James Ramsay

Week 40, 2017

Increasingly over the last year I have worked to unplug from services that steal my time and attention, particularly Twitter and Instagram. I've barely used Facebook in recent years but I am hesitant to deactivate my account since it would remove thousands of photos I took as college photographer. Without deactivating my account it is impossible to prevent people from sending messages or event invites I'll never see. Unfortunately I haven't yet found a way around this.

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia on The Guardian observes:

It is revealing that many of these younger technologists are weaning themselves off their own products, sending their children to elite Silicon Valley schools where iPhones, iPads and even laptops are banned. They appear to be abiding by a Biggie Smalls lyric from their own youth about the perils of dealing crack cocaine: never get high on your own supply.

I am glad to be able to work on a product—GitLab—that isn't competing for our users attention, but simply help them get their job done.


On a related note, GitLab has exciting new to share. Join us at 9am Pacific at gitlab.platzi.com.