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Friday, September 6, 2019

In This Edition:
Mazda touchscreens, budget stack, SOLID principles, SaaS customer feedback, NYT data training, UX clichés and DIY weather satellite images!

Excited by the announcement that The Matrix 4 is happening, this week I rewatched the Matrix Trilogy over a few nights. First released in 1998, the twenty year old part one of the trilogy is still the cult classic I remember and has aged very well in my opinion. Taking the three films as a single story arc, and with the convenience of not having to wait 4 years or 6 months to watch the lot, I rate it better now on second full watching than I did originally.

This week I also finished reading James Lovelock's new book Novacene (which you can buy using this affiliate link) which describes the next phase of planetary evolution, an artificial intelligence of our own creation that will quickly advance beyond us. The book talks about how, despite the probability that the new apex intelligence on Earth will view us the way we view plants, both species will still be incentivised to tackle climate change collaboratively and keep Gaia cool, or rather stop the average temperature from going over 50 degrees celcius, at which point our skin will melt. Aside from the skin melting bit, it's a much more positive forecast of the singularity. "You hear that Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability."

Mazda Removing Touchscreens

Image: Motor Authority

Mazda are removing touchscreens from their car interiors following a study on driver safety and comfort. The foudn that a swipe-n-swerve that happens when a driver reaches to interact with a touchscreen and inadvertently applies pressure to the steering wheel at the same time.


Stack On A Budget

Image: Github, 255kb

255kb has a handy list on github of all the providers with free tiers for those looking to build a tech stack on a budget.



Image: khalilstemmler.com

Khalil Stemmler has a good post describing SOLID software development principles, with explanations of the definitions and example code.

SaaS Customer Feedback

Image: Checkly

Tim Nolet of Checkly published a helpful case study on how he captures feedback from his constumers on the SaaS product Checkly. The post describes their eperiences at using Hotjar to capture bugs from users, Drift chat to communicate with users, deploying a survey and a public roadmap of features.


New York Times Data Training

Image: The New York Times

The New York Times have made public the data training material they provide to their journalists. Their three week internal course starts ar data handling from surveys and works up to creating data stories combining multiple data sources.

UX Clichés

Image: Medium, UX Collective

Fabricio Teixeira at UX Collective has a hilarious post on some UX cliché sayings and the true meaning behind them, like "People don't scroll".

How To View Weather Satellite Images

Image: esorensen.com

Eric Sorenson has a fantastic post about how you can build a DIY setup with Airspy mini and 2m dipole antenna to pull full disk earth images from the GOES-17 weather satellite.

Update: Aug 13, 2020 - Another post on Public Lab with other instructions.


About Found This Week

Found This Week is a curated blog of interesting posts, articles, links and stories in the world of technology, science and life in general.
Each edition is curated by Daryl Feehely every Friday and highlights cool stuff found each week.
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Daryl Feehely

I’m a web consultant, contract web developer, technical project manager & photographer originally from Cork, now based in London. I offer my clients strategy, planning & technical delivery services, remotely & in person. I also offer freelance CTO services to companies in need of technical bootstrapping or reinvention. If you think I can help you in your business, check out my details on http://darylfeehely.com

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