I'm a remote software engineer working the various F/OSS web-stacks from my remote cabin at 8,500 feet in the White Mountains of Arizona -- I'm prone to wanderlust and often grab some batteries, solar panels, and head out to work from my truck from whatever corner of these great open lands has cell phone reception.
Posts often about the trials and joys of remote work, venting about development (since I've got no watercooler coworkers), the usual consumptive vices of our age (film, video games, books), and chatter about returning to a more open web,
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Oh, and I hope to meet plenty you at Defcon 28!
How far we've strayed from that vision. In 2020, making a web site is many, many times LESS accessible to the average person than it was with his original tools.
He wanted everyone to make web pages. We've decided that that is not a valid goal, not something we should strive for, and we've put up fences and barriers around the field, to keep it for ourselves.
We invented WEB DEVELOPERS, instead of trying to build tools to make this available to everyone.
@requiem I think the big appeal of the Web as an application platform is that companies can brand and tweak the user interface to their heart's content. they love that shit. and also stealing all your information and storing that for their big boi algorithms. yeah, and free reign to send you advertisements instead of actual information you asked for.
all of those were available in Win32 apps tho, just now the user doesn't have to install anything and the companies can send updates without consent.
@cstanhope these are very valid points, and I would argue that the defeat of net neutrality and ISP’s interference with routeability lay the foundation for what you describe.
For these reasons and others we need alternatives at the transport and even physical layer as well. Fortunately there has been a number of advances in these areas, and protocol-first application design can make things like mesh, intermittent and asynchronous networks more practical.
alright so I gotta talk about asteroids for a second. This is Bennu, it's a lumpy hunk of rock about a half a kilometer in diameter. And it's covered in boulders, and really doesn't have much to talk about as far as craters go. It's surface gravity is 6 micro-G, meaning its escape velocity is about 1/3rd of a mile per hour... But before I talk about this asteroid, I gotta talk about trail mix and Legos...
In a way the trend toward building “api-first” web applications may have softened the blow or eased the transition away from the browser. After all, we could all keep using the fediverse if we had to give up web browsers tomorrow by using native clients that talk to the api.
API’s give us some independence, but proper protocols go even further. Now is a good time to start thinking protocol-first.
Brain dumping dev practices this evening.
Inspired by yet another client who handled all their dates in a totally ad-hoc manner until they had months worth of debt built up to sort out.
Rural Remote Software Developer. Blogger of Random Things. Amateur Philosopher. Woolly Mountain Man.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.