Fun projects I've worked on:
A #webring: https://hotlinewebring.club
The Rouge website: http://rouge.jneen.net
A book on #dns and domain names: https://domainnamesanitybook.com/
A site to track GitHub PRs: http://pullfeed.co
#processing sketches: https://github.com/edwardloveall/processing-sketches
A macOS #screensaver: https://github.com/edwardloveall/colorclocksaver
Lightning Talk on #supercollider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzspylL9Bh0
Ligthning Talk on #dwarffortress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QoH2B_huUU
Or not, what do I know. I've never built a platform. I just grumble at NPM all day.
It is for some (like a lot of us here, me included) but it makes me think that to gain critical mass on a platform, it has to have something *new* that people recognize as a feature. Something that will improve their lives there and then. Once it has users it could potentially expand out and supplant the previous dominant platform.
Thinking about platforms and critical mass...
It feels like all major platforms gained traction because they offered some new and desirable feature. Tumblr/Twitter had takes on microblogging, Facebook: social graph, Vine: micro-videos, for example.
So when a platform alternative pops up that does basically all the same things that the original did but it's open-source/decentralized/whatever, it's no wonder it doesn't catch on. Open-source isn't a feature to most.
Just switched my website over to use https://www.kindmetrics.io It's a privacy-focused, open-source, analytics service. Cheap, too!
@plausible Is your website down? Your service is really intriguing and I'd love to check it out!
Consider the Tomato
Man promotes renaming "boneless chicken wings" at Lincoln City council meeting
Coming back to #rails after over a year mostly away from it. WOW consistency and strong conventions across a community is _so_ great! I miss my types though.
Finally had enough of things failing because devs don't check their return values, wrote two blog posts about it:
> design the user experience to include error messages in a helpful manner
> This covers the synchronous errors, but now we have a background job that is about to make a network request. As the comic says, “oh no!”
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