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A retrospective of how things have gone until year end 2021, and based on that some thoughts on where it should go in 2022.

Man, this is really sad to hear. Luckily, Search My Site isn't going anywhere right now, but costs steadily rising while usage remains steadily low is disheartening. We really need independent infrastructure like this, but we have to find a way to support it without advertisement.

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2022 was once unimaginable to some web folks.

Wow. I wasn't even in web development yet and I've been using HTML5 my entire career. I can't imagine hoping the web would be subsumed by native apps or thinking it would become obsolete. That was the era of move fast and break things, though, so imagining something being stable for more than a decade must have been hard.

Between Google Chrome experimenting with “following” sites, along with a growing frustration of how social media platforms limit a creator’s reach to their

It's good to see more articles like this and I hope the RSS resurgence continues. As for non-technical people not knowing how to use them, what do you expect? Facebook, Twitter, et al have spent a decade designing and teaching users specific workflows that they control. That shouldn't stop us from trying to make the switch. Sites like About Feeds can help publishers and users, but publishers have to be willing to put the links on their page.

I used to have a section on my site where I shared a list of coffees I consumed. I was excited about this section because:

Congrats on the simplification. I don't want to throw a wrench into that, but just so you're aware, there are experiments with making official post types for most of the types you were posting. The IndieWeb wiki has pages for food/drink, watch, and read posts. I like the approach of making new types a note and just marking up additional properties. Then it's easy for you to manage it just like a note and consuming code can also treat it like a note and ignore the properties it doesn't understand. But there's always that possibility that the new properties gain traction and consumers start using them.

We studied 10,000 websites and found that their design has become more uniform over time. What does this mean for the future of creative expression on the internet?

I think this is sort of to be expected. Like it says in the article, as a medium matures, design patters are formulated. Divergence from those patterns to test and tweak them is always good, but having some general uniformity improves familiarity and ease of use. But I think that only applies to corporate websites; I hope we'll continue to see personal sites with funky design used as places for expression.

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One of the most striking facets of the metaverse is that it doesn’t exist and nobody can agree on how to define it, but there

What a perfect description of the metaverse. This is basically how I feel about most modern tech; it could work so much better for everyone if it wasn't steered and constrained by corporate overlords.

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Last week, Devon Govett, the creator of Parcel.js, tweeted… I don’t understand the “things were better in the late 2000s” school of web development thinking going around lately. Maybe it’s nostalgia for when people first started? Or not wanting to learn new things? Either way, no! I assure you, things are SOOO much better now. 😄 I wanted to unpack this tweet a bit, because I have strong feelings about it.

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Unspooled C code could eventually lead to PC ports, new mods, and more.

This is really cool and serves as an interesting historical record. The code of games of that generation is usually pretty clever. And this could lead to ports of the game, which is hugely important for games preservation. Companies don't do enough to provide access to games past their lifetime, so preservation projects are a big deal. Shoutout to the ZRET team for this work!

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From what I've read, the reproducibility problem goes even further. A lot of papers, even those not based on datasets/code, aren't followed up on; nobody tries to reproduce them. If researchers focused on reproducing and verifying existing studies, researchers who don't provide their reproduction materials would just become irrelevant.

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