I believe that it's really important to support and use Firefox. Not only do I think that Mozilla understand/support user's privacy more than Google, but I also think it's important for the health of the web that more than one option exists when it comes to rendering engines. Also, it's a really good web browser.
Philip Newborough - Web Developer and Linux Enthusiast
I've recently decided to simplify my life by moving away from using multiple computers to using a single laptop. What are the main advantages and disadvantages of using a single computer?
As a web developer, I like to build and rebuild websites. My own website is no different.
Creating your own Bash aliases is a relatively easy process. That said, I recently switched my desktop linux distribution from Debian to Fedora and there are subtle differences.
In Linux, Cron is a daemon/service that executes shell commands periodically on a given schedule. Cron is driven by a crontab, a configuration file that holds details of what commands are to be run along with a timetable of when to run them. Knowing how to use Cron is key to mastering automation with Linux.
So, Apple have decided they will not kill PWA support on iOS devices after all. This is good news. I'll still be switching to a Google Pixel device.
I've been thinking about switching to an Android phone for a while. Thing is, I've not pulled the trigger on this as I've been pretty happy with my iPhone -- it generally just works. Apple's recent shenanigans around PWA support has cemented my decision that my next phone will be a Google Pixel device.
Adding what3words support to an existing PWA. Pleasantly surprised by the clear API documents and ease of set-up. Good job what3words devs!
Struggling to find a RSS reader for Windows that I like. Fluent Reader comes close, but it's not quite there. I use NewsFlash with my GNOME desktop and I really like it. I've been thinking about writing my own feed reader. I mostly think about this when I'm using Fluent Reader.
Listening to the Vergecast 'How AI will change phones — and the whole internet'. Has an interesting interview with The Browser Company’s CEO about Arc browser. I'm interested to give Arc a try and I've signed up for the Windows wait list.
Just purchased Black Mesa on Steam, it's currently got 80% off and is selling for £2.99. Looking forward to reliving the Half-Life experience.
Upgraded a busy Debian web server last Thursday night and so far I've only received one reported issue. Not bad considering the amount of old PHP applications this thing runs. I was expecting a busy weekend fixing issues, but it never happened. I did spend a while testing everything before the upgrade, so that probably helped.
Today, I've mostly been head scratching over an issue with some PHP code, turns out the problem was due to the date getting out of sync in WSL2. I think this happens when I put my laptop to sleep?! Anyhow, I've installed the ntpsec package which immediately fixed the issue. Will keep an eye on it.
How many times do you run a specific set of shell commands, before you create a script to automate the process? Sometimes, I think I wait far too long.
We have a BitLocker encrypted drive at work and we have lost the recovery password. We think the device was provisioned by a trainee and they forgot to record it. Anyhow, has anyone tried/had any luck with BitCracker? github.com/e-ago/bitcracker
Progressive Web Apps can do more than just rendering content on the screen or connecting to web services. PWAs can deal with files from the file system, they can interact with the system's clipboard, they can access hardware that is connected to the device, and much more. Every Web API is available for your PWA, and there are some extra APIs available when your app is installed.
In a huge relief to developers and supporters of the open web, and under immense backlash, Apple has cancelled its plan to sabotage Web Apps! This ends weeks of fear and uncertainty for developers and users.