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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.

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

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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A couple of months ago, I started to work on my own webmention receiver. Instead of relying on webmention.io, a service commonly used to receive webmentions, I wanted to challenge myself to create a receiver from scratch. To do so, I realised I would have to read, understand, and interpret a W3C specification, something I had not done up until the point of deciding to work on a webmention receiver. While I knew there would be challenges, I wanted to take control over how I received webmentions and build my own service.

Hopefully, you already received my webmention for this bookmark post and you get another webmention for this update.

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

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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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.

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