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To the Tumblr refugees: welcome!
Having been on the Internet for over thirty years, I have one piece of advice for creative folks working online:
Control Your Platform.
Don't build a business around Facebook, Tumbler, G+, Geocities, MySpace, AltaVista, or any of these other third parties that claim to offer quick and easy results.
They all go away. Every one of them.
Build your own site. Use third parties to steer people to your site.
Third parties are the devil--useful devils, but devils.
React Hooks look like they'll make it much easier to keep large components tidy and readable. I particularly like combining componentDidMount, componentDidUpdate, and componentWillUnmount in to a single function 🎉
“Create your own dysfunctional single-page app in five easy steps” describes a few common traps that product teams can fall in to working on single page applications: https://tinnedfruit.com/articles/create-your-own-dysfunctional-single-page-app.html
Super handy VSCode plugin that syncs your config across multiple machines via your GitHub account: https://shanalikhan.github.io/2015/12/15/Visual-Studio-Code-Sync-Settings.html
shift + alt + u = upload config
shift + alt + d = download config
A company looking for a hiring algorithm asked for an audit before buying and "found that the algorithm found two factors to be most indicative of job performance: their name was Jared, and whether they played high school lacrosse." https://qz.com/1427621/companies-are-on-the-hook-if-their-hiring-algorithms-are-biased/
Found an excellent React cheatsheet that covers everything from simple stateless components to React Router and Redux: http://www.developer-cheatsheets.com/react 🙌
It's Bath Digital Festival week! The pass is just £15 and there are some great looking sessions on. Looking forward to attending a few! https://bathdigitalfestival.co.uk
For one brief shining moment in the 1980s-1990s, it seemed like we the people would own and control our own computing infrastructure.
That we wouldn't ever after need permission from opaque central authorities to process data, send messages, create devices, teach machines ideas. No corporations or governments could put themselves between us and the data bits in our machines. We would be free to think.
That moment is rapidly slipping into a history that feels ridiculously over-optimistic.
“Apple’s New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair on New MacBook Pros - Motherboard” https://motherboard.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/yw9qk7/macbook-pro-software-locks-prevent-independent-repair?__twitter_impression=true
Underrun is a fantastic little WebGL shooter in just 13 KB of code and assets 😱 You can play it at https://phoboslab.org/underrun/ and read a "making of" article at https://phoboslab.org/log/2018/09/underrun-making-of.
Tip to new Mastonians: Change your profile picture, write a few words about you AND post a couple of toots BEFORE you start following people!
Otherwise, people you'd follow would only see an empty account and would have no reason to follow back... :/
Meanwhile, over at Firefox, somebody knows how to motivate:
“Microsoft has added support for WebP in the Edge 18 Preview Release.”
PIA has had to remove the ad/malware/tracker blocking MACE feature from the Play Store version of their Android app.
They've confirmed MACE will continue to be available in the direct download version on their website: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/installer/download_installer_android
This was a good read. I am a user of ProtonMail and I truly view it as a viable alternative to Gmail or any other provider. TL;DR switch to ProtonMail if you care about privacy.
Husband, father, and software developer. Open Web advocate and supporter of Free, Open Source Software projects. Working mostly with React, TypeScript, and GraphQL 👨💻
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