Mark Smith's Linkblog

Saturday 26th February, 2022 #

  • ๐Ÿš€ Update to my poem: โ€œThis poem will be the last that I ever write so as to try to avoid even more abuse than is currentky beibg inflicted upon me. Cruelty should not be encouraged. Cruelty in the world is very real, I am absokutely certain if that now.โ€
  • ๐Ÿš€ Latest Newsletter: Saturday 26th February, 2022 - Branding, marketing, the future of tech and cyberwar

Tuesday 10th August, 2021 #

  • Appleโ€™s Mistake - Ben Thompson on the Apple CSAM fiasco - โ€œApple is compromising the phone that you and I own and operate, without any of us having a say in the matterโ€
  • Shop Talk Show Ep #475 - Ben Hongโ€™s Views on Vue, VuePress, Nuxt, Petite Vue, Shopify + Netlify, and Static Hosting - Linking to this because listening to a webdev podcast cheered me up a bit
  • I got my device charged again, but I had to position the power cable in the weirdest and most contorted way, every moment could be my last, I hate this situation

Monday 9th August, 2021 #

  • Appleโ€™s New โ€˜Child Safetyโ€™ Initiatives, and the Slippery Slope - Iโ€™m down to 2% power now, havenโ€™t had time to read this article, I always said the internet would be shutdown by people trying to โ€˜protectโ€™ children, looks like my final link is all about that, Goodbye World

Sunday 8th August, 2021 #

  • Itโ€™s that weekly thing again where my power cable stops working right after I publish the newsletter, still no place open to buy power cables, just spent over an hour trying to get my device charging, down to 8% power now, looks like this is how it all ends, goodbye cruel cruel world, maybe other worlds are available, I just want to build websites, surely thatโ€™s not too much to ask

Saturday 7th August, 2021 #

  • ๐Ÿš€ My javascript / tech / web development newsletter for 2021-08-07 is out!
  • Jamstack Radio Podcast Ep #84 - The New Web with Harrison Hines of Fleek - Most crypto stuff is focussed on finance, but this episode is concentrated on using blockchain based technologies and open protocols to build websites and apps on a stack that essentially replaces the Web 2.0 stack we have been using for the past decade - Includes quite a bit of practical advice on how to get started in this space
  • Tropical MBA Podcast Ep #609 - Is DeFi the Future of Finance? - Learnt some new stuff listening to this including CeFi vs DeFi and what stablecoins are and why they are useful

Friday 6th August, 2021 #

  • Power cable on the blink again, down to 10% battery, still nowhere open to buy a new cable
  • Can GitHub Copilot Crack a Facebook Coding Interview? - Has sone animated gifs showing Copilot in action, it certainly looks impressive, my first thought is that if everyone is using such tools, will they really know the codebase they are working on, wonโ€™t it just result in people having a very superficial understanding?
  • FSF-funded call for white papers on philosophical and legal questions around Copilot - I think this might be interesting to watch, especially if you are a developer, because itโ€™s a serious effort to investigate the implications of using AI in software development tools, and they outline sone really interesting questions around freedom that arise with these new tools, all selected/published papers will receive $500
  • London Hard Fork on Ethereum Now Live - The changes are expected to make the crypto currency more stable

Thursday 5th August, 2021 #

  • Conversations with Tyler Podcast - David Deutsch on Multiple Worlds and Our Place in Them - I enjoyed this podcast a lot, and was struck by several things (1) the many worlds theory is quite weird to think about, it has some very unexpected and strange sounding aspects (2) I found the exploration of where philosophy meets physics enlightening, both from a historical perspective, but also how practically important it is that both these disciplines are functioning well, and (3) itโ€™s amazing and also scary to me that itโ€™s possible to have a mastery of subjects such as reality, evolution & freedom that is comparable to how I feel about web development, with the ability to know clearly and precisely which parts you know about, which parts you donโ€™t, which parts require further experimentation and debugging, something which David certainly appears to have, hopefully he has some incredible refactoring tools to help with his institution and government systems building

Wednesday 4th August, 2021 #

  • Ninja Tune Podcast - Mind w/ ELKKA, Percolate, Yaya Bey & Peach - Interesting conversation about mental health in the electronic music industry, I feel like the conversation was a lot more real than some of the similar efforts Iโ€™ve heard from software / web development
  • The situation in HCMC Vietnam where I am is rather dire, everything everywhere I go is shut, the only cooked food I can buy is literally fried eggs and hot dogs, itโ€™s been like this for around 2 weeks, just wanted to make a public note of that here
  • Deviate with Rolf Potts Podcast Ep #169 - The Olympics started out as a travel fest - All about the ancient Greek Games - Very topical since the Tokyo Olympics games are currently happening, this is a great exploration of the ancient games that ran for 1200 years without break, looking at specific details to get a sense of the culture of the time, how it was intertwined with philosophy and life in general, and how it affected politics across the world - I was very surprised how interesting this part of history is and how much it has shaped the modern world

Tuesday 3rd August, 2021 #

  • The most unbelievable things about life before smartphones - Of course so much has changed over the past 20 years or so, but it has happened bit by bit, so you almost donโ€™t realise the enormity of it all, this article does a phenomenal job of describing just how drastic that change has been, by highlighting specific details of every day life - Itโ€™s scarily accurate