Unspoken expectations are pre meditated resentments Neil Strauss


Innovation is not linear, example #n

Absolutely loved this 2020 article about Acorn, once a British computer company in the 80s and 90s you maybe haven’t heard of, and how it went on to influence chip designs in the devices we use everyday.

Tickles the bones of any British developer of a certain vintage (such as myself).

How an obscure British PC maker invented ARM and changed the world

It’s nice to just take a moment and reflect: because the British felt they were being left behind by the computer revolution, they decided to make TV shows about computers. To do that, they needed a computer, so an underdog British company came up with a good one. And when that little company needed to build a faster CPU, because Intel couldn’t be bothered to answer their calls, they made their own. This in-house CPU just so happened to not use much power or make much heat, which got the attention of Apple, who used it to power what most people consider to be its biggest failure. From there, of course, the company went on to take over the world.

🍎 what an line (often misattributed to Leonardo da Vinci, apparently). I see the font everywhere in B2C websites now.

I love the smell of admin in the morning

Heroku - positive developments

Positive things coming from Heroku re support for cloud native buildpacks and rebasing on Kubernetes. Their emerging AI support also interesting.

Feels significant given the sense of bitrot over the last few years, especially around docker and slow dyno scaling.

Good luck to new CEO who is clearly on a mission to bring Kubernetes in, although please hide most of it from customers!


Pompidou, Paris

Progress is fixing the problems of the previous generation, while also creating new ones.

Except nothing is ever really new.

As in life, as in code.

This excellent post is a reminder of the merits of “boring tech” in most companies of the world who aren’t Big Tech or AI startups antonz.org/stupid

Currently reading: Judas by Amos Oz 📚absolutely hooked on the characters and the setting of 1959 Israel

Wonderful Waterland by Graham Swift 📚

Bit too heavy in the end for me but .. tldr - Rasputin was a sexual predator, we know this, but the times he lived in were fascinating : Rasputin by Douglas Smith 📚

GA4… GTM… Consent Mode v2.. GA… BiqQuery… you can all get in the sea 🌊

Another AI enabled glasses product. Although this one looks like it’s been made for humans, which is refreshing: https://brilliant.xyz

This is a well-written manifesto on JS based web development: ahastack.dev

We use Astro for wonderbly.com with some React for interactivity and it does feels like the square-peg in the Astro’s round-hole.

The more I read about htmx the more I want to join its hype train :D

“Things can only get better” (famously used by UK Labour in 97) just came on radio. Got me fired up for a general election, we need one!

Currently reading: October, October by Katya Balen 📚

Oooh this is a good one, kids are hooked

Year in books for 2023

I actually finished more than this but only started tracking recently.

Top of the fiction list is surely Lessons followed closely Bonfire of the Vanities.

Barrow’s Boys wins my non fiction list - an inspiring true tale of a daring and fanatic devotion to adventure and science.

Lessons Time Shelter Inventor of the Future Barrow's Boys The Bell Jar Mayflies The Bonfire of the Vanities Termush (Faber Editions) Tokyo Express The Wolf-girl, the Greeks and the Gods

Currently reading: Babel by R 📚

Along with everyone else 😆

Finished reading: Tokyo Express by Seicho Matsumoto 📚

2023 list: Lessons by Ian McEwan 📚

Possibly my favourite novel of the year. Mesmerising.