Steve Mactaggart

656 Flips | 4 Magazines | 153 Likes | 33 Following | 142 Followers | @Stevemac007 | Father of 4 and avid reader of tech news. Always looking for the next big web development thing.

KFC Just Handled a Public Relations Crisis Perfectly With a Single Picture

What you can learn about KFC's response to a PR nightmare.<p>The chicken-franchise company KFC just had one of the worst weeks in its history.<p>It ran out of chicken.<p>No, seriously. KFC restaurants were forced to shut down in England because of supplier issues. The company had just switched suppliers and …

Ice Cream

This Man's Drawings Of Life With His Wife And Kids Are So Sweet, You Might Tear Up

These are getting all up in my feels.

Python Top 10 Open Source Projects (v.Feb 2018)

This is a new monthly series<p>For the past month<b>,</b> we ranked nearly 250 Python Open Source Projects to pick the Top 10.<p>We compared projects with new or …

Replacing Packer With KitchenCI and a Rakefile

Don’t get me wrong, I love the HashiCorp products. I’ve been a Vagrant user since way back in my BC (Before Cloud) days and have continued a strong …

DevOps

Meltdown, Spectre and Linux on AWS: Security vs Performance?

The recent announcement of the Meltdown and Spectre attacks against bugs in Intel (and other) CPUs has attracted rapid response from many vendors; …

Case-studies

A Roadmap to better Website Performance<p>Industry<p>Online Retail<p>Customer Overview<p>Our client is one of Australia’s leading eCommerce organisations, with a …

Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Hitchcock-style twist is its best moment

Taking a knife — or lightsaber — to expectations<p>Maybe it’s easy to take for granted these days just how subversive <i>Psycho</i> was in 1960. Its first-act twist — Marion Crane, our ostensible hero, is brutally stabbed by an unseen killer while in the shower — is a radical gesture, proof that director …

DevOps, Deindividuation and the DeLorean.

I’m fascinated by human interaction. If I was able to find a DeLorean I’d tell myself to fly back in time and study Psychology and not Computer …

1 Personality Trait Steve Jobs Always Looked for When Hiring for Apple

Steve Jobs' hiring philosophy for Apple was unconventional at the time.<p>From the early days of Apple, Steve Jobs knew he wanted the build a successful company. At one point, Apple hired two "professional" managers from outside the company. Then Jobs promptly fired them.<p>"It didn't work at all," a …

The Four Stages of DevOps Maturity

I attended my first DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES17) in San Francisco this week and watched speakers from large enterprises like Capital One, Disney, Nike, CSG, and more share the lessons learned from their multiyear DevOps transformations. Most of these companies have been working on their …

DevOps

If the sun is so hot, why is space so cold?

Apparently, this is a question people ask, and they don’t like it when you make fun of them.<p>On Nov. 8 Bill Nye, America’s iconic “Science Guy,” was torn to shreds on Reddit while holding an online discussion to promote his TV show on Netflix. The show, modestly titled <i>Bill Nye Saves the World</i>, has …

Bill Nye

Tesla's newest driving mode is 'chill'

Tesla's latest driving mode is an about-turn from its previous options, which were all about squeezing the optimal performance from its cars. The new "chill" setting makes for a "gentler ride," according to the manufacturer. That sounds like an odd upgrade from an EV maker that was once obsessed …

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called …

The Four values of a devops transformation

A successful devops transformation sees a change in organisational culture. These changes often come in the way of adoption of specific tools or …

$4.5 Billion to $0 -- Learn From the Mistakes of One Entrepreneur's Journey

The sky was the limit. Until it wasn't.<p>In 2015 this unicorn entrepreneur was named one of <i>TIME’s</i> Most Influential People. President Obama invited this individual to be his Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. And, <i>Forbes</i> estimated their Net Worth at $4.5 Billion. This is also someone …

Theranos

I spent 6 years working at Disney World — which included 80-hour work weeks, 120-degree costumes, and wild parties

