Monthly Archives: November 2014

Fun Tweets

You had one job_youhadonejobNov 26, 2014, 1:36 am 
After seeing the new Jurassic World trailer let’s just hope Phil isn’t the supervisor this time.
rick waldronrwaldronNov 21, 2014, 2:00 am 
Skipper Designs a Programming Language #feministhackerbarbie
Darth VaderDepressedDarthNov 22, 2014, 4:24 am 
Meanwhile in Buffalo
Ashley EcksteinHerUniverseNov 23, 2014, 6:41 pm 
An R2-D2 Vespa? Yes, please! #r2d2 #vespa #starwars
InfoSec Taylor SwiftSwiftOnSecurityNov 26, 2014, 1:06 am 
PawSense(TM)
catproof your computer
http://bitboost.com/pawsense/index.html
Barton SwaimbartonswaimNov 26, 2014, 1:26 am 
My wife, reading web article: “This is jarbage.”
Jarbage?
“Combination of jargon and garbage. I just made that up.”
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 27, 2014, 5:23 am 
The shepherd’s trick; a “lunatic” but effective move saves a young girl from drowning http://kottke.org/14/11/the-shepherds-trick
Koop KooperCocktailnationNov 27, 2014, 12:50 am 
I Drove The Earliest Ancestor Of The VW Beetle And It Was Great http://klou.tt/18grgbxaz81fl
David GoldenbergdgoldenbergNov 26, 2014, 10:43 pm 
Richard Scarry’s Busy Town jobs for the 21st century: http://bit.ly/1vPapRG
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 27, 2014, 12:57 am 
Richard Scarry’s Busy Town circa 2014, featuring a rage pundit and lowly immigrant http://kottke.org/14/11/richard-scarrys-busy-town-in-the-21st-century
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 27, 2014, 10:40 pm 
Here’s the turkey dinner for today /from Vintage Science Fiction https://flipboard.com/section/vintage-science-fiction-bNXidG
Amy RolphamyrolphNov 28, 2014, 12:38 am 
Thanksgiving cooking: Those who can, do. Those who can’t make boozy cocktails so the cooks aren’t… http://instagram.com/p/v7G7MqqxGe/
John McCormackLAevolvingNov 27, 2014, 6:44 pm 
The Wild Turkey gets all the glory on #Thanksgiving, but check out the Ocellated Turkey
500px500pxNov 27, 2014, 2:01 pm 
The Dark Stronghold by Kilian Schönberger: http://goo.gl/JCVuwc

The Uber Situation

I’ve always had a difficult relationship with Uber: I love the service because the whole experience was so much more pleasant than that of a taxi. They had figured out a better solution to all the little things and the result was just wonderful.

But at the same time, it’s company run by a bunch of unethical, Ayn Rand-ian, bros. I want to support companies that are not just convenient for me, but are ethical as well, so Uber bothered me. But it was just so damned convenient that I suppressed my distaste.

Fortunately Uber has just gone so far over the line that I’ve come to my senses. I regret not doing so before, but at least I can hold my head up now and say “enough!”. Not sure what service I’ll use now, but it won’t be Uber.

Mike Maneythe_spinmdNov 18, 2014, 5:29 am 
Time for Uber to take a breather, reset and think about the brand it wants to be. Because right now, it’s the Dick Cheney of brands.
Aaliya Yaqub, MDDrAaliyaNov 18, 2014, 5:31 am 
Sorry @uber, can’t support how unethical you’ve been lately. Cc: @sarahcuda http://bit.ly/1oYK4xC #deleteuber
John ScalziscalziNov 19, 2014, 4:45 pm 
Lots of people deleting Uber from their phones in my Tweetstream. Well, I never used Uber, so I guess I’m a hipster in this one thing.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 21, 2014, 5:13 pm 
Uber’s Moral Compass Needs Recalibration http://tcrn.ch/1BMfRrc
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 22, 2014, 8:27 pm 
Uber Angst and Uber Shame: to delete or not delete, that is the question. Me, I’m on the #deleteuber side http://nyti.ms/1taTW3G

Work Tweets

Here’s an example of why merely showing an average, or even an average and a variance, is insufficient in the real world:

Kris PeeterspeeterskrisNov 21, 2014, 4:10 pm 
These sets all have the same mean, median and variance. Lesson: Always Visualise. #StrataHadoop @statistiekcbs

Immutable Servers are a deployment model that mandates that no application updates, security patches, or configuration changes happen on production systems.“:

Gergely HodicskafelhobacsiNov 23, 2014, 6:11 am 

This is one of the fundamentals of my management philosophy: the team is more powerful than the individual:

Bill BuxtonwasbuxtonNov 23, 2014, 6:31 pm 
The depth and breadth of today’s problems are beyond any individual. Renaissance man/woman is impossible. A Renaissance team is essential.

