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I've tested the new "Colorblind Themes" feature on GitHub for 3 days. I have color blindness in the red/green color spectrum (and also in some other spectra but I really can't explain which ones because well, I can't define). Swapping red for orange and green for blue works pretty well for me and I can really recommend the new themes to anyone with similar issues!

An artist:

1. bought an Andy Warhol drawing for $20,000.
2. made 999 high-quality forgeries.
3. shuffled them.
4. sold each of the 1000 drawings for $250.

You might get the original $20,000 Warhol, but you’ll never know. This hurts my brain and I'm loving it!

It's a reasonable price for common art. No lottery. Nobody is ripped off. The artist profits hugely, yet gives away a unique item far below market value, but its receiver won't know.

It challenges our value system in very Warhol-way.

New methodology for studying social biases in Wikipedia biographies (e.g. about gender), emphasizing the importance of controlling for covariates (such as occupation):
Code and data:

Switching all website backups from S3 to B2 (controlled by UpdraftPlus Premium).

Win #1: goodbye Amazon
Win #2: access & bucket mgmt is MUCH easier
Win #3: slightly cheaper

I'm finally getting back into RSS feeds. Right now I'm using which seems to do the important things: sync state between Android app & web; save stories for later. It's also, surprisingly, open source - but the author makes money by hosting it as a service ($3/month for the premium version).

Looking at my feed, I currently have 50% gaming blogs (mostly super nerdy ones like, 50% everything else :-)

🌍 Latency heatmap map by organization or network provider

The data from the RIPE Atlas probes can be used to find the minimum latency from anywhere to a given cloud provider, CDN, or other organization with its own AS network across (usually multiple) physical locations.

Example for Wikimedia Foundation:

First impression of the series 7 #AppleWatch: A worthwhile upgrade from my Series 5. I notice the faster chip, as well as the new sensors. The feel of the slightly larger display is also very nice. The new keyboard is restricted to English only for now, which is a bummer.

Every search bar looks like a URL bar to users

Computers would be so much better if they never had to deal with users, amirite?!!?

I remember, years ago, working on a mobile web service which had a URl bar - so users could tap in on their T9 keypads - and a separate search bar. I thought that was pretty nifty. But it turns out, users tried searching for URls and they trie

#/etc/ #search #web

'Those "Get The App" Banners' by Chris Coyier

I would really, really like to know what's behind this trend. Is it missing PWA/browser features? Higher engagement numbers for native apps? Greater data collection capabilities? Plain old cargo-culting? I honestly have no idea.

Developer on a World Tour?

Brendan Gregg:
I'd never seen a developer on a world tour. This was going to be big, and would likely blow away my earlier DTrace work.

Of all the tools I had published as open source, I still can't believe socketsnoop.d was included. It wasn't […]

“Transitional Apps with Rich Harris”

“The secret sauce in transitional web apps is progressive enhancement.”

This key to a Kuhn-style paradigm shift: a new model that does a better job of fitting all of the various existing ideas and practices together

Apple "has done a somewhat reasonable job". The latest macOS release from August 2021 ships a curl from 2019, and contains only 22 known vulnerabilities. 😅

via @bagder

The Framework laptop is the first laptop to ever score a 10/10 from Ifixit for repairability. But it's no thick-as-a-brick throwback the size of a 2005 Thinkpad - it's approximately the same dimensions as a MacBook.


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