August 1, 2019

Poor web performance is unethical

Tim Kadlec makes a great point about the Ethics of Web Performance:

There is a growing gap between what a high-end device can handle and what a middle to low-end device can handle. When we build sites and applications that include a lot of CPU-bound tasks[…], at best, those sites and applications become painfully slow on people using those more affordable, more constrained devices. At worst, we ensure that our site will not work for them at all.

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» A Chinese video blogger pretending to be a young beauty queen was revealed to be a middle-aged woman as her filter failed during a live stream, which tells you a lot about where we are headed as a society.

A few years ago there was a case where a woman was pretending to be a single man by using a voice changing software with Skype - enabling a filter to change the appearance while being live on air is a completely different level though.

(Update: Beauty filter are common among chinese vloggers, and this might very well have been a deliberate Public Relations stunt. )

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July 30, 2019

Reloading on the Simulator without shaking the device

I recently took the train to Munich, a 7-hour-ride, and I took the opportunity to working on a React Native project during the journey. Since I could not see myself shaking my phone every few minutes in front of strangers for the better part of the day, I researched a bit and found the following neat trick:

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July 29, 2019

Should you make optimistic estimates?

When being confronted with two alternatives - providing an estimate which feels optimistic or one which feels pessimistic - prefer the pessimistic approach over giving optimistic estimates to keep things predictable and avoid chaos. Here’s why.

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July 27, 2019

Back to Blogging!

I started my first blog in 20098. Back then, setting up a blog was a tedious effort, as you had to set up and maintain the server, the database and the software yourself. I only used it infrequently, but it helped me focus on current topics and mentally put things in a certain order.

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