“Some thoughts on entry points to web development today, and my fears about the loss of something that has enabled so many people without a traditional computer science background to be here.”
Shared to IndieWeb.xyz.
“I owe much of my career to View Source. It’s what got me started with web development in the first place. Going to sites that I liked, learning how they did what they did. Yes, I also bought a bunch of animal books from O’Reilly, and I read WIRED’s Webmonkey, and the web was full of tutorials even then. But it’s not the same. Seeing how something real is built puts the individual pieces of the puzzle together in a way that sample code or abstract lessons just don’t.”
Right now, K is a lot messier under the hood than I’d like. Once things are a bit more defined I intend to go back and clean it up so the output source is as readable as possible (proper and consistent indenting and the like), and the structure is better from a
POSH point of view. Shared to IndieWeb.xyz.
“A couple weeks ago, I vented my frustration as an ICS security professional at my apartment building forcibly converting to networked smart locks. My tweets were widely misinterpreted, so I’d like to talk a little bit about privacy and security aspects to consider if (when) the property you rent from decides to go “Smart”. To be abundantly clear, I’m not opposed to Smart Home systems – most of us want to live in Star Trek and these devices are a way to a more convenient future. However, there are right ways and wrong ways to implement them, and many substantive privacy and security questions to ask as we move forward into that future.”
More than once I’ve thought about upgrading our current “smart home” setup beyond just controlling our lights with Alexa. Everytime I’ve thought about it, I come back to the idea that I don’t trust any of these things to work without a glitch or be 100% secure. As a homeowner I can control if or when I deploy any of these devices and take time to secure them as best I can. If you’re renting you might not get the choice, and in the linked article Lesley lays out the issues you’ll want to consider.
“I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.”
A great long-read to kick-off the week. Very America-centric, but I’ve observed similar patterns on this side of the Atlantic too, so the core of the article still rings true.
Also shared to IndieWeb.xyz
I love how Colin has provided a clear, simple, page describing how to subscribe to his blog in several different ways. Feed icons are great if they’re easy to find, and your audience knows what they are, but not many people do. I might have to steal this idea for myself
There’s some seriously cool and interesting deep cuts of Games Workshop and Warhammer history in this article.
While I don’t fully agree with the author’s characterisation of the current state of things, I do wish the company would do more; that it was still radical with how it portrays cultures and diversity in the settings and models. I get that it’s harder to take those bold stands when you’re a multi-national, publicly traded company worth hundreds of millions of pounds, but Games Workshop didn’t get to where it is by being timid in the first place.
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“Now that Article 13 has not a single friend in the world, save for a single, lonely German MEP, maybe it’s time we stopped holding the future of European copyright to ransom for the sake of a few recording companies who are willing to sacrifice the free expression of 500,000,000 Europeans to eke out a few more points of profit.”
Also shared to IndieWeb.xyz.
“But the big point that many of these articles dismiss lightly or directly omit is that RSS is still used as the underpinnings of so many widely popular services today. Apple News, Google News, Flipboard (each with likely tens of millions of users or more) and many others use RSS it is just that people do not know it.”
In response to the Motherboard article “
The Rise and Demise of RSS” I linked to a couple of days ago, Colin makes some great points.
RSS isn’t dead, and might never be… it’s just been abstracted away for most people who don’t need to care.
Also bookmarked on IndieWeb.xyz.
“If you are using self hosted WordPress you can have a small links directory running in no time. This uses the “Links” feature in WordPress that was never removed, just papered over.”
I’m already doing a basic version of this with my
Links Page, but that’s all hand-crafted. I’d forgotten all about the Links Manager that was built into WordPress, mainly because it was hidden away ages ago. Maybe I should switch over to using that… Also bookmarked on IndieWeb.xyz.
“While I want people that I mention in some of my posts to be aware that they’ve been mentioned by me, I don’t necessarily need to add to the visual cruft and clutter of the pages by intentionally calling out that link with the traditional color change and underline that <a> links in HTML often have.”
I think on my site I’d always want a mention to look like a link, so a reader can identify it and choose to visit whoever I’m mentioning. But that’s part of the joy of IndieWeb — we’re free to implement the details to our own tastes. Chris
wants his mentions to blend into the text of his site, and that’s a perfectly valid choice.
I can only agree on dropping “@” prefixes though. Those are clunky and completely unnecessary in environments outside of siloed social media. The only time I include one is if I know I’m syndicating a particular post to Twitter.
Also bookmarked on indieweb.xyz.
“For two decades we’ve learned, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and sometimes we’ve gone wtf.”
20 years is a long time on the web. When I was just starting out in the IT industry, the two major sources of news I’d use to keep up with things (outside of blogs) were Ars and
The Register. It’s comforting to see both still going.