Blogs

This site contains two blogs. On this page you get a quick overview of them and their latest entries.

QuirksBlog

The QuirksBlog is my professional blog in which I write about web development and related topics, and occasionally about my personal life. I'm not really interested in keeping a personal blog, though, so the majority of the entries are about solidly techy stuff.

Why the political hackers and algorithm stories are bullshit

Permalink | in Society

Now that the fascists singularly failed to carry France despite a last-minute attempt at one of those terrifying, democracy-destroying “hacker” jobs against Macron it’s time to call out the hacker and algorithm stories for the bullshit they are.

It was clear from the outset that the Macron leak contained many false documents. What I didn’t find out until today was that many (all?) of those false documents were planted by the Macron campaign itself (scroll down to last paragraphs) in an apparent counter-phishing attempt. That proves the hackers aren’t terribly clever (and didn’t read French).

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Making input type=date complicated

Permalink | in HTML5

Everyone who’s ever messed around with dates knows that they are terribly user-hostile — not only for software developers, but also for users. True, users will be able to tell you their date of birth or today’s date without trouble, but ask them to fill them out in a web form and they will encounter problems.

Month first, day first, or year first? And what about slashes, dashes, and other separators? Usually the website engineer has a strong personal preference and enforces it religiously upon unsuspecting users with stern and incomprehensible error messages in a lurid shade of red that are too tiny for anyone over 25 to read.

(This article was originally published on Samsung Internet’s Medium channel. Since I do not believe Medium will survive in the long run I re-publish it here.)

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What is a web developer?

Permalink | in Web thinking

Last week I was the target of a good old-fashioned internet witch hunt when I dared to propose that you should be able to work without tools (frameworks, libraries, and so on) in order to be a web developer.

I’m not saying you should give up your tools and only work in raw CSS and JavaScript. Instead, I’m saying that you should be able to do so. That’s my definition of a web developer, and it’s what I fundamentally believe in and will stand up for — repeatedly, if necessary.

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Elsewhere on the 'Net

The Elsewhere on the 'Net blog contains many links to other interesting web development sites, articles, and resources.

16 March 2010

Opera Browser Standards support chart

19 February 2010

App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)

Touch web browser mega shootout: Surf's up

18 February 2010

Dispatches from the front line - War reporter checks in from smartphone battle zone

2 February 2010

How Internet Explorer 8 document mode affects JavaScript

31 January 2010

The Mobile App Store Landscape 5 years Ai (After the iPhone)

18 January 2010

Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android - Marketplace Comparison

RIM patent app will have you barely browsing the web at incredible speeds

NetFront Browser v4.0

8 January 2010

A Bloodbath for 2010: the Smartphone market preview

6 January 2010

Google's biggest announcement was not a phone, but a URL

5 January 2010

What’s Ahead for the Mobile Web in 2010?

Is there hope for Palm in the 2010 smartphone wars?

8 December 2009

The mobile data apocalypse, and what it means to you

Microsoft, EU Are Said to Modify Deal in Browser Case

See the Elsewhere homepage for older entries.