The SSL certificate for this site expires on May 12. I’m not planning on renewing it, so that’ll be when this site falls off the net.

Consider this your deprecation warning, save the content you wish to preserve. An alternative is coming, feel free to HMU on Threema (YNTKFJC3) if you want to be notified of it because the lifetimes of this site and the one succeeding it won’t overlap.

Or follow me on Mastodon, I’ll probably drop a single toot over there.

http://evrl.com/programming/2019/03/28/the-language-conundrum.html

https://hacks.mozilla.org/2019/03/scroll-anchoring-in-firefox-66/

https://nullprogram.com/blog/2019/03/28/

https://flak.tedunangst.com/post/honk-preview

http://www.thedrive.com/tech/26955/inside-toyotas-takaoka-2-line-the-most-flexible-line-in-the-world

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/03/how-discord-went-mainstream-influencers/584671/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/10/style/what-is-tik-tok.html

TikTok can actually be incredibly addictive, although the article seems to overstate its radical departure from connections in order to focus on pure content.

https://keyserver.mattrude.com/guides/web-key-directory/

This experiment is suspended.

Life lesson: backup early, backup often.

Just was reminded of it the hard way.

(Yes, the previous post is related to this. No, I don’t want to talk about it.)

Hello LineageOS 16.0!

I’ll be setting it up in a while.

USA Today collected the unwritten rules of digital communication and they’re fascinating to read.

Current jam:

No phone’s sound design will ever come close to that of pre-2014 Nokia. (2013 might have been their culmination.)

It seems like Atom is not the best choice for microblogging-ish things, but nonetheless an Atom feed is now available for your pleasure.

Some really good advice for writing maintainable Go programs, although it’s actually applicable to languages other than Go just as well for the most part.

URLs are an important building block of the Web, but more often than not they’re an afterthought. Here are some cool ones that were designed.

This article got me thinking a bit too much.

I’ve occasionally wondered about the fact that there exists this stereotype that the youngsters of our days are incredibly good at various tech stuff. This has been far from my experience so far – most of them can barely do most things and fail to achieve various intermediately complicated tasks that require stepping out of their comfort zone.

While there are exceptions, the fact that the generation often called “digital natives” probably have spent most of their time within social networks that gamify their attention doesn’t bode well for digital literacy, which is lacking for unknown reasons. Where I live I’ve seen some attempts to improve on this, and they are sorely needed, but legislature is lagging behind the realities of the modern default internet environment and the virality of social network usage.

I personally don’t care for social networks, but that makes me an outsider. Most other young people can’t afford to do so, ergo they spend most of their time within a small amount of walled gardens. They’re nice gardens if you don’t need anything more, but in that case you probably will never be able to do anything more.

It seems like this also reflects on their general personalities. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that tendencies related to activity of Gen Z-ers in various fields, especially politics, is abysmally low. Perhaps social networks have connected to something in our brains that they weren’t supposed to, and because of that our behaviours have been modified in counterproductive ways. Perhaps most people obtain enough satisfaction from browsing their feeds for the real life to not matter to them that much.

If you want some anecdotal stories pop over to the HN thread, it’s full of those. I personally prefer to consider what can be done to reverse this trend, at least partially.

Also, if you’re feeling adventurous, this is considered a bit of a classic and I like re-reading it occasionally.

I have been in love with Bittorrent for a long time now. It was incredibly simple and yet so pervasive and pragmatic. I still occasionally have ideas of how to apply Bittorrent in various projects, not that I’ll ever get to them.

Bittorrent has many similarities to cryptocurrencies, and the cryptocurrency world has a lot to learn from Bittorrent. This series of four articles ponders that, and I dare to say, does it well.

Start here.

An adventure in the mind of a neural network.

Some are really off though: see 1, 2 and 3. (Deformity warning.)

I’d like to share another article I’ve read recently. This one ponders the humble e-mail newsletter as the modern expression method of independent creators.

This post will serve two functions: it will allow me to check that link pretty display is working as well as allow to share an article with an opinion I tend to agree with.

The main point of the article seems to be that it’s important to understand the web to create stuff for the web, which I agree with, but I want to highlight the part about them “not following the industry path down the complexity rabbit hole of heavy SPAs“ and remaining reliant on server-side rendering (which seems to have to be called out these days) as the primary means of providing their web platforms.

This is what I adore and strive for. As you might notice, this site doesn’t use any JavaScript as of yet, and I intend to keep it (mostly) so, save for the occasional admin nicety for less intrusive editing. I can bear that much.

But it’s not a frigging SPA with hundreds and hundreds of kilobytes of JS just to show me a button and some text. I’m proud of that.

Alright, this is my new microblogging-ish space on the web. Right now it’s pretty simple, but there’s plenty where to grow from now.

Quite a bit of the inspiration, especially in the design departament, was drawn from Filigree, which now exists only in an archived form.

The markup and styling for this site is dirt simple, but if you do notice anything being off, do let me know. (Ways to contact me can be found here.)

Hello, world!

(The first post is profound.)