After months of stalling, Google finally revealed how much personal data they collect in Chrome and the Google app. No wonder they wanted to hide it.
Spying on users has nothing to do with building a great web browser or search engine. We would know (our app is both in one).
Remembering how much I did with knowledge I had makes me wonder if my current approach to development is really efficient.
Found this old photo made by 15 yo me. I was working on inventory for our online survival game while travelling to Riga. There was no uGUI back then, the UI was developed 100% with code. Since I wasn’t an experienced developer, I had inventory drawing and logic (both local and network!) all in one place with hardcoded number and string values. Moreover, I used Atom without IntelliSense and C# highlighting (but with nice material theme!).
My colleague couldn’t open PDF documents from Zip archive that I sent her. I spent some time reasearching… And it turns out that every major operating system ignores Zip specs and uses different encoding for file names. I had to remove Lithuanian Ą and Ū from file names to make my Zip archive Windows-compatible. That’s insane!
Just discovered Teddit. It's a lightweight JS-free frontend for Reddit.
Software is like recipes.
Facebook etc is like McDonalds: the recipes are designed to be cheap to produce and addictive so you keep coming back, but not good for YOU.
Commercial software is like restaurants: it varies wildly, and your favourite popular restaurant may disappear unexpectedly.
Open source is like home-cooked meals: you can know exactly what's in there and share the recipes freely. Some recipes are hard to pull off, but some are actually more convenient than going out to eat.
Unfortunately I may still need to turn it on for banking and digital signature purposes 😞
"Syncthing has reminded me how great computers can be if they are not made by corporations. It’s simple, predictable, sane, acts no-nonsense. You can configure it however you like and it always keeps you in control. It’s a pure function and it’s good at that."
Game developer from Vilnius
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.