This’ll be handy the next time I want to send someone a file: drop it in here, and then paste the link into a DM/chat.
Following on from that proposal for a browser feature that I linked to yesterday, Tim thinks through all the permutations and possibilities of user agents allowing users to throttle resources:
If a limit does get enforced (it’s important to remember this is still a big if right now), as long as it’s handled with care I can see it being an excellent thing for the web that prioritizes users, while still giving developers the ability to take control of the situation themselves.
A handy in-browser image compression tool. Drag, drop, tweak, and export.
I remember Jason telling me about this weird service worker caching behaviour a little while back. This piece is a great bit of sleuthing in tracking down the root causes of this strange issue, followed up with a sensible solution.
A step-by-step guide to implementing drag’n’drop, and image previews with the Filereader API. No libraries or frameworks were harmed in the making of this article.
This blog post saved my ass—the Huffduffer server was b0rked and after much Duck-Duck-Going I found the answer here.
I’m filing this away for my future self because, as per Murphy’s Law, I’m pretty sure I’ll be needing this again at some point
This is an interesting use of voodoo magic (or “machine learning” as we call it now) by Google to interpolate data in a small image to create a larger version. A win for performance.
The street finds its own uses for colonial internet practices:
Because the data is completely free, Angolans are hiding large files in Wikipedia articles on the Portuguese Wikipedia site (Angola is a former Portuguese colony)—sometimes concealing movies in JPEG or PDF files. They’re then using a Facebook group to direct people to those files, creating a robust, completely free file sharing network.
Ignore the silly name: this looks a supremely useful service—convert just about any file format into just about any other file format.
That’s Netscape 1.0n, released in December of 1994, running inside Windows 3.11, released in August of 1993, running inside of Google Chrome 39.0.2171.99 m, released about a week ago, on a Windows 7 PC, released in 2009.
But when it comes to trying to navigate the web with that set-up, things get a bit depressing.
A history lesson and a love letter to the early web, taking in HTML, Photoshop, and the web standards movement.
Those were long years, the years of drop-shadows. Everything was jumping just slightly off the screen. For a stretch it seemed that drop-shadows and thin vertical columns of text would define the web. That was before we learned that the web is really a medium to display slideshows, as many slideshows as possible, with banner ads.
Some good ideas from Matt on the importance of striving to maintain digital works. I find it very encouraging to see other people writing about this, especially when it’s this thoughtful.
I hereby declare that this song is my official anthem.
I want some files that last, data that will not stray.
Files just as fresh tomorrow as they were yesterday.
Jason goes into detail describing the File Format problem that he and others are going to tackle in the effort known as Just Solve The Problem.
Jason’s rip-roaring presentation from Defcon last year.
Download and play the Jason Scott Adventure — only you can help Jason save the internet!
Here are the fruits of the latest code push at Pownce: the ability to share files with the public and a tenfold increase in the file size limit.
The origins and history of copyright. Copyright was originally designed to subsidize distribution, not creation. Not much has changed... until now.