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Smartphones, social media and children. Yes, it is that bad!

If you have children you should read this article, really!

A very small excerpt;

Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.

So If you have children you should really read this article!

Loading webfonts just for a title? Switch to SVG instead.

So I wanted to replace a site’s (*) main title which required some fancy font (Courgette!) to be downloaded, by an SVG image.

Here’s what I did;

  1. make a screenshot of the node in Firefox Developer Tools -> Inspector -> select node -> click “screenshot node” in context menu
  2. convert the png-file into svg at result being a 6.93KB file.
  3. optimize the svg at resulting in a 3.1KB file (see above image) which remains crispy at whatever size.
  4. added the SVG as background image (not inline though, might do that next) and set “visibility” of the logo->a->h3 (which has the title in it as text) to “hidden”
  5. ticked Autoptimize’s “remove Google Fonts”-option (which also removed a slew of other unwanted requests for fonts)

(*) The site is my wife’s which is an offspring of her successful “De Boekenjagers” Facebook group where people hide books for others to find (hunt) and share info about that. 27 000 members and counting, proud of my Veerleken!

Autoptimize Power-Up sneak peek; Noptimize

In case you’re wondering if those Autoptimize Power-Ups are still coming and if so how they’ll look like and what they’ll do;

AO powerup sneak peak: noptimize

So some quick pointers;

  • Power-Ups will be installed as separate plugins and will obviously require some sort of registration, payment and license key activation (still to be developed, will either be EDD or Freemius-based)
  • Once installed, they will appear as tabs on Autoptimize’s settings page (no clutter in your menu’s!)
  • You can actually see 2 Power-Up-tabs in this screenshot;
    1. the active one is “Noptimize” and will allow you to configure which URL’s shouldn’t be optimized (either entirely or just CSS or JS).
    2. The inactive tab is for “SpeedUp” which … speeds up the creation of uncached autoptimized files immensely.
  • Other Power-Ups that are on the table are
    1. Critical CSS” to enable you to define “above the fold CSS” for different types of pages (posts, pages, homepage, archives, …)
    2. Whitelist” which lets you specify what JS or CSS to optimize (“known good”), making sure unknown code is never autoptimized
    3. HTTP/2” which will have logic to take the most advantage of what HTTP/2 has to offer, although (part of) this might go into AO proper.

Next steps for me; register my “secondary activity as independent” (as I still have an official day-time job), get in touch with an accountant, decide on EDD vs Freemius, set up shop on (probably including bbpress for support) and determine pricing (thinking a Euro/month actually for each PowerUp, what do you think?).

Exiting times ahead …

I Am A Cyclist, And I Am Here To Fuck You Up

I Am A Cyclist, And I Am Here To Fuck You Up
It is morning. You are slow-rolling off the exit ramp, nearing the end of the long-ass commute from your suburban enclave. You have seen the rise of the city grow larger and larger in your windshield as you crawled through sixteen miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic. You foolishly believed that, now that you are in the city, your hellish morning drive is coming to an end. Just then! I emerge from nowhere to whirr past you at twenty-two fucking miles per hour, passing twelve carlengths to the stoplight that has kept you prisoner for three cycles of green-yellow-red. The second the light says go, I am GOING, flying, leaving your sensible, American, normal vehicle in my dust.

Vouwfiets-dilemma’s 2015

Na 5 jaar vouwfietsen, naar schatting 23.000 km en 3 nieuwe stuurscharnieren (!) heb ik mijn Dahon Vitesse D7HG dan toch vervangen. Ik heb getwijfeld of ik dan toch voor Brompton zou gaan, maar zelfs het basismodel kost bijna dubbel zoveel en rekening houdend met de opties die ik zou moeten bijbetalen, mijn fietskilometers, het terrein (Brussel is veeleisend voor fiets en berijder) en mijn … slijtige rijstijl, zie ik me die extra investering daar absoluut niet uithalen. Oud (2010) en nieuw (2015) nog even samen Een nieuwe Dahon Vitesse D7HG dus (en ja, opnieuw met die Shimano Nexus 7-speed internal hub, wie zou er nu om god nog met een derailleur willen rondrijden?), maar daar stopte het twijfelen niet; meer dan 20% goedkoper (!) online kopen, of voor de fietsenmaker om de hoek kiezen. Het is de fietsenmaker geworden; voor reparaties onder garantie (stuurscharnieren, bijvoorbeeld) moet je bij de online winkel de fiets opsturen en ben je hem al gauw enkele weken kwijt. En voor gewone reparaties ben ik daar de afgelopen 5 jaar (en daarvoor, met mijn andere fietsen) ondanks de drukte altijd snel, goed en goedkoop geholpen. Nee, die 20% investering in de beste service-na-verkoop (en in de lokale economie), die haal ik er dan wel weer uit.