It came as a trickle of references on Facebook. A Googler wrote a rant about gender and tech. At first, it blended into the background murmur of people with inflammatory attitudes online. Then, the original text was published, which was shortly followed by a spot-on rebuttal. Then, that trickle of conversation peppering my Facebook feed soon became a tidal wave of response. This Googler’s (James Damore’s) memo deeply affected many of the most talented and experienced women I knew in tech.
Software updates can protect you against malware and hacking - threats that secure passwords alone cannot defend against. We’ll describe some of these threats and then tell you how to protect yourself from them by enabling auto-updates whenever possible and being consistent in manually installing updates when it’s not.
It started with a tweet in mid-April, where tech writer Melanie Ehrenkranz asked the wide world of Twitter for recommendations of women who can and do speak at tech conferences. All-male conference slates and panel participants are unfortunately frequent in many industries, but they particularly plague tech events. Ehrenkranz's tweet received more than 1,500 replies, many with dense little lists of awesome women in tech, all of whom are qualified to speak about subjects other than just diversity and inclusion, important though that is.
Over time, our sense of how to best use Slack has evolved. Some of our innovations have proven much less useful than others; some took on a life of their own. This is the story of how we discovered that a default Slack setup should come with one additional channel that proved more vital than we imagined when it was created.
A man page is the most common form of Unix and Linux documentation. Despite the name, they’re not exactly what modern engineers expect from more typical product documentation - and they’re also definitely not tutorials. However, with their own particular format, they’ve become a vital part of regular learning and work for most developers, perhaps the most common “M” in the admonishment to RTM. With something so omnipresent, it’s easy to take it for granted - there’s a utility, so the utility has a man page. Of course.
But the history of man pages is tied inextricably to the history of Unix (in fact, they share a birthday) and is threaded through a certain formative era of computer science. Man pages go back to Bell Labs, back to Jerry Saltzer’s doctoral thesis proposal in 1964, back to decisions that were made without the intention of determining the way certain areas of programming would work for decades. And maybe that’s the biggest lesson of this whole story: never treat a solution as a stopgap or a prototype (particularly if you’re working in Bell Labs in the late 60s or early 70s). Your “This’ll do for today” could become the standard for the generations to follow.