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Here are 380 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
The 8 Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia Universities, and the University of Pennsylvania. All these universities offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms. These courses are know as MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.
So far, they’ve created around 500 courses, of which around 380 are still active. Class Central has made a collection of all these, which you can explore below. I’ve split these courses into the following categories: Computer Science, Programming, Business & Management, Humanities, Art & Design, Science, Health & Medicine, Mathematics, Education & Teaching and Engineering.
free  mooc  courses  resources  list  education  online  programming  learning  medium  blog  article 
26 days ago by rbf
Announcing: Our Online Learning Platform Upcase is Now Free!
If you’re not familiar, Upcase is our online learning platform. While mentoring client teams, we found that there was plenty of content available targeted at folks new to web development, but not much focused on the intermediate and advanced developers looking to take their skills up another notch. With Upcase we built that content.
For six years we’ve shared our thinking, workflows, and approach to building web apps via Upcase. We’ve been able to help thousands of developers level up their skills through workshops, videos, flash cards, and coding exercises. Until now, Upcase required a subscription fee, but as of today, everything on Upcase is completely free 🎉.
free  software  engineering  ruby  rubyonrails  programming  learning  tutorials  online  platform  company  blog  article  october  2018 
7 weeks ago by rbf
Why you should deploy on Friday afternoon - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
"Don't deploy on Friday afternoons!"
This expression is taken as programmer wisdom but I hate it. I'm going to try and kill it, with words and experience.
The motivation behind it is sound. I don't want to spend my Friday nights debugging a production problem either.
To me the expressions smacks of unprofessionalism. Software development as an industry has a poor reputation and phrases like this do not help.
If you went to an ER on a Friday afternoon and was turned away because the doctors don't trust their own tools and know-how, how would you feel?
If we want people to take our craft seriously we need to own it and not give the impression that we dont understand the systems are we making enough to make changes at the end of the week.
devops  dev  agile  programming  advice  personal  blog  opinion  article  august  2018 
7 weeks ago by rbf
The Simple Truth Behind Reading 200 Books a Year – Member Feature Stories – Medium
Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will...”
reading  career  advice  personal  medium  blog  article  january  2017 
september 2018 by rbf
Everything I can remember. – jessicashortall – Medium
When I was about 8, my mother took my sister and me to a local state park, a place where we would often ramble among the rocks and trees and streams. I waded up a stream on this particular trip, and when I looked back for my mom, I had gone a bit too far. A man was standing there in the stream, blocking my way, looking at me. He held a long, sharpened stick. And he began to chase me, up the stream and away from my mom and my sister. My mom finally realized I was missing, and she ran up the stream, yelling. The man ran away.
society  personal  medium  blog  article  september  2018 
september 2018 by rbf
5 Ways to Write "I Hope You Are Doing Well" in Email | Grammarly
Anyone who gets a lot of email is familiar with the stock “I hope you are doing well.” It’s the business email equivalent of small talk that begins with “How are you?” We all know that etiquette requires us to answer with “I’m fine. How are you?” Although this back-and-forth exchange is a rather meaningless part of face-to-face conversation, it’s become socially mandated. In email, however, “hope you’re well” or “I hope this email finds you well,” comes across as extraneous at best and insincere at worst.
email  productivity  language  advice  company  blog  article  july  2012 
september 2018 by rbf
Table of Disruptive Technologies & Innovation | What's Next: Top Trends
The table consists of 100 potentially disruptive technologies, which we have defined as new technologies capable of significant social, economic or political upheaval.
One axis (Y Axis) ranks potential for disruption from high to low, while the other (X Axis) is time ranked from sooner to later. Importantly, time relates to common usage or ubiquity, not initial invention. All very subjective, I know, but it has been thought about quite a bit.
The 100 technologies (99 really) are then divided into four groups. Horizon one technologies (green on the table) are new technologies that are happening right now. Companies should be integrating and executing these technologies right now if they are appropriate.
Horizon two technologies (yellow) are probable near future technologies (10-20 years hence). Companies should be experimenting and discussing these technologies now.
Horizon three technologies (red) are things that are likely to emerge in the more distant future (20 years plus). Companies should keep an eye on developments in these areas and explore when appropriate.
The outer edge of the table (grey) contains what we’ve termed Ghost Technologies. This is the really good bit! This is fringe thinking territory with some ideas bordering on complete lunacy. However, while each example is highly improbable, very few, if any, are totally impossible.
future  technology  engineering  research  repo  famous  personal  blog  article  march  2018 
september 2018 by rbf
Make Something Great: Become an Open Source Contributor · An A List Apart Article
You may think that open source is not for you. After all, it has always been a developer-dominant ecosystem. But code is by no means the only thing a piece of software is made of. Open source is first and foremost about community. Whether you’re a designer, developer, writer, doctor, or lawyer, there are many paths to the open source world.
