“Robin Rendle › How to Read the Internet”
Mozilla keep trumpeting about how much work went into making #firefox fast again, when all they really had to do was disable reader view. Seriously, anyone else try disabling this? What was your experience?
What I'm saying is that we should focus on extending the useful life of our technology.
We have companies actively fighting against this. The companies that make are things make them to fail.
The companies that make our web services make them to require newer faster computers.
I spent half an hour today tooling around with the same Galaxy sIII and a google cardboard kit.
It was fun! There were some great games! I enjoyed it.
That's a 6 year old phone, $2 in cardboard, and $2 in plastic
Ultimately, Google Cardboard will never be more than a simple toy, in a tech space full of $3-5k hardware.
But without that simple toy, who would be taking the $4k hardware?
Would anyone care, if they didn't have this $15 gateway?
We have a bunch of old phones, and old computers, and old tablets and laptops sitting in drawers and closets and basements.
This phone from 2012 could still make magic in 2015. Can still make magic in 2018. But it's sitting unused.
I didn't talk about this earlier, when I shared this image, so I'ma share it again and talk about it.
This is my friend Jon experiencing virtual reality for the first time. This photo was taken in my record store in 2015 or so.
He's using a $5 hunk of cardboard and plastic that I bought from a blisterpack at the corner store, and a Galaxy S3, which was already old enough that people were throwing them away (this was my step fathers.)
There's some stuff to unpack.
I attempted installing LineageOS on an older LG phone. ~3 hours later and nothing to show for it. Did I even successfully root it? Was I using adb correctly? #shrug
I definitely don't think this is in the realm of the impossible, but simpler (and ready-out-of-the-box) alternatives are desperately needed if we want to combat Google/Apple/etc. and their stranglehold on mobile computing.
@nolan and yet I doubt there will be a federated alternative. 🤔
Storing video is expensive, and providing reliable IP multicast and unicast streams is difficult even when you have all the underlying infrastructure for it.
In fact ISPs team up with CDN companies like Akamai just so the network backbone can cope with YouTube, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, etc.
It's the holidays.
I'm going to celebrate the holidays with my friends and family. I'm going to take some time to enjoy the company of the people I care about.
And then we're going to tear it all down.
We will organize. We will create. We will assert control.
(thread, because of course. CW'd because I'm salty.)
Endless browser https://endl.es/ on iOS is arguably what Safari should be
"Maintaining An Independent Browser Is Incredibly Expensive" by Robert O'Callahan: http://robert.ocallahan.org/2017/12/maintaining-independent-browser-is.html
Mozilla is the last organization building their own browser engine who isn't also a big tech company (Google, Microsoft, Apple). The work they're doing is incredibly important for maintaining a diverse and vendor-agnostic web.
What is with the Google all over the Firefox getting started page?!
@kelbot Baby steps ;)
Microsoft captures the market early with their tentacles into schools. In college, all the business courses practically make it mandatory. That has to change like yesterday. We have to get leaders of tomorrow accustomed to alternatives both in school and at home. Work will follow suit
Good news is that new fields are popping up where software prerequisites aren't defined yet. But Open Source really needs usability experts to make sure the opportunity isn't lost
An instance of one.