Mark Youngman's Website

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23:46, 27 February 2024

Always been a sucker for a good speech: "Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." Poetry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4iY1TtS3s

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22:04, 26 February 2024

He's captured my exasperation with me shiny technology: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WN3CSOai_ZU

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18:35, 25 February 2024

What I try to do: "The highest paid most skilled engineers are generally language ambiguous, meaning they can quickly learn to code in any language, are not strictly tied to conventions, meaning they will do what works, are able to code in simple ways, and are extremely pragmatic to reach goals "It's the low end of engineers who overengineer, overcomplicate, are cultist about their tech stack, etc." https://twitter.com/levelsio/status/1761817375492497525

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23:59, 21 February 2024

http://eradman.com/entrproject/

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22:06, 18 February 2024

https://www.myrmikan.com/pub/Myrmikan_Research_2024_02_15.pdf The fall of the US dollar?

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17:15, 15 February 2024

More Apple scumbaggery https://www.theregister.com/2024/02/08/apple_web_apps_eu/

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15:24, 4 February 2024

My favourite short story, I bought a little city by Donald Barthelme https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9tzXj-PL6Ms

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10:57, 4 February 2024

Interesting talk on human behaviour / advertising https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtCG-Jo51d4

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22:16, 1 February 2024

US elite 1% opinions vs pleb opinions: https://www.rmgresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Elite-One-Percent.pdf

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12:48, 29 January 2024

Easy to forget as a programmer that we're here to solve problems - that's it. If Costco's solution works, there is no need to waste money modernising it https://twitter.com/scottew/status/1751357591375208689

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08:54, 26 January 2024

Aligns with me on how complexity gets into codebases: https://twitter.com/transmutrix/status/1750563200708309466

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08:31, 31 December 2023

Just discovered https://search.marginalia.nu/ Looks like the kind of search I'd want

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00:07, 8 December 2023

Trains with built in obsolescence: https://badcyber.com/dieselgate-but-for-trains-some-heavyweight-hardware-hacking/

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20:09, 29 November 2023

“The big money is not in the buying and the selling but in the waiting” - Charlie Munger. This talk is a good one, basically a condensed version of Cialdini's book Influence: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv7sLrON7QY

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16:31, 23 November 2023

Reflection is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural

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10:38, 19 November 2023

When I watch a talk like this, I am startled by all the complexity and syntax added to languages to hide some implementation details or allow you to write one function instead of several or whatever else. Everything has its use case, but generally I feel it's insane. Devs are forever learning the new hotness for a marginal benefit. Nobody ever masters their tools. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BbfBJv0iXm8

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21:23, 18 November 2023

Great podcast on the importance of software performance: https://www.se-radio.net/2023/08/se-radio-577-casey-muratori-on-clean-code-horrible-performance/

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08:37, 16 November 2023

New skyscraper to be built in Saudi, Epicon

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22:17, 15 November 2023

Another approach to solving the problems of multiple representations of data and the associated transformations required in currently popular web apps: "local-first software". Seems like is useful for different use cases that you may reach for HTMX. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=esMjP-7jlRE

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19:41, 15 November 2023

In my experience, programmers totally overlook costs due to "buying the coffee company to make a cup of coffee" https://vimeo.com/644068002

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16:52, 13 November 2023

Think this is true not just for dependencies, but also for changing the standard approach of doing something. There are many hidden costs beyond the benefits of the switch. For example, there may be the time cost of all devs on project having to learn the new approach. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wu8F-LbkgQA

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16:28, 8 November 2023

Good Dalio talk on having an idea meritocracy: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HXbsVbFAczg

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11:38, 8 November 2023

"Rules can aid the wise, but they are snares to the fool" https://www.jstor.org/stable/45104797

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23:55, 7 November 2023

Always been fascinated by this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I9Z2Oy8pPyQ

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14:45, 5 November 2023

Managed to follow some Mastadon people - very nice https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bHzRCILEvY0

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23:15, 4 November 2023

Good article on scheduling https://www.ardanlabs.com/blog/2018/08/scheduling-in-go-part1.html

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12:32, 22 October 2023

Disappearing down a concurrency rabbithole... https://cs.brown.edu/people/mph/Herlihy91/p124-herlihy.pdf #programming

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10:27, 22 October 2023

Talk on concurrency patterns in golang: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YEKjSzIwAdA

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15:04, 20 October 2023

When programmers start praising code, I start to think something horrible has happened #programming

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17:59, 19 October 2023

Good series on energy transition crisis: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=75c-kHKv0O4

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20:01, 15 October 2023

Interesting talk on the how programming languages are funded: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ3w_jec1v8 #programming

