Hacker Bits, Nov 2016 Issue

Hacker Bits Cover, November 2016

What if working less actually increases productivity?

Itamar Turner-Trauring makes the case for working less in this month’s most highly-upvoted article.

Are you an old geek? Are twenty-something co-workers making you feel over the hill?

If you’ve ever been told that your age makes you a “poor cultural fit” for a company, then don’t miss IT veteran Tim Bray’s insightful article on Silicon Valley’s rampant ageism.

Entrepreneur John Wheeler also has an excellent follow-up article and solution for all old geeks out there. Check it out: oldgeekjobs.com.

We are also thrilled to have the creator of SQLite, Dr. Richard Hipp, break down the pros and cons of SQLite for us.

Lastly, a big welcome to our new subscribers! Thanks for reading Hacker Bits and remember, we are always here to help you learn more, read less and stay current!

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Hacker Bits, Oct 2016 Issue

Hacker Bits Cover, October 2016

Simplify and automate.

Here at Hacker Bits, we are big advocates of simplicity. We believe that when the going gets tough, the tough simplifies. When we are snowed under with work, we don’t dream about chucking it all and running away to Hawaii (OK, we do think about that, sometimes). Rather, we simplify and automate.

And as part of our new plan to improve Hacker Bits, we are simplifying the design of the magazine with single columns for easy reading and scrolling. Our eventual goal is to automate the generation of the magazine so that we can speed up the delivery of information to our users. If we succeed, we’ll be able to bring you Hacker Bits weekly instead of monthly!

We are also making bold plans to take Hacker Bits mobile: we’ll be expanding to mobile formats like epub and mobi, so that you can learn moreread less and stay current wherever you go!

And speaking of staying current, don’t miss this month’s most highly-voted article on web scraping. Francis Kim gives us the low-down on this controversial technology and an up-to-date report on the state of web scraping in 2016.

Check it out here: https://hackerbits.com/issues/hacker-bits-oct-2016/

See y’all back here in November!

Hacker Bits, Sep 2016 Issue

Hacker Bits, Sep 2016 Issue

Welcome to the September issue of Hacker Bits! We hope you’ve had an awesome summer!

In this issue of Hacker Bits, we are so thrilled to bring you Tim O’Reilly, who tells us all about the future of work and why we shouldn’t fear technology. You can check out the details for an event that explores the same topic at Tim’s The Next Economy Summit.

And in the most highly-upvoted article, industry veteran Derek Sivers has some wise advice for those looking to give constructive feedback.

Also, as part of our design revamp, the magazine now features a consistent layout for every article, which we hope would improve readability, especially for those of you who read on mobile devices. Let us know if it’s working for you…

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Enjoy the much cooler weather!

Hacker Bits, Aug 2016 Issue

Hacker Bits Cover, August 2016

As we near the dog days of summer, we can’t think of anything more restorative than catching up on our reading with a tall glass of iced tea. And if you are looking for something worthwhile to read, don’t miss Cody Littlewood’s My first 10 minutes on a server, an essential primer for anyone looking to secure Ubuntu.

Speaking of summer reading, some of you have written to tell us that you’d love to see more data-related articles…well, consider that done! We’ll be bringing you lots of informative data-related pieces in the future, so stay tuned!

Before we sign off (and get back to our iced tea), we’d like to give a big shout-out to our new subscribers (we’re looking at you, fans of DevMastery)! Welcome and we hope you like what you see at Hacker Bits.

Our mission at Hacker Bits is to help our readers learn more, read less and stay current, so feel free to let us know how we can do it better!

Check out the new issue: Hacker Bits, August 2016 issue.

Hacker Bits, Jul 2016 Issue

Hacker Bits Cover July 2016

Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about free will. Do we have it? Do we want it? Is technology freeing? Or does it simply give you a menu to choose from?

In this issue’s most highly upvoted story, Google’s Design Ethicist Tristan Harris shows us the sneaky ways tech companies manipulate us and the true cost of social media.

Speaking of being social, we love reading mail from you, our readers, and more than a few of you have told us how busy your lives are, and what a challenge it is staying current on technology.

We totally get it and that’s why we are simplifying the magazine and focusing only on the essential. Learn more, read less and stay current. 

So enjoy another issue by our top-notch contributors and feel free to tell us what you think of the magazine!

Hacker Bits, Jun 2016 Issue

Hacker Bits, June 2016

Can it really be June already?! Time does indeed fly…just ask Adrian Kosmaczewski who shows us how to navigate an industry littered with forgotten technologies and has-beens. Find out more in his blast-through-the-past account of “Life as a developer after 40.”

Curious about Progressive Web Apps? Then don’t miss this issue’s interview with Henrik Joreteg, expert on all things PWA, who gives us the lowdown on this exciting new mobile technology.

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Hacker Bits, May 2016 Issue

Hacker Bits, May 2016 Issue

Life as a tech professional ain’t easy…

I know because y’all wrote in to Hacker Bits! Among the top issues were keeping up with the onslaught of new technology and maintaining work-life balance. But have no fear… :)

In this issue of Hacker Bits, we chat with John Sonmez on how tech professionals can become better at their jobs and lead rich, fulfilled lives.

Hint: The trick is learning to learn.

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Hacker Bits, Mar 2016 Issue

Hacker Bits, Mar 2016

Wow! What a month! We just put the finishing touches on the March 2016 issue of Hacker Bits.

The issue line-up is a great mix of startups, programming bits, opinion pieces topped off with a DIY camera article!

A ton has happened since the February issue.

Read on for the latest issue and all the changes we’ve made…

21 better ways to read Hacker News – which is your favorite?

21 better ways to read Hacker News

Hacker News is one of my favorite sites to catch up on technology and startup news, but navigating the minimalistic site can sometimes be a little ahem tedious.

No, I get it, simple is good.

But the all text interface can be taxing on the eyes when there are tons of links to scroll through.

If you’re hankering for a better way to read the posts on Hacker News (especially on an IPhone or other mobile device), here’s a roundup of 21 better ways to read Hacker News without the eyestrain.