“Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness”

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Oh boy. Last week was a doozy. I hope you were able to have a break over the weekend because last week certainly did not pull any punches. Of course I’m referring to the:
  1. AWS us-east-1 outage
  2. Microsoft Teams preventing 911 calls
  3. The vulnerability in log4j
Below you’ll find some info on these, as well as some of the great stuff from last week!
🤞 Hopefully that was the craziest week of December and we can all enjoy the upcoming holidays. Lets get to the goods!

👾 Fun Stuff
Scan of the Month - AirPods Evolution
✍️ Community Content
Results of the Kotlin Features Survey 2021
Jetpack Compose Internals Part 2
🔥 My world's on fire, how 'bout yours?
Microsoft Teams blocking 911 Calls
There isn’t too much I show you here that hasn’t been better talked about elsewhere. Mishaal Rahman has an excellent article.
There is an open source project called PhoneAccountDetector that was created to determine if you can be impacted by this bug.
log4j
There’s a vulnerability that became known in the end of last week regarding log4j providing execution access.
Here’s some resources (and jokes) to check if you are concerned with this:
Resources:
Jokes:
🎙 Upcoming Talks
A Beginner's Guide to Open Source
🟣 Twitter Space Replay
Android Dev Hangout: Dadb
🛠 For Your Toolkit
Aurora 1.0.0
☃️ Advent of Code: Kotlin
Advent of Code Day 05 visualized in Jetpack Compose
Advent of Code Day 05 visualized in Jetpack Compose
Check out this awesome visualization of Day 05 in Jetpack Compose! This problem is all about analyzing intersections and its awesome to see them on this graph!
Let me know which problems you are working on this week!
💭 Quote of the Week
This week we have the perfect opportunity to reflect on empathy and compassion. Last week many people had to deal with various “fires” that had and are still having, large, widespread impact.
It’s easy to get mad at these things, especially when they cause us stress. Remember that there are people behind these tools. In times where systems are breaking those people need patience and support. Software at scale is hard (especially when it’s free and built with volunteer hours like log4j!). Understanding that there are people like you behind the tool is essential. This brings us to our quote for this week:
“Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness”  — Seneca
The next time something goes down, or has a vulnerability exposed, try to subdue the frustration and replace it with empathy. It will be resolved and the people responsible are most likely working around the clock to do so.
Send them some thanks instead of your anger.
👋 Want to Contribute!?
Join the discussion on Twitter where I’ll be posting more about Kotlin and Android.
Remember to stay hydrated and have a great week!
Thanks for reading!
- Matt ✌️
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