Petr Zvonicek

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Petr Zvonicek

70 days ago

The White Darkness

newyorker.com

Petr Zvonicek

70 days ago

I went from being a bad writer to a good writer after taking a one-day course in “business writing.” I couldn’t believe how simple it was. I’ll tell you the main tricks here so you don’t have to waste a day in class.

The Day You Became A Better Writer

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Petr Zvonicek

164 days ago

The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them

erinbromage.com

Petr Zvonicek

168 days ago

How Florian Schneider And Kraftwerk Created Pop's Future

npr.org

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235 days ago

But the main observation I came home with after this trip is this: America is a rich country that feels like a poor country.

My Trip to Vietnam, Singapore, and Qatar

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Petr Zvonicek

481 days ago

Libra, a Cyberpunk Nightmare in the Midst of Crypto Spring

hackernoon.com

Petr Zvonicek

597 days ago

Mark Hollis And Talk Talk's Brilliant, Nuanced, Stubborn Visions

npr.org

Petr Zvonicek

603 days ago

How paradoxical. Snow-sports enthusiasts think of themselves as great lovers of nature and clean air, more conscious than most people of the changing climate. Yet their sport is becoming ever more man-made, expensive and exclusive. Perversely, it is also becoming more polluting, producing ever more emissions of greenhouse gases to survive.

Winter sports face a double threat, from climate and demographic change

economist.com

Petr Zvonicek

614 days ago

Turisté, kteří nenávidí turisty

heroine.cz

Petr Zvonicek

618 days ago

Google was supposed to be the goal, the reward people worked so hard for. And on the surface, it was everything you could have asked for: lots of autonomy, excellent compensation, a workspace that caters to your every need. So why did it feel so empty?

Silicon Inquiry

notesfrombelow.org

Petr Zvonicek

747 days ago

The Quest to the Unlived Life

moretothat.com

Petr Zvonicek

816 days ago

Annoyed by Restaurant Playlists, a Master Musician Made His Own

nytimes.com

Petr Zvonicek

944 days ago

This Couple Went to Every National Park in America and Says These Are the Best

travelandleisure.com

Petr Zvonicek

978 days ago

Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

wired.com

Petr Zvonicek

990 days ago

Jak se kreslí realtime volební mapy pro statisíce lidí

marcel.sulek.eu

Petr Zvonicek

1066 days ago

“There are people who worry about ai [artificial intelligence],” Harris said. “They ask whether we can maximise its potential without harming human interests. But ai is already here. It’s called the internet. We’ve unleashed this black box which is always developing new ways to persuade us to do things, by moving us from one trance to the next.”

The experiment was significant, said Fogg, not so much for its specific finding as for what it implied: that computer applications could be methodically designed to exploit the rules of psychology in order to get people to do things they might not otherwise do. In the paper itself, he added a qualification: “Exactly when and where such persuasion is beneficial and ethical should be the topic of further research and debate.”

The scientists who make apps addictive

1843magazine.com

Petr Zvonicek

1105 days ago

“The dynamics of the attention economy are structurally set up to undermine the human will,” he says. “If politics is an expression of our human will, on individual and collective levels, then the attention economy is directly undermining the assumptions that democracy rests on.” If Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat are gradually chipping away at our ability to control our own minds, could there come a point, I ask, at which democracy no longer functions?

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

theguardian.com

Petr Zvonicek

1120 days ago

The latter is, according to their stories, exactly what happened when, 40 years ago, the prototypes left the labs too soon, and entered the world of Apple, IBM, and Microsoft, producing the accumulation of bad decisions that led to a world where people stare at smartphones.

Utopian Hacks

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Petr Zvonicek

1125 days ago

AK: Yeah. We can eliminate the learning curve for reading by getting rid of reading and going to recordings. That’s basically what they’re doing: Basically, let’s revert back to a pre-tool time.

The Father Of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed

fastcompany.com

Petr Zvonicek

1133 days ago

Have you ever noticed that on these custom projects, the single most common cause of overruns, failures, and general miserableness always boils down to, basically, “the (insert expletive here) customer didn’t know what they wanted?

