New blog post: "Things I’ve been wrong about, things I’ve been right about"

In which I recap some of the calls I've made over the years, and how those calls have turned out. Most cathartically for me, this is where I kinda-sorta apologize for writing "Safari is the new IE" years ago.

@brainwane Yikes, may've hit it just as maintenance was happening. It was/is still working from what I can tell. Try again? 🙂

The "server-side rendering" trend is great (aka: serve a web page), but when the goal is progressive enhancement it's easy to mistake the technicalities for an end result.

Serving HTML and doing something in JS is not "progressive" nor "enhancing" if the HTML is unusable by itself, with visible-yet-nonfunctional UI elements, requiring seconds of interaction-blocking JS execution before it is scrollable and clickable.

Blog post by @adactio

Thunderbird is hiring for several engineering positions, all remote and full-time:

I use Thunderbird for my email every day. Looking forward to what the new folks help produce!

by popular demand, now with logarithmic y axis scale to fit more data points

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The end of the Trident Era, an incredible 25 years of Microsoft history behind Internet Explorer – via @Schepp.

It details dozens innovations where IE was far ahead of its time, some of which others only just caught up with.

Remember all those ways we supported IE6? Weird as those polyfills may have been, it's easy to forget how special it was that it worked at all. Other browsers that old couldn't have. DXImageTransform gradients, <s:video>, and much more.

@brion Thundercats, is that like Thunderbirds? :D

(Thunderbirds was also before my time but I did catch up on it as early as I could. Often thought how various scenes could be made. Got me into stop-motion photography!)

Safari runs code from *disabled* third-party browser extensions on every launch (can "phone home" with details about you).

@ellotheth Fun fact: All three received a AFI Life Achievement Award, with Williams' award tributed by Spielberg himself.

@ellotheth It's the great Spielberg-Hanks-Williams trio, striking yet again.

@liw It was an annual tradition to watch this back in the Netherlands. Every year around the holidays it would be on.

Turns out there are still people making web browsers that aren't based on WebKit or Gecko. Here's an article about a browser called Flow:

Having documentation in Markdown files *in* the repository alongside the code, instead of on a CMS or wiki, can be great:

- It pops up in code searches.
- It can be kept up-to-date while refactoring.
- It is wherever the code is (text editor, Git UI, tarball download)

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"In the 48 hours after Prince died, his artcile got 11 million pageviews on Wikipedia - 66,000% higher than normal traffic."

This is an comprehensive and interactive tool, built by The Pudding, which analyzes three years of Wikipedia traffic.

"[...] ten years ago, a small team of web developers at YouTube conspired to kill IE6."

In 1998, a programmer who had been working on Y2K fixes started to get anxious because he couldn't believe how pervasive the problem was. He switched from company to company trying to get away from it, but everywhere he went he became regarded as the Y2K expert and immediately became the team lead for that company's Y2K contingencies. He finally had a nervous breakdown, quit his job, and decided he wanted to be knocked unconscious when the Y2K actually came about.

A month before Y2K he was put into an artificial coma and cooled down to a near cryogenic easily sustained long term life support.

Unfortunately the life support notification system had a Y2K bug, and no one revived him for 8000 years.

Finally he was found and revived. He woke up, and saw himself surrounded by lots of glass, light, stainless steel, and tall beautiful people in white robes. He asked if he was in Heaven.

They replied, "No, this is Chicago. Actually but it's a lot like Heaven to someone like you."

"Someone like me?"

"You are from the 20th century. Many of the problems that existed in your lifetime have been solved for thousands of years. There is no hunger and no disease. There is no scarcity, or strife between races and creeds."

"What year is it now?"

"Yeah, about that - it's the year 9,998. You see, the year 10,000 is coming up, and we understand you know something called COBOL?"
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