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Chromium Dominance

I think the reason that Chromium has really taken over is that they provided a super modular system using a popular programming language (C++) that allowed smaller companies to innovate on browser UI/UX without having to spend millions reinventing the rendering engine.

Meanwhile, Firefox uses a more obscure language (Rust) making it less attractive for startups to build on top of.

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Blockchain

There is no word in the English language that will cause me to lose interest in a project faster than “blockchain”.

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The Server Side Public License sucks

Sounds like MongoDB‘s Server Side Public License has been a complete failure. Both Redhat and Debian have removed them for their repos. AWS and Azure both built their own MongoDB API compatible databases and have started migrating customers over.

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Jack Bogle has died

Jack Bogle, inventor of the index fund, has died. May he rest in peace.

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State of Messaging

Messaging is in a poor state these days.

  • SMS is unencrypted
  • WhatsApp is proprietary software owned by an advertising company
  • Telegram tried to roll their own crypto
  • Signal is completely centralized and could roll out an update breaking their encryption at any moment
  • Jabber doesn’t seem to support E2E group chats and doesn’t have any reliable free providers
  • Email is slowly being replaced by Slack which itself provides no encryption AFAIK
  • Matrix E2E is in beta
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Bedrock Linux

I’ve played around with Bedrock Linux for the last few hours. It looks like a really cool project.

It’s not really a full distro but rather a package manager for other distros. So for example you can run ‘brl fetch debian arch ubuntu’ and it will install Debian, Arch, and Ubuntu on your system.

You can also run apps cross distro. So if you have gimp installed in Arch but not Debian you can still run the Arch version of gimp while logged into Debian.