Writer, web developer and consultant based in Hveragerði, Iceland. Lapsed Interactive Media Academic. Webby Tech Stuff and webby book stuff.
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So, another trend this year—beyond all of the “fire everybody, figure out how everything works later” shenanigans—is the winding down of all the mundane cons of tech, such as the unsustainable “unlimited” deals that made it impossible for small or medium-sized companies to compete in the SaaS space.
Both Dropbox and Google have been dropping their ‘unlimited storage’ features because, y’know, apparently money is no longer free
“EU AI Act briefing”
I’ll need to update my post on the draft to note that the final version was watered down into uselessness. https://danmcquillan.org/eu_ai_act.html
“iA Writer in Paper”
I won’t ever buy one of these, but this is supremely cool. https://ia.net/topics/ia-writer-in-paper
“is-land Web Component—zachleat.com”
One of the more versatile custom elements around. https://www.zachleat.com/web/is-land/
‘Google calls Drive data loss “fixed,” locks forum threads saying otherwise | Ars Technica’
One more incident and Google will have pulled a full “dysfunctional organisation falling apart because of ill-conceived lay-offs” hat trick https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/12/google-calls-drive-data-loss-fixed-locks-forum-threads-saying-otherwise/
Medium has become the place where blog posts go to die, hasn’t it?
These are all just basic UX features! https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-announces-upcoming-changes-to-windows-to-comply-with-the-eus-digital-markets-act/
Why are people only getting software usability improvements from tech companies when there's literally a law forcing them to do their job properly?
(Don't answer. I know why.)
“Michael Tsai - Blog - FastSpring Risk Screening”
I had a very rough time dealing with payment providers initially. FastSpring has hidden costs. And I tried to get approved by Paddle multiple times, but they replied with “you and your products look like fraud” every time https://mjtsai.com/blog/2023/12/07/fastspring-risk-screening/
“CSS Wrapped: 2023! | Blog | Chrome for Developers”
A lot of good stuff got cross-browser support this year. https://developer.chrome.com/blog/css-wrapped-2023
“Please, Expose your RSS • Robb Knight”
I second this. https://rknight.me/please-expose-your-rss/
This would be at least the second time that Google has been caught faking an AI demo, right? Or are there more beyond Duplex and the dodgy Nemesis video?
“IA Writer 7”
IA Writer releases are always interesting. The idea here of tracking pasted text versus your own has broad application. It’s sad that it’s tied so strongly with ChatGPT
I’m also very sceptical about the idea that talking about your ideas with ChatGPT is beneficial https://ia.net/topics/ia-writer-7