This is a great idea, which I believe I've seen Julia mention in the past, and I definitely agree that this can help with making sure you remember what you've done! In a previous job we had 'monthly status reports' which were an overhead at the time, but when leaving the job (as my placement year was up) I was able to look back at all the stuff that I'd achieved.
I like to get microfeedback from colleagues, so throughout the year I'm getting bits of feedback on things I've worked on, so for 6-month checkins I've got lots of evidence.
Recommended read: Get your work recognized: write a brag document - Julia Evans https://jvns.ca/blog/brag-documents/
What a great writeup of some of the happenings at IndieWeb Summit! This looked like an awesome event, and although I was unable to make it in person this year, I'm definitely planning on it next year.
There were some great sessions that I'm still catching up on, and will be interested to see what folks produce off the back of their conversations there.
Recommended read: IndieWeb Summit 2019, day 1 - fluffy https://beesbuzz.biz/blog/3785-IndieWeb-Summit-2019-day-1
This is a very interesting post by Carol. I very much empathise with this - my mind is almost always in the 'on' position (as anyone who knows me and the frequency of my blogging).
Be it at work, at home, trying to get to sleep, or having a massage, I'll be thinking. Likely it'll be projects-related (be they work or personal) and it means I'm not able to enjoy the other things.
In a couple of weeks Anna and I are off on holiday, so I really hope I'll be able to switch off a little, as we've decided we're not taking laptops...
I obviously have some work to do to make this possible to start switching off and not always thinking about what's next.
Recommended read: How am I? - Carol Gilabert https://carolgilabert.me/blog/how-am-i
A sneaky and interesting way to trick someone into running a fork bomb, even if they know it may be one!
Recommended read: Tricking the tricksters with a next level fork bomb - Vidar Holen https://www.vidarholen.net/contents/blog/?p=766
This is a resource I've used time and time again for getting straight-forward explanations of Free and Open Source licenses - I shared it in chat.indieweb.org the other day, so I thought I may as well share it here, too
Recommended read: TL;DR Legal - Software Licenses in Plain English https://tldrlegal.com/
This is a great post by David recounting the 'levels' of IndieWeb capabilities, in a way that makes more sense to those who haven't been as involved in the community, and want to know how to relate to more common points of reference, like social media.
Recommended read: Untangling the IndieWeb - David Yates https://davidyat.es/2019/06/24/indieweb/
When I was promoting the last Homebrew Website Club on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/JamieTanna/status/1138339357121744897 ), a friend of Craig's tweeted to mention to him about it. We then spent a couple of days talking about it - and boom, Craig is now running his own Homebrew Website Club on 18th July ( https://getdoingthings.com/homebrew-website-club-barnsley-1/ ).
Last night Craig posted this great post about joining the community and with some great explanations for newbies. Welcome, Craig!
Recommended read: Discovering the IndieWeb - Craig Burgess https://getdoingthings.com/discovering-the-indieweb/
Recommended read: https://shubheksha.com/posts/2019/06/a-few-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-i-started-working-as-a-software-engineer/ https://shubheksha.com/posts/2019/06/a-few-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-i-started-working-as-a-software-engineer/
This is a really interesting read from Monzo about a recent incident they had. I really enjoy reading their incident management writeups because they show a tonne of detail, yet are stakeholder-friendly.
It's always interesting to see how other banks deal with issues like this, and what they would do to make things better next time.
Recommended read: https://monzo.com/blog/2019/06/20/why-bank-transfers-failed-on-30th-may-2019/ https://monzo.com/blog/2019/06/20/why-bank-transfers-failed-on-30th-may-2019/
This is a super interesting thread from Justin Garrison about the importance of words, using Disney as an example. It's always amazing to see examples of how these seemingly small changes can make huge differences.
Recommended read: "here's a thread about how words matter in business using Disney as an example" - Justin Garrison https://twitter.com/rothgar/status/1139968357438857217
This is one of those posts that sums up why the Nottingham tech community is so amazing - it's well worth a read, especially if you're not from Nottingham!
Recommended read: What the Tech Community in Nottingham means to me - Lex Lofthouse https://medium.com/@loftio/what-the-tech-community-in-nottingham-means-to-me-f0fa17bb162
This is a great post by Jon about Firefox Containers and the power they can hold.
