First Wednesday

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Cool Tools: I’ve recently upgraded to an iPhone 12 Pro Max and have updated my Cool Tools page reflecting that upgrade.

Morning News – Wednesday, December 02, 2020

The U.K. approves a vaccine, becoming the first nation in the West to do so – The New York Times

The government said on Wednesday that 800,000 doses would be available by next week for health workers to begin administering.

Operation Warp Speed chief predicts coronavirus vaccines for all Americans by June – The Washington Post

“Hopefully, by the middle of the year, I hope most Americans will have been immunized,” Slaoui, head of the Trump administration’s vaccine initiative, said … “If enough people are immunized, we should have this pandemic under control in the second half of 2021.”

My 2021 Outlook Year in Preview – The Big Picture

Here is my outlook for 2021: We will all be even more sick to death of lockdown, more bored silly working from home, and damned tired of re-living the same Groundhog day over and over again.

Exercise 11 Minutes a Day for a Longer Life – The New York Times

The study, which relied on objective data from tens of thousands of people about how they spent their days, found that those who were the most sedentary faced a high risk of dying young, but if people got up and moved, they slashed that threat substantially, even if they did not move much.

What if You Could Outsource Your To-Do List? – The New Yorker

He worried that if he didn’t keep up he’d be left behind, because some people were running so quickly and with such focus that, if you didn’t do the same, you risked betraying your future.

Project Zero: An iOS zero-click radio proximity exploit odyssey

The takeaway from this project should not be: no one will spend six months of their life just to hack my phone, I’m fine. Instead, it should be: one person, working alone in their bedroom, was able to build a capability which would allow them to seriously compromise iPhone users they’d come into close contact with. Scary stuff!

Salesforce Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Slack – Business Wire

“This is a match made in heaven. Together, Salesforce and Slack will shape the future of enterprise software and transform the way everyone works in the all-digital, work-from-anywhere world. I’m thrilled to welcome Slack to the Salesforce Ohana once the transaction closes.”

Working from paradise: my escape to the south of France – Financial Times

If only I could, I decided, I would always winter here, like the redstarts and the goldfinches in the garden, like the arrowhead of white storks which flew over once under a blue moon, their wingbeats carrying through the silent night.

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