My Unusually Normal Life in Taiwan Amid the Global Pandemic by Tim Culpan (bloomberg.com)
As videos circulated of rebellious Americans refusing the most basic of precautions under the pretense of freedom, Taiwan shook its collective head and nodded at what real freedom looked like: the ability to have a drink at a bar without fear of catching a deadly airborne illness.

I get this same feeling, even from Japan. I wish the government hadn’t let the Olympics dictate their lack of action – we could have been the same as Taiwan and New Zealand.

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.