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github ui

I’ve been paying a bit more attention than usual to web interfaces, and there’s a few examples which really get to me. GitHub is one that’s annoyed me for a while, but I didn’t quite know what was wrong until I looked at some screenshots to see what was frustrating me.

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Posted 2019-02-13 23:08:46 by tedu Updated: 2019-02-14 17:39:24
Tagged: rants web

newspaper graphics

Sometimes there’s just too many words and I want to look at visualizations and graphics. A collection of links.

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Posted 2018-12-19 00:20:28 by tedu Updated: 2018-12-24 04:48:28
Tagged: links web

tell your kids about css overflow-wrap

You have a blog. You write stuff. This is all good.

But it’s a technical blog. And so you write articles that include code or URLs or auth tokens or hex coded hashes or other horrors like AbstractImplementationOfBorrowCheckerFactoryPatternMatcher which results in words of unusual size. And this being important technical content, it’s styled as whitespace preserving per the fashion of our times.

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Posted 2018-11-08 19:28:24 by tedu Updated: 2018-11-08 19:28:24
Tagged: web

zeno scrolling

Zeno scrolling requires javascript.

Everybody loves infinite scrolling.

Which is to say everybody hates it, but we love to use it anyway.

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Posted 2018-11-01 18:52:16 by tedu Updated: 2018-11-01 18:52:16
Tagged: web


Imagine, if you can, a smaller version of the web. A web without dickbars, or scroll jacking, or chum boxes, or popup video, but still a web filled with informative articles about the 27 blockchains you need to be using right now. The good news is this web exists, but unfortunately your browser doesn’t connect to it by default. For that, you need the miniwebproxy.

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Posted 2017-10-24 13:16:47 by tedu Updated: 2017-10-24 13:16:47
Tagged: go programming project web

life off the chain

A few notes about gathered experiences with https certs not part of the traditional chain.

The simplest way to deal with an untrusted site is to add an exception. There are some quirks, however.

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Posted 2017-07-27 18:54:47 by tedu Updated: 2017-07-27 18:54:47
Tagged: software web

moving to https

The time has finally come to switch everything to https. Actually, I’ve been using https for a while, but now it’s time to inflict, er invite, everyone else along for the ride.

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Posted 2017-07-18 15:12:45 by tedu Updated: 2017-07-21 22:29:02
Tagged: flak security thoughts web

edge vs chrome

Some observations regarding edge vs chrome. Not a complete investigation, some aspects not mentioned may have been outside the scope of inquiry.

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Posted 2017-06-28 23:17:42 by tedu Updated: 2017-06-30 19:01:01
Tagged: software web windows

crossing the streams

Amazing that a music group formed in 2003 already had an album in 1982, no?

see you

Having trouble with your network? The Ubiquiti Cloud Key can reduce casting costs.

cloud key

The machines are learning. But what?

Posted 2017-06-09 03:12:59 by tedu Updated: 2017-06-09 03:12:59
Tagged: bugs web

HP Chrome Print fuckup du jour

Long story short, printing on a chromebook is still fucked, and now the incompetent dickheads who write drivers for HP have made things worse. With time and effort, however, one can still repair the damage. Writing this up in case somebody finds it useful, and because I have little doubt I’ll be referring to it again in the near future.

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Posted 2017-04-30 22:00:17 by tedu Updated: 2017-04-30 22:00:17
Tagged: bugs rants software web

1000 links later

Some reflections on life, the universe, and everything after posting 1000 links to inks. I started inks on a lark because one day I was annoyed with HN or Lobsters or something and it seemed easy enough to make my own cooler version, but there wasn’t much of a mission statement. Maybe Daring Fireball but without the fucking Yankees. It’s been a few months and 1000 links is enough to notice some trends and evaluate results.

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Posted 2017-02-26 17:45:28 by tedu Updated: 2017-02-26 17:45:28
Tagged: thoughts web

comment free codex

Another little adventure in web page rewriting. I wanted to use a few more go features, and make something that would work on at least a few different sites via the Host header.

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Posted 2017-02-24 21:59:30 by tedu Updated: 2017-02-24 22:03:29
Tagged: go programming web

medium rare

Is it crazy that a Medium post about javascript bloat would have itself have megabytes of javascript and stylesheets? I wouldn’t know, since I didn’t see it. I have a little proxy like service running that rewrites its HTML. This particular service was an experiment to replace some python code with go, to evaluate suitability for future hacks.

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Posted 2017-02-13 14:13:00 by tedu Updated: 2017-02-18 20:10:56
Tagged: go programming web


Hello there, inquisitive friend! I’m pleased to announce the newest Links As A Service offering. It’s called inks which is like links, but without the L for loser. Basically Reddit or Hacker News, but without the disagreeable trolls and military industrial complex shills downvoting everything to hide the truth.
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Posted 2016-11-06 18:40:26 by tedu Updated: 2016-11-06 18:40:26
Tagged: project web

cloudflare and rss

Let’s say somebody has a blog that I’d like to read. Subscribe to even. Let’s say they have an RSS link on their page. This should be easy.

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Posted 2016-09-16 04:59:40 by tedu Updated: 2016-10-05 17:59:11
Tagged: rants web

tweet compression

Sometimes you’ve got something really important to tweet, but it doesn’t quite fit in 140 characters. There’s several techniques that can help in this situation.

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Posted 2016-08-27 19:00:59 by tedu Updated: 2016-09-14 14:37:00
Tagged: javascript language web

Lo and Behold

Werner Herzog reflects on the reveries of the connected world. There’s a lot of short sequences here, but not much tying it together.

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Posted 2016-08-25 01:00:09 by tedu Updated: 2016-08-25 18:04:23
Tagged: moviereview network web

rss table manners

I provide an RSS feed for flak. I also wrote a simplistic RSS feed reader for myself. The design of the latter was influenced by observing the behavior of existing readers.

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Posted 2016-07-27 18:00:56 by tedu Updated: 2016-07-27 18:00:56
Tagged: software web