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"Countdown to Zero Day" by Kim Zetter

1 minute to read — 330 words

Countdown to Zero Day is an account of the Stuxnet worm, widely regarded as the world's first cyberweapon. It was a computer worm that most cybersecurity analysts believe was designed to target Iranian nuclear weapons facilities. Stuxnet sparked an…
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"This is How They Tell Me the World Ends" by Nicole Perlroth

2 minutes to read — 435 words

Nicole Perlroth is The New York Times 's cybersecurity and digital espionage reporter, and This is How They Tell Me the World Ends is her definitive account of the shady market for zero-day exploits. A zero-day exploit is a software vulnerability…
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"The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright

1 minute to read — 314 words

Lawrence Wright's authoritative history of Al-Qaeda and the lead-up to the September 11 terrorist attacks is one of those books I should have read a long time ago. I finally got around to it, and it was fantastic. It's non-fiction, but its subjects…
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"The City We Became" by N. K. Jemisin

3 minutes to read — 707 words

The City We Became was a huge disappointment. N.   K. Jemisin is a fantastic writer — I loved her Broken Earth Trilogy , and I'm looking forward to reading her Inheritance Trilogy . But The City We Became , the first installment in her new Great…
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"Too Like the Lightning" by Ada Palmer

2 minutes to read — 527 words

This book was interesting . "Interesting" can be used to mean a lot of things, and frequently to dissemble. But in this case I mean it simply — it was an interesting book because Palmer creates a fascinating world that the novel spends most of its…
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Snap Apps Crash Silently Due to Cross-Filesystem Symlinks

3 minutes to read — 723 words

This won't mean much to most people, but there seems to be a small number of people stymied by a weird problem: some Snap apps won't work on Linux. The problem is weird: you install a Snap app, and it might work the first time you launch it. But…
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"Middlegame" by Seanan McGuire

3 minutes to read — 664 words

I hadn't read anything by Seanan McGuire before discovering Middlegame , but she's an accomplished author who's published a number of very well-received novels. Middlegame is McGuire's latest novel, and it's best described as urban science fantasy…
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HEY Email

10 minutes to read — 2519 words

HEY email launched in mid-June to generally positive reviews, but coverage of the product itself was largely overshadowed by a fight between HEY and Apple regarding HEY's monetization strategy. I won't go into all the details here, but basically…
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Static Site Search with Gatsby and Algolia

4 minutes to read — 1127 words

About a month ago, I wrote about developing a static website with server-side Javascript . As I discovered, there are a lot of advantages to a static site. But one of the disadvantages to the lack of a database is that it isn't obvious how to make…
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"The Ten Thousand Doors of January" by Alix E. Harrow

2 minutes to read — 458 words

Alix E. Harrow's debut novel is a magical journey through fantastical worlds. January is the ward of the wealthy collector Cornelius Locke. She's raised in Locke's mansion, which is stuffed with rare treasures from every corner of this world (and…
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