Colin Devroe

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Darice de Cuba, Real talk about inclusiveness

Darice de Cuba, who recently wrote about inclusiveness in design, has now been interviewed by my former workmate at 9rules Matthew Oliphant about inclusiveness in the real world.

She writes on her blog:

The interview is very casual, we talk about real life examples and how to get people and companies to be more inclusive. The only thing missing was snacks and drinks, I truly enjoyed chatting with Matthew about these subjects.

The video interview is embedded on Darice’s web site. Go there to watch it. You can tell this was a lot of work to put together so thanks to Matthew for doing that.

Darice continues to educate me on how important this topic is and I’m trying to change how I build things as a result.

Unmark has been growing at just the right pace. We’re doing zero promotion to let it grow organically and allow us to continue to push regular updates (5 major updates this year) to make it better. Looking forward to starting to market it in the coming months.

Looking back through my photos of Iceland. We really need to go back and explore more of that wonderful place.

At this point, I would need Apple to abandon the current MacBook keyboard design to even consider buying a new MacBook. I wouldn’t even mind if they simply reverted to a previous reliable design.

Chris Coleman brings Boba Fett’s Liar back

Chris Coleman, writing about a site he built in the 90s on GeoCities:

I still have two more or less complete versions of the site, along with lots of spare parts from earlier iterations. Today I’m sharing the 1998 and 1999 designs of the site. The content isn’t significantly different between the two, but each one is a unique look into what I was doing with myself on the internet 20 years ago.

This is so fun. As I said, his web site was one of my first personal inspirations for getting into web development, so the fact that he still has all the files and is giving them a home on his domain is awesome.

I too have a lot of files laying around from things I’ve built over the last 20 years and The Internet Archive likely has some too. I should compile some of these things before they are lost forever.

See also his post’s design. It reminds me of when Jason Santa Maria had a design for each of his posts.

Happy Tools

Happy Tools:

Distributed teams, changing business needs, and complex dynamics are redefining the workday. Happy Tools makes it possible for your office to run smoothly, no matter what it looks like or who makes it go.

A suite of tools specifically built for the remote team by Automattic, a completely distributed company.

I’d be very surprised if these tools were not open source soon.

Someone emailed me to request use of this image on their site and they paid me to use it. Thus following my licensing terms. Licensing my images has increased their usage over the last year. More on this in a future post.

Indie web question: Any recommendations for a better WordPress plugin for sending webmentions? I’m using the Webmention plugin but it doesn’t seem to send a comprehensive webmention. See this. Or, am I doing something incorrectly?

Mark Zuckerberg’s Op-Ed

Go read it. It is actually shorter than his recent Facebook post on privacy.

This part was… umm, interesting?

Finally, regulation should guarantee the principle of data portability. If you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another. This gives people choice and enables developers to innovate and compete.

This is important for the Internet — and for creating services people want. It’s why we built our development platform. True data portability should look more like the way people use our platform to sign into an app than the existing ways you can download an archive of your information. But this requires clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting information when it moves between services.

This also needs common standards, which is why we support a standard data transfer format and the open source Data Transfer Project.

This is pretty rich coming from him. Historically the options on Facebook to get your data have been terrible. But if there was a way to log into, say, Mastodon, connect it to Facebook and have all your data move over – that’d be pretty awesome (though I will not be holding my breath for anything like this).

I do agree that downloading a huge archive is not ideal and more services should offer ways to transfer information in and out of all platforms. It would be great if this were mandatory.

As I said in early March, this is a new phase for Facebook. It will be fascinating to watch.

Hey Chris!