Tag Archive for ‘The Open Web’

Sites That Ban Linking to Them ➝

Malcolm Coles:

10+ years ago I created an annual list of websites that FORBADE you from linking to them, DEMANDED you write to ask for permission or LIMITED links to only their home page. Royal Mail even promised to post me a paper licence.

Now a decade has passed, let’s see who’s still doing it … And yes I’ve linked to your websites to prove this. Uh oh.

Some people don’t understand how the web works.

➝ Source: malcolmcoles.com

Dial-Up Is Still, Just Barely, a Thing ➝

Lewin Day, writing on Hackaday:

Despite significant advancements in telecommunications technology, there are still many regions in the U.S. where geographical challenges and the high cost of infrastructure development make it difficult for service providers to offer typical broadband or wireless services. In these areas, dial-up internet becomes the only feasible option for connecting to the digital world. For context, in 2019, census figures suggested just 0.2% of households used dial-up internet, a number surely even smaller today.

My grandparents were using dial-up internet up until just a few years ago when they switched to a cellular provider.

➝ Source: hackaday.com

Apple Walks Back Decision to Disable Home Screen Web Apps in the EU ➝

I’m glad they changed their mind on this. Although, ideally, iOS would give users in the EU and the rest of the world the option to choose whether Home Screen bookmarks open in your default browser or in a full screen, chrome-less Safari view.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

iOS 17.4 Changes PWAs to Shortcuts in EU ➝

Michael Tsai:

Apple had two years or so to prepare for the DMA, but they “had to” to remove the feature entirely (and throw away user data) rather than give the third-party API parity with what Safari can do. I find the privacy argument totally unconvincing because the alternative they chose is to put all the sites in the same browser. If you’re concerned about buggy data isolation or permissions, isn’t this even worse?

I don’t understand what Apple’s end game is with this and the rest of their “compliance” with the DMA. It seems foolish to expect regulators in the EU to turn a blind eye to Apple’s changes, which are obviously outside of the spirit the DMA’s intentions.

Users are irritated, developers are irritated, and I would expect regulators to be irritated as well. It seems inevitable that there will be further action from the EU to force Apple’s hand, so what’s the point? Is the goal just to get as much revenue from the App Store as they can before they have no other option but to truly level the playing field? That seems so incredibly short-sighted when you consider the bridges that they’re burning along the way.

➝ Source: mjtsai.com

‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ Returns to the Open Web ➝

No longer a Spotify exclusive, The Joe Rogan Experience is available wherever you get your podcasts. The show’s RSS feed is active again with the latest episodes, which means it’s actually a podcast again.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

ActivityPub Has Momentum ➝

I completely agree with Colin Devroe here. ActivityPub is the one protocol that seems to have all the momentum right now. There’s so much pointing to it as the likely future of social networking and I’m glad I jumped into it when I did.

➝ Source: cdevroe.com

ActivityPub Performance Tweaks for WordPress ➝

Jan Boddez:

Some things to consider when enabling ActivityPub on a self-hosted WordPress install.

Rather than, say, RSS feeds, ActivityPub is push-based, at least in part. (Yes, I know about WebSub, but let’s continue.)

As a result, your server will be reaching out to, possibly, a whole lot of other servers whenever you publish new content.

On top of that, whenever one of your posts gets “boosted,” a whole lot of other servers may try and fetch (or GET) that post’s JSON representation.

If, like me, you’re on a smallish VPS or shared hosting package, you will almost certainly see a performance hit (or worse).

I’ve considered implementing ActivityPub here on Initial Charge, but don’t want to worry about the performance implications and am unsure of whether it would be a hinderance to discoverability.

I’m just cross-posting headlines to a Mastodon account for now. But if I decide to go the native ActivityPub route in WordPress, I’m sure these suggestions from Jan will be helpful.

➝ Source: jan.boddez.net

Stop France From Forcing Browsers to Censor Websites ➝


The French government is working on a law that could threaten the free internet. The so-called SREN bill (‘Projet de loi visant à sécuriser et réguler l’espace numérique’) would require web browsers – like Mozilla’s Firefox – to block websites in the browsers themselves. It would set a dangerous precedent, providing a playbook for other governments to also turn browsers like Firefox into censorship tools.

I’d like to see a lot more of this version of Mozilla and a lot less of the other.

➝ Source: foundation.mozilla.org