I Can Haz Gratitude

June 12, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

Great blog post about the burdens of running a tiny piece of software that became a critical piece of global infrastructure.

There was a phase for a few years where malware authors kept writing malware that would call out to icanhazip.com to find out what they had infected. If they could find out the external IP address of the systems they had compromised, they could quickly assess the value of the target. Upatre was the first, but many followed after that.

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  1. On Digital Gardening, Blogs, and Knowledge

    June 11, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I’m seeing a lot less internet chatter about “productivity” and a lot more about information structures.1 I think this represents a natural followup to the task management craze of previous years. The market responded to GTD with a huge variety of apps and systems and most of us ...

  2. Remember the Shelf

    June 06, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I remember iOS 11 like it was just 4 decades ago. There was so much excitement for the new drag and drop features on the iPad that I can feel my adrenaline increase as I write this missive. “Finally”, the iPad was getting real. I took my enthusiasm and invested ...

  3. Types of Blogs

    June 06, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I have a couple of little projects that have me thinking a lot about blogging. One of those projects is to groom and optimize my RSS feed reading. Crazy, right? I don’t like reading most mainstream news and I definitely don’t like Apple News. RSS is a good ...

  4. NetNewsWire iCloud Sync

    May 20, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Speaking of RSS, I've been very happy with the latest NetNewsWire betas. iCloud syncing in NetNewsWire is fast and stupid-easy. The iOS apps are very nice for reading and the Mac app is stable and uses very little power. It's just nice to have a rock-solid RSS reader ...

  5. Fool Me Once… Google and RSS

    May 19, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Apparently Google rediscovered RSS. I look forward to their second failure with it.

    It does make me wonder what advertising scheme they are planning to shoehorn into their version of RSS that wasn’t possible 8 years ago.

  6. The M1 Mac Experience

    May 19, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Have you heard enough about the new M1 Macs? Of course you haven’t, that’s why you’re here. I’ve been using the new MacBook Air with M1 ARM processor for a few weeks. It has been mostly great. The battery life is unbelievable and it’s a ...

  7. Link Fest May 2021

    May 09, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    There are some delightful sites out there on the internet. Here’s a few that I’m enjoying. I only had one criteria for this list: the sites must support RSS. Remember RSS? It’s like Twitter without the buttholes.

    Waxy.org is a weird and wonderful collection of things ...

  8. Wizardzines

    May 04, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I read a lot of technical papers and books. None are as fun as the comic-esque explainers from Wizardzines. Now, Julia Evans has put everything online, including incomplete comics and single topics such as Sort & Uniq

    Wizardzines are wonderful little tutorials that don’t just make good references (or posters ...

  9. Video Entertainment I Have Enjoyed During the Pandemic

    May 03, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    After the decade long year we just had, I want to appreciate how good the escapism TV has been for me. There has been some dynamite TV and YouTube. Some of these predated the pandemic but are wonderful for a rewatch.


    Altered Carbon (scifi)

    The Witcher (fantasy)

    Shadow and ...