Blog / Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 31st August 2015

September 4, 2015

Managing Large Database Migrations with Rails - Oskar P

How to handle complex migrations of very large data tables when you can’t afford any downtime: http://robertheaton.com/2015/08/31/migrating-bajillions-of-database-records-at-stripe/

Throughtooth anyone? - Leon O-K

http://www.androidauthority.com/bluetooth-substitute-can-send-data-through-your-body-639050/

No need for clean space between connected devices. To me this is both amazing and scary. What next…Nanites bouncing signals back and forth…

Git extension bug and committed private data that cost someone over $6500 - Jon N

https://www.humankode.com/security/how-a-bug-in-visual-studio-2015-exposed-my-source-code-on-github-and-cost-me-6500-in-a-few-hours

This post about a github extension used by Visual Studio 2015 that essentially cost this guy over $6500 on AWS because of two things: he trusted the GUI to do what it said and committed private keys to the repository. Interesting little read…

Two lessons to be learnt from this:

  1. NEVER TRUST anything - double check what you expected to happen - in this case the repository was to be private
  2. NEVER, never, never commit private keys, data in plain text or at least encrypt the contents if you have to - even for private repositories you never know what bug sits round the next corner, which I guess you could say the same for encryption ;)

Agile predictions - Dom M

http://www.wired.com/insights/2014/08/forget-lean-agile-time-anticipatory/

Can Agile product development successfully adopt the new kid on the block, ‘anticipation’, a movement driven by the data-centric design movement?

Smarter Smartphones - Leon O-K

Does offloading apps to the cloud and super security really matter?

  1. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nextbit/robin-the-smarter-smartphone

    So, I’ve backed this… The idea of a device handing unused apps etc off to the cloud was really interesting. 100GB of space is good too. I do wonder whether we are connected enough for this to work flawlessly though. If you need an App that you haven’t used for a while and don’t happen to be in an area with wifi you’re screwed.

  2. http://www.turingphone.com/

    Onto the worlds most ‘secure’ phone. I’ve been watching this one for a while. Designed by an Architect it looks very different. Made of ‘Liquidmorphium’ and shipping in December. Call me curious…

askbash - Charlie E

https://github.com/arikast/askbash

Specify custom bash completions in yml files - like this one: https://github.com/arikast/askbash/blob/master/completions/jekyll.yml

Has Google over simplified their identity? - Leon O-K

http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/2/9248309/google-new-logo-graphic-design

The new Google logo. I think it’s fun, simple and progressive. Not sure about the gooey ‘e’. Hopefully that’s not a permanent thing. Here are the views of a few other designers.

Track of the Week - Jon N

George Gershwin - was a great composer of his time and Rhapsody in Blue was his first composed piece for orchestra and piano, there are many other pieces for which combine different genres of the 30s and are extremely relaxing to listen to, such as I got rhythm, Of Thee I sing and Third Movement (Allegro Agitato)

“Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin