While we Blink, we loose the Web

Web, Mozilla

Sources claim that Microsoft is abandoning EdgeHTML and building a Blink/Chromium based browser. This might be a good business decision for Microsoft but it is a disastrous advancement for the Web. In this short post, I will make a case for why we’re losing the Web and how in a Blink, all we love about our Web will be owned and controlled by a single entity.

I’ve written a new book about LiveCode

Book, LiveCode

I’ve just written a new LiveCode book. It explores the best practices used by seasoned LiveCode developers from around the world and also how to apply insights from the MVC pattern into that platform. Along the book you work through a simple address book application while learning all the tips and tricks from our community.

LiveCode Advanced Application Architecture

LiveCode Advanced Application Architecture

The book is available for GBP 15 and can be purchased with the button below, or you can read more and learn about the unique bundle I am offering.

Read more for learning about the bundle and also about the experience of writing another book.

Reading blogs with Thunderbird

I’ve always been a big fan of blogging and noticed in the recent years that I really dislike how social networks displaced the blogosphere as the main form of social interaction on the web. I believe that blogging decentralizes power by giving each author control over their content and leads to relationship networks that mimic how humans work better than algorithmically generated timelines.

When I decided to return to blog reading, I choose The Old Reader as my main blogging client, after I started noticing more and more people talking about Feedly, I decided to give it a try and ended up using it as my main client for many months. I think both The Old Reader and Feedly are awesome but something happened just after I decided to delete/deactivate my Facebook account (a topic for a different post). I logged to Feedly using Facebook and I think something went bonkers because I was logged out of all my instances in all my devices, and couldn’t get back in. So, I decided to maybe find a solution for my blogging needs that was not tied to a Cloud-based SaaS, something that would be under my control and as some people saw on twitter:

I moved back using Mozilla Thunderbird as my main mail client. Thunderbird can also read blog feeds and thats what this post is all about.

Mozilla Thunderbird showing blogs

Mozilla Thunderbird showing blogs

So come with me to learn more about how to set it up and also to get a copy of my OPML feed with the list of blogs I am following.

Agorama, View Source, Mozilla Festival & Redecentralize Party

Entering MozFest

Entering MozFest

This was a busy month for me here in London with four great events happenining all close to one another, which was awesome because I was feeling a little bored. Instead of doing a little travelogue of the events, I’d rather talk about what were my perspectives and ideas for joining them and what I think are the important trends that we should be paying attention right now while also highlighting what I think is great from each gathering of course.

Chronologically, the first event was the Agorama co-op meetup that happened on the 18th of October, followed by View Source 2018, then Mozilla Festival and ending with the Redecentralize Party but to follow the little journey I have planned for you in this blog post we need to use a different order and like most things, it starts with MozFest.

5 events in 1 week

Events

In the past 7 days I’ve been to 5 different events, this is a quick summary of my impressions regarding what I did at the events, not the event themselves (I plan to write more later).