While this article is about nuclear war, the same belief-in-the-absence occurs in software systems all the time:

BulletinOfTheAtomicBulletinAtomicNov 24, 2014, 5:49 pm 
Believing something cannot happen is often just a failure of imagination. On black swans and nuclear war: http://ow.ly/EJK11

As an example of the above, here’s a great story about a seemingly improbable bug that surfaced in Facebook’s systems:

Kent BeckKentBeckNov 26, 2014, 2:10 am 

A good article about how rewarding the wrong thing leads to bad behavior:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 26, 2014, 4:30 am 
“gamification: if you’re going to reward someome, do it for the right things and the right reasons” http://blog.codinghorror.com/because-reading-is-fundamental-2/

If I have learned anything from the Internet, it is this: be very, very careful when you put a number next to someone’s name. Because people will do whatever it takes to make that number go up.

Of course this applies to everyone, not just executives:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 26, 2014, 4:46 am 

And, as a fun end to the list, here’s an article that includes the architect who designed the New Relic Portland office. And an excellent job he did:

Real Estate Inc. PDXPBJRealEstateNov 26, 2014, 8:08 pm 

Opinion Tweets

Bjorn F-BkingofslugsNov 21, 2014, 5:26 pm 

Conservatives want you to believe that while the goals of public programs on health, energy and more may be laudable, experience shows that such programs are doomed to failure. Don’t believe them. Yes, sometimes government officials, being human, get things wrong. But we’re actually surrounded by examples of government success, which they don’t want you to notice.

Adam SavagedonttrythisNov 26, 2014, 10:35 pm 

Work Tweets

People do their best work in the face of constraints, but the kind of constraints make a big difference:

estherderbyestherderbyNov 12, 2014, 8:07 am 
There are constraints that hamper flow (bad) and constraints that dampen flailing (good). #leadersatalllevels

Amazon continues to amaze:

Bernard GoldenbernardgoldenNov 12, 2014, 5:46 pm 
#reinvent aurora is fast, durable, available and cheap:

So true:

Timo ElliotttimoelliottOct 24, 2014, 3:39 pm 
Friday cartoon #bigdata doesn’t mean you don’t need #dataquality

Customers crave completion” so the goal should be to build a complete something, even if it’s very small:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 13, 2014, 5:39 am 

So build something like this:

Here’s a third-party who writes a good introduction to New Relic’s most recent product; he “gets it”:

Andrey KozakovciperovichNov 13, 2014, 2:00 pm 
Introduction to New Relic Insights: What You’ll Be Creating What Is New Relic Insights ?New Relic Insights combi… http://bit.ly/1wWNhzl

In a SaaS business, one sells not only a product but also the operation of that product, thus it is essential that one spends the time necessary to make the system robust:

Daniel SchauenbergmrtazzNov 14, 2014, 12:00 am 
“Breaksmithing is a method one employs to grasp the ways in which a process or system can fail.” – @Ryan_Frantz http://www.ryanfrantz.com/posts/breaksmithing
Joshua KerievskyJoshuaKerievskyNov 14, 2014, 2:32 am 
Resilience Engineering: Embrace Failure (http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2371297) #anzeneering

Humorous, but maybe partly true as you would have built-in vendor-lock-in. Of course in most cases one has vendor lock-in even if there are multiple vendors because the cost to switch is just too high, so perhaps that’s not really an issue…

James WatterswattersjamesNov 13, 2014, 10:57 pm 
Official name for using aws only services: technical debt

Made my day:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 18, 2014, 5:41 am 
From one of my @newrelic colleagues: “Just when I think this job couldn’t be any cooler.”

Some of the signs are obvious (#3,4,5,6), others less so (#1,2):

Harvard Biz ReviewHarvardBizNov 17, 2014, 10:04 am 
If you’re like most micro-managers, you probably don’t even know that you’re doing it http://s.hbr.org/1valZqe
  1. You’re never quite satisfied with deliverables.
  2. You often feel frustrated because you would’ve gone about the task differently.
  3. You laser in on the details and take great pride and /or pain in making corrections.
  4. You constantly want to know where all your team members are and what they’re working on.
  5. You ask for frequent updates on where things stand.
  6. You prefer to be cc’d on emails.