<i><br>If you love The Mouse, working at one of the magical Disney parks is literally a dream job. But if you've ever ACTUALLY worked there, you know it can be more like a nightmare. Whether you love it or hate it, working at a Disney park is a big eye-opener — both to the (not so) wonderful world of</i> …

Walt Disney Company

A space rock from another star is spotted in our solar system — a cosmic first

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>For the first time, a space rock from another solar system has been spotted cruising through our corner of the universe.<p>The asteroid is about 400 meters across and moving at a clip of nearly 27 miles a second, according to NASA. For months, this interstellar interloper — a …

Astronomy

Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt stripped down to try this new kind of shower head and wound up investing

You might spend $699 on a new iPhone 8, but would you shell out that much for a shower?<p>Nebia, a startup based in San Francisco, wants to disrupt the most intimate part of your morning routine. Its debut product, the Spa Shower System, surrounds users in a warm cloud of mist and uses up to 70% less …

Tim Cook

Malcolm Turnbull says the NBN was a mistake and may never make money

NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow says a similar levy may need to be applied to mobile connections for the NBN to make a profit - or the government …

Stephen Hawking makes his doctoral thesis available online

Ever wondered how Stephen Hawking saw the universe as a doctoral candidate, when his theories about black holes were just coming into fruition? You don't have to hear about it second-hand -- you can now go straight to the source. The legendary cosmologist has published his 1966 doctoral thesis …

This Evernote cofounder says Silicon Valley's favorite fasting diet has changed his life — here's his routine

Phil Libin, who helped create the popular productivity app Evernote in 2007 and led the company as CEO until 2015, was melancholy for a long time. His work didn't excite him.<p>Eventually he pinpointed the source. "It was the carbs," he said.<p>The fall of 2017 marks one year since Libin, who now runs an …

Silicon Valley

The new MacBook keyboard is ruining my life

It’s so bad<p>I was in the Grand Central Station Apple Store for a third time in a year, watching a progress bar slowly creep across my computer's black …

MacBook Pro

8 real interview questions you may hear if you want to work at tech companies like Facebook and LinkedIn

Job interviews are tricky, so it helps to know what you're up against.<p>Researching the company extensively beforehand certainly helps. So does compiling some quality questions to ask.<p>You can also scour job sites like Glassdoor to try to compile and prepare for commonly asked questions.<p>Fortunately, …

Employment

Scientists have discovered this drug fixes cavities and regrows teeth

Goodbye, Fillings<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called Tideglusib. Developed …

Dental Care

World’s first “negative emissions” plant turns carbon dioxide into stone

There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris …

Carbon Dioxide

'Fixer Upper' is down to its final episode — and its stars knew it was time to leave the reality TV juggernaut after a single tweet from a customer

HGTV star Chip Gaines started thinking about leaving hit show "Fixer Upper" after a tweet.<p>In his upcoming book, "Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff," the DIY entrepreneur remembers getting a tweet from a customer at 2 a.m. that, in his words, "changed everything."<p>"Hey …

Reality TV

Here's what happens inside Amazon when one of its AWS hosting services goes down

Community-question-site Quora crashed, as did product management tool Trello, and Amazon's artificial intelligence assistant Alexa also struggled.<p>The outage lasted several hours — and Amazon's S3 hosting service was to blame. This is because all the affected sites made use of Amazon Web Services …

Cloud Computing

Ubuntu Linux is available in the Windows Store

Here's a statement that would have been unimaginable in previous years: Ubuntu has arrived in the Windows Store. As promised back in May, you can now download a flavor of the popular Linux distribution to run inside Windows 10. It won't compare to a conventional Ubuntu installation, as it's …

DevOps engineers think Docker, Ansible and Kubernetes are the top 3 tools to learn

The data is in. According to Packt’s third annual Skill Up survey, Machine Learning, Big Data, and cloud computing are the top three trends in tech …

Lyft just gave its drivers a major advantage over Uber

But on Friday, Lyft introduced a new way for drivers to book rides in a change to how the nascent industry has worked.<p>Now when riders schedule rides in advance, drivers can choose to accept them days or hours beforehand, with full knowledge of where the passenger is going and how long it may take …