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It's the worst of times and the best of times in tech right now. Big tech and a horde of zombie unicorns, backed by vulture capital, are spoiling our internet, stealing our data, and robbing their workers. But there's finally a seed of hope in the awareness that's growing.


Email signatures were a mistake.


Gift cards are the worst. The. Worst. You exchange money that can be used for anything, anywhere for the same amount of money that can be used in one place within a certain time.


There's nothing like that feeling that you're pulling the thread on a big idea. The idea is still fuzzy, but you keep moving the code around, and it slowly becomes clearer, one refactoring at the time. It's in this phase I cannot stand to write tests first.


There's never been a better or more prosperous time in tech to allow employees the freedom to follow their conscience. You absolutely do not have to work for the surveillance state, programming censorship apparatus, or writing defensive press releases to find employment.


When Silicon Valley say "reduce friction" they just mean "hide growing underclass of gig workers behind an app and cuff 'em with a rating".


The real threat of AI is that THE ALGORITHM correctly concludes that the most destructive political leadership is the global maxima for engagement.


4-tier / micro-service architectures are organizational scaling patterns far more than they're tech. 1st rule of distributed systems: Don't.


Strong encryption is our best defense against a surveillance state bent on Collect It All. Must be protected at all cost.


Dropbox is an interesting case where entire market window for the service could close before they ever had a chance to make real money.

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