Tag Archive for ‘Motherboard’

We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites ➝

I’ve been a huge fan of personal websites as an alternative to social networks for years and I think there’s never been a better time to jump in. It doesn’t mean you have to abandon social networks entirely, but I think the world would be a much better place if we all occasionally took the time to fully form our ideas and write them out in a longer format before sharing.

There is a bit of a barrier to entry, especially when you start buying domains, configuring DNS, and installing weblog software. But services like WordPress.com makes things quite a bit easier. And since WordPress.com is built on WordPress, you’ll always have the option to export your content and move to self-hosted if you decide that it’s a better fit for you down the line.

Full disclosure: I work for Automattic, providing support to users of WordPress.com. But I would have recommended it regardless. I’ve used WordPress for nearly twelve years now and WordPress.com is the easiest way to get a site up and running on the platform.

Behind the Scenes of iFixit’s iPhone X Teardown ➝

Motherboard documents iFixit’s process of acquiring and dissecting Apple’s latest iPhone each year.

(Via The Loop.)

Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted ➝

I don’t like the idea of Google encouraging all web developers to use encrypted protocols. I can understand this line of thinking for websites which feature user profiles and private communication — where the information transferred actually has a reason to be encrypted. But why should simple content sites be shamed into adding unnecessary complexity?

How to Fix Everything ➝

Motherboard’s Jason Koebler pens an incredible profile on iFixit and the overall electronics repair business.

Why Android Camera Phones Still Suck ➝

Evan Rodgers, writing for Motherboard:

The sensor your phone uses is only half the story. When you take a picture, your phone automatically compresses raw image data into a JPEG, effectively finalizing the image. In this split second, settings chosen by the phone manufacturer will adjust brightness, sharpness, and tone, and the rest of the data is thrown away. HTC royally boned itself with its image processing software, which overexposes shadows and murders detail with aggressive noise reduction and sharpening.

Camera quality is one of the many reasons I could never switch to Android. Apple has really hit it out of the park for years in that department and Android manufacturers almost feel resistant to do what’s necessary to catch up.