So, Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic — the firm behind WordPress — has some thoughts about the whole ‘JAMstack‘ thing. Firstly, in an email interview with Richard McManus for The New Stack:
Upcoming API Change Will Break Facebook and Instagram oEmbed Links Across the Web Beginning October 24 Sarah Gooding, writing for WordPress Tavern: In an extraordinarily inconvenient API change, Facebook and Instagram will be dropping unauthenticated oEmbed support on October 24, breaking content across millions of websites. The change will force users to generate an app ID with aContinue reading “‘In pursuit of a more secure walled garden’”
Om Malik: As someone who has witnessed the meteoric rise of CNET and its role in technology media from the very beginning, I was shocked to learn that they are being sold for $500 million to Red Ventures, a North Carolina-based media investor. After all, CBS had acquired CNET for $1.8 billion in 2008 —Continue reading “Whatever Happened to CNET?”
As it turns out, it can be very hard indeed, depending on how the PDF was created. I have a love-hate relationship with PDF files. While I love them as an archival format, not all PDFs are made equal. When I was doing print pre-press work, for instance, text could get mangled depending on whetherContinue reading “What’s so hard about PDF text extraction? ”
Mike Stone has some thoughts on the late, not-much-lamented Clippy: For those that don’t know, Clippy was the default avatar for the Microsoft Office Assistant in Office 97 to 2003. The actual name was Clippit, but if you point that out, most people won’t know or care. Now, to be fair, the Office Assistant wasContinue reading “Son of Clippy?”
Simon Woods: Staying informed and live-blogging collective misery are not the same thing; if you’re unwell you are not at your full capacity to help other people; you will not regret having spent less time feeling miserable because of the fucking internet.
Back in May of this year, I mentioned that several Internet radio stations were in the process of being ejected from TuneIn Radio’s directory. At the end of that post, I mused as to what other stations might get culled. Last night I got the answer. Opening the TuneIn Radio app for the first timeContinue reading “TuneOut Radio — The Dumb-ening”
After reading this article by Leo Blanchette, I’m considering going through my current posts using the Broken Link Checker plugin for WordPress (mentioned previously) and redirecting most links to the Internet Archive versions where they’re available.
This afternoon, I deleted a load of apps from my iPad Mini 4. One of them — Good Sudoku — was becoming a time-sink as well as a source of annoyance at its occasional freezes. Another was the WordPress app, which has never really proven that much use to me other than a source ofContinue reading “Cutting The Cruft”
Big Tech uses our roads, our airports, our post offices — and rather than help prop up the system to work in the interest of all, the industry eschews responsibility and creates housing and employment crises by relying on gig-workers and contractors, effectively reducing the number of workers in the tech workforce eligible for employer-basedContinue reading ““We need new paradigms, not more new tech.””