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Atlanta Apple Store Workers First to File With NLRB

Ian Kullgren writing at Bloomberg Law:

Workers at an Apple Inc. store in Atlanta became the first in the U.S. to file for a union election Wednesday, setting up a battle between organized labor and a Silicon Valley titan.

The proposed union includes 107 workers at an Apple store in Cumberland Mall in northwest Atlanta. The group filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board Wednesday after it had collected signed cards of support from 70% of eligible employees, said Derrick Bowles, a Cumberland Apple store worker and member of the organizing committee.

This is fantastic news. The more the merrier.

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Grand Central Apple Store Unionizing

Reed Albergotti writing for the Washington Post:

Workers at Apple’s flagship Grand Central Terminal retail location in Manhattan have begun to formally collect signatures to form a union, according to a newly-updated website launched by the organizers, setting the stage for a showdown between the iPhone maker and the employees who sell them.

The organizers, who have dubbed themselves “Fruit Stand Workers United,” say they voted Feb. 21 to affiliate with Workers United, a national labor union that has supported the successful unionization efforts of Starbucks employees around the country, according to the site. People involved in the organizing effort told The Washington Post that they have endured months of efforts by Apple to convince employees that unionizing is a bad idea, accusing the company of “union busting” tactics. Now, they are handing out signature cards to would-be union members.

Very exciting news, happy to see these workers countering the anti-union message from Apple and I love the name.

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Apple’s World-Wide Developers Conference Announced for June 6th-10th

Returning as a mostly online-only event, Apple’s WWDC is coming back on June 6th to 10th. At the pre-recorded developer-focused infomercial on the 6th we should find out about new operating system features that will come out in the Fall and potentially new hardware as well.

Notably, the logo for this year’s event almost looks like an application icon for the Apple’s Swift programming language. Could be something to do with improvements in developing in Swift on the iPad. Could be something else.

Either way, I plan to write about the infomercial on the 6th. You can find out more about the development focused activities for students and others at WWDC 2022 here.

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Emugotchi

There’s a lot to love about the custom mechanical keyboard community, especially when there are major innovations in the underlying technology. One of the most innovative mechanical keyboards is the Emugotchi macropad. It is shaped a little bit like an egg or Tamagotchi, and uses a M5Stack Core2 ESP32 microcontroller that appears to be more like a complete mini computer with a screen, SD card slot, wireless communications and more built-in. The major downside to the Emugotchi is that it is only available in Japan, and all of the instructions and software appear to be in Japanese.

I’ve ordered one despite the language barrier, the Yushakobo shop will ship the Emugotchi outside of Japan. If you are in Japan there are more Emugotchi options available from the Booth shop of the Emugotchi’s designer, including silly easter bunny ears. The Emugotchi was about $60 shipped from Yushakobo and the M5Stack Core2 was about $50. You’d still need keycaps and switches to complete the build.

The designer also has a small ortholinear mechanical keyboard called the AZ-M5ortho with the same M5Stack Core2 microcontroller.

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Homebrew Package Manager Founder Turns Crypto Grifter

There have been a variety of third-party command-line package management utilities for Mac computers that all really make the Mac’s terminal a good place to get things done with modern packages since Apple doesn’t provide a package management system for the command line like other Unixes do. MacPorts, Fink, and the newest and I think likely to be the most popular is HomeBrew. There are plenty more out there, but those are the ones I’ve used in the past. Some of these package managers can even run on top of other operating systems, HomeBrew can run inside of Windows 10 (and 11’s) Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Max Howell was the original creator of HomeBrew and has now started a similar new project called Tea, announced with a blog post, Max calls Teabrew2” and points out the obvious problem of open source software projects not paying bills despite enormous companies relying on open source software and then turns that to Web3 (crypto currency grafting the web with the blockchain grift) as the solution:

While learning about web3 I bought and sold a few NFTs. The process was mostly uninteresting except for when I sold one and saw the automated, unavoidable 10% royalty enforced by a digital contract (with no need for a legal structure) that compensated the original creator for secondary sales. I felt the sting of inspiration.

web3 enables indirect compensation.

I wondered if we could apply this concept to helping distribute value to open source.

The Tea homepage claims that:

Like its predecessor, brew, tea is the base of the developer stack—seated beneath the tools that build the Internet.

This is a terrible mistake. Crypto currency grifters would no doubt love to turn desperate people like open source software developers into suckers to buy in so the grifters at the top of the pyramid can cash out. Fortunately, at least one member of the Homebrew team has indicated that Homebrew has no connection to this pyramid scheme. Hopefully Tea will fail to gain any traction after this initial round of 8 million dollars in the pump phase of the scam. The dump phase could be even sadder than open source developers getting screwed over by the companies that exploit their labor.

Note: All links in this post lead to archive.org so as not to encourage anyone to join the pyramid scheme that is Web3, NFTs, and cryptocurrencies.