Where I write about Facebook's Instant Articles

I’ve switched to blogging back on my old site (www.baldurbjarnason.com). The latest post there is Facebook and the media: united against the web. A few media websites have made a deal with Facebook to present their articles within Facebook’s iOS app instead of on their own websites. Apparently, it’s all the web’s fault. Although, it should be mentioned that Instant Articles are published only on Facebook’s iOS app and degrade gracefully into links to the media site’s original website elsewhere, so it isn’t nearly the wholesale assimilation of everything everywhere that people present it to be.

Idle Sunday thoughts about web trends

I’m packing my stuff into boxes. At the last minute, of course, since the truck arrives early tomorrow morning. While I’m packing, I’ve been listening to a variety of podcasts on web development. I don’t listen to these podcasts for their information. In between the casual banter and chat that surrounds the usual talking points, a sense of a cohesive and mature craft starts to form. The conversations surrounding the craft bring out the art in it.

The web has covered the basics — that’s why it’ll get harder from now

This is a combination of two posts I originally wrote on Medium. Re-posted here merely for my own archives. Feel free to ignore. “Tired of Safari” and “Apple’s Web?” The drama surrounding touch events is a long-standing one and Apple has done a good job of playing the villain in this particular farce. This is just one facet of the core problem with the web as an application platform: we will never have a unified web app platform.

Two questions on putting books on the web

I’ve put together a web version of Knights and Necromancers 1: Days of wild obedience. You can have a look at it here. Read the entire thing online. I decided to keep it simple, no javascript, just focus on making readable, linkable web pages. So, I have two questions for you: What do you think about the design? What do you think about offering full versions of ebooks for free on the web while charging for the EPUB/Kindle versions?

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