Replacing the Pillars of the Internet

An interesting read on decentralizing the internet, from social networking outside of Facebook & Twitter to building mesh networks that don’t even need ISPs.

Replacing the Pillars of the Internet – Mastodon Blog – Medium

The future of the internet is bright, and it’s decentralized.

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6 Scary Things You Should Know About the Speed of Your Website [INFOGRAPHIC] – Web Performance Today

In case you weren’t convinced: website performance matters, especially if you want visitors to do something… like buy a product/service, donate, read to the next page, come over to your point of view, etc.

6 Scary Things You Should Know About the Speed of Your Website [INFOGRAPHIC] – Web Performance Today

Infographics that illustrate some scary stats around ecommerce performance.

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Spamfighting vs. Privacy – K²R

A look back at the history of the spam wars by a former Gmail spamfighter got me thinking: We not only accept that email providers will read our email to filter spam and viruses, we *expect* it. That’s downright weird when you compare it to our expectations of, say, postal mail privacy.

Spamfighting vs. Privacy – K²R

As a former email admin, I found this history of spamfighting from a former Gmailer fascinating. The implications of widespread encryption are sobering.

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Spamfighting vs. privacy (and a brief history of the spam wars)

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Progressive image rendering: Good or evil?

I’ve always thought that Progressive JPEGs should be used more often than they are. In my experience they usually end up being a tiny bit smaller than standard (though not enough to matter on today’s Internet), plus it really does seem like showing a low-res image that resolves into a sharper one would be more useful than slowly watching the image fill in from one edge. Well, it turns out that people really dislike those initially-blurry images. First impressions are important, and even when the sharpening is fast, it makes the viewer’s brain work harder to process the image because it has to do it twice.

Progressive image rendering: Good or evil? – Web Performance Today


Which offers a better user experience: baseline or progressive images? New neuroscientific research from Radware has the answer.

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Counter-intuitively, it turns out baseline JPEGs provide a much better user experience than progressive JPEGs.

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Introducing Universal SSL

This is pretty awesome: CloudFlare is rolling out SSL support to ALL its customers. Even the free accounts will get the bare minimum, which encrypts the connection between the browser and CloudFlare’s CDN, and uses SNI to avoid having to use up precious IPv4 addresses. (For full encryption including the connection from your server to CloudFlare, or unique IP to support older browsers *cough*WinXP*cough*Android 2*, you still need a paid plan.)

Introducing Universal SSL

The team at CloudFlare is excited to announce the release of Universal SSL™. Beginning today, we will support SSL connections to every CloudFlare customer, including the 2 million sites that have signed…

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jQuery.com Compromise: The Dangers of Third Party Hosted Content – ISC

Uh-oh: the JQuery website was compromised to serve malware. They didn’t get the library — this time — but it’s something to think about when relying on third parties to serve your JavaScript libraries.

jQuery.com Compromise: The Dangers of Third Party Hosted Content – Internet Security | SANS ISC

jQuery is a popular Javascript framework, used by many websites (including isc.sans.edu) . jQuery provides many features, like easy access to webservices as well as advanced user interface features. When using jQuery, sites have the option to download and host the complete code, or let jQuery.com and it’s CDN (Content Delivery Network) host the code…

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What happens when you unsubscribe from all the spam you get for a month? You get EVEN MORE SPAM.

What happens when you unsubscribe from all the spam you get for a month? You get EVEN MORE SPAM.

Unsubscribing from spam, part 3 – Word to the Wise

At the end of last year, I talked a little bit about a project I was working on to see if unsubscribing from spam would actually work. The address I picked was my first non-work/school related email…

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HTTPS as a ranking signal

Heh. If users’ privacy couldn’t convince ’em, you bet the promise of an SEO boost will bring people over to the HTTPS side.

HTTPS as a ranking signal

We want to go even further. At Google I/O a few months ago, we called for “HTTPS everywhere” on the web. We’ve also seen more and more webmasters adopting HTTPS (also known as HTTP over TLS, or Transport Layer Security), on their website, which is encouraging.

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Maximize Content-to-Chrome Ratio, Not the Amount of Content on Screen

Hiding the user interface to show more content isn’t always the best way to go. If there’s room for it, show it, so people have some idea of what they can do (and how).

Maximize Content-to-Chrome Ratio, Not the Amount of Content on Screen

On a large screen, hiding the chrome significantly affects discoverability and interaction cost, with virtually no improvement to the content-to-chrome ratio.

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Sure, on small screens you want to show as much content as possible. But on a big screen, show some UI!

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Remember macro viruses? Infected Word and Excel files? They’re back…

Apparently, macro viruses/malware are making a comeback, using social engineering tricks to work around the changes to Word, Excel, etc. that made them less practical.

Remember macro viruses? Infected Word and Excel files? They’re back…

In 1995, a macro virus called Concept changed the malware landscape completely for several years. Infected Word and Excel files finally died out in the early 2000s, but as SophosLabs researcher …

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Reconciling Mozilla’s Mission and W3C EME

Tough choices: Users want to watch media from the entertainment industry. The industry is only willing to provide it with DRM, which goes against Mozilla’s goals of transparency, openness, and user control. It used to be easy to let plugins deal with it, but Flash and Silverlight are slowly giving way to built-in browser functionality, and leaving it out means lots of users will just switch browsers when they can no longer watch Netflix etc. with Firefox.

Reconciling Mozilla’s Mission and W3C EME

With most competing browsers and the content industry embracing the W3C EME specification, Mozilla has little choice but to implement EME as well so our …

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Can Email Be Responsive?

Way too much HTML email is still done with the old slice-and-dice table-and-spacer method. In a world where people are reading mail on their phones first (and remember that means connectivity is sporadic & slow too), we should be doing this better.

Can Email Be Responsive?

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the popularity of HTML emails. And, like the web before it, the inbox has officially gone mobile, with over 50 percent of email opens occurring on mobile devices….

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Too much email is still done w/slice-n-dice tables…then read on phones. Responsive HTML is a MUCH better approach.

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Manton Reece: Write locally, mirror globally

Are Facebook and Twitter a core part of the web…or are they just today’s portal into that core? The article argues that if you want your content to last, it’s better to post it on your own site, and mirror it on today’s social networks.

Manton Reece: Write locally, mirror globally

The Atlantic has an interesting essay on whether Twitter is on a slow decline, less useful and meaningful than it once was:…

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Advice on dealing with email without letting it take over.

Advice on dealing with email without letting it take over. I do some of these already: I use filters to pre-classify a lot, and I’ve pared down notifications to only the most critical. But it’s still a struggle to keep on top of it sometimes. Some of the other suggestions look like they’ll be helpful.

My Life with Email

Does your inbox constantly beg for attention? Do you suffer from always-on inbox anxiety? Email can easily take over your life—especially if you’re running a business. If that’s happening, it’s…

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