Liked Local Software and Gevulot by Ton Zijlstra

I need to write more extensively about two things that I for now want to link / bookmark here, both coming from Neil Mather.
One is local-first software, an article by Ink and Switch:
In this article we propose “local-first software”: a set of principles for software that enables both collaborat…

Liked a post by Kicks Condor

My latest HrefHunt! comes from readers like you—as well as a Twitter hash tag linked by This hash tag (and Twitter in general) is an easy way to share your links—but it’s frustrating to sift through.

Read Local-first software: You own your data, in spite of the cloud by Ink & Switch (

A new generation of collaborative software that allows users to retain ownership of their data.

I like this concept of “local-first software”.  This is a very comprehensive survey.

Foundational part of it are Conflict-free Replicated Data Types.  Can’t say I know a thing about the details, but they sound pretty good:

CRDTs emerged from academic computer science research in 2011. They are general-purpose data structures, like hash maps and lists, but the special thing about them is that they are multi-user from the ground up.

Just as packet switching was an enabling technology for the Internet and the web, or as capacitive touchscreens were an enabling technology for smartphones, so we think CRDTs may be the foundation for collaborative software that gives users full ownership of their data.

Quoted Into the Personal-Website-Verse by Matthias Ott (Matthias Ott – User Experience Designer)

Also, don’t hesitate to write about little ideas and observations that might seem too small or unimportant to share. We all have our unique perspectives and even the smallest experience is worth sharing.

This is so true.  Everyone brings a different perspective.  The view of someone completely new to a topic always shines new light.
Thinking about privacy, and what we choose to reveal and not reveal on online, following the session in Utrecht.  It made me remember ‘gevulot’ from the book The Quantum Thief.

Gevulot is a form of privacy practised in the Oubliette. It involved complex cryptography and the exchange of public and private keys, to ensure that individuals only shared that information or sensory data that they wished to. Gevulot was disabled in agoras.

Gevulot comes from Hebrew meaning “boundary”.

Listened Episode 14 – Once a Quarter by David ShanskeDavid Shanske

Our first episode since January. David Shanske and Chris Aldrich get caught up on some recent IndieWebCamps, an article about IndieWeb in The New Yorker, changes within WordPress, and upcoming events.

GWG: “If you’re not there, it isn’t raining”

Came for the IndieWeb.   Stayed for the poetry.

(Learned about some nice new features in IndieWeb WordPress too – including On This Day posts, and being able to have a feed where you exclude certain post types.)


Replied to Taking e-mail back, one user account at a time by Ton Zijlstra

Today I changed the way we use e-mail addresses for identification on-line.

Thanks for this writeup, Ton.  I have been using a gmail account as the firewall between the world and my real email account, but this looks like it could be even better.  I’m not particularly happy with some of my mail going through Gmail, even if it’s just for the more disposable accounts.
RSVPed Attending BarnCamp – Upgrade Your Activism – Rural skillsharing event in the Wye Valley

BarnCamp is a low-cost rural DIY skill-sharing event started by UK tech collective Hacktionlab. It is open to everyone: activists, campaigners, people involved in social and community groups, and anybody else with an interest in technology and how to subvert it and put it to good use. All skill levels are invited and we promise that workshops are not too geeky due to our infamous nerd gag

Looking forward to this!  Camping, tech, and activism, all in the lovely Wye Valley.

Last weekend was IndieWebCamp Utrecht. I went along and had a great time learning, hacking, and seeing some parts of Holland.

IndieWebCamps are brainstorming and building events where IndieWeb creators gather semi-regularly to meet in person, share ideas, and collaborate on IndieWeb design, UX, & code for their own sites. — IndieWebCamps

They’re a great way to learn more about the IndieWeb and also a great excuse to visit a new place you’ve never been before.

I travelled over on a rail and sail ticket from London -> Utrecht with an overnight ferry.  I went to IWC over the weekend, plus a day in Utrecht before, and a day in Rotterdam afterwards.

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