Some Thoughts on “How Google Works”

I have been reading “How Google works” by Eric Schmidt (CEO) and Jonathan Rosenberg (SVP Products). Working in a tech company, I find many of the insights valuable. It is (as the title may suggest) written for managers more than in-the-trench developers, etc. Notwithstanding that, it is a valuable book for most anyone in the field. This is not a review. It is a gleaning of thoughts from the book. These are some of the things that seemed important enough to me that I should take notes on it. So, what follows are some highlights.

As a quick note, you can find this book on Audible. And here is a link to get two free books on Audible. I am not getting a commission for either of those. But when I found the two book deal, I almost kicked myself, because I had just started using Audible in the previous month. Anyway, … Continue reading Some Thoughts on “How Google Works”

Nothing to Hide? Why Encrypt?

My daughter asked me earlier this year, “Papa, if you aren’t doing anything wrong, why do you want to obfuscate your email traffic?”

Actually, I am sure that she did not say obfuscate, but her point is the same: If you are not doing anything wrong, why would you want to hide the contents of your online interactions? So, I did what any good dad would do, I answered her question with a question:

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Vintage Mode in Sublime Text

While using Sublime a co-worker and I were talking about using ‘vintage’ mode in Sublime and its shortcomings on Mac. Namely two: it starts in edit mode, and it does not support key repeat (e.g. kdoesn’t move your cursor up the page more than once per key depress).

So, in case you aren’t there already, you can get into vintage mode thus: modify your User Preferences file (⌘+,) commenting out the “Vintage” line in the ignored_packages object:

"ignored_packages":
  [
    // "Vintage"
  ],

While I haven’t solved the first problem, I found a solution for the second. In terminal, enter:

defaults write com.sublimetext.2 ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

That cat is half-skinned. I may come back to this later.