Web Excursions for December 11, 2017
Web Excursions are select bookmarks from my travels around the interwebs, because I'm always thinking about you while discovering other people's cool stuff. You mean that much to me. You can see all of my (public) bookmarks on Pinboard, and visit the bookmarks archive for curated lists across the last few years.
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- An Open Source Etiquette Guidebook
- I wholeheartedly endorse the guidelines that Kent C. Dodds and Sarah Drasner lay out in this post. From “Saying thank you for the project before making an inquiry about a new feature or filing a bug is usually appreciated” to “Don’t close a PR from an active contributor and reimplement the same thing yourself,” this is a concise compendium of rules everyone involved in open source should take to heart. (And yes, I’ve been guilty of some of these in the past and have seen the fallout, so my agreement with them has been earned through experience.)
- I study liars. I’ve never seen one like President Trump.
- I don’t usually include politics in the roundups, but this opinion piece covers a topic in our current “situation” that I’ve found morbidly fascinating. The rate and maliciousness with which Trump lies is historic. Not just for a president, but for a human. The internet makes it possible, but it also makes speedy fact-checking easier. So, break even? Not really.
- Shirt Pocket Watch - Snapshot Surprise!
- I’ve gone from “hoo boy, will SuperDuper still work the same with APFS” to “oh man, this is way better.” Time machine-like backups with history image restore, plus your clone drive can boot to multiple historical snapshots… awesome.
- Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam
- I’ve been enjoying the simplicity of “Hey Siri, what song is this,” and I think that Apple going ahead and outright acquiring Shazam is a prudent business move.
- TLDR pages
- Community-driven man pages similar to bropages. Concise usage examples for unix commands, from the command line.
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