Welcome to Issue #5 of the VirtuallyTD Newsletter!
Issue #5, Its been a busy, busy week, but Ive managed to get it done and collect some interesting articles ive read over the week. I hope you enjoy this issue.
Issue #5, covering week 42.
News & General
Millions of developers push code changes to GitHub several times in a single day, and those changes can be overwhelming when you’re working simultaneously with distributed dev teams ‘round the clock. Troubles arise when developers accidentally include password credentials, usernames or cloud-based keys in their public and private repos.
Two days ago, something extraordinary happened. Something that has never happened before in the history of capitalism.
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed any number of weaknesses in our technologies, business models, medical systems, media, and more. Perhaps none is more exposed than what my guest today calls, “The Hidden World of Legacy IT.” If you remember last April’s infamous call for volunteer COBOL programmers by the governor of New Jersey, when his state’s unemployment and disability benefits systems needed to be updated, that turned out to be just the tip of a ubiquitous multi-trillion-dollar iceberg—yes, trillion with ‘t’—of outdated systems.
Tools & Projects
All bank accounts at a glance with MoneyMoney. Find out where your money is coming from and where it’s going. Transfers, rebooking, graphic analysis - MoneyMoney saves you the hassle of logging into the bank’s website.
Mail-tester will analyze your message, your mail server, your sending IP… and show you a detailed report of what’s configured properly and what’s not.
Guides & Tutorials
Laravel is a PHP framework developed with PHP developer productivity in mind. Written and maintained by Taylor Otwell, the framework is very opinionated and strives to save developer time by favoring convention over configuration.
This guide is a collection of techniques for improving the security and privacy of a modern Apple Macintosh computer (“MacBook”) running a recent version of macOS (formerly known as “OS X”). This guide is targeted to power users who wish to adopt enterprise-standard security, but is also suitable for novice users with an interest in improving their privacy and security on a Mac.
One of the first tasks for a new website is to set up Google Analytics. After all the time and effort you invested in building a website, you want to measure and analyse the user behavior of course.
Management & Leadership
In the military, a poorly formatted email may be the difference between mission accomplished and mission failure. During my active duty service, I learned how to structure emails to maximize a mission’s chances for success. Since returning from duty, I have applied these lessons to emails that I write for my corporate job, and my missives have consequently become crisper and cleaner, eliciting quicker and higher-quality responses from colleagues and clients.
It’s easier to manage 4 people than it is to manage one person. The primary reason for this is the inherent over-reliance in the relationship between a manager and a single report. Let’s dive deeper.
Performance reviews get a bad rap. Managers stress out about giving them, and most employees dread getting them. So the idea of doing annual or quarterly reviews in 2020 - an emotionally draining year, to put it lightly - probably makes you want to crawl back under the covers.