At the weekend I listened to a podcast about GitHub's arctic code vault - such a cool idea! And it turns out I have code in it through my Nextcloud contributions πŸ”

@gruff I'm guessing that would be a lot more software maintenance for them and possibly not the best use of resources - I think I saw 5 years of support mentioned in a blog post somewhere. Providing that is a lot easier if they just ship a lightly modified AOSP. Anyone privacy-minded enough to want to de-Google the phone will likely turn to those projects anyway and flash a custom ROM.

I like @Fairphone's approach to smartphones - modular, user-repairable phones you can get replacement parts and upgraded components for instead of replacing the whole thing. Much less waste and an ethical supply chain! I'll check out what they're offering next time I'm due an upgrade πŸ“±

@victoria Do you have an RSS feed? I enjoy your posts and would like to keep track of new ones that way if possible!

Firefox for Android has gotten its big new release following a complete rebuild, with the GeckoView rendering engine and browser extension support. I've been using the beta for a while and it's a lot faster than old Firefox ⚑

Dan Abramov has started a concise and entertaining glossary of JavaScript terms - A good addition to your RSS feed :rss:

Web developers, what's your build tool of choice these days? Might update my ageing Gulp 3 setup soon. I compile Sass, inject an SVG spritesheet, and run the standard CSS minification etc. No JavaScript in use on the site.

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?

@eludom Yikes, yeah that all sounds a bit of a mess and a clean install is probably the fastest way out of it!

I always kept /home/ on its own partition to maintain configs and get up and running again quickly after a clean install. That way it's just a case of installing over /, pointing the installer to the home partition, and logging in with the same username and password before installing all your applications.

Mike Babb boosted

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.

@kev interesting reading! From what I've heard, in low-light conditions dark mode can sometimes reduce eye strain, but in all other scenarios light mode is better for you.

Personal preference is a different thing entirely of course, and I have my phone automatically turn on night light and flip to dark mode at sunset (and with it, all apps that respect the system preference), so I suppose I'm a weird outlier who uses both every day πŸ˜…

@JonYoder Impressive that the repair tool could revive it from what sounds like pretty critical problems, though πŸ‘

@kev I think a release can be said to have done well if it can lure you to distro-hop πŸ’ͺ

@JonYoder interesting - what broke and was able to be fixed by the tool?

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: :ubuntu:

A brilliant comic explaining how smartphone contact-tracing can alert people to potential exposure to Covid-19 without location tracking or other data collection:

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:

There's some great stuff coming to the JavaScript Internationalisation API in ECMAScript 2020:

Intl.RelativeTimeFormat and Intl.ListFormat look particularly useful πŸ‘

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