Idiocracy in a Blade Runner landscape — describes the first half of the Web split in two Ploum in his blog post “Splitting the Web”.
He argues that the modern Web was divided into two sides:
the second is the internet of tech-savvy people who share information without relying on the services of the mega-corporations and tech monopolies and often actively avoiding being tracked and bombarded with ads.
A great compilation of statistical data about PHP use in the wild and a short link list that further proves that PHP as the back-end language of the internet is far from being in decline or even stagnation.
DP Review: Web rot is erasing our images and videos
DP Review, the iconic digital photography e-zine and online forum, the cornerstone of the digital camera revolution of the 00’s, has barely escaped being shut down by its parent company, Amazon, and the subsequent deletion of all its content just earlier this Summer when it was acquired by Gear Patrol. This is why, probably, the topic of content disappearing from the web hits close to home for Shaminder Dulai, DP Review staff writer.
In his clear and well-thought-out essay he researched two major reasons for the so called web rot, the disappearance of old content from the web over time: change in technologies and the desire of the tech corporations, the owners of the web platforms we all use, to cut costs without second thought about preservation of the users’ content.
He suggests to take preservation of our digital treasures in our own hands, because we can’t trust this mission to the corporate spreadsheets. Some things require a heart.
This is a really cool thing, that is not complex at all: the whole site packed in a single HTML file. Pages are wrapped into <section> HTML tag, each with its own ID and linked with inner links, anchors. By default, all sections are hidden, but they become visible with the help of CSS :target selector.
The whole “code” for the website to work fits into three CSS rules:
It will even work with a sane number of images when using loading="lazy" to instruct the browser not to load images unless they are to become visible. When such “website” is meant to be distributed via any kinds of file sharing and accessed locally, both CSS and images can be embedded into HTML to make it truly single HTML file easy to move around.
The author argues that there are still plenty of benefits in catering to these people: it will help you to build sites that are faster, smaller, reliable, accessible both for humans and search engines, more secure and easier to develop.
An extensive interview with Douglas Rushkoff (I remember him by his book Media Virus!: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture, it was widely discussed back in the 90’s) about his transformation from the early internet techno-optimist to the strong proponent of the more humanistic approach to technologies.
RavensBlight, an odd town in the dark digital woods
There are digital gardens and there are digital towns, this is one of the latter. Welcome to the RavensBlight.
This dark and spooky town is founded and built from the ground up by one man — Ray O’Bannon — and it is not a small one. RavensBlight can boast with a pretty big library full of horror stories, an Arcade with video games, a paper toys shop, its art gallery hosts more than 300 images, there is a music studio, and even a cinema! Are you ready for some horror shorts?
The site was started back in 2004 and it is still being updated from time to time. This is a solid age for a digital town.
Despite being pretty graphics heavy and even using an animated GIF in the header, RavensBlight only loads a tad over half a megabyte of data for its homepage. Its clean HTML makes it work on any modern device with no issues.