Learn what you need to know to set out on your journey, from first steps to becoming a core contributor. It might change your career.
opensource  programming  career  advice  blog  article  august  2018  source:newsletter 
august 2018 by rbf
Seriously, though. What is a progressive web app? - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
I’ve been familiar with the “progressive web app” (PWA) concept for a while now. But there’s always been an itch in the back of my mind about it.
web  design  dev  personal  blog  article  august  2018  source:newsletter 
august 2018 by rbf
From Monospace to Duospace: In Search of the perfect writing font
Monospace is the typical choice that communicates writing. With iA Writer Duospace, we went a step ahead. After seven years of offering no font options to write, iA Writer now comes with a choice. Next to the monospace Nitti you will now find a brand new duospace font. Duospace?
iawriter  opensource  fonts  design  official  company  blog  article  november  2017 
july 2018 by rbf
Online Security Guide for Journalists - ProtonMail Blog
All this information is a lot to take in, but if we were to distill this guide into a few practical points, they would be the following:
- Set strong and unique passwords (and keep them hidden)
- Use two-factor authentication
- Be wary of phishing attempts (see our guide on preventing phishing attacks)
- Keep in mind the risk from linked accounts
- Encrypt your backups, and don’t “accidentally” back up sensitive files
- Use encrypted services (ProtonMail for email, Signal for chat, etc.)
- Protect your internet traffic with a secure VPN
security  privacy  journalism  guide  advice  protonmail  official  company  blog  article  february  2018 
july 2018 by rbf
What I have learned from eight years of being a remote developer - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
It's often difficult to see the hitches related to remote work. What I want with this post is not to give tips on how to handle to work properly, how to find remote work or how to purchase the proper equipment for that, but to show through my experience one face of it that is not easily perceptible. Only after some time you are capable to note details that make remote work amazing and are surprised by others that are extremely hard to anticipate when starting.
remote  work  dev  career  advice  personal  blog  article  june  2018 
july 2018 by rbf
Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia - VICE
A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in pockets, discussing our recent trips in Japan and how we’d like to go back. The very next day, we both received pop-up ads on Facebook about cheap return flights to Tokyo. It seemed like just a spooky coincidence, but then everyone seems to have a story about their smartphone listening to them. So is this just paranoia, or are our smartphones actually listening?
online  internet  privacy  security  professional  blog  article  june  2018 
june 2018 by rbf
It's perfectly fine to only code at work, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
If you want to code in your spare time, go for it, but this career is an absolute marathon and being able to take yourself away from your computer more often is a strength as far as I'm concerned.
software  engineering  programming  career  culture  health  advice  blog  article  source:reddit  february  2018 
march 2018 by rbf
A Deep Dive into CSRF Protection in Rails – Ruby Inside – Medium
If you’re using Rails today, chances are you’re using CSRF protection. It’s been there almost since the beginning, and it’s one of those features in Rails that makes your life easier without needing to give it a second thought.
ruby  rubyonrails  rails  security  programming  web  dev  medium  personal  blog  article  july  2017 
october 2017 by rbf
Software development 450 words per minute - Vincit - Tuukka Ojala
"Something's a little bit off here." That's what I predict your first thought to be upon seeing my cubicle for the first time. There's no screen or mouse in sight. Instead there's a guy hammering away on a keyboard, staring at seemingly nothing.
motivation  software  programming  blog  article  source:reddit  august  2017 
september 2017 by rbf
Five Reasons Why You Should Hire an Old Programmer
You should hire an old programmer. It’s true! Sure.. older programmers are not going to work as many hours as someone fresh out of college. They have kids and spouses and mortgages and softball games to attend. They won't hang out at the office playing Xbox and ping-pong all night. They will not work 80 hour weeks and they will actually use their vacation time. And of course they cost more than young programmers. Despite all of those reasons not to hire an older programmer, you still should. For one simple reason: they are worth it. I know this, because I am one.
programming  career  hiring  personal  blog  article  july  2017  source:reddit 
july 2017 by rbf
The 1% fallacy | Successful Software
These markets are massive. The CRM market alone is estimated at around $18 billion per year. 1% of that is $180 million. How hard can it be to get one measly percent of a market? Ka-ching!
