party-reminders-client-adds-watch-app-keyboard-...


The Ethics of Web Performance

The Ethics of Web Performance



One question I’ve seen posed a few times in the past several months is whether performance really is a moral or ethical concern, or if that’s all heavy-handed exaggeration. It’s a fair question, I suppose.

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via Pocket https://timkadlec.com/remembers/2019-01-09-the-ethics-of-performance/

February 03, 2019 at 04:35PM February 03, 2019 at 04:39PM

via Pocket https://timkadlec.com/remembers/2019-01-09-the-ethics-of-performance/


How can we break the Brexit deadlock? Ask ancient Athens

How can we break the Brexit deadlock? Ask ancient Athens



In the central marketplace of ancient Athens, around 350BC, there stood a machine called the kleroterion. This was a six-foot-high slab of stone that had a series of slots on the front, and a long tube bored down from the top to the base.

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via Pocket https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/25/break-brexit-deadlock-ancient-athens-sortition

February 04, 2019 at 08:06AM February 04, 2019 at 08:09AM

via Pocket https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/25/break-brexit-deadlock-ancient-athens-sortition


How to deal with a micromanaging boss

How to deal with a micromanaging boss



The 5 reasons why people tend to micromanage in the workplace – and how to manage up, and around them. I’ve heard the phrase, “I have a micromanaging boss,” more times than I can remember. I heard it again, just last week.

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via Pocket https://m.signalvnoise.com/how-to-deal-with-a-micromanaging-boss/

February 05, 2019 at 04:16AM February 05, 2019 at 05:34AM

via Pocket https://m.signalvnoise.com/how-to-deal-with-a-micromanaging-boss/


Synth One is a free, no-strings-attached, iPad and iPhone synthesizer

Synth One is a free, no-strings-attached, iPad and iPhone synthesizer



Call it the people’s iOS synth: Synth One is free – without ads or registration or anything like that – and loved. And now it’s reached 1.0, with iPad and iPhone support and some expert-designed sounds.

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via Pocket http://cdm.link/2019/01/synth-one-is-a-free-no-strings-attached-ipad-and-iphone-synthesizer/

February 05, 2019 at 04:16AM February 05, 2019 at 05:34AM

via Pocket http://cdm.link/2019/01/synth-one-is-a-free-no-strings-attached-ipad-and-iphone-synthesizer/


I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything

I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything



Goodbye Big FiveReporter Kashmir Hill spent six weeks blocking Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple from getting her money, data, and attention, using a custom-built VPN. Here’s what happened.

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via Pocket https://gizmodo.com/i-cut-google-out-of-my-life-it-screwed-up-everything-1830565500

February 05, 2019 at 04:16AM February 05, 2019 at 05:34AM

via Pocket https://gizmodo.com/i-cut-google-out-of-my-life-it-screwed-up-everything-1830565500


The Datasette Ecosystem — Datasette documentation

The Datasette Ecosystem — Datasette documentation



Datasette sits at the center of a growing ecosystem of open source tools aimed at making it as easy as possible to gather, analyze and publish interesting data.

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via Pocket https://datasette.readthedocs.io/en/stable/ecosystem.html

February 05, 2019 at 04:16AM February 05, 2019 at 05:34AM

via Pocket https://datasette.readthedocs.io/en/stable/ecosystem.html


Introducing WP Acceptance

Introducing WP Acceptance



WP Acceptance—a team-centric tool we’ve built for writing reliable, scalable acceptance tests—is now available in beta. Part of our pursuit of finely crafted web experiences, we think that WP Acceptance will help ensure stable releases and fewer regressions for WordPress applications.

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via Pocket https://10up.com/blog/2019/introducing-wp-acceptance/

February 05, 2019 at 11:09PM February 05, 2019 at 11:20PM

via Pocket https://10up.com/blog/2019/introducing-wp-acceptance/


Questions for a new technology.

Questions for a new technology.



Given that coordination and communication swamp all other costs in modern software development it is a pressing area to invest in, especially as your team scales. I use a framework of a Small Number of Well Known Tools to build shared understanding in our complex systems over time.

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via Pocket https://kellanem.com/notes/new-tech

February 06, 2019 at 06:51AM February 06, 2019 at 06:52AM

via Pocket https://kellanem.com/notes/new-tech


The New York Times Co. Reports $709 Million in Digital Revenue for 2018

The New York Times Co. Reports $709 Million in Digital Revenue for 2018



The New York Times Company generated more than $709 million in digital revenue last year, growing at a pace that suggests it will meet its stated goal of $800 million in digital sales by the end of 2020.

