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I just wanted the camera bump to go away.

I'm all for the new iPad Pro being thicker for battery life or for less processor throttling, but the camera bump? Ridiculous. Would love an iPad that can sit on a table and be used with an Apple Pencil without wobbling.

Microsoft open-sources MS-DOS 4.0.

And there's an interesting writeup to go with it.

Today, in partnership with IBM and in the spirit of open innovation, we’re releasing the source code to MS-DOS 4.00 under the MIT license. There’s a somewhat complex and fascinating history behind the 4.0 versions of DOS, as Microsoft partnered with IBM for portions of the code but also created a branch of DOS called Multitasking DOS that did not see a wide release. 
Open sourcing MS-DOS 4.0 - Microsoft Open Source Blog
In partnership with IBM, Microsoft is releasing the source code to MS-DOS 4.00 under the MIT license. Learn more.
GitHub - microsoft/MS-DOS: The original sources of MS-DOS 1.25, 2.0, and 4.0 for reference purposes
The original sources of MS-DOS 1.25, 2.0, and 4.0 for reference purposes - microsoft/MS-DOS

Atlassian co-CEO Scott Farquhar to step down.

A pretty standard resignation note to staff. It remains to be seen whether Farquhar has any further plans down the line.

As for me, I’m looking forward to spending some time with my young family, improving the world via philanthropy with Skip Foundation and Pledge 1%, investing with Skip Capital, as well as mentoring other tech CEOs.
My last day as co-CEO will be Aug 31, 2024, and after that, I will remain a board member and a special advisor.
The journey of a lifetime - Work Life by Atlassian
Sharing a note I sent to our Atlassian employees earlier today.

An incredible, slightly terrifying story from The Verge on the undersea cables that make all of this possible.

The invisible seafaring industry that keeps the internet afloat
How one crew risked radiation, storms, and currents to save Japan from digital isolation.

As the feature piece says, you’ll only notice the industry if it breaks.

The lifestyle can be an obstacle. A career in subsea means enduring long stretches far from home, unpredictable schedules, and ironically, very poor internet. “Everyone complains about that,” said Kaida Takashi, a senior advisor at KCS, who is trying to get the Ocean Link set up with Starlink. It’s a generational difference, he said. For someone like him, a 62-year-old ham radio enthusiast, Wi-Fi barely fast enough to email is a luxury. Other industry veterans reminisced about the days when they felt fortunate to get faxes on board, or waiting for the mailbag in port, or the novelty of using the very cable they were laying to make calls from the middle of the ocean. But for people who grew up with an expectation of constant connectivity, the disconnection of shipboard life can cause visible discomfort. “It’s a part of them,” one industry veteran marveled of his younger colleagues. “They can’t let it go.”