If there's a better way than Gulp for running these tasks I'm open to changing it. I've used webpack a lot but it feels like overkill for this. NPM scripts maybe?
Today I learned that the New Zealand postal system sends physical ping packets to test their network.
I received a "tracked letter" which says "we send 2,500 of these letters every week to random addresses all around New Zealand to help us check the performance of our network."
I am the lucky winner of a functioning national postal system, which considering the alternative in other countries, makes me feel pretty darn lucky.
Upgrading from Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04 was quite straightforward, and the new release is great. I scribbled a few thoughts on it here: https://mikebabb.com/blog/ubuntu-20.04/
Ubuntu 20.04 is now available, and it's looking like a great release! https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/04/feature-spotting-in-focal-fossa
As many of us make the switch to remote working for the forseeable future, Martin Fowler shares some thoughts on getting the most out of video calls: https://martinfowler.com/articles/effective-video-calls.html
Intl.RelativeTimeFormat and Intl.ListFormat look particularly useful 👏
"Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead"
An excellent and timely post by @danny: "Shaving off a single kilobyte in a file that is being loaded on 2 million websites reduces CO2 emissions by an estimated 2950kg per month." https://dannyvankooten.com/website-carbon-emissions/
I recently started using Joplin for note-taking and it's so good I reckon you should use it too. I wrote a few quick words about it: https://mikebabb.com/blog/work-and-life-management-with-joplin/ #opensource
I am seriously impressed with Netlify! Took very little time to set up, and now my personal site is built and deployed across a CDN with a push to my git repo. Great documentation, too. Thoroughly recommended 👏 https://www.netlify.com
"Old School" text-mode fonts ❤️💪
Dan Abramov recommends rethinking the pursuit of “clean code” above all other concerns in this thoughtful post: https://overreacted.io/goodbye-clean-code/
Immersive Labs had a fun little segment that aired on BBC News recently; a couple of our people showing Bristol shoppers how weak their passwords are: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-bristol-50926624/app-reveals-weak-password-woes
Software developers love helping people. Their instinct is to build that hotly anticipated feature as fast as possible. So how can you be pragmatic about being pragmatic?
"Good Code Reviews, Better Code Reviews" by Gergely Orosz is a good read that offers practical tips for improving the code review process in your organisation. Empathy and flexibility go a long way!
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