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Saturday 6th March, 2021 #

  • Beats in Space Ep #1084 - Dima Pantyushin & Sasha Lipsky - Quite an unusual mix for Beats in Space, but really enjoyed this one, it’s a mix of like american and russian musicals style music mixed in with recorded sounds of someone taking the metro
  • Who Really Writes Twitter’s ‘Trending’ Summaries - Interview with Joanna Geary who leads Twitter’s curation team, I find this interesting because I write a lot of summaries, especially for podcast episodes, that I post to the linkblog, many of which end up in the newsletter, I have developed several different approaches depending on the content but also the mood I’m in, it hadn’t occurred to me until recently that this activity is an actual job, it’s cool that they work along side algorithms, and it’s supper cool that it’s a human team rather than all algorithms, I’m really curious about the UIs and tools they use to get their job done
  • 🚀 My javascript / tech / web development newsletter for 2021-03-06 is out!
  • Antivirus Software Trailblazer John McAfee Accused of $13 Million ‘Scalping’ Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme - For those that do hold crypto and NFTs, probably worth noting that talking about it on social media could land you in trouble
  • What do you think about NFTs? - Lots of confusion still about this NFT alternate dimension we appear to have entered, as is evident in this thread
  • Kings Of Leon to release new album ‘When You See Yourself’ as an NFT
  • Jack Dorsey is selling his original Tweet as an NFT, current highest bid is $110000
  • At Least 30,000 U.S. Organizations Newly Hacked Via Holes in Microsoft’s Email Software - I don’t often link to security hacking/cracking stories but this one feels different to usual because it has targeted small businesses, and there are a massive amount of organisations affected, it’s difficult enough running a small business in normal times, add to that the current world climate, and this sort of attack is very shocking, commentators are saying that such an indiscriminate attack is very out of character for these state hackers/crackers, I wonder if small businesses in countries outside the US were also targeted, it will result in a big push to get people away from using their own infra and into the cloud, which might not be the most robust setup long term
  • jQuery 3.6.0 Released! - There isn’t a huge amount in this release apart from security fixes, but they mention that v4.0 is on the horizon, great to see that this very well used library is still going strong
  • Getting Started with OrbitDB - The thing that I quite like about this is that it reminds me of git, in the way that every user has a complete copy of the data, so it makes working offline possible, and having a local copy of the data just makes sense, I’m still a bit unfamiliar with how IPFS works, but reading this guide makes me want to try it out
  • OrbitDB - “OrbitDB is a serverless, distributed, peer-to-peer database. OrbitDB uses IPFS as its data storage and IPFS Pubsub to automatically sync databases with peers. It’s an eventually consistent database that uses CRDTs for conflict-free database merges making OrbitDB an excellent choice for decentralized apps (dApps), blockchain applications and offline-first web applications”