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Presumably the only thing that gives me authority on podcasting is that I have been running my own podcast for almost three years. The Sysadministrivia Podcast often includes not-safe-for-work language—in fact, it conjures images of raucous, uncouth men battling mid-life crises and sitting around a dimly lit poker table, smoking cigars and playing Texas Hold 'Em. We don't play cards, though—we talk about systems administration.
COBOL is the Rodney Dangerfield of programming languages—it doesn't get any respect. It is routinely denigrated for its verbosity and dismissed as archaic. Yet COBOL is far from a dead language. It processes an estimated 85% of all business transactions, and 5 billion lines of new COBOL code are written every year.
Today my colleague almost lost everything that he did over four days of work. Because of an incorrect git command, he dropped the changes he'd saved on stash. After this sad episode, we looked for a way to try to recover his work... and we did it!
First a warning: When you are implementing a big feature, split it in small pieces and commit it regularly. It's not a good idea to work for a long time without committing your changes.
Inside the Book-Filled World of @emiibook
To see more of what’s on Emilie’s reading list, follow @emiibook on Instagram.
“A day without seeing any books is a sad day for me,” says Emilie (@emiibook), a 21-year-old French student and bibliophile. After discovering her passion for reading just a few years ago in — where else? — a bookstore, Emilie was hooked. “What I love about books is that they transport you to another world,” says Emilie. “You can live an extraordinary experience all while laying on your couch. I am never the same after reading a book.”
Whenever she finishes a new tome, Emilie creates a photo inspired by the story, highlighting her favorite parts and using props like stamps, postcards, paint, plants and dolls. “I have a whole world in my head and I try to express it through my photos.”
By Baraa Hamodi, Engineer, Zahir Bokhari, Engineer, and Yun Zhang, Engineer
As part of our ongoing efforts to fight clickbait and improve the integrity of information on Facebook, we are announcing today two updates that will limit the spread of stories in News Feed that feature either fake video play buttons embedded in their imagery or videos of only a static image.
People want to see accurate information on Facebook, and so do we. When people click on an image in their News Feed featuring a play button, they expect a video to start playing. Spammers often use fake play buttons to trick people into clicking links to low quality websites.
Similarly, these deceptive spammers also use static images disguised as videos to trick people into clicking on a low quality experience. To limit this, during the coming weeks we will begin demoting stories that feature fake video play buttons and static images disguised as videos in News Feed.
Authentic communication is one of our core News Feed values, and we know our community values it.
How Will This Impact My Page?
Publishers that rely on these intentionally deceptive practices should expect the distribution of those clickbait stories to markedly decrease. Most Pages won’t see significant changes to their distribution in News Feed. But, as always, publishers should refer to our publishing best practices.
Selecting technologies means committing to solutions that will support an active, growing business over the long term, so it requires careful consideration and foresight. When an enterprise bets on the wrong horse, the result is often significantly higher development costs and reduced flexibility, both of which can stick around for the long haul.
Today, software development is built around APIs. Instead of embedding a vendor's product into their application, developers can call an API to consume services from a vendor. The developers don't need to know what's responding to their calls on the backend; they simply need to know what the vendor's API expects from their code and what they can expect to receive back from the API. It is, in many senses, wonderfully non-intimate.
Elon Musk acts like space is the next frontier, but business pioneers know true innovation is happening on terra firma. Instead of exploring the cosmos, business leaders are experimenting with office dynamics. The 21st-century workplace is characterized by perpetual changes and increasingly unconventional setups.
In any collaborative environment, it's important to have good tools for communication.
Meet Ziggy, Our Green-Cheeked #WeeklyFluff
Follow @ziggythebird on Instagram to keep up with her every move.
Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Ziggy (@ziggythebird). Described by her human as “trouble making, curious and cuddly,” green-cheeked Ziggy is a conure, a type of parakeet named for its beautifully hued plumes. A very social bird, Ziggy is always on the lookout for the next head scratch — when she’s not bathing or preening, that is.
The Many Looks of @toshadaa
For more fashion, makeup and styling inspiration, follow @toshadda on Instagram.
Whatever mood she’s in, model and entrepreneur Toshada Uma (@toshadda) can find a way to express it. “I try to look at my identity as a piece of art I’m creating — and hair, makeup and styling are my tools,” says the 18-year-old, who lives in her hometown of Mumbai, India. At 4’9” (1.4 meters) tall, Toshada is also focused on defying expectations in the fashion world. “I really hope I can create more acceptance for the body type in the industry,” she says, adding, “I have always been a confident person, but on the days I don’t feel so good, I always know that playing around with some outfits is definitely going to make me happy.”
Garden-Inspired Recipes and Parties with @amybethellice_
To see more of Amy-Beth’s party-planning tips and tricks, follow @amybethellice_ on Instagram.
When Amy-Beth Ellice (@amybethellice_) needs a bunch of lavender wisteria draped across a table or a handful of raspberries to decorate a freshly baked cake, she doesn’t have to go far. “Growing up in the countryside, I’ve always been inspired by our garden and flowers at home,” says the 19-year-old baker and party designer from Essex, England. Just a toddler when her mother introduced her to the kitchen, Amy-Beth was soon taste-testing her own recipes; from there, she published her first cookbook at just 16 years old.
