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What's making me happy 2016-10-17

By Nat Welch

A few days late, but here is a #happy post. I spent most of last week sick. As such digging through my links was difficult since I apparently spent half the time just liking things on Twitter.

@timball sent me Typora which is “a minimal markdown reading & writing app”. So far it’s pretty cool, but I need to play with it more.

I have a weird love of meta Journalism articles on Journalism. NYT’s article “A Onetime BuzzFeed Wunderkind, Now at CNN” falls deeply in this category.

Pokemon Go, Security, and Obsolescence is a nice reminder how annoying forced and planned obsolescence is.

GitLab reinstates list of servers that have malware is an interesting article. The data it provides is a nice reminder of how many websites on the internet are compromised.

I’m slowly reading through The Stack which has been a fun read academic read on how technology could be effecting how humans interact. One thing I didn’t know about that the book referenced was PLA Unit 61398, AKA APT1. This hit especially close to home as work has had me closely learning about APT28 and APT29. I didn’t even know about state actor level hacking groups before this job, and now I know more than I ever thought I would.

While I was doing some blog cleanup, I found “Switching to Android”, and this month it was my sixth year since switching to a smart phone. Basically everything I predicted happened.

Two Star Wars videos:

I discovered twitter/secureheaders, which is an amazing Ruby gem which basically just enables all of the things you are supposed to set as a secure website these days.

Trump is not a team player” is a great political campaign put out by some of the people behind Cards Against Humanity. For the gamers out there, it really hits home.

Coding Magic by Marie LeBlanc Flanagan was a great read. I totally agree. Coding is weird.

Say Cheese: a snapshot of the massive DDoS attacks coming from IoT cameras is a fascinating read on how DDoS attacks are changing.

I listened to a bunch of great podcasts during my sickness, but my favorite two were:

I also watched a bunch of Tiny Desk concerts:

Finally I’ve been working through some albums that I’m really enjoying:

I hope you have a great week!

/Nat