By Tyler Jefford
On September 30th, 2020
What a blur, I can’t believe it’s already October. We are just about a month away from the US presidential elections. If you are able to, please exercise your right to vote. Let your voice be heard. Check if you are registered and get some questions answered at I Will Vote.
This month was super busy, working late nights and long weekends as well. Not a pace I’d like to keep, luckily Q4 is looking much more sustainable, and I am looking forward to holidays even if I don’t know what that looks like this year.
Each week on Wednesday I posted a new blog. This month I deviated from the planned posts and wrote a couple reflecting pieces.
I read a couple books I highly recommend this month as I found time to escape everything and just read alone.
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy - I really liked the way the author went over how data has already been a problem and warned how we might be on a path for more inequality.
For the second time I read through Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) - its such an interesting read. What people self-report, what they say in public is very different than what they act when they think no one is watching.
I also finally watched Parasite by Bong Joon-ho. I really loved the cinematography in this movie, the writing the characters. I wanted to watch another 2 hours of the movie.
What Are Geofence Warrants? – The Markup - “Police pegged McCoy as a potential suspect without security camera footage […] because his device had shown up as near the burglary site. The Gainesville Police Department had gotten something called a geofence warrant”
The Hidden Costs of Constantly Shipping new Things - Mind the Product - A cautionary tale about building up a mountain of tech debt and a system that is a pile of code but not a concentrated software system.
A really interesting UX case study on building the mars rover dashboard Designing a control panel for a Mars Rover by harsh vardhan singh
Panic - Nova The successor to Coda is finally here. Through I have now switched to Visual Studio Code, this team is amazing and I will be testing it.
Meeting everyone on a new team - Anna Shipman wrote a really great article on why you should take the time to meet everyone on the team you lead when you join a new company.
How We Built a Real-time Privacy Inspector – The Markup - Blacklight creates a report on a given URL to show what kind of data might be taken from you by using the website. I am so excited to see this go so wide.