For The Weekend: Two

A few things for you:

Enjoy your weekend!

Pro tip: if you’re even .01% happy with decisions you make about colour, save the god damned code somewhere on your computer.

Take it from me, searching line-by-line through text files is the least fun thing to do on a Thursday night.

My favourite thing about Google’s partnerships with legacy media companies is how they can geoblock videos said nobody ever.

For anybody who might feel uncomfortable about direct language:

In even the wealthy parts of the world the worst possible people are freely making the lives of the most vulnerable literal nightmares so you can skip me with the “Oh my!” bullshit reactions of shock and disgust.

… hello from a Windows desktop Micro Blog app.

Kohan Ikin (@syneryder)

Kohan is also making the app available for MacOS and Linux, by the looks of it.

Perhaps the API isn’t so bad.

Be constructive, be helpful, be kind. Make your blog posts not too long, not too short, not too stream-of-consciousness and not too terse. Remember your elementary writing classes. Have a thesis, make your argument, restate your thesis.

Scott Hanselman

In other Microsoft behaviour any reasonable person would object to, is stealth bloatware(woo!)

Being treated as the parasite of enterprise software is becoming less bearable with each passing day. If the Mac is half as pleasant as its fans say it is, I’ll be gone ASAP.

PetPhoto Micro.blog both adds to and sometimes creates the positive parts of my mood.

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For Micro Monday I’m making it two image-centric GMT-located people in a row by pointing you to @robertbrook who primarily photoblogs his journeys in and around London. His posts are a great reminder of just how interesting so much of this world we have built can be!

Compared to hosting your own blog and auto-posting it to Micro.blog, which won’t cost you and won’t make Micro.blog any revenue, posting for a hosted blog seems to decrease your ownership.

Belle B. Cooper

Note: Self-hosting actually costs a lot.

You know winter is well on truly on the way when the only spiders left are the big ones. β„οΈπŸ•·

Micro.blog, thoughts thereon

There’s a lot of good spirit in this conversation but so far I’ve only seen a suggestion to give Manton and Jean more work that is not the user-side platform itself; now instead they would spend time on better organising the feedback system for users. I think this is a good idea but should not be a priority at the moment, since there are still a few good things Manton and Jean are more than capable of implementing without the attached better organised feedback system.

Whilst things take longer or might frustrate certain people, this is the reality of a smaller operation (as I’m sure Josh knows much better than I do, what with his and Belle’s company) and at this point I don’t think it would be good for Micro.blog to move closer to, say, the whole federated system where lots of people easily have lots of input – Mastodon is the well-known example of this and it’s just a mess as compared to Micro.blog.

There’s an assumption in Josh’s post that I have seen elsewhere; Micro.blog is presented as a viable alternative social network. I understand where this assumption comes from but it is just not true and so at a fundamental level a lot of these ideas are coming from a false position. The whole point, in so far as I have understood it is for individual ownership of your content to be the relevant point of difference (from social media) and then Micro.blog is a social layer to help connect those blogs upon which you have ownership, should you wish to do so.

And, frankly, I like that. Not least because it has been built and maintained in a way that does not involve Manton and Jean coming out with big statements about how “everybody can be involved” without evidence of that actually working, but rather it is a focused effort, transparently maintained on the most appropriate front; where people can find it usable before anything else.

Whilst I appreciate the spirit of “super ease of input from the community will solve lots of things!” I think this only has tangible worth if the platform is in a better condition than it currently is, both from a user perspective and from the developer perspective. I do not think it will work if it comes from a tiny team and a platform still in need of usability upgrades, especially because the strength of the endeavour is in its patient, calm approach; opening the floodgates should not happen, at least not yet.