Links

These are some sites, webpages, talks, etc. I found interesting.

If you notice a dead link please tell me.

Blogs

I found most of these completely randomly, with Wiby, Marginalia search and others.

But she’s a girl…: Emacs and Vim, Split keyboards, Linux…

Drew Devault: maintainer of Sway (a Wayland window manager), Sourcehut (“a software development platform for hackers”), Aerc (the email client I use), and others.

Hanemile

Henrique Dias

solène: OpenBSD, Qubes OS, git-annex, NixOS, and I won’t list all subjects. You should absolutely check this one out.

Florian Bruhin: maintainer of Qutebrowser (the web browser I use), big contributor of PyTest, HerbstluftWm and others.

Nikita Voloboev has a great personal wiki.

Julius Plenz

This blog takes a lot of ideas from Michał Sapka’s website ~> Charybdis, Mastodon Has Already Won, Mastodon and ActivityPub, Reddit and the centralized Web

From Fabien Sanglard too ~> USB Cheat Sheet

Julia Evans ~> Monitoring Small Web Services

Ersei ’n Stuff ~> It’s Nix All The Way Down, NixOS and my Descent into Insanity, Basics of RSA (LaTeX without client JavaScript), Notes

Jes Olson ~> My Website Is One Binary

Technoblogy ~> Lisp Badge [Updated], Tiny Time 2 Watch

0x19 ~> Why Social Media Is Bad

mntn ~> Hello world (website with Hugo -> Gemini), The Eye Of Sauron (about search engines and why he denies every one of them but Wiby)

Ali Reza Hayati ~> Bugs of social networks!, Not a browser war but a Web war

mrus ~> Gemini is Solutionism at its Worst, Git on Roids, MailMan3 on OpenBSD 7.1, Linux on the Phone: Part One, How Do You Trust That Your Personal Machine Is Not Compromised?

~bt ~> Better Search Results, My coffe maker just makes coffee, Switching to suckless software, Do you have an extra $10?, Stop using custom webfonts

“Alpine Linux is one of the best distributions available. If you disagree, you clearly haven’t achieved galaxy-brain levels of intelligence and I feel sorry for you.”

“The web is not the same medium as graphic design. Digital designers often get this confused. Web applications serve an action or purpose. The user wants to complete a task - not look at a pretty poster. I understand this sounds harsh, but many designers design more for their own ego and portfolio rather than the end-user. That extra flair on your lowercase “t” doesn’t help the user better interact with your features or UI. It just slows them down.”

bt

Tom Escolano (french)

nerdypepper: I love how minimal this site looks. If you are into split keyboards like me (and maybe also otherwise), you’ll have to check out his post programming on 34 keys.

Giles Orr: window managers, Bash prompts, Vim, Raspberry Pis…

Martin Tournoij / arp242: Vim, software freedom ~> The Art of Unix Programming

Icyphox: made Legit (one of the easiest Git frontends to host).

Liam Heinicke

ari-web ~> novpn, DuckDuckGo? More like DuckDuckNo, Why is GNU/Linux better than microsoft windows (winshit)

Tom ~> links

Stefano Rodighiero

Danluu

Marcel Patzwahl ~> setup pass on multiple devices

Jake Gines: another good example of a minimal site, although it’s a bit hard to navigate. I don’t think the best part of it is the blog, but rather the notes (a personal wiki), and an enormous list of favourites (links). Also check out the dots.

Wesley Aptekar-Cassels ~> How I run my servers

0xdstn ~> Digital Minimalism

Thib ~> My server can burn, my services will run, Syncing Notes with Obsidian, I don’t want to host services (but I do)

Jacob’s Unnamed Blog ~> My Philosophy on Software

Vivek Haldar ~> Productivity porn, GUI vs CLI: Operation vs Expression

Ham Vocke ~> Remote Pair Programming Made Easy with SSH and tmux, Using ‘make’ to Make Your Code Easy to Work With, Distraction-free writing with vim

Geoffrey Huntley ~> Computers Notes, /new convention: think of it as “dotfiles” but “for computers”, Visual Studio Code is designed to fracture

tonsky.me ~> The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Must Know About Unicode in 2023 (Still No Excuses!)

Scott Jenson ~> The invisible problem, The future needs files, Small is Beautiful: Why Desktop UX still has something to teach Mobile

Stefan Zweifel ~> An Opinionated Personal Folder Structure, Things 3 Setup

Benedict Evans ~> Generative AI and intellectual property

Orhun’s Blog

sadgrl.online ~> Internet Manifesto

Paulo Roger ~> Take Back the Web

Fredrb’s Blog ~> Solving the same problem multiple times

Edwin Wenink ~> Web Paleontology: An Ode to the Hyperlink

Surf instead of search: click away and follow that hyperlink.

Edwin Wenink

Ploum ~> Splitting the Web, How to Kill a Decentralised Network (such as the Fediverse)

Arne Bahlo ~> We Need to Bring Back Webrings

Articles / wikis / papers / fun stuff

Index 1,600,000,000 Keys with Automata and Rust: A great article from Andrew Gallant, the developer of ripgrep, about “using finite state machines as a data structure, which enable storing a large number of keys in a small amount of space while remaining easily searchable.”

Paul Ford - I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds: how the tildeverse started

SDF Tutorials: emails, website hosting and much more

All escape sequences (okay, this one is just funny)

Internet statistics (written in 1996)

“Here is what you do:

  • Visit an article, blog post, or Russian-hosted text-file e-book site that you’d like to read.
  • Click at the beginning of the headline, scroll to the bottom without clicking, and shift-click the end.
  • Command-C.
  • Paste into Your Friend the Text Editor.
  • Print. Keep the lovely Monospace font. Print 4 pages per sheet, so it is small enough but still big enough.
  • Fold your pages up. Take them to the park. Take them to work. Scribble all over everything. Make notes. Plan tweets about notes.
  • Find your pages years later, under the desk. Wonder how you could have ever been so wrong, so very wrong.”

~droob

xkcd 1205: is it worth the time?

oldweb.today: browse the web with old browsers like NetScape

I believe Google Adwords killed the web. Google Adwords incentivized sites to peddle SEO optimized garbage. Sites who aren’t are forced to optimize for email capture so they can market directly to you. Search results now show “news”, ads, and SEO spam instead of surfacing information.

You ought to be able to search something on Google and get an answer to your question without signing up for some newsletter. This is why I created 12ft.io.

12ft

The Web We Lost

The Missing Semester Of Your CS Education is one of the only places where SSH port forwarding is explained well. The first google result for this is cryptic.

Let’s Design A Keyboard With Ergogen v4

Energy Conservation with Open Source Ad Blockers

Generative AI like Midjourney creates images full of stereotypes - Rest of World

The role of keyboard design in advanced shell programs

E-ink is so Retropunk

FediPrimer - Chatty, Basic, Easy To Understand Explanations Of Fediverse Concepts

Google vs. the Open Web

For the red-pilled

spyware index (mostly web browsers)

blacklight: see what trackers are on a website

PRISM break

switching.software: “Ethical, easy-to-use and privacy-conscious alternatives to well-known software”

redecentralize/alternative-internet: “A collection of interesting new networks and tech aiming at decentralisation (in some form)”

Surveillance Self-Defense

Wikipedia - Global surveillance

Don’t Hex the Water

Talks / Videos

Glenn Greenwald - Why Privacy Matters

Mattia Dal Ben - 34 Keys Is All You Need

Ultimateeick - Why Calvin and Hobbes is the Greatest Comic Strip Ever Made

Useful tools

explainshell.com - match command-line arguments to their help text