You should start a blog today by Juhis struck a cord with me and I thought I’d pile on. You should start a blog today.

Like many I blogged a lot in the early 2000’s. Those early blogs captured my frame of mind for that period, but they’re long gone. Also like many, I stopped blogging sometime after Twitter and Facebook became popular.

Over the years I tried to start back up again. “I should blog more”, I’d tell myself. I’d always try to focus on writing “evergreen” content or writing “professional” content and after a short burst, stop.

Discovering the IndieWeb helped remind me that I’m writing for me on my blog. It doesn’t have to always be professional all the time. This past year or two regularly blogging again has helped me remember just how magical the internet is. That I can write something in Japan and people find it and respond to it from all over the world – all using open-standards – brings a smile to my face.

Why should you start a blog today?

  • Develop better ideas. Many people develop their ideas by writing. They sit down with idea A and as the write about it, they gain some further insight and get idea B, which leads to idea C and so on. None of this would have been possible without sitting down to write. And you’re not going to write unless you have a place to do so.
  • Be your own reference. When you’re debugging a problem at work, chances are you’re not the first person to run into that issue. Writing it down on your blog will not only help you gain a better understanding of the problem and help others solve the issue, but also in a year when you run into the same issue, you’ve got a refresher waiting for you on your blog.
  • Honest record of the past. Our memories aren’t the best. Having a blog will help you remember just what you thought and felt, for better or for worse, when those events weren’t so near.
  • Own your data. Twitter is a micro blog. Instagram is a photoblog. But these blogs aren’t yours. Yes, you provide the photos. And yes, you provide the witty content. But all of it disappear in an instant at some company’s discretion. Putting your data on your own blog protects you and your memories.

It doesn’t matter where you start your blog, or how cool your domain is, or how many people read it, or what programming language it’s written in. What matters is that you start.

How and why I stopped buying new laptops (LOW←TECH MAGAZINE)
Being an independent journalist – or an office worker if you wish – I always reasoned that I needed a decent computer and that I need to pay for quality.

This is article about How and why I stopped buying new laptops from Low Tech Magazine about reducing your environmental impact by avoiding the upgrade cycle and using your old (or used) laptop inspires me to continue using mid-2014 Macbook Pro as long as possible.

The author favors older Thinkpads because of their repairability. Repairability gave me a pause when I originally purchased my laptop. Thankfully it hasn’t been a problem yet, but I fear it may take my machine before it’s time.

Codeberg.org (Codeberg.org)
Codeberg is founded as a Non-Profit Organization, with the objective to give the Open-Source code that is running our world a safe and friendly home, and to ensure that free code remains free and secure forever.

I haven’t used Codeberg (a GitHub alternative), but their copy on front page strikes me.

No tracking. Your data is not for sale.
All services run on servers under our control. No dependencies on external services. No third party cookies, no tracking.
Hosted in the EU, we welcome the world.

Using external services for every last thing, you end up with your data being spread out amongst multiple (unknown to you) vendors, each with different security-implications / privacy policies / regulations all across the world. It makes your service more brittle (increased points of failure) and less secure (increased attack vectors). Seeing a service make this central to their product is refreshing.

Focusing on privacy and hosting in non-US owned/operated datacenters in the EU will be a competitive advantage when going up against the US tech companies in the future, if it isn’t already.

jaredks/rumps (GitHub)
Ridiculously Uncomplicated macOS Python Statusbar apps - jaredks/rumps

I’ve been thinking about couple ideas for status bar apps that could help me at work. One of the largest barriers for me to actually build them is re-learning Objective-C (I can’t believe ImageXY was almost a decade ago ) or learning Swift. Letting me write apps in Python should allow me to quickly prototype some apps and see if my ideas are actually any good.

SpaceHey.com (spacehey.com)
SpaceHey.com — a space for friends. It's a place to have fun, meet friends, and be creative!

This is a brilliant remake of MySpace. I love how simple the design and how fast it loads. 34kb of Javascript sent over the wire and 33 of that is jQuery. Total page size including images, 350kb. It’s the stuff of dreams these days.

Back in the MySpace hey-day I liked Facebook more than MySpace for its clean and consistent design. But looking back with 20/20 hindsight I can’t help but think I was remiss. MySpace was quite a special site in a special period of the web. People that maybe wouldn’t ordinarily care about html or css were learning how to code them so they could customize their sites. Anything was possible.

A lot of whimsy has been removed from the web as people locking themselves into the big social networks. Maybe a site like MySpace/micro.blog is a happy medium between the wild-west/running your own server and total platform lock in.

What if you made a service where each customer’s data was kept in their own sqlite.db? GDRP compliance would be as simple as “rm hoge.sqlite”, no mixing customer data, data exports easy peasy…