Monica

I’ve started hosting the excellent Monica. Monica is a CRM tool for your personal contacts. It allows you to track interactions, remind yourself of birthdays and track relationships between you and your contacts.

This kind of tool is great for me because I have a limited memory when it comes to relationships, and this tool acts as my external memory for all the details I don’t tend to remember. Things like pet names, parents, birthdays, conversations, money owed… etc.

Good stuff!

WordPress Plugins

I get it. You need to make money. As an open-source developer, you have limited options. However, if you advertise to me in a big banner for your service, like above. Sorry, but you’re going to go.

delete from wp_options where option_name like 'updraft%';

I’ll just go back to doing server snapshots.

Something I’ve been looking for a while, now, is having a place to store bookmarks. There are lots of tools, but tools like Firefox Sync, MSEdge sync and Apple’s iCloud Bookmarks, all have limitations around their browsers. Right now, I’m using mixed platforms. While the obvious solution would be to standardize, I don’t have the kind of money to make that happen right now.

Enter LinkAce. Actually, a couple of other tools entered, and then left the picture prior to that. It’s a simple web service that gathers bookmarks, checks them for validity and even links them to the Wayback Machine in case something changed. Exactly what I want.

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Yeah, I stood up a new Gitea instance, again. Things have improved since last time. I’ve got a Lightsail instance that I don’t have to worry too much about. Especially if my home connection has issues, or, lord forbid, my server getting hacked and allowing the attacker onto my network proper.

It’s not as painless as Github, but it does work well. I’m using it in conjunction with my edits to the TwentyTwentyOne child-theme I’m using on this site. Ultimately, I feel like these are just toys to play with that are, at some points, useful.

Let’s see how long this lasts.

A World Without CSS or JavaScript

Would the world be better without these tools? Not too long ago, I might have agreed with that. The problem is people, not (entirely) the technology.

Kev recently posted about a designer’s thoughts on a style-less and javascript-less world. A world in which every page looks like something straight out of the 1980’s. While the idea behind these thoughts is sound: The current system allows for abuse and is often used harmfully. The problem with this thinking is that regardless of the medium, humans will abuse it to the maximum extent to get what they want. HTML is easy to abuse, and other formats that try and slim it down more, like Gemini and Markdown are still very abusable.

Ultimately, I think that Bradely is too close to the problem. As a designer, I can imagine that seeing such abuses daily, in and around your own work, and work of others in your peer group, can really drain the love of the craft out of your life.