Things I want to highlight that aren't important enough to be put on the main blog.
May 24th, 2019 - permalink
Just found out about the 402 HTTP status code: Payment Required. I wonder if it could be used for a server and client to negotiate payment for a particular page.
Perhaps a site could display a paywall notification with 402 status code asking visitors to pay a one time fee to access the page.
May 15th, 2019 - permalink
There are lots of sites that try to push you to use their mobile apps, Quora is one of the most egregious offenders that I have seen. If you try to browse more than a single page, they block you with a non-dismissable pop-up telling you to install their app.
Why even bother having a mobile website if they don't allow people to use it.
On the desktop they have a similar pop-up that forces you to sign in to a Quora account to keep browsing. Very user hostile behavior. Additionally, they use social media logins which I've previously stated my distaste for but that's only a minor complaint.
May 12th, 2019 - permalink
The /e/ Foundation is going to start selling refurbished Samsung phones with their operating system pre-installed. I've thought about doing something like this in the past using old OnePlus devices with Lineage OS.
We'll have to see how it plays out, I'm not sure that there is a very large market for them yet but it's nice to have a simple online store to buy phones with no Google Play services.
May 11th, 2019 - permalink
I just found out that Netflix has all of the Indiana Jones films available for streaming. Guess, I'm not gonna be doing anything produtive today.
May 9th, 2019 - permalink
Looks like Bing creates a custom homepage on your birthday based on the date set in your Microsoft account.
That's pretty neat.
Apr 22nd, 2019 - permalink
If you like Audiobooks check out LibriVox which offers free public domain audiobooks that you can download. The books tend to be a bit older but at least there is no DRM.
Apr 14th, 2019 - permalink
Interesting video about how surprisingly common Rogue waves actually are.
Apr 14th, 2019 - permalink
For anyone using Aurora store from F-Droid make sure you change to the new v3 package which is a separate listing from the previous v2 one.
Apr 9th, 2019 - permalink
It's interesting that most of todays browsers have heritage going back to KHTML (by KDE). Chromium, WebKit, Safari, Edge, Brave, Opera, etc. all have some link to it. The only browser I can think of that doesn't currently have KHTML code in it is Firefox.
Apr 7th, 2019 - permalink
Water.css is a neat little stylesheet that you can include on your static HTML documents to make them look a bit more modern. It doesn't have any classes, just the tags.