Please Stop Inventing New Software Licences

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Binary code displayed on a screen.

A few weeks ago, I received an unsolicited email inviting me to try out an exciting new “quantum resistant” cryptography app called Cyph. Because I hate myself, I signed up. Of particular interest to me was the fact that the homepage loudly proclaimed that it was “Open Source” – and had a public GitHub repo.…

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Do any Open Source Licences require source history?

by @edent | # # # | 10 comments | Read ~2,128 times.
Binary code displayed on a screen.

A question to the void. Are you entitled to get the source history of open source projects? Lots of Open Source licences give the consumer of software the right to a copy of the source code. For example, GPLv3 says that distributors of software have to: give anyone who possesses the object code … a…

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Howto: Disable image pop-ups in WordPress comments

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An mshots popup obscuring the screen.

If you have the Akismet spam plugin for WordPress, you’ll be familiar with this problem. When your mouse pointer goes over any URL, you get a large website preview taking over parts of your screen. I asked for a way to turn this off and I’m happy to say the developers listened! Sadly, there’s no…

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We’ve built a towering pile of shite

by @edent | # # | 21 comments | Read ~16,805 times.
A pet cat typing on a computer keyboard.

This a rant, written at midnight, after battling software errors. Set your profanity filters accordingly. I despair over the state of software engineering – specifically, stability. We seem to have lost the understanding that computers are there to do the hard work for us. And I don’t think we ever believed in a user-centred approach…

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There’s nothing I hate more than text config files

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A GUI for creating webhooks.

I’m going to revisit an argument I had in… Ooooh… 2001ish? I wanted to make some edits to my university’s fledging student union website. In order to do this, I needed to learn the arcane art of SSH. This was one of my first introductions to text based config files. I was horrified! A single…

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No software licence will save you from hyperbolic doubt

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Imagine that you’re a spotty 16 year-old. You’ve just discovered philosophy. You will almost certainly have a conversation like this… Dude… DUDE! What if… What if, like, we’re all just brains in a jar and, like, a machine is projecting reality around us…? Whoa…! I bet you’ve had that conversation with someone. Probably after you…

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Improving WordPress Video Accessibility

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A video with an easy to see play button.

In order to provide a video playback UI, WordPress uses the excellent MediaElement library. Recently, I discovered a slightly annoying flaw – I couldn’t see the play button! Here’s a screenshot of the video UI. In the middle of this screenshot is a white play button. I have trouble seeing it, because the video’s background…

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A small accessibility improvement to WordPress

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An upload screen - there's a large text box for the image description.

My mate, the accessibility specialist Léonie Watson, has this to say about how we improve the world, piece-by-piece: Accessibility doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be a little bit better than yesterday. Source: Twitter Damn straight! One of the best ways we can make tomorrow slightly better than today is by making…

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HOWTO: Add sponsorship to a GitHub project

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Sponsorship options for OpenBenches.

I’ve just seen that I can now add sponsorship to my GitHub projects. Here’s a quick guide to how it works: Repo settings There’s now a new option in your repository settings. Tick the box and click the button. Easy! WTF is YAML? This is a bit of a weird one. To set up sponsorship,…

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