Interesting Things #20 — Life before Unicode
This is Beng Tan and welcome to Interesting Things, a curation of interesting stories and links from tech, work, biz, science, life and stuff.
Life before Unicode — Unicode added a lot of complexity to string handling but the alternatives are far worse.
7 Reasons Why I use Lenovo Thinkpad Laptops (for Linux) — I’m just a very happy user of this brand over the years on multiple machines. (hn)
What Makes a Good Changelog — Five decisions we made to make the best changelog we possibly could.
Conductor: Why We Migrated from Kubernetes to Nomad — A leading cloud-based visual-effects rendering platform moved from Kubernetes to Nomad and how it turned out. (hn)
Latency Sneaks Up On You — The non-linear effect of utilization.
7 VS Code Tricks Every Developer Needs To Know — Learn to get the most of your IDE and use it to speed up your development.
A description of how VaxiCode and VaxiCode Verif work. — Quebec’s vaccination passport. Maybe your jurisdiction will do something similar? (hn)
Should we stick to old patterns or sacrifice consistency? — Consistency is valuable. Evolving the way things are done is valuable. Having both has a cost.
When Should I Not Refactor? — A few times when I think a refactor is worse than leaving the code as-is.
Linux/BSD command line wizardry: Learn to think in sed, awk, and grep — Do people really write these long, convoluted commands? In a word: yes. (hn)
Building solutions to problems that no one knows exist yet — How do you solve a problem that someone doesn’t know they have? (hn)
The Reality of Employee Surveillance Software for Remote Workers, Explained — Employers are using employee surveillance software to keep tabs on workers. Is it a temporary fad or permanent trend?
The Seniority Roller Coaster and Down-Leveling in Tech — Switching tech jobs usually comes with either a financial or a title upside but not both. (hn)
Why so many workers have lost interest in their jobs — For many, the pandemic has deteriorated our relationship with our jobs. Can you re-ignite the spark? (hn)
What I wish someone had told me before I became a Manager — How leaders burn out. (hn)
The Great Resignation is here and no one is prepared — Workers are quitting their jobs in record numbers and bosses are still scrambling to figure out how to keep them. (hn)
Dust-sized supercapacitor packs the same voltage as a AAA battery — Scientists in Germany have developed what they say is the smallest microsupercapacitor in existence. (hn)
How Steven Weinberg Transformed Physics and Physicists — When Steven Weinberg died last month, the world lost one of its most profound thinkers. (hn)
First ancient human DNA found from key Asian migration route — Sulawesi has some of the world’s oldest cave art. Now a fossil with DNA hints at a mysterious lineage of people. (hn)
Toshiba Makes Breakthrough Towards the Quantum Internet — Long distance quantum communication over 600 km of fiber unlocked! (hn)
New evidence shows this uranium cube is likely relic of Nazi A-bomb program — New methods could eventually be used to track illicit trafficking of nuclear material. (hn)
Floating wind turbines could open up vast ocean tracts for renewable power — Technology could help power a clean energy transition if it can overcome hurdles of cost, design and opposition from fishing. (hn)
Scientists Reveal World’s First 3D-Printed, Marbled Wagyu Beef — How would you like your Wagyu beef?
Female octopuses throw things at males that are harassing them — Footage of octopuses throwing silt and shells suggests that they deliberately target others.
Australia’s cane toads evolved as cannibals with frightening speed — The noxious pests have become so numerous, they’ve developed a taste for each other.
New species of ancient four-legged whale discovered in Egypt — Modern whales developed from deer-like mammals that lived on land over the course of 10 million years.
Danish Student solves how the Universe is reflected near black holes (Jul 2021) — Space is so warped around black holes that even light rays curve around them. (hn)
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Has Completed Testing — It’s being prepped for shipment to its launch site. (hn)
Discovering ourselves — Descartes said we think, therefore we exist. But do we really know what we think?
Gresham’s Law of Time Management: When to Blow Up a Week — Decisions that are more routine and repetitive will tend to be made before the ones that are unique. (hn)
Why You May Have More Friends Than Your Friends Do Relax. It’s the quality of friendships that matter. (hn)
It’s Not in Your Head: The World Really Is Getting Worse — Since the 1970s, wages, infrastructure, and the pace of technology have all stagnated. Can it be reversed? (hn)
The ‘wadokei’: the old way of measuring time in Japan — A day had 12 hours and the length of an hour changed with the seasons. (hn)
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