It's Sysadmin Appreciation Day, and that means it's time, once again, to give our dear, tireless, essential administrator Ken Snider a sliver of the thanks that are his due.
I've worked with Ken for more than ten years, and he's been with Boing Boing almost that long, rescuing us from a DDoS attack -- just one of the many, many times he's come to our rescue. Today he's running several side-projects for us at Boing Boing, like administering our Tor exit node and setting up our long-overdue SSL-by-default.
Thank you sincerely, Ken, for all the midnight calls and overtime, the thankless hours and the smart sleuthing, the vital foresight and the brilliant flashes. We owe you, buddy!
Today's reading: When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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