Monthlog 07: May 2020

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This is the 07 installment in my 'Monthlog' - a public list of blog posts, announcements, videos, podcasts, software and libraries that catch my attention each month. I hope that regular readers will skim through the listings and find one, or multiple, things that pique their interest.

Note: Posts are not ordered in any particular way. If you find an article you think I might like, send it to me via one of the channels on my homepage.



New section! I've decided to start linking the odd discussion on sites like Reddit and HN that I find interesting and that you might too.



Software and Libraries

  • Excalidraw - Appeared in my GitHub Explore and seems like a useful quick sketching tool that's also open source.

  • Obsidian - Obsidian looks like a good open source alternative to Roam Research. Like Roam, Obsidian offers a 'Knowledge Graph' to connect notes together. Some questions were raised in the following HN thread about the License but hopefully, the license will be revised soon. Discussion on HN

Recommended Sources to Follow

Below are a few media sources and voices I follow.




  • The Changelog: 'Conversations with the hackers, leaders, and innovators of software development.'
  • Software Engineering Daily: Daily conversations covering anything Software Development related.
  • Linux Unplugged: A Jupiter Broadcasting show. Relaxed, focused on Linux but touches on all things Unix and Open Source.
  • Invest Like the Best: Finance and investing podcast often featuring Crypto.
  • Y Combinator: Conversations with Y Combinator founders.
  • Into the Ether: 'Focusing on all things Ethereum, the leading blockchain for decentralized applications.'