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.

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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: mikebabb.com/blog/ubuntu-20.04 :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: ncase.me/contact-tracing/

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: martinfowler.com/articles/effe

There's some great stuff coming to the JavaScript Internationalisation API in ECMAScript 2020: diary.braniecki.net/2020/02/14

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

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"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"


@trevdev I'm a tech enthusiast who keeps a deliberately "dumb" home because most appliances just don't need to be connected to the internet, especially with security as shoddy as is standard with most IoT devices.

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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." dannyvankooten.com/website-car

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: mikebabb.com/blog/work-and-lif

If I "no longer wish to unsubscribe"? Am I likely to have changed my mind about unsubscribing between clicking the link in your email and this page loading, Admiral? Or are you being intentionally misleading to keep people on your mailing list? Not exactly in the spirit of GDPR.

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 πŸ‘ netlify.com

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