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I gave Zoom permission to access my Downloads folder. I’m pretty sure that was a bad idea. Fortunately my Downloads folder is 90% boring screenshots.

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That moment when you have to search the web because you can’t remember if the person you’re thinking of is still alive.

Spoiler: Steve Wozniak is definitely still alive. Phew. 😅

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I hope that one side effect of the pandemic is a lot of new songwriting by all of our favorite artists.

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I’ve been using Operator Mono as my code editor font for years, but today I grabbed Operator Mono ScreenSmart and it’s great. It especially improves legibility of light themes in my experience.

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Adobe is discontinuing Flash after 2020. No more updates and it won’t even play Flash content after that date. I hate Flash as much as the next person but there are so many great old Flash games that will be made unplayable; which is kind of sad.

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Pro tip: if you feel like your DuckDuckGo search isn’t getting the results you’re after and you are thinking of checking Google, add “!sp” to your DDG search. That will search Startpage, which is privacy-friendly Google results.

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“I wanted to walk through the empty streets. And feel something constant under my feet. But all the news reports recommended that I stay indoors.”

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TIL VS Code can enable/disable extensions on a per-workspace basis.

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Here are @zeldman‘s tools for slow design in an anxious world. 🐢

  • Big type
  • Hierarchy
  • Minimalism
  • Art direction
  • Whitespace
  • Branded
  • Authoritative

- Big type - Hierarchy - Minimalism - Art direction - Whitespace - Branded - Authoritative

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If your app is gonna support Markdown syntax, then at least support the basic typographical elements. I can’t stand this behavior I see in some apps where bold and italics work but links, lists, and blockquotes don’t.

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When I see a well-written error message that not only tells me what’s wrong, but also how to fix it, I’m like… FIX IT YOURSELF if you’re so smart then… sheesh.

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Annoying (to me) UI patterns:

  • Hidden scrollbars
  • Menus requiring sustained mouseover
  • Text on top of busy images
  • Newsletter signup modals
  • DIY form controls
  • Infinite scroll
  • Autoplaying media
  • Cookie disclaimers
  • Alerts when leaving a site

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I’m still rocking macOS Mojave. At this point I wonder if I can make it to the next major release.


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I have this fear that governments will ruin the web and in the future we’ll have to tell stories to our grandchildren about how awesome it was.

Scratchpad

Need a quick place to jot something down? I made a little scratchpad. Stores whatever you write there directly in your browser so you can reference it later. That’s it. That’s all it does.

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I just realized that in Firefox and Chrome you can select multiple tabs by holding shift or cmd/ctrl and perform actions on multiple tabs at once. #TheMoreYouKnow

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One way definitely not to get me to signup for your [WHATEVER] is to pop up a large, garishly animated sign-up box right in the middle of the page while I’m trying to use your website.

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I see a lot of “jQuery sucks” or “don’t use jQuery in 2020” to which I say: use whatever works for you. If jQuery helps you make a better website or app, use it. It’s hardly a terrible choice. If anything, it’s battle-tested and reliable.

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I can’t stop watching this video by @cassidoo. Cracks me up every time. https://twitter.com/cassidoo/status/1216871876192088065

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I’m scared to upgrade to Catalina. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about bugs. Anyone have anything good to say about it?

dg/twitter-php

I wasn’t satisfied with the IFTTT applet that was posting my microblog posts to Twitter for me, so I made my own custom integration using this handy library.

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I just created an IFTTT service to automatically tweet microblog posts from my WordPress site. Let’s see if it works! #testing

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I can’t stand reading Twitter threads. Such a disruptive, distracting reading experience.

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Figures out a couple of complicated components; gets stuck naming them. #hardproblems

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Following up on my search for typographically minimal WordPress themes, I found two fantastic ones by Anders Norén: Davis and McLuhan

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I really like the (past) work of http://plaintxt.org/. I would really love to see a modern version of it. If anyone is working on quality typographic minimalism in WordPress themes, I would love to know about it.

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I’m so sick of ad-block shaming. “We noticed you are using an ad-blocker…” Here’s my response: “I noticed you have been tracking me all over the Internet and exploiting my personal data for commercial gain.” I get that not every website has the same level of tracking. But I don’t see how a user has any choice but to just block everything. I can’t vet everyone’s advertising practices. Instead of shaming me into turning off my ad-blocker, I think websites should pitch why they deserve an exception. You want me to turn off my ad-blocker? Tell me what you are doing to protect my privacy. A great example of this is Daring Fireball:

For readers, these are ads that, again, are visually unobjectionable, and which offer the most privacy you could hope for. Not only is there no tracking involved, there is no JavaScript involved. They’re just images, text, and HTML links.

New on Daring Fireball: Display Ads

Able Dev

I started a website for people with disabilities interested in learning to code. The field of employment can be somewhat limited for people with disabilities. I have found success in web development and I have made it a sort of personal mission to get more people with disabilities to code. I’m figuring out this new site as I go, so it’s a work in progress.