How Static Site Generators Work

Anyone who follows this site knows that I have an unhealthy obsession with static site generators. One of the things that I like about them is the straightforwardness of what they do - take some combination of lightweight markup and templates and compile those into static HTML, CSS and JavaScript. …

Ad Blocking on the Rise?

Recently, I discussed an article that argued that we may have avoided the so-called “ad block apocalypse.” Today, a new study may signal quite the opposite. This new study by PageFair says that ad-blocking increased 30% worldwide year-over-year. I was dubious at the time of the prior article, and this confirms my suspicions that the situation is getting worse. …

The Continued Failure of the Web as an Information Platform

As I have harped on many times recently, making money off of content on the internet is hard. The advertising model supporting free content that has worked for decades for television simply isn’t working on the web. Even the subscription that is subsidized by advertising (the traditional print content model for newspapers and magazines) only seems to work in very limited cases. …

The Future of Interaction?

Over the past couple years, we’ve become more accustomed to different sorts of interactions with devices. While both Android and iOS had their voice assistants and the XBox One Kinect had voice control for the television, it seemed that it wasn’t until Amazon’s Alexa came around that many people really latched onto voice commands. …

The Impact of Bullying

I’ve talked about the Heavyweight podast recently. Today I wanted to briefly discuss an episode that really had an impact on me - both on a personal level and as it relates to my profession. The episode involves, Julia, a woman who was bullied as a young girl back in the 8th grade, to the point that she left her school and clearly carries the emotional impact some 20 years later. It turns out that the bullying had other, even more serious consequences. Some of the more fascinating aspects of this story are how a culture of bullying can become...…

The Constant Stream of Tech Layoffs

The word today is that Microsoft is laying off about 700 people next week. Last week, my employer laid off about 450. (Of course, on a percentage basis, our layoff was significantly bigger than Microsoft’s upcoming one as it was about 20% of the company.) Those of who work in the tech industry are often very fortunate. We are generally paid well and have good benefits. Many, like me, have lots of flexibility in their jobs. That being said, this industry can be brutal in its own way. Having worked in tech for about 20 years now, I have been...…