This is a collection of links I stumbled across and found worth sharing. Also see the blogroll for links to blogs I regularly read.
Although I no longer use Instagram, I still have an account there, and from time to time I like to see what people I know post there. To do that I always used the website in the browser. However, their website is not fast and has some bugs. Recently, I came across the alternative Instagram client “InstaGrabber”. While it sounds like a simple Instagram image downloader, it has a lot more functionality.
Carl MH Barenbrug writes about the carbon impact of web designs. He reminds to consider that fast loading and less energy use is more important than fancy designs.
Underwater data centers powered by 100% renewable energy are a very interesting idea. It is also noteworthy that they seem to be much more reliable than conventional DCs and that an “unreliable grid” isn’t such a big problem.
When the container was hauled off the seabed around half a mile offshore after being placed there in May 2018, just eight out of the 855 servers on board had failed.
“I am afraid for the future,” she said. “Lately, it is already impossible to exercise outdoors. If that was only for a few days it would be fine but the heatwaves are extreme and recurring. I live with the feeling my home is becoming more hostile each year. It scares me a lot.”
– The Guardian
COVID-19 lets the topic of climate change take a back seat, but COVID-19 also shows that something must change.
Medium is bringing back support for custom domains. And in general they seem to listen better. In addition to custom domains, Medium is reducing the amount of annoying pop-ups and banners and will also offer more customization options.
This is probably one of the coolest articles I have read in a long time. “Hunting the Nearly-Invisible Personal Website” is absolutely worth a read!
I found this article using the “forum animal” “Hacker News” and it’s funny to see my blogroll linked in the article.
The personal website is a somewhat mysterious animal that lives mostly unobserved in the jungle of the Internet. A few inexperienced Internet users who live completely within the golden-walled gardens of Facebook and Google may not even be aware of the species' existence.
You probably heard about HEY, the email service that claims to fix email. But let me share this service with you: Heyyyyyyyyyyyy.com. It’s way cooler than HEY. 😉
Tom MacWright shares some thoughts around how the web loses on performance and accessibility because web pages continue to grow in size and complexity.
He makes a distinction between the document web (blogs etc.) and the application web. He suggests to create an alternative browser for the document web which supports a lightweight markup language like Markdown.
Bryan Sebesta shares his reasons for microblogging:
I often run across things that I’d like to share but don’t deserve their own post. Outside of Twitter, how do I share it? A microblog creates a space for that.. It becomes […] “a way for me to put everything I do online that is visually small — anything small enough not to require scrolling: quotes, links, images, audio files — in one place, and a place on my own site.”
It was probably a good decision to cancel my OnePlus Nord pre-order. Next to the display issues there are delivery delays and now there’s another problem too.
As AndroidPolice reports (warning: this page contains a lot of tracking scripts, uBlock Origin showed me a “55” badge), OnePlus phones also get preloaded with Facebook bloatware (and probably spying software). Having Google services installed, at least the Play Store and stuff needed for that, is one thing, it’s the bitter pill if you want to have access to most apps.