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tuesday
01 Jun 2021
Caught in the Study Web every.to

Study Web is a vast, interconnected network of study-focused content and gathering spaces for students that spans platforms, disciplines, age groups, and countries.

Students seeking motivation, inspiration, focus, and support watch livestreams of a real person at their desk, studying; videos in the Study With Me genre are simultaneously streamed by thousands of students.

Or they join Discord communities, where they search for “study buddies,” share studying goals, and compete—by studying—for virtual rewards.

On Twitter, they swap study tips and seek out study “moots,” or mutuals, under the hashtag #StudyTwit.

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Caught in the Study Web
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Firefox Release 89.0 mozilla.org

Say hello to a fresh new Firefox, designed to get you where you want to go even faster. We’ve redesigned and modernized the core experience to be cleaner, more inviting, and easier to use.

Beginning in 89, you’ll notice a number of changes, including:

  • Simplified browser chrome and toolbar: Less frequently used items removed to focus on the most important navigation items.
  • Clear, streamlined menus: Re-organized and prioritized menu content according to usage. Updated labels and removed iconography.
  • Updated prompts: Infobars, panels, and modals have a cleaner design and clearer language.
  • Inspired tab design: Floating tabs neatly contain information and surface cues when you need them, like visual indicators for audio controls. The rounded design of the active tab supports focus and signals the ability to easily move the tab as needed.
  • Fewer interruptions: Reduced number of alerts and messages, so you can browse with fewer distractions.
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monday
31 May 2021
Ask HN: How do you remain secure while surfing the web news.ycombinator.com

What are some best practices to follow to keep your online identity secured while surfing the web

Many great advises to follow, including update your hosts file with something like this https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts

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Ask HN: How do you remain secure while surfing the web
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Ask HN: Most Valuable Jobs of 2025? news.ycombinator.com

Four years from now, what will be the most valuable job fields? AI? 6G? Biotech? Clean energy? Quantum computing? Something else entirely?

Interesting thread

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Ask HN: Most Valuable Jobs of 2025?
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Could Aleph.js be the next big React Framework? dev.to

A couple of months ago we covered Deno, a new JavaScript runtime that is attempting to dethrone Node.js as the de facto runtime for executing JavaScript. Ironically, Deno is being developed by Ryan Dahl, the same developer who made Node.js back in 2009.

Aleph.js is essentially just Next.js built on Deno

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Could Aleph.js be the next big React Framework?
Development
Try to avoid comments (most of the time) dev.to

Writing down a comment when you're coding might seem like you're going to help yourself or someone that might stumble upon your code, but, in reality, it might cause confusion and make your code less readable.

If you're just starting out with coding, you sometimes feel that you need to comment every line to get your point across. That's probably not the case most of the time and you're probably just adding unnecessary noise to your code.

Having comments in your codebase is something that requires constant attention. When you update a function, you must make sure you've updated its comment as well. That's why most of the comments you write go stale and just confuse you next time you bump into them.

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Development
PostGIS at 20, The Beginning blog.cleverelephant.ca

Twenty years ago today, the first email on the postgis users mailing list (at that time hosted on yahoogroups.com) was sent, announcing the first numbered release of PostGIS.

First, I started exploring whether there was an opportunity in the BC government for a consulting company that had skill with Oracle’s spatial features. BC was actually standardized on Oracle as the official database for all things governmental. But despite working with the local sales rep and looking for places where spatial might be of interest, we came up dry.

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CSS :is davidwalsh.name

You all remember this mindless CSS repetition:


section h1,
section h2, 
section h3,
article h1,
article h2,
article h3 {
  /* styles here */
}

I always loathed having to do that -- lots of maintenance cost and bloated CSS files. This is where :is comes to the rescue:


:is(section, article) :is(h1, h2, h3) {
  /* styles here */
}

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Development
sunday
30 May 2021
Boost and Fix Core Web Vital Issues waterfaller.dev

A superb tool indeed. Good UI with clear instructions and explanations. Worth trying!

Get your slow pages performing at their best to increase traffic, rank higher, and increase conversions.

Inspect Every File In The Waterfall An in-depth analysis covers every possible issue that could damage core web vitals. We scan the every file for over 30 checks related to speed, size, sequence, and context. Then we visualize this as an interactive waterfall to give you a comprehensive technical understanding of how the browser displays your page.

Waterfaller is used by site owners, project managers, and technical SEO professionals to find and fix core web vital issues.

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Boost and Fix Core Web Vital Issues
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Create AI videos by simply typing in text synthesia.io

World’s first text-to-video platform

With Synthesia you can create videos just from text in 40+ languages. Perfect for training and marketing videos.

Time and technology flies. We are now in a new era

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Create AI videos by simply typing in text
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