Newsletter #5

Hi Everyone,

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

Github Dorks

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.

How the pandemic has sped up the passage to postcapitalism

Two days ago, something extraordinary happened. Something that has never happened before in the history of capitalism.

The Problem of Old Code and Older Coders

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be updated, that turned out to be just the tip of a ubiquitous multi-trillion-dollar iceberg—yes, trillion with ‘t’—of outdated systems.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

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.


Simple and privacy-friendly alternative to Google Analytics Plausible is a lightweight and open-source website analytics tool. It doesn’t use cookies and is fully compliant with GDPR, CCPA and PECR. Made and hosted in the EU

Guides & Tutorials

How to Build and Test a RESTful API in Laravel

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.

MacOS Security and Privacy Guide

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.

Google Analytics Setup Guide

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

How to Write Email with Military Precision

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.

Why It’s Easier to Manage 4 People Than It Is to Manage 1 Person

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.

4 Tips for Doing Performance Reviews Right in 2020

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.