• Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, has passed away.

  • The Pinebook Pro is an ARM-based laptop that you can buy for $200. You get a 14-inch IPS 1080p screen, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, and you can use SD cards for additional storage. Is it the Raspberry Pi of laptops?

  • Last week I participated in the MobileViews podcast and in it we talked about foldable screen devices. I stated my opinion that we ought to think of them as foldable tablets rather than foldable phones. In other words, are there use cases in which we wish we could use a tablet but it’s too large to carry around? I think this is important positioning because most people are going to think smartphones are small enough, and foldables are really about making a large screen surface smaller. Coincidentally Microsoft released their SDK for Duo, which is there planned foldable smartphone that they announced last October. The Verge has taken a look at the SDK and explained how that translates to the user experience and I agree it sounds like Microsoft has the right approach. I do wonder, though, about how many cases where users wish they could see Android apps side by side because that appears to be one of the cases Duo will be well suited.

  • Last year on this day my wiki hit 100 pages, today it is at 298 pages.

  • The New York Times has a strong statement about Bernie Sanders, which I see as a bug, not a feature. The bug was introduced to the U.S. government by Ronald Reagan. The bug is thinking that compromise and changing one’s mind is wrong. Reality is that compromise and changing one’s mind is wisdom, which we sorely lack. The root cause of the bug is thinking of the President of the United States as a dictator. You see this clearly in Trump’s actions and in his words: “Only I can do it.!” In the Republic formed by the United States Constitution governing involves compromise and convincing people to change their minds. By design one person can NOT change our government. It’s on purpose, and I do not think one can claim themselves a patroit of the United States without embracing this understanding.

  • Packers imploding. Exhibiting characteristics of a team that is out matched. Game over if the 49ers go up by two touchdowns.

  • Writer Peter Hamby: This is why President Trump appeals to casual voters - CNN Video

    We’ve got the President we deserve. I think this is one if the reasons why the Founders disliked democracy and put in the Electoral College, although we went and screwed that up.

  • What Having a “Growth Mindset” Actually Means

    Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning.

    My observation of the managers I work for is that when they talk about “growth” they mean financial (revenue and profit) growth, not at all what is described in this article. Perhaps that is a difference between managers and leaders?

  • I don’t think Kansas City can afford to spot Tennessee a multi touchdown lead like they did last week because the Titans have a much better running game.

  • I am compelled to link to this blog post mostly because of the Newton MessagePad image that frames the post. NIce.

  • I told Google Home to remind me to do something in twenty minutes. Twenty minutes pass and I get a notification “ding”, so I ask Google what is my reminder. I have a couple of recurring reminders and its is really annoying that Google Home (or rather Assistant on Home) is not smart enough to know which reminder is the trigger for the notification. When I ask Google for my reminder it begins to read me all the reminders for the day when I only want to know the most recent one. Do Googlers even use this stuff?

  • This morning when I attempted to access my primary instance of River5 I observed an ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED message. This instance is hosted on Google Cloud and River5 has been running non-stop for over two years. It looks like there is a bug in urlfeed.toLowerCase() that causes a TypeError: Cannot read property ‘toLowerCase’ of undefined.

    The interesting thing is that same error occurred on a second instance of River5 that is running a newer version of the code. I’ve restarted both instances, really no harm, no foul.

  • We got the second significant snow fall of the year overnight. Right now it is good snowball and heart attack snow.

  • If you want to host a web application or service on a home network, make it accessible from the Internet, but not create a DMZ or enable port forwarding on your home router, you can use GitHub - inlets/inlets: Reverse proxy and service tunnel written in Go. Instructions for how to use a Raspberry Pi as the Internet gateway are in Build a 10 USD Raspberry Pi Tunnel Gateway.

  • Netflix doesn’t hire the best engineers. They create them.

    I hired in to a company that believed this and had the culture to back it. Over time as leaders left and MBAs took over creating the best engineers was deemed too expensive and with that the culture deteriorated to the point where today it is worse than non existent. Corporate America lots of managers making lots of money running corporations and very few true leaders.

    For me the money quote is:

    When speaking to engineer leaders we bring up the story about the Netflix engineer above. We do this to emphasize the importance of the environment they are creating. “Creating,” being the operative word here. Environments don’t just happen, they are created through action.

    Action… not talk.

  • Parsr, is a minimal-footprint document (image, pdf) cleaning, parsing and extraction toolchain which generates readily available, organized and usable data for data scientists and developers. Available as a Docker image. Looks like it could be a useful tool.

  • How can anybody “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” if they refuse to acknowledge and act under its authority?

    Trump’s inability to do so is the prime reason why he should have never been elected nor should be re-elected. It’s simple really, either we live under the rule of law established by the Constitution, meaning we have a republic, or we don’t meaning we have a dictatorship.

  • Trump continues to think and act as though the President of the United States is a king or a dictator and can do anything he wants, like assassinating foreign leaders and therefore putting the country at risk of going to war. For me this is the primary reason why Trump should be convicted by the Senate, he simply does not care about the Constitution and that alone is the highest violation of his oath and is abuse of power. We should NOT have Presidents who refuse to acknowledge they are constrained by the Constitution, which frankly is the fundamental tenant of conservatism.

  • Currently reading: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tuto, Douglas Carlton Abrams 📚

  • PSA for today. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in one month.

  • Tell me if you have heard this one before. The Green Bay Packers are going to San Francisco to play the 49ers in the NFC championship game and the right to go to the Super Bowl.

  • I think there is another side to the point of view about blogging that Dave is not addressing in his writing about journalism, which is that there are people who view blogging as the gig economy version of journalism. To these people and their audience blogging is a source of revenue, and I suspect this hijacking of blogging is actually what most journalists are threatened by.

  • I like how Dave Winer displaying pictures on Scripting News, centered and with a caption in smaller font below the picture.

  • It’s raining a lot right now, an unusual storm for the eleventh day of January. The sump pump is pumping water every thirty seconds and at the end of each pump the pipes rumble. It’s going to be a noisy weekend. (Aside, my worry is that the rain starts freezing resulting in a power outage the sump pump stops pumping. We do have a water powered backup but that has failed me before. Sump pumps were foreign to me until we moved in to this condo.)

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