Fun Tweets

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 12, 2014, 7:58 am 
Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash. 10 episodes of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD are coming to Starz in 2015!
Christopher BeckeBeckePhysicsNov 12, 2014, 3:57 pm 
@RAGreeneCNN here’s my comparison of #67P to #StarTrek More at http://is.gd/TaYe6d
Jennifer OuelletteJenLucPiquantNov 14, 2014, 12:30 am 
Firefly Clue and Serenity Yahtzee Are Real Things, Take My Money http://www.themarysue.com/firefly-clue-serenity-yahtzee/
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 14, 2014, 3:16 am 
An excellent graphic about rain vs freezing rain vs ice pellets vs snow http://www.oregonlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2014/11/portlands_no-show_snow_show_3.html
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 15, 2014, 10:03 pm 
WIREDWIREDNov 15, 2014, 6:22 pm 
Amazing photos taken from the surface of a comet http://wrd.cm/1zpQmXZ
Conrad HackettconradhackettNov 16, 2014, 2:50 am 
US: In new homes, people have as much individual space as an entire 1950s family shared

http://www.treehugger.com/economics/houses-keep-getting-bigger-number-watch-area-person-it.html

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 16, 2014, 2:30 pm 
“We are a strange species, at once risk-averse and thrill-seeking, terrified of failure but eager for new adventure.” http://nyti.ms/1pQlu2I
Pics with a StoryPicswithastoryNov 14, 2014, 9:29 pm 
7 unbelievable Notepad Sketches Look Like 3D Drawings Popping Off The Page

See here: http://bit.ly/1xvz0bV

.

Universe TodayuniversetodayNov 16, 2014, 2:37 pm 
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 17, 2014, 8:22 am 
Calvin’s strategy for phone calls is even better than my strategy of never answering the phone http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2014/11/17
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 18, 2014, 7:11 am 
West Slope Community Library attracts more than 100 people on International Games Day http://s.oregonlive.com/GRpANdk via @oregonian
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 18, 2014, 10:43 pm 
Yay for The @SeattleCinerama: Microsoft Billionaire Reboots Seattle Movie Temple http://nyti.ms/1uArlta

Rule #7: Avoid waffling

Unwritten Rule of Engineering #7: Avoid the very appearance of vacillating.

One of the gravest personal indictments is to have it said that an engineer’s opinion at any time depends merely upon the last person with whom he or she has spoken.

Opinion Tweets

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 2, 2014, 11:24 pm 
Obama Digital Guru to Democrats: Stop Being Lame http://time.com/3553624/election-email-obama/
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 3, 2014, 5:14 am 
This is very insightful: companies sell to others, countries sell to themselves: Economics vs Business http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/03/opinion/paul-krugman-business-vs-economics
Bjorn F-BkingofslugsNov 7, 2014, 4:15 pm 
Triumph of the Wrong: it’s not often that a party that is so wrong about so much does as well as Republicans did http://nyti.ms/1ptemJu
Bjorn F-BkingofslugsNov 11, 2014, 5:00 am 
Unbelievable that this is the United States: Pregnant, and No Civil Rights http://nyti.ms/1pywxgK
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 12, 2014, 2:03 am 
Dressing up for air travel: In defense of looking nice on a flight or train. http://www.slate.com/articles/…/dressing_up_for_air_
travel…

Work-ish Tweets

Not to be confused with seagull management where the executive just complains about things, this is actually more damaging because of the lack of deep knowledge of the topic:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 2, 2014, 2:36 am 
sparse micromanagement – jumping in on a random issue, overturning the decisions, then disappearing – is the worst. https://blog.gregbrockman.com/figuring-out-the-cto-role-at-stripe

I love this definition of continuous delivery:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 3, 2014, 5:22 pm 
Continuous Delivery: if you’re doing it right, nobody knows you’re doing anything – @sdether #QConSF

I don’t entirely agree with this opinion of how to do compensation but it’s at least a well-thought-out approach to the problem. It might work for the very first phase of a start-up but I believe it will quickly fail as the company grows beyond the initial founders:

Jon SteinbackitsmejonNov 3, 2014, 2:55 pm 
my brilliant friend @molly_g wrote a great article on how startups should approach compensation: http://cl.ly/0m2A2D471c1L

A couple of good talks at QConSF:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 3, 2014, 11:39 pm 
Nice job of talking about stream processing by @nehanarkhede at #QConSF
Andrew HaoandrewhaoNov 3, 2014, 11:53 pm 
#qconsf heard struggles with SOA: tradeoffs in monitoring, performance and orchestration over deployment ease. culture change required.

