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Operation "convert WordPress site to a static one with Jekyll" took a slight diversion in to "migrate front end build processes from Grunt to Gulp while we're at it", but I'm back on track now 💯👨‍💻

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Tomorrow is a big day for the internet as the European Parliament votes on the Copyright Directive, including some terrible proposals in : eff.org/deeplinks/2018/06/inte

I've just written to my MEPs to ask them to oppose Article 13, and it's not too late for you to do the same! I used writetothem.com to email them, and there's info at saveyourinternet.eu/home to help.

Let's keep the internet an open platform for sharing and innovation, not a tool for automated surveillance and control of users.

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Remember bookmarklets? I made one for deleting tweets. It's my non-techie version of the ephemeral Lambda function. Here you go!


In true developer fashion I've spent an hour tinkering with a thing and decided it's the best thing ever. Jekyll side project and blog post coming up! 🙌

Started the morning pondering ways to speed up a WordPress site and have ended up considering scrapping the whole thing and going fully static instead.

I quite like the convenience of WordPress as a CMS, though. Any recommendations for a convenient, flexible approach to content management that outputs a static site?

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Beginning June 11, no more free API key for Google Maps (now Google Maps Platform) if you don't provide a credit card.

A lot of custom Google maps that have been created over the years will likely no longer work.

Time to use #leaflet and #openstreetmap



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A little thing I <3 about programming is how I can return to a complex problem after a break with a fresh perspective and the solution just pops out.

Don't forget to climb out of the rabbit hole. Breath, sleep, eat, smile, and enjoy something or someone.

I've seen a few references to Pleroma lately but some DDG searching hasn't turned up anything helpful. What's Pleroma? How does it relate to Mastodon (if it does)?

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RT @firt@twitter.com
The only big bug for PWA that seems solved in iOS 12 beta1 is that now without a meta tag you got a white/black status bar, instead of an annoying black/black. Still partial support for Web App Manifest, no icon used, and the app reloads every time you get back to it 😐

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Let's not forget that design determines user behavior.

"Firefox’s designers have the leeway to make these privacy-first decisions because Mozilla’s motivations are fundamentally different from Google’s. Mozilla is a nonprofit with a mission, and Google is a for-profit corporation with an advertising-based business model." fastcodesign.com/90174010/bye-

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"Mozilla, which counts online #privacy as a top priority, is making a number of moves to improve privacy and to make it harder for websites to run roughshod over us."

"There are a number of changes coming to put websites in their place, all due to arrive in #Firefox by the end of September"


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This switch in GNOME's new settings dialog 'Power' section always confuses me.

It reads to me like having the switch on will make it so when it needs to save power, the machine will turn off my wifi. But it's actually an alias to the main on/off switch for wifi. So turning it off, my natural reaction because I want my wifi always on, turns my wifi off unexpectedly.

There's a six page spread in this month's Web Designer Magazine about our work on IAT When to Travel - well done, team! 👏

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“Consently - Privacy-friendly and GDPR compliant tracking”

This is one way to go.

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Google no longer indexing decade old articles (that means 2008!)


Time to duck duck go, if you haven't already.

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Just read at the Birdsite:

"Because of GDPR, USA Today decided to run a separate version of their website for EU users, which has all the tracking scripts and ads removed. The site seemed very fast, so I did a performance audit. How fast the internet could be without all the junk! 5.2MB → 500kB"

I always said 90% of traffic (website and mail) is junk. There's a proof.

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The fediverse is probably the most important thing i feel like I'm involved with right now. As we start having these conversations about social media, the fediverse is something I can point to where many kinds of community models are explored outside the almost defacto context of ad-driven services. It feels good to be here. It feels good to know that we have relcalaimed some of the most revolutionary social technology from monolithic exploitation.

Some very cool integration coming up in 18.10 (that you can preview in 18.04 by installing a GNOME extension): omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/05/ubuntu