Friday 27 November 2015
The Golden Link o’ the Week:
Introducing Pokedex.org: a progressive webapp for Pokémon fans – “works offline, can be launched from the home screen, and runs at 60 FPS even on mediocre Android phones. This blog post explains how I did it.” A superb blogpost by Nolan Lawson.
Progressive Web Apps Are the Future – video with Andreas Bovens (Opera) and Alex Russell (Google) from Chrome Dev Summit
Firefox to support Progressive Web Apps, too – so, who’s next? Microsoft or Apple? Place your bets!
Building an Offline Page for theguardian.com – a useful real-world Service Worker case-study
Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 computer – or free as a magazine covermount. Built in Wales. Hurray UK! Craig Lockwood sums up my feelings well in his post We have come a long way, baby.
flexbugs – “A community-curated list of flexbox issues and cross-browser workarounds for them”.
Building HTML5 Form Validation Bubble Replacements – if you really have to (Marketingestapo have a gun to your dangly bits) here’s how to do it
Seriously, Don’t Use Icon Fonts – “It’s time to let icon fonts pass on to Hack Heaven, where they can frolic with table-based layouts, Bullet-Proof Rounded Corners and Scalable Inman Flash Replacements.”
Fontdeck to close. “Fonts will stop being served on 1 December 2016.” (Note: *next* year!) Migration plan etc in the link. The reason? “As neither OmniTI nor Clearleft have the resources to take Fontdeck to the next level, we had no desire to traipse around the Valley with a begging bowl; instead we took the decision to retire Fontdeck rather than let it wither on the vine.”
Unicorns and Bubbles in which Baldur Bjarnason writes “startups are generally staffed by cowboy coders who stack up lines of technical debt faster than a monkey playing Tetris”
Responsive Issues Community Group newsletter – it’s out every 2 weeks. You can sign up.
Opera Max now also helps you save data while streaming music – free Android app compresses audio and video by up to 50%, so less stuttering media and more vids for your data plan. (Instructions on how to get more out of your Opera Max.)
[blink-dev] Intent to Remove: Insecure origin usage of geolocation – Should Blink remove support for geolocation on insecure pages? Opera’s Simon Pieters suggests a staged removal.
TIL – Autocomplete and forms by Raymond Camden
Google can remotely bypass the passcode of at least 74% of Android devices if ordered – Android devices without full disk encryption (those older than Android 5.0) can easily be remotely reset by Google (if compelled by a court order).
WordPress joins the PHP to Node train
Decommissioning a free public API – “relying on a free service you have no control over means adding a single point of failure on a volunteer basis” (by author of a side-project API that some set-top box manufacturer depended on
How A Rural Community Made Its Own Phone Network In South Africa – “there is no electricity to charge cell phones and that people have very limited funds to spend on mobile airtime”
Opera’s Engineering Team meetup – evil bosses made me go to the south of France for an all-hands engineering meetup. Here’s a 4min video.
“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” campaign on ‘invisible disability (including mental health), with an short piece Nicky asked me to write about my multiple sclerosis for the campaign launch
HTML5 is the New Flash by Steve Pemberton (chair XHTML2 Working Group)
Sky Q website – party like it’s 2003 and you have Shockwave installed.
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