Issue #315

10 May 2022

Issue #315
Tuesday 10th May's issue is presented by Teleport

Teleport is the easiest, most secure way to access all your infrastructure. The open-source Teleport Access Plane consolidates connectivity, authentication, authorization, and audit into a single platform.
103 Bits Of Advice I Wish I Had Known
- Kevin Kelly

tl;dr: "Today is my birthday. I turn 70... I’ve jotted down bits of unsolicited advice each year...": (1) About 99% of the time, the right time is right now. (2) No one is as impressed with your possessions as you are. (3) Don't ever work for someone you don't want to become. (4) Cultivate 12 people who love you, because they are worth more than 12 million people who like you. (5) Don't keep making the same mistakes; try to make new mistakes.

Preventing Burnout: A Manager's Toolkit
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: 12 strategies, including: (1) Encourage time off, prompting employees to take some if they don't have any planned. (2) Lower the pressure by lowering expectations on OKRs and asking about them less frequently. (3) Be more positive about teams, and reports. 

Practical Guide to Secure SSH Access
#Leadership #Management #SSH

tl;dr: SSH is a powerful tool that often grants a lot of access to anyone using it to log in to a server. This tech paper by Teleport covers three practical approaches to securing SSH access. Learn more.

Promoted by Teleport.
#Leadership #Management
tl;dr: 3 tests: (1) Balance: how much time does the team spend in meetings vs free time? (2) Flow: how much free time is uninterrupted? (3) Effectiveness: how effective does your team feel meetings are? Shishir also provides steps to improve meetings. 
"Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind."

– Donald Knuth

Changing Tires At 100mph: A Guide To Zero Downtime Migrations
- Kiran Rao

tl;dr: (1) Create the new empty table. (2) Write to both old and new table. (3) Copy data (in chunks) from old to new. (4) Validate consistency. (5) Switch reads to new table. (6) Stop writes to the old table. (7) Cleanup old table. This guide will go through the step-by-step process of migrating tables in PostgreSQL. 

Best Practices To Keep Your Projects Secure On GitHub
- Justin Hutchings
#GitHub #Security

tl;dr: "With Dependabot, not only can you catch vulnerable dependencies, but you can fix them as well. It automatically checks your dependency files for outdated requirements and opens individual pull requests for any it finds. It then notifies you and suggests fixes."
RSS Feed Best Practices
- Kevin Cox
#RSS #BestPractice
tl;dr: "The recommendations are roughly in order of importance and have rationale for why they are that important." Kevin covers Formats, Content Type, Absolute URLs, Discovery. And more. 
Mechanical Watch
- Bartosz Ciechanowski

tl;dr: "It may be hard to believe that merely a few decades ago the most convenient way to keep track of time was a mechanical watch. Unlike their quartz and smart siblings, mechanical watches can run without using any batteries or other electronic components... Over the course of this article I’ll explain the workings of the mechanism seen in the demonstration below."

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