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Interrupt #4 - Starlink, Apple event, Personal wikis, Nvidia hack, awesome public apis, Bandcamp acquisition
Interrupt is a weekly newsletter compiled from the most interesting things I have come across this week. Sometimes along with my original writing.
Big News and Happenings
Elon Musk has stepped up to provide uninterrupted internet access in Ukraine. And he's not charging for it. The benefit of goodwill the service will get (deserving, of course) far outweighs the costs.
A growing number of international US-based companies, including Apple, Disney and Netflix, are dialing back operations in Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine. In retaliation Russia has blocked Facebook themselves. And kudos to AirBnB for waiving off fees for the apartments people are booking in Ukraine to send money to the country.
Telegraph reported that hackers from the group "Lapsus$" brought the company to a standstill and are leaking company data including source code of their hash rate limiter. Their next target seems to be Samsung.
I am have been waiting for this. Expect New Silicon. New Macs. New iPads with more Mac-like internals.
YouTube and Instagram have spent the last few months trying to build their own TikTok inside their main apps. Even Facebook app has Reels as of this moment. Now in a Shyamalan-esque twist, TikTok wants to become YouTube.
Mandiant as a company has been a football recently. They were subject to multiple acquisitions and splits in the concluded decade.
Another high profile acquisition: Epic Games, the game company has bought a music store. Seems sus to me. But I have some hope too because Epic has been good with their purchases.
The new update allows you to avoid having to speak entirely during calls. Why are we still calling them (smart) phones again?
What I Found
A collective "awesome" list of free APIs that you can use in your project.
Insert Awesome Shapes into Your React Site with Ease
An API wrapper for Discord written in Python.
Another open-source Postman alternative. Helps you create requests faster, saving precious time on development.
An AI color palette generator.
It's not a solver. Given your Wordle share (those emojis you copy-paste all over your social media), the decoder will spit back the five-letter words it thinks you played.
What I Read
There is an endless supply of interesting things to consume online, and there are teams and teams of very smart people working very hard to get me to keep watching. One more video means one more metric counter incrementing, one more engagement click, one more step towards growth, ad revenue, product success…
A chronicle of the author's journey dealing with breast cancer.
The battle of the modern connected note-taking apps. They are on another level compared to Keep or Evernote. They are your personal wiki.
Trendy ones used to be Angular, then React, now Vue.js… others like Ember, Backbone or Knockout have nearly disappeared. Standard ones like Web Components are seldom used...
Since version 16, React has built the DOM tree with an algorithm called Fiber. To better grasp how it works, read the article to know what goes on under the hood.
The Fetch API is finally coming to Node.js It's been a long time coming, but the Fetch API is now available in Node.js core. Learn why it took so long and why it's such a big deal.
Between the end of 2021 and the early weeks of 2022, I spent some time looking at where the micro-frontends journey has arrived so far. I analysed the different challenges where teams are struggling…
What I Watched
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2: With just 3 episodes left and 11 manga chapters remaining, I don't think they can conclude now. Either there is a The Final Season Part 3 coming or a 2 hr movie to conclude the series. The ongoing season has been great through and through. My mind gets blown every Sunday.
Star Trek: Picard S2: This feels like Star Trek now. The ensemble is Starfleet. Borgs are back. Sir Patrick Stewart (as well as all returning characters) is still phenomenal as Picard.