Links From My Pocket #1

Welcome to the first issue of Links From My Pocket! For a while now I’ve wanted to share a list of web dev related (and unrelated) links from my Pocket treasure trove. See, I’m a heavy Pocket user. I’ve collected a plethora of saved programming articles, Hacker News threads, GitHub projects, and xkcd comics waiting to be shared. So let’s get started!

React.js Introduction For People Who Know Just Enough jQuery To Get By
As some of you may know, I absolutely love React. I’ve been using it for a little over a year now, but this is where I started. This was by far my favorite introduction to React, by @chibicode. It was recently updated for React 15, so go check it out! Knowing some jQuery will help.

Vaulting Out of Walled Gardens with Fancy Links
Dietrich Ayala, from Mozilla, created a social content markup generator called Silo Buster. This generator creates all of the metadata needed to make your posts appear fancy when shared. At the moment it supports Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google. I haven’t set up any special meta tags on my site yet, but it’s on my to do list.

Discovering How Dropbox Hacks Your Mac
If you haven’t heard yet, a few weeks ago Dropbox took a little heat for working around a few of Apple’s security measures on OS X. After reading the above, check out the Hacker News thread where Ben Newhouse (from Dropbox) gives some details about why they need elevated access and that they’re going to do a better job at clarifying that in future updates.

Update: With the recent macOS Sierra 10.12 release, Apple apparently now has blocked the workaround that Dropbox was using.

How Dropbox Securely Stores Your Passwords
On the bright side, Dropbox does a great job at securely storing passwords for their users. Basic breakdown: password -> SHA512 -> bcrypt with per user salt -> AES256 encryption with a global pepper key. Go check out the post for more details, and here’s the accompanying Hacker News thread if you’re interested.
A brilliant idea launched by @metafizzyco. Basically, there’s a few dozen logos they have made available for purchase. Every time one logo sells, the next logo is $20 more expensive. Currently, the next logo’s price is $620!

A Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature
Another amazing and informative visualization by xkcd. It really puts climate change into perspective, if it isn’t already.

I’m trying to start writing more often and short posts like this are a great way to start I find. I do want to get into the habit of longer articles though, around web development. If you’re interested for more, follow me on Twitter for updates, or grab my RSS feed.

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