I missed a milestone announcement! The Actuator celebrated its one-year anniversary last week! I created this series as a fun way to keep in touch with everyone here on THWACK on a weekly basis. I never thought I would manage to keep it going, every week, for a full year. Thanks to everyone for their support. Here's to another year of mindless links!

 

In unrelated news, I'm putting the finishing touches on my slides for the Salt Lake City SWUG next week. I hope you get the chance to stop by and say hello.

 

As always, here's a handful of links from the intertubz I thought you might find interesting. Enjoy!

 

Printed titanium parts expected to save millions in Boeing Dreamliner costs

Not sure how I feel about flying in an airplane that was made on a 3D printer. I'm also wondering what this means for the future of manufacturing.

 

A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

Pretty sure Zuckerburg is going to unfriend Harvard after reading this article.

 

Microsoft Says Users Are Protected From Alleged NSA Malware

This seems to be a common trend lately: Hackers release information and companies respond by saying that if everything is okay if you are up to date with patches. I can't help but feel we are pawns in a much larger game.

 

Architecting Microsoft SQL Server on VMware

For all the people that have ever told me "virtualizing database servers is hard," I present to you the upgraded guidelines from VMWare. SPOILER ALERT: It's not that hard to virtualize your database workloads.

 

Nintendo Discontinues the NES Classic Edition

Because it was too popular, apparently.

 

Early Macintosh Emulation Comes to the Archive

Since we are walking down memory lane with the NES, here's a look at what Macintosh used to look like.

 

Emoji for fun and profit

This video with the CTO of Slack runs 30 minutes, but for anyone that has wondered about the history of emoji, it's worth a view. I can't be the only one, right?

 

As the kids scoured my yard for eggs yesterday afternoon I found myself thinking this exact thought:

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