Notes

Notes is where I put down thoughts, ideas and everything else that doesn't make it into an article.

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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For the Open Web

I’ ve been speaking to various people and friends quite a bit about how the web is going in a direction that to me doesn’t seem sustainable in the long run. Data Greed and tracking is getting out of hand and most people still believe this is the holy grail and the way to do things. And I strongly disa...

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Tech Reputation

Especially in light of the previous note, I came across this article. I have to admit that I’m a little surprised about the extent of the change in reputation, but somehow I’m not surprised. I think this is likely more extreme in Silicon Valley than elsewhere, but all in all I believe we all have to work on this...

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Personal Views from Team Colloq

After we have launched Colloq this week, our new platform for conferences, speakers and attendees, everyone from the team posted their personal thoughts. As you can probably find my post rather easy, I want to share the posts of Tobias and Anselm here as well.

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Deleting multiple GIT branches

One thing I always came across, but then never really looked into, was deleting multiple GIT branches at once. Usually this has never been a big necessity, since I never had that many branches to delete in the first place. Since we started work on Colloq, the number of branches has increased a lot and it's a good thing to ...

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iCloud Calendar Spam - Part 2

As I have just seen on Daring Fireball, Apple has now released a first step to prevent any further troubles with iCloud calendar spam that appeared last month. Unfortunately this is currently only available on iCloud.com, but I suppose this feature will get rolled out in the macOS and iOS versions of Calendar in the near future. Or at ...

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iCloud Calendar Spam

Last week I tweeted about receiving some iCloud calendar spam and I was wondering if this is the new thing now. Since it was kind of a one off, I didn't pay too much attention anymore, besides trying to figure out how to get it out of my calendar without accepting or declining the event. After that I did remove ...

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Shopify Theme Kit Time Out

During my first time of using the Shopify Theme Kit, I ran into some problems during setup. One of the issues was that Theme Kit gave me a timeout during synch and it turned out that it doesn't like empty config settings. Received Update event on snippets/size-filter-dynamic.liquid [999]Could not perform Update to snippets/size-filter-dynamic.liquid at Host Unknown ...

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