Archive for March 16, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Microsoft Acquires npm

Nat Friedman (Hacker News):

I’m excited to announce that GitHub has signed an agreement to acquire npm.


For the millions of developers who use the public npm registry every day, npm will always be available and always be free.


The JavaScript ecosystem is massive and growing quickly. It needs a rock-solid registry. We will make the investments necessary to ensure that npm is fast, reliable, and scalable.


Looking further ahead, we’ll integrate GitHub and npm to improve the security of the open source software supply chain, and enable you to trace a change from a GitHub pull request to the npm package version that fixed it.

Working From Home Temporarily

Glenn Fleishman:

Suddenly asked or told to work from home—and never done so regularly before? I wrote a 55-book last week, Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily. It’s free and now available. Packed with tips on setting up a space, setting boundaries, & much more[…]

See also: Rui Carmo, David Sparks, Upgrade.


Update (2020-03-27): See also: John Gruber, Shawn Blanc, Justin Searls.

The Pace of macOS Updates

Jason Snell:

My friend and former Macworld colleague Rob Griffiths keeps a record of macOS releases, which is exactly the kind of thing I’d expect from the guy who created Mac OS X Hints. Prodded by Stephen Hackett, who is apparently now the official Six Colors Chart Muse, I’ve decided to use Rob’s data to take a look at how often Apple updates macOS.

In terms of total updates released during the lifespan of a major version, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and macOS 10.13 High Sierra share the crown with 12. However, High Sierra was only the “current” version of macOS for 385 days, while Tiger reigned for nearly three years. That means that Tiger actually was the version of macOS with the longest time between updates, at an average of one update for every 88 days of release.

I think the most important part for quality is not the number of updates but the time between major releases. Snow Leopard lasted almost 2 years.

Bill Gates Leaves Microsoft’s Board

Microsoft (via Hacker News):

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Co-Founder and Technology Advisor Bill Gates stepped down from the company’s Board of Directors to dedicate more time to his philanthropic priorities including global health, development, education, and his increasing engagement in tackling climate change. He will continue to serve as Technology Advisor to CEO Satya Nadella and other leaders in the company.

On June 27, 2008, Gates transitioned out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He served as Microsoft’s chairman of the board until February 4, 2014.