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Bookmarked: 'Was it easier to build websites a decade ago? | Go Make Things'

This week, Tim McNamara tweeted: Why is it harder to make a website in 2021 than it was in 1996? I mean, writing your own HTML in Notepad and uploading it via FTP was a chore. But it was understandable and easy. If you want to create a fanpage of some obscure topic, everything is just … too much. So instead, people will create an Instagram/TikTok/Facebook/etc and start posting there.

https://gomakethings.com/was-it-easier-to-build-websites-a-decade-ago/

Super agree. Modern web development is built to help companies build large applications. You don't have to use those same tools for personal or smaller sites.

The platform has gotten better over the years and tooling use gotten more complex. That's why use the platform is the approach I prefer.

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Bookmarked: PS4 consoles will still be playable long after PSN has died, thanks to this major update | Ars Technica

The console's system-bricking CMOS issue is no more. Will the PS3 be next?

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/09/sonys-latest-ps4-firmware-fixes-the-consoles-software-kill-switch/

While it's good that the issue is fixed for PS4 consoles, something more needs to be done. Manufacturers shouldn't be able to make their systems reliant on an online service and then discontinue that service. Forced obsolescence is extremely anti-consumer

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Bookmarked: 'Apple and Google seem spooked by bill requiring more app stores and sideloading | Ars Technica'

Bill would make iOS and Android more open to 3rd-party stores and sideloaded apps.

https://arstechnica.com/?p=1786775

This seems like exactly what I've wanted for a while. Now we have to wait and see if it makes it into law, and how much of it survives. Then,if it passes, we'll have to wait through years of litigation as both of these behemoths try to implement this in the most consumer-unfriendly way possible to defend their respective monopolies.

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Bookmarked: Steam Deck is Valve’s Switch-like portable PC, starting at $399 this December | Ars Technica

Preorders kick off on July 16, but you'll need an older Steam account.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/07/steam-deck-is-valves-switch-like-portable-pc-starting-at-399-this-december/

I really hope this does well. I'd love a portable gaming machine without having to deal with Nintendo's hamstringing. And running a Linux-based OS is an added bonus

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I made a small change to my site, so that bookmarks don't show up in the main feed unless I've commented on them. I tend to bookmark a lot of pages, so this will keep them from clogging up the home page. Plus, it clarifies the difference between bookmarks and boosts/reposts. Now, boosts are posts I don't have anything to add to, but still want to show up on my home page. Bookmarks are pages I want to save for later, but may have something to say about once I read them.

Bookmarked: Five new bills aim to break up Big Tech platforms, force them to play nice | Ars Technica

Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon would struggle to evade new regulations.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/06/five-new-bills-aim-to-break-up-big-tech-platforms-force-them-to-play-nice/

These bills seem very promising. Each bill seems designed to tackle one major issue and they're all scoped to only huge companies. I'll be watching them closely.

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