Tags: web-review, deployment, tech, metaprogramming, programming, security, surveillance, gpt, dependencies, social-media, memory, multithreading, command-line, tests, internet, cryptography, architecture, reddit, business, java, tools, hardware, agile, dns, history, benchmarking, values, risk, product-management, ai, community, ux, logging, productivity, asynchronous, c++, python, geography, organization, embedded, distributed, performance, project-management, erlang, supply-chain
Let’s go for my web review for the week 2023-24.
Tags: tech, community
You might remember we were hosted in Toulouse for the KDEPIM Sprint this year. Very nice venue, they do other things locally of course. They need to raise some money to get to the next level. It’d be nice to see them receive lots of love. Head to their fundraising page! (in french though)
Tags: tech, surveillance
Things improved a bit… they also got worse in a way. This stays an ongoing fight for the years to come.
Tags: tech, reddit, social-media
Another centralized tool for communication going down the drain. I wonder what the IPO will look like in this case.
Tags: tech, reddit, social-media
Excellent summary of the situation regarding the Reddit debacle.
Tags: tech, business, social-media, community
Interesting and provoking thought… Indeed it’s hard to build communities while also aiming for rapid and constant growth. There’s no chance of having communities properly stabilize which leads to the tribalism and bad behavior we see on social media.
Tags: tech, cryptography, security
Signature of digital documents is definitely not as safe as we would like. All the serious formats have known flaws at this point.
The results of this annual survey are available. A few interesting insights in there even though I find some of the categorization weird. For instance why splitting so much in details the various Linux flavors? If they didn’t it’d show them as the most popular option for professional use. There are a few other cases where one might want to aggregate by hand or split in several groups among questions.
Here are some of the takeaways I found:
It’s also the first time they integrate the use from AI tools but that doesn’t give any surprising or interesting insight yet. It just confirms the hype and the domination of a couple of giant players.
Tags: tech, ai, gpt
Nice piece which shows how easy it is to get such models to produce nonsense.
Tags: tech, ai, gpt, ux
Interesting ideas for using large language models. There is a world beyond the chatbot interface and it might bring more value to users and avoid some of the pitfalls of anthropomorphisation.
Tags: tech, internet, distributed, dns, geography
Interesting experiment… with surprising results in places. What stays available or not is not necessarily what one would think. It’s not that easy to be flexible and available across regions.
Tags: tech, multithreading, performance, memory, benchmarking, erlang
Deep dive on a proper benchmarking and implementation for 1M task on the Erlang runtime. Clearly the previous benchmark had room for improvements.
Tags: tech, java, dependencies, supply-chain
Very interesting study on dependencies. This is specific to the Maven ecosystem so too early to generalize the findings to other similar ecosystems. This indicates at least the difficulties of managing dependencies, especially the transitive ones. Also tries to define the “dependencies bloat” problem.
Tags: tech, programming, c++
Funny list of anti-patterns. Not all of it is C++ specific in there, but some are good reminders of the hidden traps in the language.
Tags: tech, python, asynchronous, multithreading
A piece criticizing the asyncio approach in Python (especially considering the performance tradeoffs in this language). Also provides viable alternatives.
Tags: tech, python, metaprogramming
Interesting feature from the Python language. Lots of features are actually built on top of it.
Tags: tech, tools, command-line
Might come in handy when Filelight is not available, I could see myself using this over SSH connections.
Tags: tech, tools, command-line, logging
Interesting little tool, can come in handy.
Tags: tech, tests
Interesting way to reason about tests and classify them. I think it can be more useful than the strict “unit” vs “integration” that is way too widespread.
Tags: tech, product-management, ux
Interesting idea, personas help with producing features, something is needed to prevent features we don’t wante.
Tags: tech, agile, values
The interview is overall very interesting (I advise listening to it in full). It’s nice to have such an historical perspective. At 15:00 there’s a question which prompt a very important explanation of why the word “over” was chosen and repeated in the agile manifesto. Unfortunately it’s been often misinterpreted…
Tags: tech, risk, project-management, product-management, deployment, architecture
Good piece on how to reduce uncertainty before something is built and ready to be in front of users. It starts with prototyping but goes all the way to feature flags and deployment
Tags: tech, project-management, product-management, history
Very interesting! This is really old wisdom which should be more widespread. A few words of caution in there for everyone, me included.
Interesting point of view… it’s also about the perceived cost of a task. Of course this means one needs to get faster through practice, it’s not about delivering botched work.
Tags: tech, productivity, organization
Interesting way to organize your data. This gives a library feel for sure. At least it makes me curious.
Tags: tech, hardware, embedded
Looks like an interesting device to tinker with.
Bye for now!