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Manton Reece


Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-20 19:03

Lunch at Lucy’s Fried Chicken, looking out at a very full Lake Travis. So much rain in Texas in the last week, surprised it’s not raining today.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-20 13:57

Yesterday we posted Core Intuition 348, checking on Daniel’s talk for Swift by Northwest and a longer discussion on finding time and the consequences for mistakes.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-18 15:11

After hitting my head against the wall for weeks trying to solve a coding problem, finally asked for help. 30 minutes later it was solved.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-18 03:16

Spurs fans can breathe a sigh of relief right now. Kawhi gone, 3 players injured in the preseason, but a good win tonight for the first game. It’s gonna be fine. 🏀

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-16 19:46

Have a lot of posts on your Micro.blog-hosted blog? You can now search on the web to find one of your old blog posts. Click “Posts” and look for the search box in the upper-right corner.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-16 18:24

Busy morning with meetings on another rainy day in Austin. Too much going on, but looking forward to the start of the NBA tonight! 🏀

Not just for bloggers

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-15 16:18

Sometimes I hear from people who decide Micro.blog isn’t for them because it’s “just for bloggers”. On the one hand, they aren’t wrong; it is partly a blog hosting platform. But I think that feedback reveals less that there’s a fundamental mismatch and more about how much we still need to improve the user experience. One of the key points of Micro.blog is to encourage more people to post content at their own site, even if traditional blogging tools were too much trouble for them.

There’s evidence that this part of the mission for Micro.blog is working. There are many people who could never get blogging to stick until they tried Micro.blog. Some of them are featured on the Micro Monday podcast.

Whether it’s Twitter-like posting, photo blogging, microcasting, or using Micro.blog as a full web site at a custom domain name, there are millions of people who would post more often if it was easier. If you tried Micro.blog a year ago, consider trying it again! It is significantly better now than it was at launch, and as it continues to improve I hope that many more people who “aren’t bloggers” will find a home at Micro.blog.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-15 15:49

On this week’s Micro Monday, Jean talks to @abouthalf about art, what he blogs about, and how he’s customized his microblog.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-12 19:35

New episode of Core Intuition on blogging, @danielpunkass’s series on Dark Mode, and preparing for conference talks.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-12 19:04

As some folks noticed late last night, I updated the Discover section on Micro.blog to have a better popup menu for choosing topics. It’s not the full list yet, but includes a bunch of the common ones.

Discover screenshot

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-11 21:44

Thanks to @danielpunkass for reminding me recently that sending replies should be faster on Micro.blog. I just deployed a change to fix this. Should be very fast now!

NaNoWriMo, gift subscriptions, and more on Micro.blog

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-11 17:25

Earlier this week I wrote about some behind-the-scenes Webmention changes that improve how replies are handled for external blogs, and yesterday we increased the storage for hosted podcasts. Today I’m rolling out some more visible new stuff on Micro.blog:

  • Added special sections of Discover for Inktober and NaNoWriMo. I love seeing the art that has been posted already, and we want to do more to encourage the writers on Micro.blog next month.
  • Added new invite link under “Plans” to invite someone to Micro.blog. If you already have a paid subscription you can pay for someone’s blog hosting for a year! We’ve heard from customers who want to offer this to friends or family to make it easier for them to get started blogging. It’s a one-time $50 payment, so $10-off the usual year-long subscription.
  • Added a progress spinner when loading the timeline on the web.
  • Added “…” button on the user profile page on the web with option to mute or report the user, matching what was recently added to the macOS version of Micro.blog.
  • Plus a few bug fixes and cleanup to make things run more smoothly.

After a very busy summer, I feel like I’m able to get back to deploying improvements to Micro.blog on a regular schedule. Still have a couple big features in the queue that I hope will be ready soon. Thanks for the support!

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-10 22:57

Made a bunch of progress today wrapping up some Micro.blog work that will roll out tomorrow and next week. Also finished a basic help page for Wavelength.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-09 23:44

I love seeing what people are using the Micro.blog podcast hosting for. It was first designed for 5-minute shows, but can now host well over an hour per episode. Updated the example bitrates on this help page.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-09 17:52

Today is the last day to register to vote in several states. Start at vote.org if you aren’t sure. Easy to check your status, register, find where to vote, or request an absentee ballot. 🇺🇸

Webmention improvements on Micro.blog

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-09 15:30

I rolled out a few Webmention improvements to Micro.blog today:

  • Fixed the permalink for a reply when you aren’t signed in, which was preventing external sites from verifying the link after receiving a Webmention from Micro.blog.
  • Added limited support for accepting replies from external sites that do not have a Micro.blog account. Previously, Micro.blog would discard replies that could not be associated with an existing user. Now, these replies will be included in a thread using the domain name for the author. (Brid.gy replies from Twitter are not supported yet.)
  • Improved replying on Micro.blog to send Webmentions to any external site in the reply chain, not just the root post. This more consistently allows replies to be copied to multiple external blogs that are participating in the conversation.
  • Behind the scenes, for the last few months Micro.blog has been recording all incoming Webmentions, even if they don’t target a specific reply or just can’t be processed yet. This should allow us to add more reply-related features for hosted blogs in the future.

There may still be some quirks to work out with these changes, but I’m happy to finish more of the plumbing around replies on Micro.blog. Getting closer to the IndieWeb vision for how cross-site replies on the web can work.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-08 19:49

I learned a lot helping organize IndieWebCamp Austin last year. We’re doing it again in early 2019. Planning is underway now with possible dates on the wiki.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-08 19:42

It’s Micro Monday! This week’s guest on the podcast is Joyce Garcia, @garciabuxton on Micro.blog. She talks with Jean about newspapers, old floppy disks, typewriters, getting back into blogging, and more. Enjoy!

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-06 23:24

Disappointed and frustrated beyond words every time I look at the news. What I wrote last week still applies. Please remember that early voting in Texas starts in just 2 weeks. We need new senators.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-06 13:12

Someone stole our Beto yard sign around midnight last night. Getting a new one today and I’ll replace it as many times as necessary until election day.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-06 12:49

I’ve been using HazeOver for Mac the last few days and quite like it. It dims your background windows to provide better contrast with what you’re trying to focus on.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-06 02:38

Posted this week’s Core Intuition. Reflecting on what competes for my attention on Micro.blog, taking criticism, and then differing approaches to a privacy policy.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-05 13:29

Daniel Jalkut has started a blog series on supporting Dark Mode. The intro and first post are up now, with more to follow. I definitely need to read these as I work on Dark Mode in Micro.blog.

Internet Archive fixing Wikipedia links

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-04 13:47

There has been a lot of distressing news lately, so it’s refreshing to read a story about developers who are just quietly making the web better. The team at the Internet Archive has fixed 9 million broken links on Wikipedia by scanning pages for broken links and updating them to point to the Wayback Machine’s copy:

And for the past 3 years, we have been running a software robot called IABot on 22 Wikipedia language editions looking for broken links (URLs that return a ‘404’, or ‘Page Not Found’). When broken links are discovered, IABot searches for archives in the Wayback Machine and other web archives to replace them with.

I wrote a blog post in 2012 about how fragile web pages are. This is always on my mind. It has informed a couple Micro.blog features such as our automatic mirroring of your blog to a GitHub repository. I hope that as the web evolves that this issue of broken links can be more directly tackled, so that the full responsibility for fixing this isn’t only on the Internet Archive.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-03 22:51

Reminder: Homebrew Website Club is at 6:30pm. I’m just heading down to Mozart’s Coffee now.