Often planning and throwing dinner parties for friends and family, Amy-Beth’s tips for romantic English place settings, pretty flower arrangements and rustic desserts all boil down to one thing: “Use fresh ingredients,” she says. “I just love using things from the garden. As long as I think everything looks beautiful and tastes great, that’s what I really enjoy for the table.”
By Mike Nowak, Product Director
People come to Facebook to send well-wishes and celebrate birthdays with friends. In fact, every day more than 45 million people give birthday wishes on Facebook, which is why it’s important to us to ensure you can celebrate the way you want to.
We’re excited to announce two new birthday experiences that we hope will make birthdays even more meaningful while you’re celebrating on Facebook.
Giving Back On Your Birthday
People often dedicate their birthday to support a cause, and we’ve seen people using Facebook to raise money for causes they care about. For those in the US, we’re now making it easier to do this by giving you the opportunity to create a fundraiser for your birthday directly on Facebook.
Two weeks before your birthday, you’ll see a message from Facebook in your News Feed giving you the option to create a fundraiser for your birthday. You can create a fundraiser for any of the 750,000 US nonprofits available for fundraising on Facebook. Your friends will receive a notification inviting them to support your cause in honor of your special day.
Wish Your Best Friends Happy Birthday With a Video
We wanted to make birthdays even more special by giving people the opportunity to share a birthday wish with a close friend on their special day, which is why we’ve introduced shareable birthday videos made especially for you and your close friends.
These videos will be shown to you on the day of a close friend’s birthday, and like our other personalized videos, we created these videos because we wanted to make the birthday experience on Facebook even more fun for the special relationships in your life.
Birthdays have always been a part of Facebook, and we hope to continue providing you with a variety of experiences that make celebrating on the platform fun and meaningful for you and your friends.
The first time a user encounters an application's documentation, it's not always with the user manual or online help. Often, that first encounter with documentation is an error message.
Technical writers should be involved in writing error messages. It's an important, although often overlooked, part of the job. After all, error messages are documentation, albeit documentation that's embedded in the code.
High Heels, Vogueing and Classical Ballet with @theharperwatters
For more high-heeled skills and jetés, follow @theharperwatters on Instagram.
Harper Watters (@theharperwatters) says he’s been “a constant mover” ever since he was a child, dancing in styles from modern to hip-hop, jazz to African dance while he was growing up in New Hampshire. After moving to Texas to pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer, Harper, now 25 years old, has since realized that dream as a demi-soloist with the Houston Ballet.
“It’s my goal to highlight the ballet world and bring it to different audiences,” says Harper, an extremely active voice in the social media dance world. “I want to show that we have our own interests and likes.” To accomplish this, Harper frequently films photos and videos he calls “The Pre Show,” showing himself and his fellow dancers preparing for performances, and creates viral videos of himself in bubblegum-pink heels — dancing, vogueing and walking on the treadmill. “These are expressions of my personality and extensions of what I love to do,” says Harper. “I want to create a space for people to be comfortable in who they are, where it’s possible to love Beyonce and RuPaul, and you can wear a pair of pink heels and still call yourself a classical ballet dancer.”
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmini
Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.
The goal of #WHPmini was to take photos and videos of all manner of mini objects and creatures. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.
by Shali Nguyen, Product Design Manager and Ryan Freitas, Design Director
Every person’s News Feed is different and populated with a unique set of stories — from photos and videos to GIFs and links. And with so many types of stories available, each feed is more complex than ever. In order to make News Feed more conversational and easier to read and navigate, we’ll be making a few updates to its design over the coming weeks.
We’re always working to help people have more lively and expressive conversations on Facebook. More and more, comments have become the way to have conversations about a post with other people. We’ve updated our comment style and made it easier to see which comments are direct replies to another person.
We’re making updates to refresh the look and feel of News Feed, including:
- Increased color contrast so that typography is more legible
- Larger link previews so everything is easier to read
- Updated icons and Like, Comment, and Share buttons that are larger and easier to tap
- Circular profile pictures to show who’s posting or commenting
We wanted to improve how people navigate News Feed to create a more consistent experience. We’re making it easier to:
- See where a link will take you before clicking on it
- See whose post you’re commenting on, reacting to, or reading while you’re in the post
- Return to News Feed once you’ve finished reading via a more prominent back button
Will This Impact My Page?
These design updates should not affect Pages’ reach or referral traffic.
The GNOME desktop turns 20 on August 15, and I'm so excited! Twenty years is a major milestone for any open source software project, especially a graphical desktop environment like GNOME that has to appeal to many different users. The 20th anniversary is definitely something to celebrate!
Why is GNOME such a big deal? For me, it's because it represented a huge step forward in the Linux desktop. I installed my first Linux system in 1993. In the early days of Linux, the most prevalent graphical environment was TWM, the tabbed window manager. The modern desktop didn't exist yet.