This week, Adobe released a new set of stats about ad blocking. These were the headline figures: Globally, the use of ad blocking software grew by 41% year over year. Usage in the United States grew 48% during the past year and Europe grew by 35%.
This is a fascinating use of Slack, via Michael Strickland. The NYTimes used Slack to write, edit and publish a live blog of last night’s Republican debate. They wrote a Chrome plugin to connect a Slack channel directly to their CMS.
Back in 2007, Joomla.org decided to stop listing any software that used license keys. They did this because they believed that license keys were incompatible with the GPL license. Fast forward to 2015 and many (most?) commercial WordPress plugins now use license keys. Some of these license keys just provide access to updates and support […]
Over the last 5 years, I’ve not missed a single episode of From Our Own Correspondent from the BBC. The brilliance of From Our Own Correspondent is its discipline: Each episode is 30 minutes long. Each episode has 5 segments from different countries. Each segment is about 5 1/2 minutes long. Each segment only ever […]
I keep hearing statements like this from open source developers: “This is complex software. If you don’t understand it, you shouldn’t be using it.” “Why not use the terminal to do this? If you’re building a website, it’s your responsibility to learn a few shell commands.” “There’s no way we’ll provide automatic updates. That’s the […]
Very. Very popular. DrupalGovCon, the main Drupal event in DC every year, is enjoying a record attedance today:
Richard Best has a really interesting post about how few WordPress developers understand the GPL: Theme and plugin shops deploy a range of approaches as to how they describe the GPL-licensing of their products, from good to not-so-good to bad. I’m not suggesting that all theme and plugin shops whose terms fall in the not-so-good […]
Stratechery does a good job of distinguishing between a platform (often very closed) and an ecosystem (open source software): I think there is an important distinction between platforms and ecosystems. While these words are often used interchangeably, I think of a platform as, well, a platform: something that is built upon. In the case of […]
Next week we leave Georgia after 10 years. My first experience of Georgia was as a kid. My grandparents loved, loved, loved “Gone With the Wind”. They had it on 4 or 5 VHS tapes and watched it almost weekly. Every 40 minutes the movie would stop, they’d get up and put in the next […]