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The web isn’t just another software platform. It’s the greatest software platform the world has ever seen. No permissions, no masters, readable source code. Let’s protect the heritage, work in its service, and remind ourselves just what a marvel it all really is.


When every chat app in the world has died off, email will still be here.


It's the worst of times and the best of times in tech right now. Big tech and a horde of zombie unicorns, backed by vulture capital, are spoiling our internet, stealing our data, and robbing their workers. But there's finally a seed of hope in the awareness that's growing.


The Safari team doesn't get quite enough credit for how much nicer Reader View makes browsing the modern ad-infested web. SHIFT+CMD+R and all the visual pain goes away ❤️.


You don't have to be a luddite to think that maybe, just maybe, having these vast centralized platforms built on user-generated content and optimized for engagement was the internet taking a dark turn for the worse.


Treating the web as a “compile target” washes away much of what‘s so special about it. Reducing the web to just another closed platform, like Windows or iOS, is to be blind to its truly unique shape and promise. Let’s cherish what made the web special, not pave it over.


The argument isn't that web-based apps are "better", it's that they enable small teams to actually "Write Once", like Java promised 😄


The hardest part of working with the web is to realize just how much the original premise was right. From decentralization to View Source to URLs. Still unpacking the beauty of these foundational ideas. (Same holds true for email.)


We need a diversity of browsers, programming languages, web frameworks, paradigms, and people to keep the internet healthy.


End-to-end encryption protects us from all snooping eyes. Protection from the government is not a mistake, but prime objective.

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