- Don’t keep cell phones near your body – Techcrunch: there’s finally some concrete guidelines about this and it looks like maybe the tin-foil hat-wearers were right about cellphones leaking electromagnetic radiation.
- State of Voice Coding – Gustav Wengel: learn how to write code using your voice rather than a keyboard. Very important for developers to know because our industry does not take RSI (repetitive stress injury) and ergonomics as seriously as it should. It mentions the Dragonfly open source framework for “associating actions with voice” (it relies on Dragon NaturallySpeaking however).
- Is spending time on social media bad for us? – Facebook Newsroom: Two researchers who work for Facebook consider whether our addiction to social media is bad for us. They’ve made some changes to the news feed quality, added suicide prevention tools, and more in a bid to get everyone to keep using Facebook (and now they’ve started target children more openly which is frightening).
- Scaling Slack’s Job Queue – Slack Engineering: while we like the alternatives of Riot.im and Zulip, Slack has some really cool software engineering happening. In this article they talk about how they scaled their job queue (jobs run in the background to make sure messages are sent and payments are processed and emails are sent). They’re using Redis and Kafka, cool tech to use when scaling up, both are free/open source projects.
- More resources for professional software developers – SourceContribute.com: we collect links about professionalism, software industry, where to learn new skills and more on the SourceContribute Resources page.
Most of the conference videos are up on Youtube and they are very informative and fun. There are a lot of good talks. I’ve picked a few to showcase here but you should check out the whole playlist of SHA2017 videos.
Decentralize! Self-hosting in your own home using Sovereign
In the Decentralize! talk, the software Sovereign is explored and shown to be a good way to set up your own personal cloud and host your own services and data. Sovereign is a set of playbooks that can be run to install the software on a server that you run. It’s similar to the Freedom Box project.
The software you can self-host with Sovereign is:
- Dovecot, Postfix and Roundcube for email servers and a webmail interface
- Jabber/XMPP messaging server with Prosody
- RSS reader
- VPN server with OpenVPN (FreedomBox also can do this)
- Git code repository hosting