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  1. Oct 2022
    1. It’s particularly important for leaders and managers to model the culture that the company tries to foster.

      Examples... setting your own focus time in your calendar, blocking off hours for deep work, having a "no meeting" day actually scheduled in your and your reports calendars.

    1. 85% of leaders say that the shift to hybrid work has made it challenging to have confidence that employees are being productive

      Time to get some new leaders.

    2. The strain is clear: in an average week, 42% of participants multitask during meetings by actively sending an email or ping—and that doesn’t include practices like reading incoming emails and pings, working in non-meeting files, or web activity


    3. Employees have embraced flexible work and its benefits and are rejecting a return to hustle culture


  2. Aug 2022
    1. The initial excitement about WFH has worn off and I've become conscious of the depressing alienation that remote work is causing.

      The excitement has worn off for the author, but anecdotally, I can say for myself that it absolutely hasn't. I'll never go back to working in an office again.

    2. but slowly realised that complete remote working was an alienating experience that has diminished the boundaries between work and leisure

      Personal opinion. This is true for the author, but not universally true.

  3. May 2022
    1. Did the code written by the developer reliably do what it was supposed to do?

      How can we determine this?

  4. Oct 2021
    1. What all these bad goals have in common is that they're arbitrary.

      Good goals aren't arbitrary.

  5. Feb 2021
    1. Establish structured daily check-ins: Many successful remote managers establish a daily call with their remote employees.

      make sure there is space during standup for chit-chat.

    1. (F)unctionalSifting:APrivacy-PreservingReputationSystemThroughMulti-InputFunctionalEncryption(extendedversion)
  6. Jan 2021
    1. I remember reading Matt Bruenig when I was in college, and he was like, “Well, actually Social Security was the most effective pathway to bring people out of poverty.”  I wrote a story in 2017 called “Why Education Is Not the Key to a Good Income,” and it was looking at this growing body of research that showed it was not your level of education that determined your chances of rising economic mobility. It was these other factors—like what kind of industries were in your community, union density, some of it was marriage. 

      makes sense... the best way out of poverty isn't education... it's money.

    1. “Creators want to create. Creators don't need to be paid to create. However, creators also need to eat. Creators need to have homes. Creators can't create so long as they aren't free to create,”

      So true.

    1. (1) Removal of the offending agent (the influential person with severe symptoms). (2) Dismantling systems of thought control—common in advertising but now also heavily adopted by politics. And (3) fixing the socioeconomic conditions that give rise to poor collective mental health in the first place.

      Fixing the socioeconomic conditions that give rise to poor mental health...

    1. At some point, it clicked: Creators make money so they can make stuff, instead of the other way around. Why not adopt this framing at Gumroad, too?

      Yeah, this hits home. You're goal isn't to make money, it's to build cool stuff.

    2. We also have an “anti-overtime” rate: past twenty hours a week, people can continue to work at an hourly rate of 50 percent. This allows us to have a high hourly rate for the highest leverage work and also allows people to work more per week if they wish.

      anti-overtime... love it.

  7. Nov 2020
    1. The challenges that come with remote work can be deceptive: If you’ve transitioned from an in-office role, it might seem like the best thing to do is to try and recreate all of the experiences that come with an office environment. But being remote is not the same as sharing a physical space. Instead of trying to replicate the in-office atmosphere, we must adapt—or even wholly reconsider—those experiences for the distributed context.
    2. What aspects of being in an office do we care about the most?

      The social aspects? Being able to walk up to someone and ask them a question. The organic conversations that spring up at the coffee machine. Being able to get everyone into a room to hash something out. Having a clear place that's "work" vs "not work".

    3. The same rules apply to giving a well-formed and carefully considered answer.
      • state your assumptions
      • explain why something is happening
      • make use of existing documentation/code snippets/etc.
  8. Oct 2020
    1. n IPv4 there’s a protocol called dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) so as long as you can find a DHCP server you can get all the information you need to connect (local address, router, DNS server, time server, etc). However, this service has to be set up by someone and IPv6 is designed to configure a network without it.

      There's no DHCP server involved with handing out IPv6 addresses.

    1. a “change agent” does not have to be the person in authority, but they do however have to have a clear vision and be able to communicate that clearly with others.

      Vision, and communication. Know where you want to go and be able to get others onboard.

    2. (change agents) – People who act as catalysts for change…

      I really like this definition of a "change agent."

    3. So although a change agent can trigger growth in an organization, the culture in which they exist or are brought into has a huge bearing on their success.

      It's very hard to be a change agent when the culture doesn't support that, or when there's no buy in from leadership/reporting structure.

    1. Science experiments for kids, delivered to your door

      Neat idea for when the kids are a bit older. Science delivered.

  9. Sep 2020
  10. Aug 2020
    1. OpenBSD on a Laptop

      Good pointers for things to do on a new OpenBSD laptop. A few things are out of date, but not a bad starting point.

    1. A more compelling vision, grounded in a materialist analysis of the conditions of production, would be a world where no one needs to get paid for these contributions because their material needs are taken care of through other means.

      Absolutely. The argument is always "how will creators get paid" and if they don't get paid, "why would they create?" but this completely misses the point. Creators don't create to get paid, they create to create. Payment is a nice side effect of creation (sometimes). It would be really neat to see a UBI situation where creators are freed up to do what drives them instead of what they need to do to pay the bills.

    1. Remote jobs for junior developers.

      Remote jobs board for junior developers.

  11. Jul 2020
    1. Go cheatsheet

      Super useful cheatsheet for the Go programming language.

    1. TLA+ is a high-level language for modeling programs and systems--especially concurrent and distributed ones.

      Need to look more into TLA+ and formal verification with regards to software development.

    1. Essays on programming I think about a lot

      Nice collection of programming essays

  12. Jun 2020
    1. The educational system is not dedicated to produce learning by students, but teaching by teachers—and teaching is a major obstruction to learning. Witness the difference between the ease with which we learned our first language without having it taught to us, and the difficulty with which we tried to learn a second language in school. Most of what we use as adults we learned once we got out of school, not while we were in it, and what we learned in school we forgot rapidly—fortunately. Most of it is either wrong or obsolete within a short time. Although we learn little of use by having it taught to us, we can learn a great deal by teaching others. It is always the teacher who learns most in a classroom. Schools are upside down. Students should be teaching, and teachers at all levels should learn no matter how much they resist doing so.

      Super interesting perspective. Especially for home schoolers.

    1. Communication systems are adapted to the needs of the work, not the needs of the hierarchy.

      What does this look like in practiice?