Ben Szymanski

I have much more to say on this and will present my findings soon. But wow are we toast.

Ben Szymanski

Today it came to my attention that an entire sea worth of open source software, an entire era of once valid and successful open source software, has withered on the vine.

Ben Szymanski

The only thing I can think is that this is going to lead to a new wave of open-source CMSes as people start to experiment a little bit more again.

Ben Szymanski

As more CMSes move to a SaaS model, I am SHOCKED at how high they are pricing them. We've gone from a norm of tons of free, open-source CMSes, to a world where a CMS as SaaS costs $50/mo for a "Blog" package or $240/mo for a "Starter" package. Insanity!

Ben Szymanski

There are likely more, and I will be expanding this list at some point.

Ben Szymanski

There are at least two indicators that make for a measurable quality of life. The first is highly filtered water using something better than a junk Britta. The second is a regularly vacuumed mattress.

Ben Szymanski

The world is not boring, YOU are boring for paying attention to nothing!

Ben Szymanski

Anyway, I just wanted to share my story of how I got into web development. #confession #webdev

Ben Szymanski

I did this for a maybe five or six sites, then made them all link to each other circularly. The dream was to make websites so large that it took forever to download. This vision was only realized by dial-up users as cable users could load that just fine.

Ben Szymanski

There was a time in 2005 or 2006 that I made about half a dozen geocities accounts over the winter break in high school. I would find very large multi-megabyte pictures of mountains and embed the images into webpages, as many as I could into the 10 MB sto

Ben Szymanski

For myself, I used to love Mac development (this does not include iOS). Obj-C was strange coming from a C++ world, but I was still a very fresh programmer and barely knew OOP, let along DS & algo. But I got there eventually.

Ben Szymanski

But I won't be investing any more time or attention into dev-ing native Apple software because they treat devs like shit. Web is the only place to go and should be the first place any dev launches their work (exception for intense multimedia apps).

Edited 3/25/2022 at 1:20 am
Ben Szymanski

Then Swift came along and took all the enjoyment out of it, which was really the turning point for me. Then the bottom really fell out in the 3rd party Apple software market. I’ve always really been a web dev, even if I bitch about it from time to time.

Ben Szymanski

Really, the App Store and Apple platforms are set up today for people who have an existing product or service and simply need to extend a “richer” experience to their existing customers.

Ben Szymanski

He likes native software, and the web shouldn’t attempt to imitate. Fine. But ask any native dev how their software is selling on iOS and the Mac these days. Why should 3rd party devs put attention on either platform? https://twitter.com/xenadu02/status

Ben Szymanski

However you don't even to look at API count benchmarks to know that this is also true. Ask any front end dev about iOS. https://twitter.com/slightlylate/status/1191027005342404608?s=21

Ben Szymanski

This is true. https://twitter.com/xenadu02/status/1191067804285358080?s=20

Ben Szymanski

The best way to get rid of spare change is to wait until night falls, when the streets are empty, then go get groceries and dump it by the fistful into the self-check machines.

Ben Szymanski

I want you to imagine your 80+ year old neighbor cruising their inbox looking at badly photoshopped and badly drawn images. This is you on twitter.

Ben Szymanski

Folks of older persuasion love memes just as much as the social media connected millennial does, they just like them in email chains with 50+ people they don't know.