Here is one of the five: “Leadership doesn’t settle for yesterday’s achievements.

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 4, 2014, 5:01 am 
“Leadership is about learning how to appreciate others.” 5 Things Good Leaders Do http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141103222153-1689272-5-things-good-leaders-do

This is definitely my philosophy — I will consider myself a success if a dozen people from my organization go off to found their own startups and engineering organizations:

chris mittonchrismitton1Nov 5, 2014, 7:09 am 
Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you. – Wil Rose

I believe that developers are optimists — you know it’s going to work this next time, for sure — and that testers are pessimists — it will never work and it’s up to me to prove that:

Dan NorthtastapodNov 6, 2014, 3:18 pm 
-“What do you look for in a tester?”
– “Curiosity and attitude.”
@karennjohnson at #oredev

Microsoft is a good example of why it is necessary to change the leadership now and then. Sometimes it requires new people (Microsoft) and other times it can be the same people if they are willing to change (Amazon):

David PiercepiercedavidNov 6, 2014, 2:25 pm 
In two weeks, Microsoft has become the most interesting company in tech. Today: free Office http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/6/7163789/microsoft-office-free-for-ipad-iphone-android

This is an idea that I’ve had for years (and I’m sure many others have had for years) and I’m glad that someone has finally stepped up and implemented it:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 8, 2014, 6:46 pm 

Back when developers were building client applications that ran on single thread on a single processor on a single machine, it was much easier to troubleshoot what was going on. Developers would still start with a problem and a stare at the code, but they could reproduce the problem, set a breakpoint inspect the stack and local variables and quickly find the solution. Cloud Debugger brings this productive style of debugging to modern cloud production troubleshooting.

Here’s a nice article about the balance between agile and architecture:

David Giordano3dgiordanoNov 9, 2014, 3:46 am 
An Introduction to Minimum Viable Architecture http://ow.ly/3tYzDn

I have also seen teams lead with a series of sprints focusing entirely on architecture (we call it plumbing). This approach can be overdone and create months of design and development with nothing tangible to show to an end user, which defeats the purpose of agile. What we need is a balance of speed to market and architecture. What we need is a Minimal Viable Architecture (MVA).

Excellent career advice: “Success = Visibility, Image, and Performance.” As he points out, Image is more like your “brand”. When people think about you, what do they think of? Do they think you work on hard and important problems?

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 10, 2014, 12:39 am 
Career advice part 2 – Rico Mariani’s Performance Tidbits – Site Home – MSDN Blogs http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ricom/archive/2014/11/09/career-advice-part-2.aspx

Everybody can be the most powerful person in the room at different times, so it is important to remember that people watch you, all the time:

NatashadevnatashNov 10, 2014, 5:18 am 
Company culture = how the most powerful person in the room responds to bad behavior RT @lara_hogan @ThoughtBox

More Fun Tweets

John ScalziscalziNov 5, 2014, 12:56 am 
Also, I think it’s time for Alien! the Broadway musical. With the smash hit single “There’s Something Inside I Just Gotta Get Out.”
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 6, 2014, 6:25 am 
My inspiring friend Sam Day swims in Puget Sound carrying bricks. Read about why http://www.samday.com/SwimPaintings.html
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbNov 6, 2014, 4:01 pm 
Betterment – The signup form excitedly calculates how many days until your birthday @littlebigdetail http://littlebigdetails.com/post/101928036660/betterment-the-signup-form-excitedly-calculates
Holly Cumminsholly_cumminsNov 6, 2014, 2:52 pm 
L1 cache is a beer in hand, L3 is fridge, main memory is walking to the store, disk access is flying to another country for beer. @net0pyr
John ScalziscalziNov 7, 2014, 2:21 pm 
Whoa. RT @Iearnsomething: This is what an osprey looks like when in a dive.
Mathew PreziottepreziotteNov 8, 2014, 10:44 pm 
oh yeah I work at @newrelic now! and I didn’t even have to murder anyone. @JadeRubick
Brilliant MapsBrilliantMapsNov 9, 2014, 9:30 am 
Lichtgrenze. 8,000 illuminated balloons to recreate the Berlin Wall. learn more http://bit.ly/1xf3gYb