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via Pocket https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/business/media/new-york-times-earnings-digital-subscriptions.html

February 06, 2019 at 06:10PM February 06, 2019 at 06:52PM

via Pocket https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/business/media/new-york-times-earnings-digital-subscriptions.html


System Administration Screencasts

System Administration Screencasts

In this episode series, we will be looking at Ansible, which is an easy to use configuration management and orchestration tool. My goal for this series, is to show you what Ansible is, how it works, and the steps to get going on your own.

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via Pocket https://sysadmincasts.com/

February 06, 2019 at 06:22PM February 06, 2019 at 06:52PM

via Pocket https://sysadmincasts.com/


PHPUnit

PHPUnit



PHPUnit is the official testing framework chosen by the core team to test our PHP code. 1. Install PHPUnit. WordPress uses PHPUnit, the standard for unit testing PHP projects. Installation instructions can be found in the PHPUnit manual or on the PHPUnit Github repository.

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via Pocket https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/testing/automated-testing/phpunit/

February 06, 2019 at 06:38PM February 06, 2019 at 06:52PM

via Pocket https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/testing/automated-testing/phpunit/


What Data Does Jetpack Sync?

What Data Does Jetpack Sync?



To take advantage of the performance boosting features of Jetpack, certain information about the content, settings, and setup of your site are synced with our servers. This data begins to sync when Jetpack is installed and connected to a WordPress.com User ID.

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via Pocket https://jetpack.com/support/what-data-does-jetpack-sync/

February 06, 2019 at 06:49PM February 06, 2019 at 06:52PM

via Pocket https://jetpack.com/support/what-data-does-jetpack-sync/


An Introduction To Automated Testing Of WordPress Plugins With PHPUnit

An Introduction To Automated Testing Of WordPress Plugins With PHPUnit



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via Pocket https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2017/12/automated-testing-wordpress-plugins-phpunit/

February 06, 2019 at 07:57PM February 06, 2019 at 08:02PM

via Pocket https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2017/12/automated-testing-wordpress-plugins-phpunit/


What’s New in Gutenberg? (6th February)

What’s New in Gutenberg? (6th February)


@mapk said earlier that the Gutenberg repository is on fire ?, he was not lying. More than 52 contributors participated in this release. This release is also the first release dropping support for WordPress versions prior to 5.0.

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via Pocket https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/02/06/whats-new-in-gutenberg-6th-february/

February 06, 2019 at 08:14PM February 06, 2019 at 08:17PM

via Pocket https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/02/06/whats-new-in-gutenberg-6th-february/


Firefox 66 Makes It Easier Search Open Tabs

Firefox 66 Makes It Easier Search Open Tabs



While this addition won’t change the way the world uses the internet, it will improve things for those who have a crazy amount of tabs open at the same time. Firefox truncates the tab title the more tabs that are open, leaving users to rely on favicon spotting to identify tabs.

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via Pocket https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/02/firefox-66-search-open-tabs

February 06, 2019 at 08:15PM February 06, 2019 at 08:17PM

via Pocket https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/02/firefox-66-search-open-tabs


Docs – opensource.google.com

Docs – opensource.google.com



Open source is about more than just code. It's also about the planning that happens before the code is written, the process of how that code is used by others, and fostering a welcoming environment where a community can grow.

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via Pocket https://opensource.google.com/docs/

February 07, 2019 at 11:21PM February 07, 2019 at 11:22PM

via Pocket https://opensource.google.com/docs/


NI now has killer, budget audio interfaces and compact keys

NI now has killer, budget audio interfaces and compact keys



The answer to questions like “I just need a simple audio interface,” and “I want a compact keyboard that doesn’t suck,” and “oh, yeah, wait, does this connect to my Eurorack?” along with “did I mention I’ve got almost no money?” – just got some new answers.

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via Pocket http://cdm.link/2019/02/ni-now-has-killer-budget-audio-interfaces-and-compact-keys/

February 07, 2019 at 11:29PM February 07, 2019 at 11:32PM

via Pocket http://cdm.link/2019/02/ni-now-has-killer-budget-audio-interfaces-and-compact-keys/

 

Updating Known

1 min read

I wrote a quick and dirty upgrade.sh script that sits in the parent directory of my Known site. I'm using the following directory structure:

config.ini  
Uploads/
known/
upgrade.sh 

The offical Known git repository is checked out in known/. The config.ini and Uploads folder have been moved to the folder to sit alongside it.

