I’m so annoyed by the appification of services…

No, I won’t install your stupid app just to book a haircut, to see the balance in my meal card, or to be notified when my vehicle is ready to leave the garage.

Especially if your stupid app needs a ton of irrelevant permissions, weights 250 MB, keeps itself always busy in the background and bugs me with notifications!

Develop a fucking universal web app which can be used by pretty much anyone anywhere immediately and without leaving a trail of binary droppings.

and FTW.

, : this is very stupid.

What comes before the @ in my email address is… a single character. You’re banning a letter of the alphabet for me.

You’re preventing me from using a very robust, completely new password — so now I have to make some contortions (and most importantly, remember those contortions) to adapt my usual password strategy to this silly requirement.

I don’t know if it’s me having worked full-time for nine organisations already (five of them for-profit ), the industry itself having changed, me getting old and grumpy, or a combination of all of the above, but too often now, the typical start-up attitude feels almost disgusting to me.

The jargon, the buzzwords, the grandiose goals, the productivity hacks, the hyped substacks or podcasts, the cheesy taglines, the obsession with “growth” and “disruption”…

I still love and the , I think is still eating the world, and I believe in great organisations developing novel ideas with a net positive impact.

But “Silicon Valley”, which used to be a parody, became a docu-series with the passage of (little) time.

Perhaps it was always that way, and I’ve grown more mature. Or maybe things got worse.


This is old, but I just saw it yesterday. Wondering what my old friends at the @w3c commented about it back then…

The total word count of the W3C specification catalogue is 114 million words at the time of writing. If you added the combined word counts of the ...



Too long, and too histrionic, to say many things that the good folks at IndieWeb, the EFF, etc have been saying for a decade or two now.

Not to mention incoherent (if “the is fucked and there’s nothing we can do about it”, why should I care about it, bother to read the post, or try to change anything at all?), inaccurate (“web 1.0 […] was better”… there are few breaking changes in the development of the : that web the author misses didn’t go anywhere; anyone can still create and browse sites like those) and naïve (have fun using alternatives to Gmail, Google Maps, Wikipedia, many kinds of streaming, collaborative editing of online docs, some kinds of feeds or syndication, sites with 3D capabilities, microblogging, etc!).

“It may surprise you to learn that only could be the default until late last year. It may further disorient you to know that competing iOS browser vendors are still prevented from delivering their own engines.”

On breaking the (mobile) .


I have been saying for a while that we conscious users or techies should be first to adopt, and eager to promote within our personal and professional circles, ethical open frameworks to support services and apps via micro-payments (instead of via advertising and surveillance). We already had . Now we also have . These are steps in the right direction (although I don't like those all-or-nothing memberships, kind of walled gardens of their own — I would prefer truly open, federated systems).

There are universal sites that don't include at all. There are accessible, progressively-enhanced sites that use sensibly. There are crappy web apps that rely too much on .

…and then there is , which is a blank page unless you keep its tab focused while linkedin.com/feed/ is loading and stare at it attentively and in reverential silence.

I think @bert would be even more appalled than me about this 😉

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