Interesting Things #32 — Sociotechnical Lenses


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Sociotechnical Lenses into Software Systems (Oct 2021) — People are constantly changing software, and those people almost certainly have different short and long-term goals, contexts, and pressures. (hn)

How Many Titles Does It Take to Run a Software Engineering Team? — A semi-scientific analysis of senior SWE job titles, and an unscientific set of opinions about them. (hn)

Why is an Enterprise Sale So Complex? — An enterprise sale is a significant source of opportunity for startups. (hn)

How Quantum Computers Will Correct Their Errors — Quantum bits are fussy and fragile. Useful quantum computers will need error-correction. (hn)

A statement about my Scala open source work — This document describes my decision to stop doing open source work in the Scala community. (hn)

ConstitutionDAO — a $20 million stupid Ethereum trick — Either this is an elaborately preplanned rugpull — or it’s actually the dumb stunt it appears to be. (hn)

What technologies should I learn? — Recommendations for early career web developers. (hn)

Why mobile releases are a silent killer, and what your team can do about it (Oct 2021) — Here are some things we wished our old selves and teams had insight into back then. (hn)

Coding Interviews – Why you shouldn’t give homework — Homework signals to candidates that their time is worthless. (hn)

Introducing Svelte, and Comparing Svelte with React and Vue — Let’s dive into what makes Svelte different, why it’s so enjoyable, and how it’s able to ship such tiny, fast apps. (hn)

Reframing tech debt — If we bake addressing tech debt into our plans, could it become an opportunity to build abundance into our systems? (hn)

Logging at Twitter: Updated (Aug 2021) — Twitter encountered challenges moving away from a home grown logging platform to the commercially available Splunk. (hn)


Why so many people undercharge for their work — Setting a rate can be a minefield for folks navigating an industry alone. (hn)

What Every Engineer and Computer Scientist Should Know: The Biggest Contributor to Happiness — Seeking the fundamental factors instrumental to happiness. (hn)


The Modest Moderna Cofounder And Multibillionaire Robert Langer Shares His Secrets To Success — Work and life advice garnered from decades of experience. (hn)

Another Humorous Substack Panic — The notion that Substack is a threat to traditional media itself speaks to their comical inability to understand cause and effect. (hn)


The ingenious living bridges of India — For centuries, indigenous groups in north-east India have crafted intricate bridges from living fig trees. (hn)

Rare case of woman’s body ridding itself of HIV — A woman from Argentina appears to have rid herself of HIV without drugs or treatment — the second documented case of its kind in the world. (hn)

Alzheimer’s vaccine step closer after new treatment reverses memory loss — Scientists hail successful trial on mice in which vaccine trains immune system to fight sticky amyloid protein that accumulates in the brain. (hn)

Mosquitoes have a mutual symbiotic relationship with malaria-causing pathogen — Infection with the parasite provides the mosquito an advantage that promotes reproduction and disease transmission. (hn)


Octopuses, crabs and lobsters to be recognised as sentient beings under UK law following LSE report findings — An LSE report demonstrates they have capacity to experience pain or distress. (hn)

No One Cares! — Our fears about what other people think of us are overblown and rarely worth fretting over. (hn)

Revealed: the software that studies your Facebook friends to predict who may commit a crime — Dozens of US companies have popped up in recent years to harness social media to help solve and predict crime. (hn)

The Urgent Case for Sabbaticals for All — Research shows that extended time off isn’t just a break—it can be a life-changing period that helps us reset our understanding of who we are. (hn)

Talk with the Hand! — The expressive art of chirology: I observed that the most effective communicators delivered the most histrionic performances. (hn)


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