The contents of the upgrade.sh script are as follows:

rm -rf old
cp -R known old
cd known
git pull
cd ..
ln -sf `pwd`/config.ini `pwd`/known/config.ini
ln -sf `pwd`/Uploads `pwd`/known/Uploads

It's not elegant but it makes updating to the latest Known changes pretty seamless.

Spotify how to hide the "Find friends" bar

1 min read

On Linux operating systems, Spotify does not always show the file and view menus. This makes it harder to hide the "Find Friends" bar as there is no close button on the sidebar itself.

However there's another way: Click on the chevron in the top right corner next to your spotify username, then on Settings > Display Options > untick Show Friend Activity.

Install Python 3.7.1 on OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

1 min read

After another hour of resolving issues with pyenv and a personal project that requires Python 3.7 I thought it best to note the steps I used to install Python 3.7.1 on OpenSUSE Tumbleweed:

# Install requirements for compiling Python
sudo zypper in zlib-devel bzip2 libbz2-devel libffi-devel libopenssl-devel readline-devel sqlite3 sqlite3-devel xz xz-devel 

# Compile Python
cd ~/Downloads
wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.7.1/Python-3.7.1.tar.xz
tar xf Python-3.7.1.tar.xz
cd Python-3.7.1
./configure
make

# AltInstall ensures 3.7.1 is installed alongside your system python
sudo make altinstall

# Fix dynamic library loading
sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib64/python3.7/lib-dynload /usr/local/lib/python3.7/lib-dynload

I've updated the Common build problems · pyenv/pyenv Wiki page to reflect the updated required packages. Thanks to Andrew Cooke for the dynamic library fix

The Milk Chocolate Peanut

1 min read

Aaron Gustafson wrote back in 2008:

Getting into the progressive enhancement mindset is quite simple: just think from the content out. The content forms the solid base on which you layer your style and interactivity. If you’re a candy fan, think of it as a Peanut M&M:

The Chocolatey Layers of Progressive Enhancement

JavaScript first websites have the peanut inside out!

Hide Trackbacks 1.1.3

1 min read

Hide Trackbacks is a WordPress plugin that hides pingbacks and trackbacks from your website comments.

I’ve updated the plugin to indicate it works correctly with WordPress 4.9.9 and earlier. It's now also up to PHP 7.2 compatible, and has a number of small fixes to improve code legibility and alignment with the WordPress Coding Standards.

Transitioning to Gutenberg

1 min read

The WordPress Project says:

The Classic Editor plugin will be officially supported until December 31, 2021.

[...]

Since the Classic Editor plugin is central in this transition, we are considering including it with upgrades to WordPress 5.0.

In the context of my professional work with WordPress it would be beneficial to see the Classic Editor plugin be included by default into the installation package. This would signal to plugin and theme developers that we are in a transition phase but supporting the existing installations, until Gutenberg is more fully accepted by the wider community. Not doing do could put pressure on smaller developers to just test their updates for Gutenberg only, resulting in a lot of broken sites or a security nightmare where people won’t be able to update to the latet versions of WordPress or their plugins until the teams and processes are ready.

Taking back control

2 min read

Recently, I've come to the conclusion that it's the nature of realtime social media to cause drama and upset. In the search for ever increasing thirst for gossip, instant reactions are stimulated so heavily that  there is no time to research or read about the context of a story, and open discussion isn't possible when group mentality means we must be outraged or be part of the problem.

At the same time, people have never engaged so little with web content, being the metaphorical frogs in the pressure cooker of Facebook and Twitter that is modern society. We are the product that is monetised by the advertising dollars that demand page views in a broken system of inflatable viewership figures.

In the music scene, the illusion of hyper promotion and like-networking results in a feed of people and content I have little interest in following, in the hope that they will listen to what I have to say.

Pointless and bad for my health. So therefore I'm distancing myself more from social media now.

If you want to follow what I have to say about technology, read vandragt.com. If you are interested in my music visit cloudseer.me. They will soon have a mailinglist and RSS feeds without advertising and like buttons.

Howto install Cryptomator for OpenSuse

1 min read

Linux is so userfriendly, so the rpm that can be downloaded is missing dependencies. However, I'm quickly becoming a fan of zypper and OpenSUSE's dependency handling, and comes to the rescue:

sudo zypper in cryptomator.rpm

Even though cryptomator made a mistake in signing part of the application, it can still be installed by pressing ignore. Are you sure you want to do that? It seems a bit crap for such an essential utility.

Installing Dropbox on OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

1 min read

Both the official RPM and the discover package failed for me due to missing dependencies, without specifying what those are. However the following worked:

sudo zypper install dropbox-cli
dropbox start -i
dropbox autostart