I lazily use them as a way to have i.e. multiple email accounts logged in, or at work having several AWS accounts logged in at once but have also got some pieces in place to containerise certain privacy-infringing companies' attempts to track me.
Recommended read: Preaching about Firefox Containers (and how they can change your Internet life) https://jon.sprig.gs/blog/post/1137
This is another post you really need to read, if you haven't already, as it makes you really think about the way you communicate.
I know a lot of people who use the term 'you guys' as a gender-neutral term, but after reading this article it really helps persuade you that the term is actually not as inclusive as you think.
For a couple of years now I've been making an effort to use gender-neutral ways to address groups, and I hope after reading this you will too.
Recommended read: You Guys https://www.xaprb.com/blog/you-guys/
Being able to write semi-readable written text with technical terminology is a huge skill, and makes such a difference compared to not being able to write it.
I've found that since blogging more, my written language has gotten a lot better, and significantly makes my job easier.
I've worked with a number of brilliant engineers who can't explain themselves as well in written forms, which means commit messages and core pieces of documentation are difficult to understand.
Remember that you're never going to be the only person reading something, so make your content well thought out, re-read it and ask someone else to read through it to check it's OK.
Recommended read: https://blog.pragmaticengineer.com/on-writing-well/ https://blog.pragmaticengineer.com/on-writing-well/
Burnout sucks. There are a number of signs to pick up on it before it fully manifests which this article talks about. Having gone through it in the past, it's not something you want to go through, and can have some severely lasting effects that are hard to come back from.
Recommended read: http://angersock.com/blog/2019/01/27/observations-on-burnout/ https://web.archive.org/web/20190423185636/https://angersock.com/blog/2019/01/27/observations-on-burnout/
Tell Him is a really important post by Jameela Jamil - if you don't read this, I'm incredibly disappointed in you
Recommended read: http://jameelajamil.co.uk/post/181263516735/tell-him-by-jameela-jamil http://jameelajamil.co.uk/post/181263516735/tell-him-by-jameela-jamil
This is an incredible read about a huge undertaking the Guardian took to migrate two decades of content of migration with zero downtime - it's a great story and has a lot of great learnings in there
Recommended read: https://www.theguardian.com/info/2018/nov/30/bye-bye-mongo-hello-postgres https://www.theguardian.com/info/2018/nov/30/bye-bye-mongo-hello-postgres
In every programming language, there is a linting tool that can help pick up on some common style issues. ShellCheck isn't one of those - it's so much more!
I've been using it for many years now, and since it came into my life it's honestly changed the way I use shell scripts. There have been so many pitfalls that I've avoided falling into since learning about them (and adding ShellCheck to my Vim linting setup.
This is a great read from Vidar, the ShellCheck author, about a case where it could've caught issues that caused the deletion of a production database!
Recommended read: https://www.vidarholen.net/contents/blog/?p=746 https://www.vidarholen.net/contents/blog/?p=746
I found this when listening to episode 194 of the Bike Shed podcast: My PGP Shame. I'd only added this episode to my playlist as it was an interesting title, but listening to it, it was even better than I thought.
There was some great stuff in there about Thoughtbot's application security guide, linked, which is a definite must-read.
My favourite quote of the episode, though, is the following exchange:
I've got to be honest, how does anything work at all? Oh computers don't work
Recommended read: Thoughtbot's Application Security Guide https://github.com/thoughtbot/guides/blob/master/security/application.md
This is a really great post! I think it was Jess Rose's talk about it where I realised it was a thing and not just something I felt. Talking about it and making others aware of it is good, and I'm definitely going to steal some of her coping strategies
Recommended read: https://carolgilabert.me/blog/impostor-syndrome https://carolgilabert.me/blog/impostor-syndrome
Great post by Luke about how we should be more inclusive in events and whether alcohol-oriented is the nicest message for those wanting to get involved.
Recommended read: https://lukeb.co.uk/2019/05/15/your-event-probably-shouldn-t-be-in-a-pub/ https://lukeb.co.uk/2019/05/15/your-event-probably-shouldn-t-be-in-a-pub/
Recommended read: Bookmark of https://medium.com/@MrsEmma/i-suffered-a-miscarriage-fce22704b2a3?source=rss-------1&s=09 https://medium.com/@MrsEmma/i-suffered-a-miscarriage-fce22704b2a3?source=rss-------1&s=09