Note archive: March, 2020

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @adactio

Consequently, nobody on iOS—other than devs like you and me—ever adds any websites to their home screens (progressive web apps or otherwise).

Replying to a tweet from @mrgnrdrck

Chrome, Opera and Samsung Internet “promote” progressive web apps and encourage users to add them to their home screen (becuase—thanks to the manifest file—once opened from there, they behave just like native apps). Safari does nothing.

Replying to a tweet from @mrgnrdrck

It wouldn’t. I don’t understand what you’re asking. The issue is with the sites (the vast majority) that aren’t being added to the home screen—they’re the ones being hobbled by this 7 day deletion.

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Reading The Fabric Of Reality by David Deutsch.

I felt it right there in my chest, the cool clutch of a cliché: my heart sank.

—Machines Like Me

My radio, with its irregular blobs of solder on a board, appears no less a wonder than consciousness itself arising from matter.

—Machine Like Me

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @betterThanMin

They’re both asynchronous actions—using cache and using fetch—and the waitUntil ensures that when one of them is done, the other still carries on. It doesn’t mean that one waits until the other is done.

Replying to a tweet from @betterThanMin

The return part still happens first though. The waitUntil ensures that the service worker doesn’t “hang up” while you’re getting the fresh version from the network, but while that’s happening, the user has been served the cached file.

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Literally everyone on my street came to their doors at 8pm to cheer and clap for the NHS and I think I might have a little something in my eye. #ClapForCarers

Replying to a tweet from @briankardell

I think when I (or someone else) says the word “enhancement” what you hear is “just an enhancement”—I think that may be at the heart of your Colombo-like feigned confusion.

Replying to a tweet from @briankardell

Brian, there’s a world of difference between something being a useful enhancement you can add to any website, and something that’s so hobbled as to be not worth your time.

Replying to a tweet from @TimoTijhof

That’s only true if the website has been added to the home screen (which is very, very rare). Most websites using service workers (and almost all progressive web apps) are badly affected by this drastic change.

Replying to a tweet from @ravavyr

That’s right. And on iOS in particular, a vanishingly small number of offline apps are ever added to the home screen.

A progressive web app means HTTPS+service worker+manifest. It does not mean “added to home screen”.

Replying to a tweet from @brucel

Not true. They aren’t deleting service workers for sites added to the home screen. That’s a vanishingly small percentage of progressive web apps.

Added to home screen != progressive web app.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @jonathandavis

Thank you for the response.

So this change isn’t minor—it’s a massive kick in the teeth for service workers.

(Also, I need help understanding how a third party could use service worker registrations …which have a same-origin scope.)

Just about 10 minutes ’till the next ISS flyover: 7:40pm.

People of southern England—look to the skies!

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

I’m trying to find out what/if the time limit on service worker registrations was in Safari before this change to 7 days.

Was it a set amount of days? Was it unbounded? @johnwilander?

(Does Chrome or Firefox do anything like this?)

Replying to a tweet from @johnwilander

I’m trying to understand what the expiration time was for service workers across the board before this change to 7 days. Was it 30 days? 90? Indefinite?

Replying to a tweet from @johnwilander

What does “classified domains” mean in this context?

Does the 7 day (previously 30 day) time period not apply across the board to any domain that registers a service worker?

Replying to a tweet from @johnwilander

Hey John, quick question: what was the time period for deregistering service workers (and emptying caches) before this change to 7 days?

(I have it in the back of my mind it was something like 30 days without engagement—is that right?)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Fellow Brightonians: there’s another ISS flyover at 7:36pm this evening—should be nice and clear.

Let’s pop outside for a few minutes to (individually) watch it go overhead.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

People of Brighton: it should be clear skies when the @Space_Station passes over at 8:23pm.

Let’s all go outside and look up at people doing some real social distancing.

(This is something we can do together while keeping our distance.)

Replying to a tweet from @SaraSoueidan

I’m making little tweaks to my site today too—it feels good. I’ll do a little write-up later too.

Looking forward to seeing your RSS feed light up with new articles!

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Checked in at Queen's Park. Getting some fresh air — with Jessica map

Checked in at Queen’s Park. Getting some fresh air — with Jessica

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @beep

Y’know what? I’m going to update the bookmarklet in my original post to use your code (if that’s cool with you, daddy-o).

Day four of not leaving the house.

I may have resorted to cannibalism a tad early.

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

We are all Julian Assange now.

Because of the self isolation, I mean. Not, y’know, the rapiness.

Not All Self-isolating Men.

I’ll see myself out.

No, wait! I won’t!

Reading Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Having a St. Patrick’s night feast at home. Lá ‘le Pádraig sona daoibh go léir!

Having a St. Patrick’s night feast at home.

Lá ‘le Pádraig sona daoibh go léir!

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Checked in at The Hartington. Last chance for some tunes? map

Checked in at The Hartington. Last chance for some tunes?

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

This day last year was filled with travel—from Geneva to London—to celebrate the web at 30:

https://adactio.com/journal/14948

This year, there’s a lot less travelling.

Anyway. Happy 31st birthday to Information Management: A Proposal!

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Tunes! 🎶🎻🎶 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Tunes! 🎶🎻🎶 — with Jessica

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Everyone is being so critical of Trump’s handling of the situation with COVID-19, but honestly, if I had the virus, I’d want to shake him by the hand.

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

From a BBC News story:

Facebook is closing its London office for the weekend …Staff members have been told to work from home until Monday.

Wait.

Friday, March 6th, 2020

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Reading A Short History Of Irish Traditional Music by Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin.

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

It was a comforting myth, and one I embraced because I had seen comfort, without realising it was only a myth.

—Abolish Silicon Valley

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Checked in at The Winding Stair. Lunch in Dublin — with Jessica

Checked in at Cava Bodega. Scallops with black pudding — with Jessica map

Checked in at Cava Bodega. Scallops with black pudding — with Jessica

Checked in at Tigh Cóilí. 🎶🎻 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Tigh Cóilí. 🎶🎻 — with Jessica

Checked in at The Crane Bar. 🎶🎻 — with Jessica map

Checked in at The Crane Bar. 🎶🎻 — with Jessica

Sunday, March 1st, 2020

Checked in at Tigh Cóilí. Afternoon session — with Jessica map

Checked in at Tigh Cóilí. Afternoon session — with Jessica

Checked in at Ard Bia at Nimmos. Black pudding hash and a pot of tea — with Jessica map

Checked in at Ard Bia at Nimmos. Black pudding hash and a pot of tea — with Jessica

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Checked in at America Village Apothecary. with Jessica

Checked in at The Crane Bar. Great tunes! 🎻🎶 — with Jessica map

Checked in at The Crane Bar. Great tunes! 🎻🎶 — with Jessica