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Dear Ruby devs and game devs. I have a crazy announcement I want to share. Please boost.

Last week I released A Dark Room to the Nintendo Switch. Within the game, I also shipped a Ruby interpreter and a code editor as an Easter Egg.

*This Easter Egg effectively turns every consumer spec-ed Nintendo Switch into a Ruby Machine.*

1. Download A Dark Room from the US/EU.
2. Connect a USB keyboard and press the “~” key.
3. Follow the onscreen instructions.

#ruby #gamedev #nintendo

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Even worse: Brave gets root access to your system every time you install or update their software. They could have used that scary amount of power to fix and avoid this. But they didn't, and it's on users to fix Brave's issues.

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I love the curbcut effect. (Might have the name wrong). The idea is that when you improve accessibility for one group, it tends to help everyone. So you put those cuts into the curb for wheelchair and it also helps people moving packages with trolleys, and with strollers, etc.

New example I've found. Webcomics that put the script under the comic for people with screenreaders and such. SUDDENLY I CAN ACTUALLY FIND OLD COMICS WITH GOOGLE WHEN I WANT TO SHOW PEOPLE A SPECIFIC JOKE.

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“Adactio: Journal—Dev perception”

This matches with my exp.: most of the work being done on the web is invisible and unmentioned on social media.

And I'll add that dev social media skews young and favours the US west coast over the rest of the world.

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#Carnet is a free open alternative to Google Keep. It includes text, images, audio, todo lists and syncing features.

It's currently available for Android (on Google Play and F-Droid), Linux, and NextCloud.

You can follow it here:


You can find out more and contribute on its git page:

The lead developer is here:


#GoogleKeep #Alternatives

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The font size has been bumped up in @protonmail beta for Android! 🎉 No more reading my email like

Interesting problem I've just encountered working on a PWA: if you cache files delivered via CDN, you can very quickly end up using hundreds of megabytes of device storage because of how browsers handle "opaque" responses from other origins.

"When 7 KB Equals 7 MB" explains and offers solutions:

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Numerous apps, including a heart monitor and an ovulation tracker, share data with Facebook without giving users a clear way to refuse. These invasions of privacy are at the very heart of surveillance capitalism. Choose services that protect your privacy.

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PSA - Brave "privacy" browser is malware 

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"Why do I need a 4Ghz quadcore to run facebook?" This is why. A single word split up into 11 HTML DOM elements to avoid adblockers.


Security Checklist is an open source checklist of resources to improve your online privacy and security, and you can check things off to keep track as you go:

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#HelloWorld! As active members of the open-source community, ProtonMail supports open source projects like Mastodon. Mastodon’s decentralized nature reminds us of the days when the Internet was free and not under the control of a few monopolist giants. Our followers can look forward to toots about service updates, new projects, and news on privacy.

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"Google Play Store now open for Progressive Web Apps" with Trusted Web Activities. "No need to package resource files; they'll be downloaded & updated on the fly from Service Worker. Rendered with installed Chrome, sharing storage/cache/sessions" - Maximiliano Firtman

The title "Front End Developer" can now describe two very different skillsets - one centered mostly around JavaScript, and the other around HTML, CSS, UX, and design principles. Chris Coyier explores the problem with that in "The Great Divide":

I've upgraded to a ThinkPad T460s, so my trusty T430s has been given a fresh installation of Linux Mint before it heads off to my parents to replace a 9 year old Asus laptop that's struggling to continue running Windows 7. 9 years is pretty good for a budget consumer machine!

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