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February 08, 2019

Christof Damian

Fosdem 2019


This year I managed for the first time to attend Fosdem in Brussels. Since I started to be involved in open source software I always wanted to go, but somehow something else always came up. This time I made an early effort to book my vacation days, hotel and flight.
I stayed at the Bedford Hotel & Congress Center, which was the worst part of the whole trip. Just avoid it.


I never been to Brussels and for some reason thought it would be a bit of a dump with an European Government ghetto attached. But it is quite the opposite, a very charming town with lots of things to do. I checked out the Atomium, House of European History, Veloseum and the Natural History Museum.
There are many statues, parks and gratifies spread around the city to keep you busy. 
Most of the time I spend walking around the city and checking out the old buildings and cobblestone streets. I obviously also had fries and waffles.




Fosdem is a pretty big conference with many parallel tracks. Because it was my first time I took the easiest path and just stayed in the main room where all the keynotes were happening. Some were more attended than others, but the room was always pretty full. Here is a list of the talks I followed, with a link to the official website, some have the videos already attached. 

FLOSS, the Internet and the Future
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/floss_internet_future/

Blockchain: The Ethical Considerations
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/blockchain_ethics/ 
Very much a high level talk, but presented very well and entertaining.

Mattermost’s Approach to Layered Extensibility in Open Source
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/mattermost_layered_extensibility/ 
Mostly a commercial for Mattermost, not much about layering. 

Matrix in the French State
What happens when a government adopts open source & open standards for all its internal communication?
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/matrix_french_state/ 
I never heard of matrix before, it looks like a very interesting project and it is cool to see it adapted by the French government. I tried it out myself, but it is still pretty buggy - at least the registration process.

Solid: taking back the Web through decentralization
App development as we know it will radically change
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/solid_web_decentralization/
I read about this on lwn.net . To make this useful in any way it has to be widely adopted, which seems unlikely. Like the semantic web it is a developers dream, that always seems to be in the near future.

The Current and Future Tor Project
Updates from the Tor Project
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/tor_project/ 
Very cool to see how Tor is moving and adapting to allow more people to enjoy privacy. Certainly got me to install the Tor Browser on my mobile and thinking about running a Tor node.

Algorithmic Sovereignty and the state of community-driven open source development
Is there a radical interface pedagogy for algorithmic governementality?
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/algorithmic_sovereignty/

Open Source at DuckDuckGo
Raising the Standard of Trust Online
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/duckduckgo_open_source/ 
For me it still has to go a long way before it can replace Google in my daily life. But it is the default in the Tor Browser, so I’ll see how it goes. They also have some additional tools to help with privacy, which looked pretty useful. 

Crostini: A Linux Desktop on ChromeOS
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/crostini/ 
An infomercial from Google. 

Open Source C#, .NET, and Blazor - everywhere PLUS WebAssembly
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/open_source_microsoft/ 
I planned to use this slot to get some food, but I am glad I didn’t. Very entertaining talk about the portability of C# code all demoed live with use cases in CLI, Web, micro computer and micro controller. I just still have a deep seated mistrust in Microsoft, so I am not ready to look into C#. 

The Cloud is Just Another Sun
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/cloud_is_another_sun/ 
I am worried myself of using cloud services like AWS where I am locked in to some software, but some of the services are just so convenient and cheap that it makes sense for a business. 

2019 - Fifty years of Unix and Linux advances
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/keynote_fifty_years_unix/
Maddog giving a very long talk about the history of Unix, it made me feel old and young at the same time.


by Christof Damian (noreply@blogger.com) at February 08, 2019 10:06 AM

Friday Links

Keep your dependencies secure and up-to-date with GitHub and Dependabo
https://github.blog/2019-01-31-keep-your-dependencies-secure-and-up-to-date-with-github-and-dependabot/

Retiring from 'sad' on twitter
https://brokenco.de/2019/01/01/retiring-from-sadness.html

The right amount of perfect
https://m.signalvnoise.com/the-right-amount-of-perfect/

Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Casual Feedback
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140602024642-22330283-avoiding-the-unintended-consequences-of-casual-feedback/

Executing a Sunset
https://codeascraft.com/2019/02/01/executing-a-sunset/

Snopes quits Facebook's factchecking program amid questions over its impact
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/01/snopes-facebook-factchecking-program-false-news

It's 2019, and a PNG file can pwn your Android smartphone or tablet: Patch me if you can
https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2019/02/07/android_january_patches/

Consolidating your website traffic on canonical URLs
https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2019/02/consolidating-your-website-traffic-on.html

Major Zcash Vulnerability Fixed
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/02/major_zcash_vul.html

XING Kubernetes components published as Open Source
https://tech.xing.com/xing-kubernetes-components-published-as-open-source-368829289c96

Firefox taking a hard line against noisy video, banning it from autoplaying
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/02/firefox-to-block-noisy-autoplaying-video-in-next-release/

Facebook's New Privacy Hires
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/02/facebooks_new_p.html

Cisco backs calls for US GDPR
https://www.itproportal.com/news/cisco-backs-calls-for-us-gdpr/

The GIST Board — A New Way to Do Planning and Execution
https://hackernoon.com/the-gist-board-a-new-way-to-do-planning-and-execution-47ad3c0dd5d5

