Link Collection #3

Published Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 by Tony Davis

A collection of links and articles I’ve found interesting and want to share.


News & General

GPT-3 Is the Best Journal I’ve Ever Used

For the past few weeks, I’ve been using GPT-3 to help me with personal development. I wanted to see if it could help me understand issues in my life better, pull out patterns in my thinking, help me bring more gratitude into my life, and clarify my values.

Uses This

Uses This is a collection of nerdy interviews asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done.

You May Be Early, but You’re Not Wrong: A Covid Reading List

Yesterday, I came across a somber tweet by a man who’s trying to protect his family from Covid. He said, “my wife has been speaking with the principal of my children’s elementary school and that he has been advising her to file for divorce because I was clearly not well and ‘my life revolves around fear.’”


Tools & Projects

Scraping Information From LinkedIn Into CSV using Python

In this post, we are going to scrape data from Linkedin using Python and a Web Scraping Tool. We are going to extract Company Name, Website, Industry, Company Size, Number of employees, Headquarters Address, and Specialties.

Anna’s Archive

Anna’s Archive is a project that aims to catalog all the books in existence, by aggregating data from various sources. We also track humanity’s progress toward making all these books easily available in digital form, through “shadow libraries”.

How to use Raycast and how it compares to Spotlight and Alfred

Most Mac users find Spotlight, Apple’s built-in tool for searching through apps and files, to suit their needs just fine. But power users who want to have near total control over their computer (as well as access to shortcuts and tools) have often looked for other alternatives. Lately, an app called Raycast has been gaining attention as one of those options, competing with one of the community’s long-standing favorites, Alfred.


Guides & Tutorials

Build a Tiny Certificate Authority For Your Homelab

In this tutorial, we’re going to build a tiny, standalone, online Certificate Authority (CA) that will mint TLS certificates and is secured with a YubiKey. It will be an internal ACME server on our local network (ACME is the same protocol used by Let’s Encrypt). The YubiKey will securely store the CA private keys and sign certificates, acting as a cheap alternative to a Hardware Security Module (HSM). We’ll also use an open-source True Random Number Generator, called Infinite Noise TRNG, to spice up the Linux entropy pool.

SSH - run script or command at login

There a multiple use cases to run a script on login. Configuration, starting services, logging, sending a notification, and so on. I want to show you different ways to do so.

Dryer Notifications with Home Assistant GUI only

Dryer notifications using Tasmota with Home Assistant autodiscovery and automation triggers plus an energy cost calculation sensor and dryer state sensor.


Management & Leadership

Awesome CTO

A curated and opinionated list of resources for Chief Technology Officers and VP R&D, with the emphasis on startups and hyper-growth companies.

Tact Filter

I came up with this idea several years ago in a conversation with a friend at MIT, who was regularly finding herself upset by other people who worked in her lab. The analogy worked so well in helping her to understand her co-workers that I decided to write it up and put it on the web. I’ve gotten quite a few email messages since then from other people who have also found it helpful.

An Exact Breakdown of How One CEO Spent His First Two Years of Company-Building

People often wonder how startup CEOs spend their time. Well, I’m a bit obsessive, and I track every 15-minute increment of how I spend my time and I’ve been doing so religiously for years. A little background — as a four-time founder, I’ve historically been on the technical side of the companies, either as an individual contributor or leading engineering teams. My role as CEO of Levels is my first non-technical role.


Books

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

The Way of the Essentialist involves doing less, but better, so you can make the highest possible contribution. Purchase from Amazon.de

When They Win You Win

We don’t need another person’s opinion about what it means to be a great manager. We need to learn to lead in a way that measurably and predictably delivers more engaged employees and better business results. Purchase from Amazon.de

Spare

It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror. As Princess Diana was laid to rest, billions wondered what Prince William and Prince Harry must be thinking and feeling and how their lives would play out from that point on. Purchase from Amazon.de