How It All Started: Pre-W3C Web and Internet Background
Screenshot of the "WorldWideWeb" browser is probably a good one to refer to in terms of the vision of the Web, even though the NeXT interface won't really be familiar to anyone.
picture  web  history  timbl  screenshot 
11 days ago
Bay Area, a reluctant metropolis, needs to become enthusiastic instead - SFChronicle.com
The only way out of this is to stop being the reluctant metropolis and to become the enthusiastic metropolis — to move with energy and commitment to scale up the urban systems of the Bay Area.
spur  housing  sf  urbanplanning  sfchronicle  via:numtots  transit 
15 days ago
A bizarre wiki, blog, life work, journal, guide.
web  indieweb  personalwebsite  philosophy  awesome 
19 days ago
Reading poetry is an intimate, subversive act. It deserves to be protected.
I'm proud of how this privacy policy starts.
poetry  privacy  verse  me 
23 days ago
Why I'm excited about decentralized social networks by Darius Kazemi, Oct 5 2018
My hope is that the utility of social networks being able to talk to one another leads to a flourishing of different kinds of software for different kinds of people. Maybe person A only cares about Instagram style stuff, so they post to Pixelfed and forget about everything else. Meanwhile their extremely nerdy friend B has a kind of Star Trek supercomputer interface that mixes blogs and photos and video channels and live streams and status updates from friends into an exquisitely sorted information management system. Both of those software interfaces can exist and everyone keeps plugging along happily. That's the web I want.
web  decentralization  activitypub  interoperability  diversity  yes  via:mastodon 
6 weeks ago
Statement from Mayor London Breed Opposing Proposition C
Deeply disappointing statement from Mayor Breed, using generic and misleading arguments to oppose funding to address homelessness. "Lacks accountability" is especially strange -- Breed is our mayor, if she wants to review or audit how we spend money, she can do so today.
disappointing  politics  sf  housing  homelessness 
6 weeks ago
Adactio: Journal—Declaration
(Another suggestion of a declarative input type for geolocation.)
via:feedbin  web  privacy  geolocation 
6 weeks ago
Rent control isn't the answer to California's housing crisis, but it could help. Yes on Prop 10
Proposition 10 isn’t the solution to the state’s affordable housing crisis, but it is a valuable tool to manage the consequences.
It's so rare to see a concise, subtle, well-informed argument in a newspaper. Not a solution, but will help -- yes!
housing  latimes  rentcontrol  politics  sf 
9 weeks ago
RFC 3233 - Defining the IETF
It is important to note that the IETF is not a corporation: it is an unincorporated, freestanding organization.
ietf  standards  rfc  organization 
11 weeks ago
The Meaning of Interoperability – Jory Burson – Medium
Different kinds of interoperability are needed, to go along with technical interoperability.
standards  interoperability  web  organizations  via:mastodon 
11 weeks ago
A Turning Point for Humanity: Redefining the World’s Measurement System | NIST
It's really a pretty fascinating story, both how these measurements of standards got started, and the current push (almost finished!) to redefine the remaining ones based on physical constants.
standards  si  meter  kilogram  kelvin  ampere  nist 
11 weeks ago
California homeowners get to pass low property taxes to their kids. It's proved highly profitable to an elite group
Another disgraceful piece of our state law, set by proposition, that enables rich dynasties to continue paying almost nothing in taxes, while they pass down multi-million dollar beach-front homes that they rent out while living elsewhere. Disgusting.
latimes  inequality  housing  california  taxes  wealth  prop13 
august 2018
Effective Standards Work, Part 2: Threading the Needle | Infrequently Noted
An argument for having more impact on Web features by working iteratively on feature designs outside of a traditional standard-setting process, with some explanation as to how those actually work and some complaints.

There’s a meta-critique of formal standards and the defacto-exclusionary processes used to create them. This series didn’t deal in it deeply because doing so would require a long digression into the laws surrounding anti-trust and competition.
standards  web  w3c  via:octodon  wicg  whatwg  multistakeholder  participation 
august 2018
How the Internet Got Its Rules - The New York Times
On the history of Requests for Comments, by Steve Crocker.
internet  standards  rfcs  ietf  nytimes 
august 2018
Trump's Treasury Department Hands Banks a Windfall | Capital & Main
Banking is not a "financial service", according to the administration, at least with respect to massive tax cuts that rich owners of banks were hoping for.
banking  taxes  corruption  politics  finance 
august 2018
inessential: The Public Square
Twitter is *not* the public square. It just wants you to think it is. The web itself is the public square.
via:feedbin  web  twitter  facebook  socialmedia  decentralization  freeexpression  harassment 
august 2018
Smarter search for the open web
Search engines or other indexing tools could provide useful functionality for back-of-the-book style indexes and blogrolls of how blogs are connected by links.
via:feedbin  davewiner  web  search  indexing 
august 2018
In Memoriam: Gervase Markham | Mitchell's Blog
An in memoriam with a frank and candid treatment of the good and the difficult in a colleague.
via:feedbin  mozilla  elegy  inmemoriam 
august 2018
Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change
Neil Postman's talk sets out some ideas about technological change, of the style of considering it as a series of trade-offs. Some of this just reads as religious conservatism (he's speaking to theologians) or ludditism, but other parts are traditional and well-put philosophy of technology arguments about technology as a process of changing the world.
via:feedbin  technology  change  ortegaygasset  kottke  religion  socialmedia 
august 2018
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