The Rise and Fall of The Desktop: https://alanralph.co.uk/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-desktop/
The War on Bezels: https://alanralph.co.uk/the-war-on-bezels/
The ice patterns on our roof (windows) were spectacular this morning. I'm sure the pictures would be more clear if I could take them from the outside.
How does it grow like that?! So beautiful 🌸
The End of Indie Web Browsers: You Can (Not) Compete
In 2017, the body responsible for standardizing web browser technologies, W3C, introduced Encrypted Media Extensions (EME)—thus bringing with it the end of competitive indie web browsers.
No longer is it possible ... https://alanralph.co.uk/3542-2/
Reminder: Technology Can Empower You: https://alanralph.co.uk/reminder-technology-can-empower-you/
My Inbox, My Rules: https://alanralph.co.uk/my-inbox-my-rules/
The Little iPhone That Could: https://alanralph.co.uk/the-little-iphone-that-could/
Gripe about Medium: https://alanralph.co.uk/gripe-about-medium/
Belated happy 40th birthday, Usenet!
I first got access to Usenet around the end of 1989, via the Compulink Information eXchange (Cix) here in the UK, and used it on-and-off until the early 2000s. https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb/blog/2019-11/2019-11-14.html
The Perils of Assuming Google is Good at Design: https://alanralph.co.uk/the-perils-of-assuming-google-is-good-at-design/
What’s that all about?
Great piece by Richard Murphy on what motivates him to get up and start blogging first thing in the morning. https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2020/01/12/whats-that-all-about/
Thoughts on Tidying and Marie Kondo: https://alanralph.co.uk/thoughts-on-tidying-and-marie-kondo/
Wherein Apple continues its tireless work to drive developers away from the App Store: https://alanralph.co.uk/wherein-apple-continues-its-tireless-work-to-drive-developers-away-from-the-app-store/
BeOS: The Alternate Universe’s Mac OS X: https://alanralph.co.uk/beos-the-alternate-universes-mac-os-x/
The folks over at The History Of The Web turned their attention to the story of the Webbys recently. I’d forgotten how long ago that started. Some of the images from early award ceremonies are… interesting. https://thehistoryoftheweb.com/the-state-of-the-web-at-the-first-webby-awards/
"Global manipulation is out of control."
You know what would help? Privacy. The less that is known about you, the harder you are to target and manipulate.
Privacy online needs to be the default.
"You are our God's Chosen One," the robed figures said.
"Er... Which god?"
The robed figures shuffled their feet and looked around.
"Our God is a minor water deity. Of the pond in the park."
"Oh. And the chosen one would?"
"Lead the Cleansing."
"Of rubbish. From the pond."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
"Okay children, where does water come from?"
In Unison: "Nestlé!"
"That's right. And who steals our water?"
In Unison: "The Fremen!"
"Very good, everyone gets an extra 2 ounces!"
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