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Is 2020 over?

The list – obviously – only covers the year up to May so far. And it includes increasing inequality, the protests against it, brexit, fascism, riots, climate change, locust plagues and of course COVID-19. Not to mention recent Ebola Outbreak in Kongo or earthquake activity in the Yellowstone National Park cluster.

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The list is over at https://is2020over.com/. And the year still has something to offer for sure.

Via BoingBoing.

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Every Video Call Ever

Since COVID-19 let’s us work from home, we all made our experiences with Videoconferences. The tools make it possible to work from home, yet some still have to get used to the new freedom. We all know the feeling in these conferences, with colleagues listening or not, playing with their pets, kids or Zoom Backgrounds. Toggl, maker of fantastic time tracking software, nails it:

Video Conference Bingo
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Papercraft

For those bored in isolation, you can now build your own vintage computer. From paper. Following the instructions from Rocky Bergen, an artist and designer. Should work well with kids, too!

C64 Papercraft, by Rocky Bergen

Link: Papercraft.

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language rankings: Python on par with Java

Rising languages in RedMonk’s latest ranking include Python, TypeScript, Kotlin, and Dart.

Source: New programming language rankings: Python now as popular as Java, as TypeScript climbs

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The Y2038 Problem

The Y2038 problem is similar to the Y2K problem. We’re exactly in between both about now. Both are 18 years away, in either direction. While Y2K is over and was obvious to everyone, Y2038 is not.

The issue here relates to a representation of date and time in Unix systems, and is therefore sometimes referred to as Unix Y2K. The root is the convention to store date and time information as 32bit unsigned integer in such systems. This means, possible values are limited. Time-differences in seconds, starting from 01.Jan 1970 cannot span beyond 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038.

The Y2038 Problem
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The Y2038 problem will make all calculations beyond this date impossible, until migrated to another representation. At the time being, this seems far away. However, the problem casts its shadows already. Industries, in particular financial markets, often rely on long term forecasts.

Governance issued treasury bonds come with with the longest maturity. Often twenty years, sometimes thirty years. Calculations for complex, long running financing models easily try to estimate returns 20 years and beyond into the future. This is already beyond the problematic date that Y2038 brings. The code to run these calculations is typically complex and stable. Sometimes, it is as old as from 1970. Back then, this date-representation Unix engineers introduced this approach. 32bit covered a long period. John Femellia has a thread, over at Twitter, telling a story about the upcoming issues today.

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British Royal Mail issues computer games stamps

British Royal Mail issues computer games stamps writes BoingBoing:

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Worms, Wipeout, Micromachines & Sensible Soccer

The article features pictures of these stamps. Those who remember the times will find these adorable. The stamps are apparently available as first or second class stamps, at £1.60 or £1.55, and also in collectors sets.

Do I know enough people in the UK to send me postcards with stamps from:

  • Elite(1984)
  • Dizzy (1987)
  • Populous (1989)
  • Lemmings (1991)
  • Micro Machines (1991)
  • Sensible Soccer (1992)
  • Wipeout (1995)
  • Worms (1995)
Lemmings, Popoulus, Dizzy and Elite

each? Germany, meanwhile, is still debating whether computer games are hazardous and the people involved in the scene should be observed.

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The possibility to understand: SaaS Product Metrics

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Do you measure up?

Part of the compelling nature of SaaS Products is the possibility to understand the user and improve on the go. Any Product Manager will literally have to understand what are the use-cases for customers and how to focus on the important areas. Just recently our team led the debate which metrics would be the right ones to focus on.

Nancy Wang, Head of Product Management at Amazon Web Services, highlights six product metrics enterprise SaaS companies should track.

In this Article, Nancy Wang, head of Product Management at the most successful cloud service providers, shares her insights on important metrics to keep an eye on. The possibility to understand often goes overboard and requires focus.

The case under discussion in the article revolves around paid products. Derived metrics are a foundation that serves as a blueprint to other products in the SaaS space. Goals differ, but ultimately, to make a product successful, it requires an understanding of how successful customers were, using the product. Following the established funnel pattern, users are being segmented into funnel. Along that funnel, the metrics acquired need to reflect the stage of the journey the user is on.

At the top of the funnel, most often the interaction is anonymous and requires profiling to understand the audience coming in. Further down in the funnel, metrics capture engagement and transaction. Towards the end of the funnel, the metric needs to relate to retention.

Source: Do You Measure Up? Metrics for Enterprise SaaS Product Managers

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Data-driven Product Management

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In the age of Big Data, product management can leverage plenty of feedback. Any product decision can be based on data, too. Product Coalition has an article. Setting up User Analytics.

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Django 3.0 alpha1 released

A major version bump, with the largest change being built in support for ASGI, the Asynchronous Server Gateway Interface, that previously could be included via channels.

The biggest benefits ASGI offers over the traditional WSGI, is the possibility to build asynchronous operations in webapps, and leverage e.g. WebSockets to push information to the client.

Here are the in-development release notes: Django 3.0 release notes – UNDER DEVELOPMENT | Django documentation

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Specification of DNS over Dedicated QUIC Connections

While a lot of people debate DNS-over-https (and it’s dependencies), IETF has a specification for DNS-over-QUIC on it’s standards track.

This document describes the use of QUIC to provide transport privacy for DNS. The encryption provided by QUIC has similar properties to that provided by TLS, while QUIC transport eliminates the head-of-line blocking issues inherent with TCP and provides more efficient error corrections than UDP. DNS over QUIC (DNS/QUIC) has privacy properties similar to DNS over TLS specified in RFC7858, and performance similar to classic DNS over UDP.

Source: Specification of DNS over Dedicated QUIC Connections