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It's that time of year again to fill out the WebAim screen reader survey if you use one either because of disability or testing your websites!

So, we blind people have the choice of freedom of whatever we want to do with our mobile OS, and great, actually helpful accessibility tools, like image descriptions, screen recognition, and everything else that'll be coming out this year, but a jailed environment. It's just like Linux verses Windows, but even Windows is more open than iOS. I mean, blind people use Android *despite* its accessibility, whereas iPhone users use that *because* of its accessibility. And as the years go on, even the cultures of the two camps will diverge as Apple keeps adding and adding features. While Android users focus on media consumption, an iPhone user has written an entire book on using the iPhone, on the iPhone! While Android users look for a camera that can tell them if a face is in a picture, iOS users fondly remember old memories thanks to image recognition!

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Migrated my RSS subscriptions from Feedly to self-hosted FreshRSS. Just a script with sqlite file or mysql, drop on any Apache (shared) hosted (sub)domain. Done!

I already use NetNewsWire as client, which released FreshRSS support for syncing feeds, read mark, stars.

Export from Feedly as OPML. Folders carry over. Stars and read marks don't (no standard for that, yet).

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"Accessibility testing as a screen reader user" by Isabel Holdsworth

Interesting read. I had kind of wondered how one would do accessibility testing from this perspective.

Years in the making, days in the drafting, I've finally done it: I dug into the full history of important features missing from iOS/Safari and made it (roughly) human-readable:

Link: "Rust for Windows v0.9"

> Wow, someone retro-fitted rust-lang to work on prehistorical Windows. That's *some* passion project!


> Hm.. is this an old link from April 1st, or something?

Publishing date: May 6, 2021.

> wat?

Article quote: "you can now call any Windows APIs (past, present, and future) using Rust"

> wat?

Link: "Rust for Windows v0.9"

> OK, I get it... and sister projects, operating system stats for the last week of April 2021:

* 31.7%: Android
* 26.1%: Windows
* 24.3%: iOS
* (9.6%: Other)
* 6.8%: macOS
* 0.9%: Linux (incl. Ubuntu)
* 0.6%: Chrome OS

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* 50%: Chrome, Chrome Mobile
* 23.8%: Safari, Mobile Safari
* 5.2%: Firefox, Firefox Mobile
* 2.8%: Edge
* 2.6%: Samsung Internet
* 2.0%: Chrome Mobile iOS
* 1.6%: Google app
* 0.83%: Opera
* 0.74%: Internet Explorer
* 0.27%: Yandex
* 0.2%: DuckDuckGo app

100% = 16.4 billion views (desktop+mobile web, no apps, no bots)

"Browser favicons can be used as supercookies to track you"
by Matthew Gault (Vice).

The various supercookie implementations out there are always an interesting source of unintended ways to fingerprint or persist data. Usually followed by browsers mitigating those. The favicon hack is... something else though. Wow.


Prior art:

The list includes the web properties served by Wikimedia Foundation as of last Sunday.

Also, it looks like is nearly in the top 10k, certainly if you combine Fediverse traffic. That feels new and significant. I wonder if there's been at attempt to estimate its share and position (eg as if it were centralized).

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Jonah Edwards talks about the tech and numbers of Internet Archive. Hardware, traffic, costs, and more.

First few minutes are the talk, followed by many good Qs&As.

"Breaking GitHub Private Pages for $35k",
by Robert Chen and ginkoid.

Interesting combination of techniques to effectively bypass cross-origin restrictions. Learned a thing or two. and sister projects, operating system stats for the first week of April 2021:

* 32.2%: Android
* 26.0%: Windows
* 24.6%: iOS
* (9.2%: Other)
* 6.6%: macOS
* 0.9%: Linux (incl. Ubuntu)
* 0.5%: Chrome OS

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* 49%: Chrome, Chrome Mobile
* 23.7%: Safari, Mobile Safari
* 5.1%: Firefox, Firefox Mobile
* 2.7%: Edge
* 2.6%: Samsung Internet
* 1.7%: Google app
* 1.9%: Chrome Mobile iOS
* 0.81%: Opera
* 0.79%: Internet Explorer
* 0.27%: Yandex
* 0.15%: DuckDuckGo app

100% = 17.5 billion views (desktop+mobile web, no apps, no bots)

"Origins of the youtube-dl project", from its creator, Ricardo García.

my only choice for home Internet access so far had been a dial-up [at] 4 KB/sec. I got myself a 3G modem and data plan limited to 5GB. I had to be selective when using the network. youtube-dl helped to prevent me from downloading large video files multiple times. […]

Jim Salter, for Ars Technica, on Rust being considered for some utilities and drivers in the Linux kernel:

The great thing about C is that it's not assembly language.

[…] the Rust port might replace the original GNU Coreutils in some environments—offering thread safety and immunity to memory management errors. […] Torvalds goes on to describe device drivers as obvious low-hanging fruit for potential new work to be done in Rust.

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