The intent of the GDPR was to improve people's privacy online but the effect of it was every website now just has an annoying pop-up asking you to accept all cookies, and you have to click manage my cookies and uncheck everything and then click ok, and you have to do this every time because websites for some reason refuse to remember your preferences

Happy #GAAD. Go use a screen reader for a bit.

Windows: NVDA (third-party), Narrator
Linux: Orca
macOS, iOS: VoiceOver
Chrome OS: Chromevox
Android: TalkBack
KaiOS: Readout
emacs: emacspeak

No, you don’t have to turn off your screen on your first day. Maybe just move the screen away and reduce the font size, relying on the voice to read the text but using your eyes for layout. That’s a good first step.

The documentary "Rams" resonated with me during the first lockdown in 2020, when the shortcomings of our society became visible to everyone.

I watched it again and again. It prompted me to use my portfolio website to write about what I care most. I started with one blog post and continued with the series Design, Digested – and then its newsletter.

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From Gary Hustwit's LinkedIn:

"Legendary designer Dieter Rams is celebrating his 90th birthday this week, on May 20th. And it's become a tradition that on Dieter's birthday we show the documentary about him free worldwide. Since this is a big birthday, we're streaming it free all week!

Watch “Rams” free now through this Sunday, May 22nd:

Happy Birthday Dieter!"

What blows my mind about Mastodon is not so much its design or tech.

It's that people there read content that interests them and click links. I'm so used to the complete passivity, even apathy, of Twitter users, that what people do on Mastodon never ceases to amaze me.

#mastodon #fediverse

A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.

[ #mastodon #meta #tootorial #howto #mastopedia #mastotip ]

Trine Falbe: The Importance of Ethical Design
Trine Falbe shares her thoughts on the meaning of ethical design and the importance of fundamental respect for consumers in a time where people are starting to shy away from companies and organizations that use digital tools that do not align with their personal values.

Was very excited to read about all the interesting work that could be done for styling RSS feeds when @m2m wrote their blog. So when I helped launch the Hazard Podcast site this weekend I went all in on making a fully done-up podcast feed for the site:

Post about how I implemented the and on my static site. A few people expressed interest in such a write-up, I hope they weren't looking for something less dependent on third-parties...

This implementation works, I know what everything's doing and why. It's okay, but I'm aware it's the weakest part of my website, plus the only one where an actual third-party is involved.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy: @pete @tagomago @obsolete29 @CrowderSoup

i read a thing recently that blew my mind a little.
went something like:

people can imagine time travel to the past and one little act making massive differences in the timeline

but in their present they think even the greatest effort they can put in will not make any difference to the future

Design, Digested 29 is out! In this issue:

- The last design you’ll ever make
- Designing for the autistic community
- Cautionary tales from cryptoland
- The “tender technicians” of Nielsen Norman Group videos
- Covid-19: a tech post-mortem
- Occlusion Grotesque 2022
- Michał Dyjuk – Cows can smell the scent of death

During the first lockdown in 2020, @m2m and I were still living the UK. I kept a photo diary, that I published in July.

Little did I know that this photo project is also the last one I did. Somehow, I only take pictures sporadically now.

In Istanbul, Turkey, they made a statue in honor of the famous stray cat,Tombili, who sat in this position and watched people as they passed by.

"I want to be able to not have my phone on me, if I so choose. I want the battery to be allowed to die. I want the chance to be "disconnected" for as long and as often as I want. I want to be able to exist in the world without all the apps and barcodes and notifications and other mandatory distractions inflicted by the glowing black rectangle in my pocket.

Is that too much to ask?"

Just updated my blogroll: added Redecentralize Digest, a monthly digest that can be accessed via email newsletter, RSS feed or blog on their website.

During the process of leaving , I converted my newsetter archive by importing their .csv files and recreating the whole thing in HTML (plus RSS).

Doing this has revealed how little I appreciate how I've managed the newsletter so far. Weirdly, in a couple of years I've only had 2 people who unsubscribed.

So, I've decided to take the route @silviamaggi has taken from the beginning of her "Design, Digested" newsletter: 1 link about my initiatives, 2/3 curated links from the web.

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