Except of course, it doesn’t work, unless you have massive amounts of funding or a brilliant idea that can completely disrupt the existing the market. Even then, you probably still need a fair amount of luck.
software  business  advice  personal  blog  article  may  2013 
june 2017 by rbf
How Ethereum Will Completely Change the World
(...) The above quote is taken from the first episode of the latest season of HBO’s Silicon Valley. It describes the seemingly crazy idea of building an entirely new layer of the internet — one that is decentralized and free from the chance of fraud, censorship, or any third-party interference. (...) The solution to this problem is to instead build an entirely distributed and secure layer of the Internet, what some are calling a “world computer.” Using a computing platform inspired by Bitcoin’s blockchain technology, this world computer would allow for decentralized applications that remove third-party interference from the equation. This platform, for those who aren’t already aware, is known as Ethereum. Ethereum is the leading offshoot of its widely known predecessor Bitcoin, but it goes far beyond the realm of cryptocurrency.
bitcoin  ethereum  blockchain  cryptocurrencies  finance  review  blog  article  april  2017  source:reddit 
may 2017 by rbf
Why You Should Never Use Google Authenticator Again
There can never be enough security. On the other hand, using faulty or weak protections may merely make you feel safe, while you remain exposed to various threats.
Using passwords only is generally a bad idea, which we have learned since the beginning of the Internet. We are making progress to a password-free world, but in the meantime, many websites offer an additional user account protection with Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).
2fa  learning  resource  company  medium  blog  article  october  2016 
may 2017 by rbf
Daring Fireball: On Uber’s ‘Identifying and Tagging’ of iPhones
“Secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app had been deleted and the devices erased” is a rather startling accusation, because it sounds like it should be technically impossible. It’s also very much unclear what information Uber was able to glean from these “identified and tagged” iPhones other than some sort of unique device identifier.
privacy  apple  dev  api  uber  carsharing  app  professional  technology  blog  article  april  2017  source:reddit 
april 2017 by rbf
370 Free Online Programming & Computer Science Courses You Can Start This Month
Five years ago, universities like MIT and Stanford first opened up free online courses to the public. Today, more than 700 schools around the world have created thousands of free online courses. I’ve compiled this list of over 370 such free online courses that you can start this month. For this, I leveraged Class Central’s database of over 7,000 courses. I’ve also included each course’s average rating.
free  courses  resources  list  education  online  programming  learning  medium  blog  article 
april 2017 by rbf
No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and ...
Man, do we HOPE we’re timely in passing this content onto to you. Greg Savage, founder of Firebrand (an Aquent brand down under) posted this no-holds-barred post about the importance of showing up on time. We thought it was too good not to share.
time  culture  blog  article 
april 2017 by rbf
Congress, ISPs, and You - Cloak's super-simple VPN blog
Cloak’s VPN encrypts all of your data before it leaves your devices. Importantly, your data stays encrypted while it transits through your ISP’s network. This means that, while your ISP might be able to see that you use a VPN, they won’t be able to see anything about what you’re actually doing online. Once your data reaches Cloak’s network, we decrypt it and send it onward, far outside the reach of your ISP.
security  privacy  internet  isp  privacypolicy  official  company  blog  article  march  2017 
april 2017 by rbf
How can I be safer online? - Info Sec Recommendations
We are often asked "How can I be safer online?" Over the years we've accumulated 25 total recommendations, which we've divided into four categories
privacy  security  technology  duckduckgo  company  blog  article  february  2017  source:twitter 
february 2017 by rbf
Why we choose profit - Jason Fried
Jason Fried, Founder & CEO at Basecamp. Co-author of Getting Real, Remote, and REWORK.
"We’re outspoken about running a profitable company in an industry that so often eschews profits for potential. So why? People ask us why all the time. Why choose profit?"
business  career  advice  basecamp  medium  company  blog  article  february  2017 
february 2017 by rbf
Controlling your own wealth as a basic human right
A few months ago, the Indian government withdrew 86% of banknotes in circulation. Ostensibly, it was to cut down on the black market economy and tax cheats, but it also wiped out a large percentage of the wealth of the poorest people, who hold their wealth in cash. A few weeks later, Venezuela followed with a similar measure.
bitcoin  economy  coinbase  company  medium  blog  article  from:reeder  january  2017 
january 2017 by rbf
How to Use Both Your Wits in a Startup
For example, look at this word: “tmesis.” Your System 2 can quickly determine that a) you don’t know this word, and b) there is a way to find its meaning. Your intuitive System 1 quickly intuited its resemblance to the word “nemesis” or focus on the odd pairing of T and M.
business  advice  blog  article  from:reeder 
january 2017 by rbf
The Ultimate Guide to Writing & Publishing with Markdown
Once you get the hang of Markdown, it’s an incredibly powerful writing tool which will allow you to write rich content for the web far faster than almost any other method. To get to that point, however, there’s a little bit of a learning curve. We thought we’d put together an all inclusive guide to make that curve a little bit shorter, and potentially teach you a few super-user tricks to Markdown that you might not have known.
blog  article  guide  markdown  blogging  march  2015 
november 2016 by rbf

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