The Iceberg Secret, Revealed

joelonsoftware.com

Petr Zvonicek

1133 days ago

It’s a bit smarmy of me to criticize them for waiting so long between releases. They didn’t do it on purpose, now, did they?

Well, yes. They did. They did it by making the single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make:


They decided to rewrite the code from scratch.

Things You Should Never Do, Part I

joelonsoftware.com

Petr Zvonicek

1133 days ago

I think the way most developers "understand" code is to rewrite it.

When Understanding means Rewriting

blog.codinghorror.com

Petr Zvonicek

1197 days ago

The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking

vice.com

Petr Zvonicek

1217 days ago

What an excellent article on Microsoft at Vista times. I especially liked the comparison to the iOS, which perfectly nailed almost everything that Vista made wrong (including the different levels of abstraction in the presentation API which Avalon didn't have).

Microsoft badly misjudged the underlying trends in computer hardware, in particular the right turn that occurred in 2003 to the trend of rapid improvements in single-threaded processor speed and matching improvements in other core elements of the PC. Vista was planned for and built for hardware that did not exist. This was bad for desktops, worse for laptops and disastrous for mobile.

What Really Happened with Vista

hackernoon.com

Petr Zvonicek

1231 days ago

Listeners now spend about half their time on Spotify listening to playlists, either of their own creation or curated by Spotify's editors and other tastemakers. As a result, every artist wants a spot on the high-traffic playlists like Today's Top Hits or Rap Caviar

The Secret Hit-Making Power of the Spotify Playlist

wired.com

Petr Zvonicek

1231 days ago

Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?

scientificamerican.com

Petr Zvonicek

1253 days ago

Undeniably, Sgt. Pepper is an experimental classic, a triumph of influence. But I don’t consider it even the best Beatles album; that’s Rubber Soul or Revolver. On the Sgt. Pepper album, however, is “A Day in the Life,” which is my idea of a perfect song. It is the epitome of The Beatles’ master building, of fitting stone upon stone, each section troweled together with such ingenuity and care that upon completion the whole thing feels seamless, a structure not built at all, but a whole that simply was.

How the Beatles Wrote ‘A Day in the Life’

theatlantic.com

Petr Zvonicek

1280 days ago

“We need to get more employers saying, ‘Yeah, we just need someone to manage the login page,’” he says. “You don’t have to be a superstar.”

Now, to be sure, society does need some superstars! Serious innovators, at companies and in academia, are the ones who create new fields like machine learning. But that doesn’t preclude a new mainstream vision of what most programming work actually is.

The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

wired.com

Petr Zvonicek

1315 days ago

Sorry for the Delayed Response

newyorker.com

Petr Zvonicek

1325 days ago

In my tech lifetime it seems that we only get about 5 years of “non-insane complexity” in our platforms before the “ecosystem” shifts into a swampish nightmare, and then 5-10 years of complete hell before we can move in.

You Probably Like Bad Software · trenchant.org daily

trenchant.org

Petr Zvonicek

1344 days ago

Yeah, um, I'm sorry, but William is not available right now. His friends call him Bill, by the way. The person who helped you last time? That was Bill Gates.

Can I talk to that William fellow? He was so helpful

blogs.msdn.microsoft.com

Petr Zvonicek

1364 days ago

A s měnící se atmosférou se mnozí občané snažili zjistit, co se po nich bude chtít. A preventivně se přizpůsobovali.

Esej, z něhož mrazí

rozhlas.cz

Petr Zvonicek

1371 days ago

Being a good developer and team member is about so much more than programming. With years you can gain much technical experience, but if you do not invest time and energy into improving your soft skills, you can create a bottleneck for your career, one that you might not even see.

Seniority

merowing.info

Petr Zvonicek

1387 days ago

Personal productivity presents itself as an antidote to busyness when it might better be understood as yet another form of busyness. And as such, it serves the same psychological role that busyness has always served: to keep us sufficiently distracted that we don’t have to ask ourselves potentially terrifying questions about how we are spending our days.

Why time management is ruining our lives

theguardian.com

Petr Zvonicek

1413 days ago

As I’ve matured as a programmer, I’ve found that an effective technique in avoiding team conflict is to stop aiming for perfect code.

Perfect code is an illusion

8thlight.com

Petr Zvonicek

1421 days ago

Negative feedback antipatterns

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Petr Zvonicek

1432 days ago

To the citizens of the United States of America, in light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II resumes monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy.

A Letter To the US from John Cleese

cogink.com

Petr Zvonicek

1469 days ago

Confident in my work, I deployed the changes, closed my laptop, and drove out of town for a weekend of camping with friends. I had just arrived when my phone rang. It was my project lead, Kevin.

“The client’s site is down. What happened?”
Oh shit. Fuck. I had no idea. I was three hours away with no laptop.

“Don’t worry about it,” he said. “I’ll take care of it. Have a good weekend.”

briangilham.com

Petr Zvonicek

1475 days ago

The place to be cheap is not on things like new hardware or software for your team. Take good care of your people and they'll take good care of you. At the same time, act as soon as you see an issue. People like working with people that care and work hard. We've been quite lucky in building a phenomenal team. However, we have had to let go of people in the past who were not performing and no longer enjoyed their work. Firing someone sucks and should never be taken lightly. At the same time, it is also sometimes necessary for the health of your team, company, and the individual. While we don't like this fact, firing can sometimes be as important as hiring too.

Hiring a distributed team

pspdfkit.com

Petr Zvonicek

1476 days ago

Reflections of an 'Old Programmer'

bennorthrop.com

Petr Zvonicek

1525 days ago

As your codebase expands and evolves, Haskell’s ability to handle complexity, clarify thinking, and ensure consistency is a blessing. You will worry less about the server crashing when you go to sleep. You will spend less time on bugs in old code. You will refactor confidently and quickly.

A founder’s perspective on 4 years with Haskell

baatz.io

Petr Zvonicek

1540 days ago

How Music Affects Your Productivity

medium.com

Petr Zvonicek

1570 days ago

Yet another article on monads and category theory, but this one is really good!

Why Do Monads Matter?

cdsmith.wordpress.com

Petr Zvonicek

1571 days ago

What I eventually came to understand, and what you should commit to learning too, is that the real heroes are the ones who are consistently reliable. They say what they’ll do and do what they say. The only way to be that kind of hero is to manage expectations.

Finding Time to Become a Better Developer

medium.freecodecamp.org

Petr Zvonicek

1574 days ago

The one thing that has really really helped me in this regard is a concept that I call “the dispassionate pursuit of passion” in the book, and basically the concept boils down to not tethering your happiness to the achievement of outcomes.

What I recommend is an alternative approach, which is to become a little more aware of what it is that you're really good at, and what you enjoy doing. When you don't need to compare yourself to other people, you gravitate towards things that you instinctively enjoy doing, and you're good at, and if you just focus on that for a long enough time, then chances are very, very high that you're going to progress towards mastery anyway, and the fame and the power and the money and everything will come as a byproduct, rather than something that you chase directly in trying to be superior to other people.

Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy

theatlantic.com

Petr Zvonicek

1579 days ago

Čelíme spiknutí elit a odborníků?

respekt.cz

Petr Zvonicek

1596 days ago

Great long read for all NYC lovers!

New York Above 800 Feet

nytimes.com

Petr Zvonicek

1603 days ago

How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind

medium.com

Petr Zvonicek

1624 days ago

We Americans, after all, are forbidden from entering most of our private lands. But in some European countries, walking almost wherever you want is not only ordinary but perfectly acceptable.

This Is Our Country. Let’s Walk It.

nytimes.com

Petr Zvonicek

1624 days ago

When people begin to feel that nothing they do matters, that whether they succeed or fail is of little to no consequence, they will either cease to make any effort towards doing the right thing, or will go find a new place where what they do matters

Returning From the Threshold of Misery

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