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21:43, 6 October 2023

I think dependency management generally is madness, highlighted by things like left-pad. But golang's 'go mod vendor' is a good feature and a step in the right direction. On one side, there needs to be a balance between giving the programmer control - not being victim to disappearing packages - and allowing them to pull upstream updates. On the other side, programmers need to start taking responsibility for the code they use: dependencies aren't for free. I think the future of dependency management is somewhere between these two sides. #programming

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19:47, 5 October 2023

Curl has a high severity CVE #programming https://github.com/curl/curl/discussions/12026

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14:40, 27 September 2023

Rings true to me: "Hard fact. The majority of the people you work with don't actually care how good you are at your job. They care about your ability to collaborate and avoid unnecessary drama." https://twitter.com/TheJackForge/status/1706399505216872934

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08:52, 27 September 2023

"Teachings need be related to as prompts for spiritual practice and inquiry, not as monolithic and ultimate statements of reality." https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Retirement-Announcement.html?soid=1126600191855&aid=2-xCMqh-t-s

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06:47, 23 September 2023

v0.dev - AI generated UIs. Would like more generic html output, but looks like this could be most web UIs will designed in the future #programming

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18:47, 19 September 2023

Learning golang and this is one of the most dubious parts of the language - why wouldn't you let developers choose? The decision stinks of language designer egotism #programming

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07:47, 16 September 2023

Some light reading for a Saturday morning https://html.spec.whatwg.org/multipage/

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07:43, 16 September 2023

Programming language creator or serial killer? https://vole.wtf/coder-serial-killer-quiz/

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19:07, 14 September 2023

This month's Trends Journal cover

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13:35, 9 September 2023

Learning some HTMX

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00:13, 8 September 2023

Looks like the Online Safety Bill is dead https://techcrunch.com/2023/09/06/osb-encryption-scanning-feasibility/

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06:50, 7 September 2023

chrome://settings/adPrivacy to turn off spyware in google chrome https://twitter.com/paulg/status/1699021936573940154

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06:50, 3 September 2023

5 million... https://www.phoronix.com/news/AMD-5-Million-Lines

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06:56, 31 August 2023

I'm also not an exception fan, but not sure what the best way around it is https://twitter.com/ThePrimeagen/status/1696941040115101881

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12:00, 23 August 2023

ORMs vs SQL: https://wozniak.ca/blog/2014/08/03/1/index.html

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00:58, 16 August 2023

I've little knowledge about this, but sounds like a desperation play to me - maybe HashiCorp are running out of ideas of how to sustainable make money? https://blog.gruntwork.io/the-future-of-terraform-must-be-open-ab0b9ba65bca

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14:47, 12 August 2023

React to Htmx: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3GObi93tjZI

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04:49, 2 August 2023

"Commands sent to Voyager 2 on July 21 accidentally caused the spacecraft’s antenna to point 2 degrees away from Earth." https://edition.cnn.com/2023/08/01/world/voyager-2-communication-blackout-scn/index.html

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21:33, 29 July 2023

I keep expecting an uprising about this, but it hasn't materialised https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2023/07/uk-government-very-close-eroding-encryption-worldwide

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17:14, 23 July 2023

"But notice that arguments about technologies—presumably battling for adoption, social acceptance, and popularity—are not only empirically not about rationality, but definitionally cannot be about rationality. A beginner who knows nothing about programming cannot select an ecosystem or technology based on rational arguments, because they’re removed from the technical context which makes such arguments meaningful. They can only select by second-degree metrics of qualities they care for—popularity, what someone seems to produce with said technology, how quickly they produce it, the unique qualities of that production as opposed to those of others, and so on." https://www.rfleury.com/p/the-marketplace-of-ideals

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11:30, 23 July 2023

Read these before, and think they do provide good hints on how to make teams more effective. https://butwhatfor.beehiiv.com/p/simple-sabotage-field-manual-destroy-organizations

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06:08, 23 July 2023

Good summary of how Google are trying to remove adblockers and the consequences https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0i0Ho-x7s_U

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12:42, 21 July 2023

"In every profession there’s a point where further improvements in skills are so subtle that the difference between one level and another can only be appreciated by another expert. Customers tends not to be experts. So after a certain level of skill has been achieved, any improvements that are made through experience are invisible to the people you’re selling to." https://commoncog.com/seeing-expertise-milestone-worth-aiming-for/

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05:10, 21 July 2023

If you only learn on the job, you sometimes have to wait for years before you can judge the success of a decision. But I'm also not sure there is a faster way. I'm not sure an architectural decision on a large project can be replicated quickly via practice. https://www.pathsensitive.com/2018/02/the-practice-is-not-performance-why.html

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