Promoting your Masto RSS link might be a lighter alternative that's still relatively easy for people to follow (they don't have to sign up to Fedi), without being fully integrating with Twitter.

(Every Masto account has an RSS feed at host/@name.rss, auto-discovered from your public profile.)


I've long been hosted with Antagonist.nl, local business that's been around for a very long time, and isn't trying to grow quicker than their quality and care allows for. They've started a NextCloud offering recently, though I've not used it myself yet. I use their VPS and web hosting. (They allow and support international customers, but their sales info is written in Dutch only.)

Software engineers: “you can’t patch it at runtime! It’s too hard and risky”

Civil engineers:

RT @splattne@twitter.com

In 1930 the Indiana Bell building was rotated 90°. Over a month, the structure was moved 15 inch/hr, all while 600 employees still worked there. There was no interruption to gas, heat, electricity, water, sewage, or the telephone service they provided. No one inside felt it move.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/splattne/status/13

🌍 Map of the Internet

An epic work of art by Martin Vargic, featuring over a thousand websites on a fictional map, organised by topic and sized for traffic scale (logarithmic). Some regions to look for:

* Protocol Ocean.
* Gulf of Linkrot.
* Viral Valey.
* Sea of Netizens.
* Append: Major launch dates.
* Append: Broadband speeds by country.
* Append: Most expensive domain sales.

Full size graphic (19 MB) at halcyonmaps.com/map-of-the-int

#map #maps #geek #kottke via kottke.org/21/05/a-map-of-the-

"Learning to program has no more to do with designing interactive software than learning to touch type has to do with writing poetry"

-- Ted Nelson

Wikipedia.org and sister projects, June 2021 :

* 51.2% Chrome (incl. Mobile/iOS)
* 24.2% Safari (incl. Mobile)
* 4.9% Firefox (incl. Mobile/iOS)
* 2.7% Edge
* 2.4% Samsung Internet
* 1.6% Google app
* 0.9% Opera (incl. Mobile/Mini)
* 0.7% Internet Explorer
* 0.2% DuckDuckGo app
* 0.2% Yandex app

100% = 15 billion views (desktop and mobile web, no spiders, no bots)

Firefox's Reader view has a "Listen" feature, integrating text-to-speech.

Apart from feeding text to the operating system's default TTS, it has useful extras such as focussing and scolling the current paragraph, underlining the current word (karaoke-style), and overriding the speed and voice.

I especially like that it can pause/resume and go back a paragraph—which macOS's adhoc "speak" command for selected text cannot.

Oh, and apparently we've been doing this since 1901, with successful submarine trials (domestically) going back to the 1840s. I had no idea it went back that far!

They've had some upgrades, of course. At the time, they were telegraphy cables. Later telephone. And now, we're on multi-terrabits-per-second optical fibers.

The map looks surprisingly similar. Makes me think there are probably highly-specific terrain considerations that lend itself to these routes?


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"Style native HTML select options", by Jim Nielsen.

This is one of those few areas still in the web platform that are not extendable and rather underspecified. But Jim shares a neat hack that seems worth considering from time to time. In general I favour native `<select>` anyway, but this is one more example of where you might not need to re-invent things with JavaScript!


"Computing Performance: On the Horizon"

Brendan Gregg gives an accessible overview on the state of the art in server performance.

• CPU: speed is done, threads are hard. Future is cores, processes. Also, new chipmaker brands?
• Memory: latency is done, bandwidth way to go.
• Disks are weird, more bandwidth coming to SSDs. Also, 3D disk points?
• Check the references for further reading material.


🌍 Global Internet infrastructure map

A map of the cables laid on our sea beds, connecting the various landmasses on our humble planet.


See also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarin

Been playing with a benchmarking tool from the Lit/Polymer team called Tachometer, and really impressed so far. It actually helped me prove that a small perf improvement to emoji-picker-element had a statistically significant result: github.com/nolanlawson/emoji-p

Did another comparison on interpolation of colors when doing gradients:

➡️ sRGB: Mostly modeled after the energy/brightness response of CRT monitors.
➡️ Linear sRGB: Linear in terms of sources of light being added.
➡️ L*a*b: Linear(-ish) wrt human perception.


TIL you can backspace in the invisible drop down buffer! (I've always waited for the invisible buffer to invisibly reset its timer, so that you can start again fresh - which is in itself another nuance.)

"PHP RFC: Deprecate autovivification on false"

Nice to see the language mature. I'm not a fan of all recently passed RFCs, but this is one of those slow-and-steady ones I'm happy to see get landed.

They grow up so fast, don't they? 😢🤗


RE: browserstats 

@danielhglus Yeah, exactly. You can play with different sorts at the Grafana link.

I found this the least-worst rendering with minimal effort (where minimal is still an hour or so in total).

If I recall correctly, sorting by version name, means you get either indistinguishable colours (majority new versions at the tail end), or a confusing shape.

For some, this effect was particularly bad and for those I tried to make it better by subtly muting lots of smaller versions.

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