Updates & Writing

Links, Week 16, 2020

How to survive screens and social media during social isolation, how social media platforms mine personal data for profit, how static website generators work, a tutorial on variable webfonts, and LCH colours come to CSS.

Links, Week 15, 2020

Some interesting CSS in the new Facebook design, a variable font designed to improve reading proficiency, a list of free or discounted tools to support the creative community, and a look at the technology being used to track and trace individuals via Bluetooth, GPS and mobile phone apps to help determine whether individuals have come into contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Working remotely with Zoom? There are some concerns about the security of the platform

Zoom has become one of the most popular apps for teleconferencing leaping from 10 million paid users to 200 million in March this year. But the Zoom platform has a troubled history with security and encryption, sharing data with third-parties, and worrying software installation practices. Now law enforcement and government bodies are warning against using the platform.

Links, Week 14, 2020

An interview with Jason Friedabout the learning curve of remote work, using CSS to indicate scroll position, and the CSS feature element() that allows you to display the content of an element as a background-image. Plus Google has released data showing changes in mobility due to COVID-19.

Links, Week 13, 2020

With an increase in remote work and people getting online while staying at home, networks are becoming congested and websites overwhelmed. Consider moving to a static HTML site, caching your WordPress site, embracing modern image formats or building an ultralight emergency website.

Links, Week 12, 2020

A summary of the performance benefits of variable fonts, an incredibly thorough article from Cloudflare about the history of the humble URL, and Github, now owned by Microsoft, has agreed to acquire npm, the company that maintains the JavaScript package manager and registry.

Links, Week 11, 2020

A reminder to be more precise about HTML controls, a new, maintained database of online trackers from Duck Duck Go, and, in a follow up to a previous post about browsers tracking users, the new Microsoft Edge browser records a hardware ID. Plus a way for developers to determine whether to use a modal or new page.

Links, Week 10, 2020

”Good“ tech in Europe, Bloomberg destroying social media norms in the Democratic primary, the Chinese surveillance state and coronavrius, Australian government access of domestic metadata, and Australian police force use of Clearview AI… plus the parts of HTML that aren't accessible by default.

Links, Week 9, 2020

Making an app for four people, how to choose the right typeface, and Mozilla start to roll out DNS over HTTPS.

Links, Week 8, 2020

How we use technology can stifle creativity, why you should stop setting links to open in new windows, a series on CSS Grid, and how to factor in cognitive load and choice when designing for the web.