Welcome to this first issue of the Aspiring Nerd. This blog is born from the urge to share all the inspiring and thought provoking articles I stumble upon every day. I hope you’ll like it!
Around the web
A lengthy must-read if you care about Net Neutrality (and you should).
“History shows a typical progression of information technologies, from somebody’s hobby to somebody’s industry; from jury-rigged contraption to slick production marvel; from a freely accessible channel to one strictly controlled by a single corporation or cartel — from open to closed system.” — Tim Wu
The good news keep coming…
The US Senate today voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs to get consumers’ explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other companies.
Yet another reminder that you should have a strong password (and change it regularly) and activate the two factor authentication option whenever possible.
Interesting perspective on how chatbots could help us.
“The way we currently do time reports is broken (…) employees face all kinds of obstacles on the way to timesheet completion — the software is usually clunky, the interaction is hostile, the time is always inconvenient.”
This is what happens when you try to trap your customers.
To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.
It’s all in the title! Surprising fact: 1 in 100 developers are blind, and 1 in 200 developers are deaf.
The treacherous path to become a web developer.
GitHub’s take on SHAttered (the first collision of the SHA-1 hash function), how it works and why it matters.
If you’re new to JAMstack and want to understand how it works this is a great hands-on example.