Cryptocurrencies are a real hype right now. Everyone jumps on board, hoping to make some money. I tested it out, too, to understand it a bit more. But it doesn’t feel right — so I sold my few coins and quit. Here are my doubts and reasons for feeling uncomfortable with those currencies.
The Fucking Open Web is a post by Eran Hammer about the complexity and unpredictability of the web in contrast to native applications. And as much as I love the web for it’s openness, I totally have to agree.
In the early days of the internet it was pretty simple — publish a site and it was done. With social media user generated content became the norm and the amount of data exploded. In the opinion of the big social networks it apparently is too much for the majority of users to handle.
We often use the word mobile device when talking about limitations while designing and building a new application or website. But what do we mean with that? What is a mobile device and what makes it so special that we have to care about? Are the problems we refer to limited to smartphones?
Recently Google released Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), an open source subset of HTML with performance in mind. What purpose does it serve and do we really need that?
These days everything get’s tracked. Especially on the web, but also more and more in the daily life. Do we move enough? Should I take the stairs? Should I eat some fruits instead of chocolate? People seem to need a tracking app that tells them what to do.
The other day I read an article on The Post-Ownership Society with the subtitle “How the ‘sharing economy’ allows Millennials to cope with downward mobility, and also makes them poorer.”.
Back in November, when traveling through Malaysia, we met a large group of students playing games on the beach on Langkawi. They were quick to ask us if we want to join. As it looked like a lot of fun, we agreed.
Some years ago I used a cheap laptop which was quite okay for my use cases back then. From time to time I recognized, that the things that I thought are pretty balanced actually look awful on a high contrast display (the MacBook at work).
The Internet started as an open place. It was based around the idea of openness: No matter what tools you’d use, there where some open protocols that defined how to access or exchange content. I’m sure the web would not look the same if it was invented with big players involved, that now dictate what’s happening on the web. Every of these big players tries to keep users in it’s silo.