What can I do?
You might be here only for the technical content, but sometimes I think non-technical content is important enough to post. In the USA, right now is one of those times. Everyone knows what's going on here, with a massive backlash against systemic racism. I've been asking myself the simple question, "what can I do?" I don't have all the answers, and I'm not done asking, but I can at least say a few things publicly:
- I can acknowledge that the success I've had, and the comfort and safety of my life, owe a lot to the privilege that I started with and still have.
- I can work for a company where people understand there are problems, and are trying to make things better.
- I can support my children when they put their bodies on the line in protests.
- I can do the work to keep educating myself.
- I can put my money into organizations that I think are on the right side of history, and that help real people suffering from long-term injustice and racism.
- I can let my community know publicly where I stand.
So in case it's not completely clear: I am deeply disturbed by the racist parts of the history of this country, and appalled by the divisive antics of many so-called leaders in America, from President Trump down. There is no place in 2020 for Confederate flags, brutal policing, and race-based disparities in everything from education to healthcare. If you think those sentences have no place in this blog, or think I'm dead wrong, I cordially invite you to think again.
Now back to our regular technical content. This doesn't mean that I'm done thinking, just that you should also get the links you came here for.
- Zettelkasten note-taking in 10 minutes - "Zettelkasten" has been floating around the tech blogs for a bit. This is the most concise intro I've seen.
- Larder - Bookmark web app for developers, with special handling for GitHub and Stack Overflow plus tagging, folders, and exports.
- Most tech content is bullshit - Well, yes. Sturgeon's Law applies.
- Rubyists, we must do better - Last week saw a kerfluffle about RuboCop naming.
- Ladies and Gentlemen…Cloudflare TV! - Does a content delivery network really need a 24/7 video channel? I guess we're about to find out.
- Introducing AWS CodeArtifact: A fully managed software artifact repository service - It was inevitable that AWS is getting into this space.
- Flat UI Elements Attract Less Attention and Cause Uncertainty - Did anyone really need Nielsen Norman Group to tell them flat UIs stink?
- XgeneCloud - "Instantly generate REST & GraphQL APIs on any Database (Supports : MySQL, PostgreSQL, MsSQL, SQLite, MariaDB)"