Tags: opinion

“UX drives all of this.” [↗]

Commentary about the complexity of modern web development.

Your Body Text Is Too Small [↗]

The majority of websites are still anywhere in the range of 15–18px.

Apparently, that’s too small. Interestingly, this site currently has a body text of just 13px. Admittedly, it’s probably a little too small, but I like it, and that’s all that matters.

The web looks like shit [↗]

Auto-play videos lurking in unopened tabs. Pop-ups that won’t go away. Photos that won’t load. Text that’s invaded by ads. It’s hard to complain about the internet without feeling like a mom struggling to post on Facebook, but going online has started to feel like an assault on the senses.

A sad, but accurate commentary on today’s web.

Golden Guidelines for Writing Clean CSS [↗]

Four simple rules for writing clean CSS.

  • Avoid global and element selectors
  • Omit overly specific selectors
  • Use semantic class names
  • Don’t tie CSS too closely to markup structure

Seems like good advice.

Why I left Mac for Windows: Apple has given up [↗]

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.

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 [↗]

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 [↗]

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 [↗]

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 [↗]

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 [↗]

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.

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