Decomputerization doesn’t mean no computers. It means that not all spheres of life should be rendered into data and computed upon. Ubiquitous “smartness” largely serves to enrich and empower the few at the expense of the many, while inflicting ecological harm that will threaten the survival and flourishing of billions of people.
Friday, September 27th, 2019
Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
Get an idea of how much your website is contributing to the climate crisis.
In total, the internet produces 2% of global carbon emissions, roughly the same as that bad boy of climate change, the aviation industry.
Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
Another take on the scrolling navigation pattern. However you feel about the implementation details, it’s got to better than the “teenage tidying” method of shoving everything behind a hamburger icon.
Sunday, January 27th, 2019
A browser extension that encrypts and decrypts posts on Facebook—if two users have the extension installed, they can communicate without Facebook being able read their messages.
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Top of the props.
CSS properties …props …top of the. Never mind.
This CSS usage data comes from a Bing-powered scan of 2,602,016.00 pages.
Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Fortune magazine published a list of all the companies who say hate groups can’t use their services anymore:
- Discover Financial Services,
- Discord, and
Digital Ocean aren’t listed in the article but they’ve also cut off the oxygen to hate groups that were using their platform.
There’s another company that I wish were on that list: Shopify. They provide Breitbart with its online store. That’s despite clause three of their Acceptable Usage Policy:
Hateful Content: You may not offer goods or services, or post or upload Materials, that condone or promote violence against people based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition or veteran status.
The flimsy free speech defence looks even more spineless in light of the actions of other companies.
I’m incredibly disappointed in Shopify. I’m starting to have misgivings about appearing at events or on podcasts sponsored by Shopify—being two degrees of separation away from the hatefulness of Breitfart doesn’t sit well with me.
I sincerely hope that Shopify will change their stance, enforce their own terms of service, and dropify hate speech.
Friday, February 17th, 2017
Ever wondered what the most commonly used HTML elements are?
Monday, December 26th, 2016
One might think sending messages to other stars would be a massive, expensive job. No. It isn’t. The Cosmic Call was essentially a crowdfunded hobby project.
Saturday, June 15th, 2013
An interesting observation on the changes in Apple’s advertising campaigns: it’s no longer about “here’s how great you (the user) can be”, instead it’s increasingly about “here’s how great we (the company) can be.”
Friday, September 28th, 2012
The Boston Globe’s got nothing on this!
Monday, August 20th, 2012
Luke collates some useful mobile browsing statistics once again. Most of it is quite US-centric, but this closing point is a whopper:
36 countries more than doubled their Opera Mini user bases in one year.
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
A really fascinating analysis by Jason into the apparent disparity in web browsing between Android and iOS devices: it turns out that the kind of network connection could be a big factor.
Sunday, January 15th, 2012
A 1960 advertisement for IBM’s SAGE system …WOPR by another name.
To be ready for the worst so that the worst will never happen…
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Trying to design a warning message for future generations, without relying on language, writing or current semiotics.
We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture. This place is not a place of honor…no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here… nothing valued is here. What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us.
Friday, September 25th, 2009
A detailed document from Apple on their products' total carbon footprint.
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
Put all those years of reading science fiction to use. Help track down first usage of sci-fi terms.
Monday, October 15th, 2007
A nice little extension to jQuery from Michael Heilemann for displaying unobtrusive feedback messages.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
"The sharp increase has been attributed to smokers keeping themselves occupied as they're forced outdoors and away from their mates. Many are also turning to their phones as a distraction and a way to avoid temptation."
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
Worst. Error message. Ever.
Type a message into a textarea. It will be printed, placed in a bottle and thrown off Brighton Pier. You can even choose the bottle.