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This is a collection of links I stumbled across and found worth sharing. Also see the blogroll for links to blogs I regularly read.

Clean start for the web

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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. The problem is that the β€œdocument web” is often plagued by application characteristics - it’s the JavaScript and animations and complexity that makes your average newspaper website an unmitigated disaster.

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"Why I started microblogging"

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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 […] β€œa way for me to put everything I do online that is visually small β€” anything small enough not to require scrolling: quotes, links, images, audio files β€” in one place, and a place on my own site.”

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"OnePlus is preloading its phones with Facebook bloatware"

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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.

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Patreon CEO shares his most epic failures

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Jack Conte, CEO of Patreon, talks about failures. Instead of focusing only on the one thing that is eventually successful, he talks about all his failures. About music videos, on which he spent half his fortune, but which were then unsuccessful and how he kept on trying and trying and trying. A really worth seeing talk. Thank you, Nils, for sharing this video on your blog!

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Handle HTML forms through email with MailyGo

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It’s nice to see when people fork, modify and actually use your open source projects. Like Emanuel Pina does. He has forked my project MailyGo, which enables receiving form submissions on static sites and sends them via e-mail. He added some nice features (which I will definitely take inspiration from and add some back to the upstream project!). By looking at his code I also found out that Scaleway has a managed container registry service, which might be a viable alternative to Quay.

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"7 myths Apple is using to justify their 30% tax on apps"

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Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram, published a blog post with β€œ7 myths Apple is using to justify their 30% tax on apps”. He explains quite well why Apple’s practices are not fair and disproves many arguments that you can regularly read from Apple fans on Hacker News or in comments on tech news sites.

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TinyPilot

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Michael Lynch is someone who, when he has an idea or a problem, spares no effort to get to the bottom of it and develop a solution, usually with a combination of hardware and software. Recently he developed a project that allows him to remote control a server just by connecting a Raspberry Pi via USB and HDMI. The Pi runs a program with a web interface that forwards the keyboard input to the server via USB and sends the HDMI output back to the browser.

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Pure CSS Minesweeper

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I once wrote about pure CSS paintings. It’s amazing what you can achieve with just HTML and CSS. Another amazing thing is CSS-Sweeper, a Minesweeper clone written in just HTML and CSS. It’s not the fastest implementation but more a “stress test” and will probably have lags on average computing devices. Nevertheless, it’s awesome! You can play it here. While some people draw paintings or program Minesweeper with just CSS, I wonder why other people need JS to make a responsive website menu…

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"I made a robot to cut my hair with scissors"

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Shane Wighton from the YouTube channel β€œStuff Made Here” built a robot that cuts his hair. It worked OK for part of his hair, but see yourself… I wonder how one could even come up with such an idea to have one’s hair cut by a robot with scissors? Crazy!

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Hackers convinced Twitter employee to help them hijack accounts

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Social engineering is more like hacking people instead of hacking systems. Still, Twitter has been hacked: On Wednesday, a spike of high profile accounts including those of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Uber, and Apple tweeted cryptocurrency scams in an apparent hack. “We used a rep that literally done all the work for us,” one of the sources told Motherboard. The second source added they paid the Twitter insider.

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