- Knightmare: A DevOps Cautionary Tale
17 Apr 2014
In the first 45-minutes the market was open the faulty software deployment sent millions of child orders into the market resulting in 4 million transactions against 154 stocks for more than 397 mil…
- You might not need to store plaintext email addresses
1 Nov 2020
Earlier this year, when I went from having only Facebook-login on Wishy.gift to allow registrations with email address and password, one of my concerns was how to implement this is a way that protects the data and privacy of my users. I don’t have any ads or analytics on the site, the users can select whatever display name they want, and I never stored the email addresses I got from Facebook when a user registered or logged in - only a hashed version of the ID. Email addresses and passwords, on the other hand, are a whole other beast, and the consequences of a database breach much worse.
- Software is drowning the world
9 Jan 2021
One of the many upsides I’ve had from working at lots of organisations is that you get to see what’s common. Are things like this everywhere? Frequently, the answer is yes! An example of this is tech debt. I see organisations which are running to stand still, and I’m not sure they realised they’re doing that.
- Modern codecs like AV1 can bring better quality video to the open web
11 Jul 2018
Here’s a surprising fact: It costs money to watch video online, even on free sites like YouTube. That’s because roughly 80% of web videos rely on a patented technology called the H.264 video codec that lets engineers shrink large media files and transmit them quickly over the internet.
- The Platform Is The Enemy
Daniel B. Markham
8 Jan 2021
Many, many people do not use the internet, the internet uses them. And this percentage is constantly growing.
- Why you can’t find an engineering coach | Swizec Teller
Wanna learn boxing? Join a gym, find a coach. Tennis player with a kink in your game? Find a coach. Software engineer with a missing skill? Google, random blogs, fun newsletters, dubious podcasts, noise on twitter 🤨
- How to grow your email list to three subscribers
Over the past twenty five years as a prolific internet user I have been able to accomplish many feats. Some of which have garnered the attention of governments, others of family members. None of these though are as profound as the truly difficult feat of growing my subscriber list.
- Signal, thank you for not collecting my data. But I won’t use you.
8 Jan 2021
Facebook has given an ultimatum for WhatsApp users to either share their data with Facebook or leave the service. And that date is February 8th. One of the most appealing things about WhatsApp is it’s end to end encryption.
- Why you should test critical parts of your app
9 Jan 2021
Last Monday, I sent the usual newsletter to the users of CloudNews. But instead of receiving one unique email, they received dozens of them, some received more than a hundred in a few seconds.
- How WhatsApp convinces you to give it your contacts
8 Jan 2021
WhatsApp uses dark patterns to coerce you into giving it access to your contacts.
- Block your feeds
I’m addicted to the internet. Mainly via my phone. A year ago I implemented a radical plan to try and stop my addiction.