Notes

Notes is where I put down thoughts, ideas and everything else that doesn't classify as a full article.

Semantic Components

I wrote a new article on Colloq where I explain how we solved an issue with our component semantics. It has proven as a solid solution for us and allows for a lot of flexibility, without messing up semantics. Read the article on the Colloq blog and if you have come across similar issues, I’d be glad to hear yo...

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Productivity and Complexity on the Web

The recent “The Cult of the Complex” by @zeldman kept me thinking, just like this tweet by @dhh did. I also feel like there was a time where our work has been much more productive and efficient a few years ago. I keep wondering if there could be a correlation between our productivity and the increased complexity, mainly caused by the ...

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#cfpwomen

Today I came across a tweet by Gerard Sans, in which he announced a public list to help conference organisers find more women speakers. I'm all in for more diversity at conferences and think that this is a great effort and another step in the right direction to create a better community, improve diversity and build a more inclusive community. ...

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Better CfP Feedback

I have applied to a few conferences again this year and as usual, there are more rejections than acceptances. For obvious reasons it’s not great to get rejected, but I always try to learn more about the “why”. I usually always ask conference organizers for more details on the rejection and some feedback. Sometimes I don’t hear back, but othe...

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GDPR is Great. And Sucks.

Over the last weeks I have learned a lot about the new GDPR regulation and the changes that will come with it. For the most part, I think this is a great and very welcome change and I believe that it will also unveil a lot of the really bad practices that have happened behind the scenes. I’m definitely lo...

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GDPR and the Deadline Race

While we’ve been working through and signed quite a few DPA’s with various services to get Colloq fully GDPR compliant, we’ve also come across some services where I’m a little surprised about their feedback, which in more than one case reads somewhat like this: Thanks for the response! We currently don't have a DPA in place that we ...

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Take Your Stance

The recent interview of Tim Cook with Recode that will air later this week, sounds very interesting and in it, TIm Cook takes a pretty clear stance: Cook made that point again today: “The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer — if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.”...

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Instagram & Target Ads

I don’t use Instagram as much anymore as I used to, but sometimes when I post something and it “takes off” with a few more likes than usual. Once in a while I have look what happened and the other day I clicked a link in a new followers’ profile to have look at their shop and what they were sel...

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A Better Feed

Last week, while I updated a few things on this site, I somehow broke the feed. As a result of getting it fixed again, I now have a combined and separate feeds for articles and notes. To subscribe, enter any page URL into your feedreader and all three should get announced. Or use: https://foobartel.com/feed/, https://foobartel.com/...

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Compressive Images

All of this isn’t to say we should never use compressive images—never is a word that rarely applies in my experience. But it does mean that we should be cautious. Another very good post by Tim and I very much agree. As with everything, it really depends on when and where to use it. For some cases it migh...

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Taking Responsibility for the Things You Build and Run

It’s easy to blame third-parties and not taking responsibility for incidents of any kinds. The underlying problem is that it’s possible that it’s you yourself who allowed things to happen by design. It’s you who designs your service. If you’re an engineer, it’s you who builds the API and the permission model which third-party gets access ...

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How Fast Is Amp Really?

Some interesting points and observations on AMP from Tim Kadlec. AMP’s restrictions mean less stuff. It’s a concession publishers are willing to make in exchange for the enhanced distribution Google provides, but that they hesitate to make for their canonical versions. Sadly, in the end it's not really about improved performance, but wider reach paired with better performance. Othe...

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Happy 29th

Today marks the 29th birthday of what started as “Information Management: A Proposal” and we now know as the Internet. I still remember the feeling when I first saw email and the web in 1998. Since then we’ve come a pretty incredible long way and that’s definitely worth a short post. w3.org/History/1989/proposal.html

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Social Media & Society

I‘m not really surprised anymore about such things, but these news seem to be coming more frequently these days. I came across these two articles that kind of confirm what I‘ve been thinking and talking about for quite some time: How social media screws with our brains and alters our society… not in a good way. I‘m glad to ...

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A Change is Coming

Recently I have come across quite a few articles that I found very interesting, in a way that they provide somewhat of an optimistic outlook for our future on the web. I’ve been talking about this to a few people before, but articles about the large social media giants like this and this make me believe that people are be...

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