I browse the web a lot, and rely on apps and services a lot. It is not uncommon to come across phrases like “just $5/month” or “only $4/month” — and I roll my eyes each time.
I had created a static site a while ago called Bill My Pocket that aimed to show how discriminatory these prices are when you take into account the concept of purchasing power parity. PPP is not perfect in reality, so I only use Bill My Pocket as a quick barometer.
Currently, I'm considering cancelling my subscription of Standard Notes and have already expressed interest in self-hosting Plausible Analytics. I'm also due to cancel my YNAB subscription — because US$84/year is simply outrageous money.
Paying ~36 EUR and taking on the headache of maintaining a VPS with several services is far more preferable to me than paying US$48 or US$60 per year for a bundle of services each.
For context, if I paid US$60 each per year for just 5 services, I'd have paid the equivalent of one month's rent and maintenance in a well-kept society in the silicon valley of India. A month's rent!
On the flip side, even a small business like Migadu when they decided to charge money, they set a price that much of the developing world could afford too: US$19/year. Miniflux similarly charges just US$15/year.
If you have the privilege of sitting in meetings where a pricing model is chalked out, please consider that there is a world outside of the US and much of Europe. At the same time, it is true you owe nothing to anyone. You don't have to talk this idea down — just consider it and discard it if it doesn't fit your business model.
For several months now, I have delayed making my blogroll automatic. One of the argument levelled at blogrolls is that they are tedious to maintain. I agree, and wanted to take some effort out of this process.
A key difference is that I have my script mark some feeds as
recommended based on their feed IDs from my Miniflux reader. Then, these feeds are shown first as “Recommended Feeds,” followed by all the other feeds in a separate list.
I took this approach because listing 70 feeds does not help a visitor make a judgment on which feeds I really enjoy and which ones I read when I can. Over time, some feeds can languish in my blogroll even though I have stopped reading them; recommending a select few protects me from this kind of rust setting in too quickly.
Just a quick announcement:
I have added likes, replies, reposts and RSVPs to my microblog. My all-content feed (the one you likely follow from within your RSS reader) contains all of this. Despite this change, I do not think this feed will get overwhelming given how infrequently I post.
Anything that is not an article will be prefaced with its post type. For example, a like will appear as “Like: post-title-here” and a reply will appear as “Reply: post-title-here.” This will allow you to skip micro-posts quite quickly if a certain kind of post type doesn't interest you.
However, if you'd like to subscribe only to specific feeds anyway, for example the articles and the notes feed, that is possible. See the Follow My Blog page for all the available feeds.
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I struggle a lot with this too! I have a bunch of drafts that I don't think will ever get published any more because they're not good enough. It's been several months.
This keeps tripping me up!
I use liquid templates a lot. In a
capture block, the result of any operation will always be a string.
Then, if you check for truthy-ness of the captured variable down the line, you've got to compare it with a specific string:
capturedVariable == "true"
I'm not a huge fan of the whole full stack developer non-sense, but I am starting to see why it's in demand. For most things, you need a working knowledge of both.
Serverless of course closes the gap from the back-end further for us front-end developers. Exciting time to be witnessing this shift!
Perhaps what we do need to do is dispel the notion that a full-stack dev is great at both the front-end and the back-end. A healthy way to look at it would be to think of a full stack dev as understands one, masters other.
Both subjects have such a wide berth of knowledge. You're going to take time to truly get to a point where you're making good, long-term decisions on both sides of the half.