Report: Developers want clear role requirements
https://sdtimes.com/softwaredev/report-developers-want-clear-role-requirements/

Why we re-designed our engineering career paths at CircleCI
https://circleci.com/blog/why-we-re-designed-our-engineering-career-paths-at-circleci/

How We Interview Engineers at CircleCI
https://circleci.com/blog/how-we-interview-engineers-at-circleci/

by Christof Damian (noreply@blogger.com) at February 08, 2019 08:56 AM

January 31, 2019

Christof Damian

Nearly Friday Links

Article review: "The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures"
https://paulmck.livejournal.com/52490.html
https://hbr.org/2019/01/the-hard-truth-about-innovative-cultures

Kickoffs!
https://m.signalvnoise.com/kickoffs/

Making Gmail on mobile better for you
https://www.blog.google/products/gmail/making-gmail-on-mobile-better-for-you/

Protect your work life balance – take a real sick day
https://www.atlassian.com/blog/productivity/take-real-sick-days-work-life-balance

Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020
https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2019/01/29/microsoft_internet_explorer_10/

On Being A Principal Engineer
https://blog.dbsmasher.com/2019/01/28/on-being-a-principal-engineer.html

Growing with your company's complexity.
https://lethain.com/growing-with-your-company/

An update on our work to prevent abuse ahead of the EU elections
https://www.blog.google/around-the-globe/google-europe/update-our-work-prevent-abuse-ahead-eu-elections/

An instrumental intro to GraphQL with Ruby
https://blog.appsignal.com/2019/01/29/graphql.html

Meeting people.
https://lethain.com/meeting-people/

GitLab Alumni Program (Gitlab Offboarding)
https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/offboarding/#gitlab-alumni-program

Focusing on the new Search Console
https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2019/01/focusing-on-new-search-console.html

Yesterday’s mass-login attack on Basecamp is another reminder to protect yourself
https://m.signalvnoise.com/yesterdays-mass-login-attack-on-basecamp-is-another-reminder-to-protect-yourself/

How to deal with a micromanaging boss
https://m.signalvnoise.com/how-to-deal-with-a-micromanaging-boss/

Richer interactivity in Data Studio
https://www.blog.google/products/marketingplatform/analytics/2019-richer-interactivity-data-studio/

Can Side Projects Boost Tech Developers' Performance? 12 Experts Weigh In
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/01/15/can-side-projects-boost-tech-developers-performance-12-experts-weigh-in/#79a298f73c3c

by Christof Damian (noreply@blogger.com) at January 31, 2019 09:33 AM

January 25, 2019

Christof Damian

Friday Links

Metrics for the unmeasurable.
https://lethain.com/metrics-for-the-unmeasurable/

How to Get Buy in at Work: a Step by Step Guide
https://getlighthouse.com/blog/get-buy-in-at-work-how-to/


Putting on some wait
https://m.signalvnoise.com/putting-on-some-wait/

Rails 6.0.0 beta1: Action Mailbox, Action Text, Multiple DBs, Parallel Testing, Webpacker by default
https://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2019/1/18/Rails-6-0-Action-Mailbox-Action-Text-Multiple-DBs-Parallel-Testing/

Schneier: Evaluating the GCHQ Exceptional Access Proposal
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/01/evaluating_the_.html

10 Ways to Build More Value Into Your Product
https://productcoalition.com/how-your-customers-think-of-product-value-51d80f78305f

Work From Home – in Vermont!
https://oduinn.com/2019/01/21/work-from-home-in-vermont/

Backblaze Hard Drive Stats for 2018
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-2018/

Why are companies scared to hire “junior” people?
https://uxplanet.org/why-are-companies-scared-to-hire-junior-people-676a3463e5b3

I miss LiveJournal.
https://www.jwz.org/blog/2019/01/i-miss-livejournal/

On Sizing Your Engineering Organizations
https://kellanem.com/notes/on-team-size

DNS flag day
https://dnsflagday.net/

Our Software Dependency Problem
https://research.swtch.com/deps

Turns out your standing desk isn't solving your sitting problem
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/standing-desk-benefits

Research shows productive teams do these 3 things
https://www.atlassian.com/blog/teamwork/team-productivity-tips-and-research

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently
https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2019/01/22/google_chrome_browser_ad_content_block_change/

Google will start retiring Hangouts for G Suite users in Octobe
https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/22/google-will-start-retiring-hangouts-for-g-suite-users-in-october/amp/

Co-Parenting the Baby: When the VP Engineering Joins a Startup
https://medium.com/coaching-notes/co-parenting-the-baby-when-the-vp-engineering-joins-a-startup-eba3ce85120

The State of the Octoverse: Machine Learning
https://github.blog/2019-01-24-the-state-of-the-octoverse-machine-learning/

AWS: New – TLS Termination for Network Load Balancers
https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-tls-termination-for-network-load-balancers/

NES.css
https://nostalgic-css.github.io/NES.css/

by Christof Damian (noreply@blogger.com) at January 25, 2019 08:37 AM

January 18, 2019

Christof Damian

Friday Links

by Christof Damian (noreply@blogger.com) at January 18, 2019 08:54 AM