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Toot of the Week
Give a man a fish. Sure, why not? Go around giving strangers weird fish gifts. Who cares— @email@example.com
Memory Safe Languages in Android 13
Jeffrey Vander Stoep about the effect the switch to memory safe languages (i.e. Rust) had on memory safety vulnerabilities and speed. If you only read one article from this newsletter, make it this one.
How much does Rust's bounds checking actually cost?
The author benchmarks a complex test with over 1k bound checks against the same test with bounds checks disabled.
WebAssembly: TinyGo vs Rust vs AssemblyScript
Sebastian Scheibe benchmarks different languages compiled to WebAssembly.
Threads and messages with Rust and WebAssembly
Joe Neeman about Threads in WASM and communication performance.
Measuring the overhead of HashMaps in Rust
nicholas measured the overhead of using a HashMap and BTreeMap in Rust.
Git Notes: git's coolest, most unloved feature
Tyler Cipriani explains git notes and possible use cases. Thanks, Lukas!
OKLCH in CSS: why we moved from RGB and HSL
Andrey Sitnik and Travis Turner about the new
oklab color space in CSS and why it’s better than everything else.
Developer Experience Infrastructure (DXI)
Kenneth Auchenberg explain what DX means in 2022 and coins a new acronym for Developer Experience Infrastructure: DXI
Why Twitter Didn’t Go Down: From a Real Twitter SRE
Matthew’s Writing explains the automations and safety measures in place for the caches at Twitter.
Using Server Sent Events to Simplify Real-time Streaming at Scale
Bao explains how Shopify used Server Sent Events (SSE) at scale for the Black Friday Cyber Monday Live Map.
Cutting Room Floor
PSA: Do Not Use Services That Hate The Internet
Jamie Zawinski about Hive and Post and why you should not use them.
Warning: do not use Hive Social
Zerforschung found a number of critical vulnerabilities, including editing other people's posts, which were ignored until Hive deactivated their servers.
‘Goblin Mode’: A State of Not Caring What Other People Think
Ben Zimmer about the origins of the term "Goblin Mode".
why Japan's internet is weirdly designed
Sabrina Cruz explains why Japanese websites look different than the rest of the world.
In 2022, I thought a lot about my Mum, the internet and a cashless society
A story about a woman that never got into technology and how society is ignorant of these people.
Photography for geeks
An introduction into photography with example images that illustrate the effect of different techniques.
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