Interesting Things #26 — Go go go


This is Beng Tan and welcome to Interesting Things, a curation of interesting stories and links from tech, work, biz, science, life and random stuff.

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Why We Crave Software With Style Over “Branding” — Modern software’s uniformity has fueled a craving for more interesting, opinionated tools. (hn)

‘date -d’ vs. ‘date -s’, and ‘show foo’ vs. ‘clear foo’ — One command just lists a bunch of stuff, and the other one knocks them out! (hn)

Implementing form filling and accessibility in the Firefox PDF viewer — It was time to reinvest in the PDF viewer and support filling PDF forms to make our users' lives easier. (hn)

Hunting down a C memory leak in a Go program — A story of metrics, confusion, and eBPF. (hn)

Go is Korean, Lisp is Japanese — Recently I took a fresh look at the Go programming language. What I’ve found is shocking in a really really good way. (hn)

The robot that can make pasta and sauce — and save restaurants 60% on rent — No one knew there was a robot behind the restaurant on the platforms. (hn)

China’s Robotaxis Hit the Road — The initial stages of China’s robotaxi development are clear. The future path to deployment is harder to predict. (hn)

How Red Hat uses GitLab for kernel development — Not only can it work for kernel development but it can bring a number of advantages. (hn)

How React Native Made Me Love Mobile-First Development — You might be surprised when you see how quickly you can push out a mobile app. (hn)


Agile Shower Thoughts — Everything needs to happen faster, but be aware of the risks. (hn)

How to be a nice programmer — Eventually I learned that I will never be the best programmer. I also learned how to be nice. (hn)

Is Management Right for Me? An Engineer’s Guide to Choosing a Career Path — Forget the common wisdom about the skills you need. Instead, ask yourself two questions. (hn)

The Importance of Writing in Software Engineering — Improve your writing skills as a manager and help your team understand its importance and get better. (hn)


Eating the Cloud from Outside In — The others are playing Chess. Cloudflare is playing Go. (hn)

Building a startup with Rust — A compilation of thoughts around building a company with Rust. (hn)


A ‘Pacemaker for the Brain’: No Treatment Helped Her Depression — Until This — The first study of individualized brain stimulation to treat severe depression. (hn)

The Devastating Ways Depression and Anxiety Impact the Body — Mind and body form a two-way street. (hn)

Hundreds of three-eyed ‘dinosaur shrimp’ emerge after Arizona monsoon — Their eggs can stay dormant for decades, waiting for water. (hn)

Tiny rare fossil found in 16 million-year-old amber is ‘once-in-a-generation’ find — Researchers have discovered the third-ever tardigrade fossil on record. (hn)


It’s Time to Stop Paying for a VPN — Many virtual private network services that were meant to protect your web browsing can no longer be trusted. (hn)


Why so many of us are casual spider-murderers — It’s officially arachnicide season in the Northern Hemisphere. (hn)


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