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Today the german hosting company "domainFactory" (dF) announced that they will stop supporting the old PHP Versions 4 and 5. dF is one of the last providers to do so.

So this comes as no surprise and I've been waiting for this moment for quite a while now: We have a couple of $clients that are running an old Version of the CMS "TYPO3" on hosting packages at domainFactory, and who won't update to a newer version, no matter how often we advised them. We have discussed, we pleaded, we stated more than once how important it ...

Status as a Service - Eugene Wei

A very interesting article by @eugenewei about social capital and how social networks tap into our need to compete and feel somewhat better than the rest.

We are now in late-stage performative Twitter, where nearly every tweet is hungry as hell for favorites and retweets, and everyone is a trained pundit or comedian. It's hot takes and cool proverbs all the way down. The harmless status update Twitter was a less thirsty scene but also not much of a business (…)
a social network should continue to prioritize distribution for the best content, whatever the definition of ...

Can “Indie” Social Media Save Us? – Cal Newport, The New Yorker

A nice article about the IndieWeb, published on a paywalled site ("you have three articles left this month") 🤷🏼‍♂️. I find it a bit too focussed on servers and social media platforms, but with the right angle about 'engineered adictiveness'.


(…) a loose collective of developers and techno-utopians that calls itself the IndieWeb has been creating another alternative. The movement’s affiliates are developing their own social-media platforms, which they say will preserve what’s good about social media while jettisoning what’s bad. They hope to rebuild social media according to principles that are less corporate and more humane.

Take back your web - Tantek Çelik @ Beyond Tellerrand Conference, Düsseldorf 2019

Empty row of red seats, in the background the Beyond Tellerrand Logo on a mirror above the bar

Watch this. Understand this.

For quite a while now I really think we are at a crucial point in the history of the web.

Beyond Tellerrand Düsseldorf 2019

Empty row of red seats, in the background the Beyond Tellerrand Logo on a mirror above the bar

For the ninth year I attended this great small conference about Web, Design and going beyond. Here are some notes and thoughts. Maybe I polish it later, but I want to get this out of my head.

These moments stuck with me - which does not mean that any talk that is not mentioned here didn't. This conference's iteration was very very very good, there was not one talk that wasn't great. All killers, no fillers. This here is just a first .brain { overflow: visible;}:

The Power of Metaphor - Mike Hill @Beyond Tellerrand Conference, Düsseldorf 2019

This talk yesterday kind of illustrated the frame for many of the stories that were told by the talks that followed.

The circle of stories, the archetypes, the whole 'going from the known to the unknown', the 'old self / new self' transformation, the dragon's den… there's a lot of that to be found in the (success) stories about the great creative works that followed on stage.

I love how Marc Thiele curates the talks of Beyond Tellerrand.
It is like putting together a tape for your crush, or making a set list. ...

Spidergawd - 14.3.19 @ Nachtleben, Frankfurt

Hand showing the "rock" two finger salute in front of the chest , wearing the Spidergawd logo T-Shirt

Wow. I knew that this was going to be a great evening, having watched plenty of live footage on the intertubes before, and having their albums on heavy rotation for quite a while now.

But little did I know HOW GOOD this evening would turn out.

Happy 30th Birthday, dear WWW

On this day, in 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal, that is widely regarded as the birth of the "web" as we know it.

Today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee published an article about the current state of "the web" and how the free and open transfer of information and knowledge is endangered by the current fights about rights, ownership, censorship and monitarization of data.

The web has become a public square, a library, a doctor’s office, a shop, a school, a design studio, an office, a cinema, a bank, and so much more. Of course with every new feature, ...

Fighting uphill - Eric Bailey

Digital accessibility is a niche practice. That’s not a value judgement, it’s just the way things are. Again, it’s hard to fault someone for creating an inaccessible experience if they simply haven’t learned the concept exists.
And yet, seventy percent of websites are non-compliant. It’s a shocking statistic. What if I told you that seventy percent of all bridges were structurally unsound?
Some engineers who work with physical materials have a reminder of the gravity of the decisions they make. They wear iron rings to remind them that they have an obligation to the public good, and that actual lives ...