Tom Standage—author of the brilliant book The Victorian Internet—relates a tale of how the Chappe optical telegraph was hacked in 19th century France, thereby making it one of the earliest recorded instances of a cyber attack.
A run-down of digital preservation technologies for very, very long-term storage …in space.
An interesting approach to digital preservation: storing digital video in the DNA of bacteria.
Domains registered with punycode names (and then given TLS certificates) are worryingly indistinguishable from their ASCII counterparts.
Can you spot the difference between the URLs https://adactio.com and https://аdаctіо.com?
Harry clearly outlines the performance problems of Base64 encoding images in stylesheets. He’s got a follow-up post with sample data.
A quick drag’n’drop way to base 64 encode your web fonts so you can stick ‘em in local storage.
Some good database character-encoding advice from Mathias.
A very handy looking API that turns file uploading (and conversion) into a service.
A handy page for looking up HTML entities.
A very useful tool for getting character entities (use the "as HTML" option) in one click.
An offhand remark I made on Twitter spurs Dom on to do a whole lotta research on character encoding in class names.
This article is a life-saver for me. I'm constantly having trouble with special characters when I'm backing up databases for local copies of my sites.