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 Brazil,  last edited: Wed, 06 Jun 2018 12:22:24 +0100  
There are days when one could wish to go back to the net when it was html and email.

#internet
  
Just about every single day, my friend
  last edited: Thu, 07 Jun 2018 03:47:23 +0100  
Actually, to tell the truth, anymore amongst my circle we don't do html much anymore. We are a bunch of geeks and we are zapping epubs, ogg files, and videos around more than htmls.
  
Yeah, and I keep updating JetPack on WP. haha

Sentiment above is an old man's fleeting thought, something like a wish for a return to the good old days that weren't all that good. I'm happy to stay out of the cotton fields, thanks very much, and happy not to be attempting to code html. :) But the feeling does assault a body now and again.
 Brazil,  
Interview with @Mike Macgirvin says this post:

http://thoughtshrapnel.com/2018/05/31/protocols-for-the-free-web/

Though I distinctly remember reading some of this before. :)

#protocols #internet
 Brazil,  
'I felt exposed online': how to disappear from the internet | World news | The Guardian
“People see the digital realm as being this separate thing, something close to unreal,” Ahearn says. “But it’s all the same thing. Would you put a picture of your child on a billboard next to a highway alongside your family name? Of course not. But people do it online all the time. And it’s not a problem. Until it is.”


#internet #safety #privacy
 Brazil,  
After 5 years and $3M, here's everything we've learned from building Ghost
Centralised wins on simplicity, Open source wins on flexibility
This is the really big one.

When we started out, we tried to make everything as simple and user-focused as possible. Our intent was to make the app as easy to use as any closed source platform, but with the added bonus of actually being open source with a socially positive business model.

Most open source software has terrible UI design, so we would have great UI design and it would be the best of both worlds!

This falls apart almost immediately. For example: if you build a centralised service - you can solve authentication, search and image optimisation pretty easily with OAuth, Algolia and imgix. It costs you minimal engineering time and a few dollars to set up so your users have a wonderful experience with absolutely no overhead.

Try to build the same thing as a decentralised product and every one of your users has to set up their own Twitter developer apps, Algolia API keys and imgix accounts + configurations. Each service has to be set up, connected and paid for. A significantly high level of technical expertise is required to even get it all slightly working. The average non-technical user doesn't have a single hope in hell of getting it working let alone having a good experience.

We spent several years trying to engineer our way out of this in increasingly complex ways, so that people could set up a publication on Ghost with the same level of ease as they do on Medium. In part, because that's what people were demanding. We never even got close. It's just not how modern web technology works.

Decentralised platforms fundamentally cannot compete on ease of setup. Nothing beats the UX of signing up for a centralised application.


Read the "But" that follows.

#internet
 Brazil,  
micro.blog has now launched.

#Internet #microblog
 Brazil,  
Fortune magazine says NYT opens up comments with Google-backed AI.
http://fortune.com/2017/06/13/new-york-times-comments-ai/
#internet #technology

 Brazil,  
https://seenthis.net/messages/602164

The cliché when criticizing free internet platforms has always been “You are the product.” Today a more accurate critique might be “You are the resource.” For a long time we worried that tech giants might sell our private information to the highest bidder. But with Silicon Valley throwing all its efforts into artificial intelligence, data itself has become its own currency.

#internet

 Brazil,  
http://fellowshiproom.com/era-tldr/

It is what it is. Let's deal with it.

#writing #internet

 Brazil,  
Wasn't it the 20th-year anniversary of Netscape browser that I saw recently? Wasn't @Mike Macgirvin in on that? I used it ...

#internet #browsers
  
I was a netscape employee back in the day. The code is on a hard drive that was on one of my old laptops back when I was coding 26 hours a day and sleeping for -2.
  
@BlaBlaNet it was considered a major step in internet development, I think, so worthy of note today still.

Congrats, @Mike Macgirvin, for that good work, and for today's on Hubzilla.
  
@Mike Macgirvin the amazing speed that you continue developing Hubzilla makes me think you're still doing the 26-hour thing. Netscape was my favorite way back then so you've been improving my life for longer than you've known. Thank you.

 Brazil,  
#Brave update today included a pdf reader. I'm one step closer to making it main browser.

#internet

 Brazil,  
The browser has been sold to a consortium of Chinese companies.

Oh, well.

#browsers #internet

 Brazil,  
They make it look hard. Is it so tough to do?

http://digitz.no/

#internet
  
No you can get by with about half of those things. ;-)
  
I remember the days of html ... and know somebody who still does it. Ah, the days of yore.

 Brazil,  
Last week a lightning bolt came out of nowhere (SJC is near top of list for strikes) to burn our modem, wifi, and PC internet connection. The provider replaced the modem, the service guy was nice to hook up (after much grief) a wifi that a good friend had given us, and we sent the PC off to our usual technician friend to replace the burnt part. All seems to be working normally, again.

#lightning #connected #internet

(The first time I posted this, on QBT, was the wrong spot. Here's where it belongs.)

  
Last week a lightning bolt came out of nowhere (SJC is near top of list for strikes) to burn our modem, wifi, and PC internet connection. The provider replaced the modem, the service guy was nice to hook up (after much grief) a wifi that a good friend had given us, and we sent the PC off to our usual technician friend to replace the burnt part. All seems to be working normally, again.

#lightning #connected #internet
  
Have you been doing something on the internet that you're not telling us? ;-)
  
Oops, I posted this in the wrong place.

Yeah, dealing with some powerful content, hehe.
 Brazil,  
My host service was down for 33 minutes, now down again. Not a happy camper.

#hosting #Internet
  
who is your hosting provider? Sounds like my experience with Dreamhost...
  
asmallorange. I complained on Twitter and they directed me to a blog update, were doing some maintenance. So they're at least keeping people up to date. https://status.asmallorange.com/?id=580

Maybe that makes me feel some better?