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Tagged: opinion

Why I left Mac for Windows: Apple has given up image/svg+xml

I don’t say this lightly, but Windows is back, and Microsoft is doing a great job. Microsoft is getting better, faster at making Windows good than Apple is getting better at doing anything to OS X.

Another post by another Apple user switching to an alternative OS, this time it’s Microsoft. Also, see the follow-up post for details about how the author has set-up their new Windows development environment. The interesting part for me was this remark about Hyper:

OK, there are a few weird bugs. For the most part, I’ve managed to avoid them, but there’s one I’m yet to figure out: how to escape nano. There’s no way to CTRL + C out, and you end up needing to close the terminal.
¯_(ツ)_/¯

I’m pretty sure this is a known bug with Hyper and something that I experienced too. In my case, I was trying to detach a screen session with CTRL+A D, pretty basic stuff and I was surprised Hyper couldn’t handle it. I’m sure this will get fixed in the future, but until that happens, Hyper will be unusable to me, which is disappointing.

The Story of Firefox OS image/svg+xml

I’d like to tell you my version of the story of Firefox OS, from the birth of the Boot to Gecko open source software project as a mailing list post and an empty GitHub repository in 2011, through its commercial launch as the Firefox OS mobile operating system, right up until the “transition” of millions of lines of code to the community in 2016.

A fascinating read.

4 Key Misconceptions about WordPress Development Debunked image/svg+xml

Powering nearly 27.5 percent of the web, WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) available. However, not everyone is familiar with the wide-range of functionality it offers. Worse yet, the internet is crawling with ‘alternative facts’ about its features and development that could stop you in your tracks.

Fortunately, these myths and misconceptions don’t hold water. In reality, WordPress is a great fit for all manner of sites, and developing for the platform is a breeze.

A good effort at debunking some common misconceptions about WordPress.

Why social media is like the railways – and must be saved image/svg+xml

Medium, Soundcloud and ultimately Twitter are – like the railways – worth saving even if they cannot be run at a profit.

I’m not sure about Medium and SoundCloud, but I often wonder what would happen if Twitter was to threaten that it was closing down. Ideally, a non-profit would step-in and run it as a public service. There’s no doubt that it would be expensive to run, but governments have been known to waste money on more frivolous projects.

Anyhow, it’s an enjoyable read, if only for this accurate remark of the big social media sites:

The sharing capacities of the internet are being overwhelmed by the profit models of large corporations. The tsunami of crap, fake news, celebrity gossip and plastic music that has taken over social media is killing it – or rather killing the spirit in which it flowered six or seven years ago.

Sad, but true.

Doc Pop’s News Drop: Worst Web Design Trends of 2016 image/svg+xml

Four design trends to avoid in 2017, or at least think about avoiding. Out of these, the “harder to read fonts” is probably the worst and was also covered earlier in the year by Kevin Marks, see How the Web Became Unreadable.

On a semi-related note, 2016 was the year that my optician told me I was getting old. Apparently, now that I am “old”, my retinas are not as flexible as they used to be. I did think about asking my optician to define “old”, but she looked about 17, so I figured to her, 41 is probably quite ancient.

Anyhow, long story short, my eyesight isn’t what it used to be, so please stop with the low contrast designs.

The Talk Show: Ep. 173, With Special Guest Jason Snell image/svg+xml

Jason Snell returns to the show to talk about the new MacBook Pros and the Touch Bar, and Apple’s new book chronicling the last 20 years of their industrial design, Designed by Apple in California.

As a Mac user, I’ve been consuming a fair amount of media coverage about the new MacBook Pro devices, and most of it has been pretty poor. The words emotional and hyperbolic come to mind. So, it made for a refreshing change to listen to John and Jason discussing the new devices in a fair and balanced manner. If any of the recent media coverage and reviews have made you feel slightly uneasy about the future of the Mac, it might be worth a listen.

241: Rapidfire 77 – ShopTalk image/svg+xml

I hate WordPress and every time you talk WordPress. I don’t hate it because of what it is but because of its role and side effects in the web industry. Shouldn’t we as web professionals be the guardians of our industry and try to push to the right direction? And what is the right direction?

I always enjoy listening to Dave and Chris, but I especially enjoyed listening to their conversation about hating on WordPress. Well worth a listen.

A Response To PHP – The Wrong Way image/svg+xml

For anyone who isn’t aware, there is a site call http://phptherightway.com, which is a summary of good (dare I say, best?) practices for writing PHP in 2016.

In addition, there now exists http://phpthewrongway.com, whose aim is to provide a kind of counterbalance to http://phptherightway.com and what is presently mainstream PHP culture. This article is a rebuttal to the arguments found in http://phpthewrongway.com.

Some people have way too much time on their hands. That said, I did enjoy reading phpthewrongway.com — I’m definitely more aligned with “the wrong way” of thinking about these things.

What is React? image/svg+xml

My reply is usually the same: React.js, Ember and so on, they’re all a blip in the history of the web. They won’t be here in 10 years. Something else will be. I’m not too interested on these talks because they’re tied to a point in time, and I’m interested in what lasts. In my head, it’s akin to fashion vs style.

I’d also like to know more about React and why it receives so much attention, so I’m glad someone of Remy’s stature has asked this question. I’m hoping that there’ll be some good follow-up posts and discussions.