Let’s go for my web review for the week 2021-50.

Rights retention: one small step for academics, one giant leap for global access to knowledge – Walled Culture

Tags: scihub, research, academia, commons, open-access

The rebellion against the academic publishers is still going on. Hopefully this will really change soon. That cartel of publishers needs to go back to its rightful place.

The internet is tricking our brains

Tags: tech, smarthome, gafam, memory, cognition

Interesting research on how relying on digital systems reshape our memory and our perception of our own abilities.

Windows 11 Officially Shuts Down Firefox’s Default Browser Workaround

Tags: tech, microsoft

Looks like Microsoft is hell bent on pushing Edge. Swallow the Edge pill, will you?

The Matrix is Unreal – fxguide

Tags: tech, 3d

As expected, realtime rendering is now getting extremely close to photorealistic.

Quaternions: Part 1 - Lior Sinai

Tags: mathematics, 3d

Very good series about quaternions. Really helps to understand them better and go in depth.

Teeing, a hidden gem in the Java API

Tags: tech, programming, java

Nice tip about Java collections. Didn’t know you could collect streams that way, definitely handy.

Pico.css • Minimal CSS Framework for semantic HTML

Tags: tech, frontend, css

Now that looks like a really nice CSS framework. I like the approach with a very limited set of classes and pushing you to focus on semantic.

HTTP/3 is Fast | HTTP/3 is here, and it’s a big deal for web performance. See just how much faster it makes websites! | Request Metrics

Tags: tech, http, benchmarking

Interesting benchmarks on HTTP/3. Clearly fares best at long distances.

Don’t start with microservices – monoliths are your friend – Arnold Galovics

Tags: tech, architecture, microservices, complexity

And that’s why I find hard to swallow that “microservices” is the go to answer from lots of people nowadays when you discuss architecture. There are interesting promises on paper but that requires you to ignore several layers of complexity. It’s likely fine to get there at some point, but bake in all that complexity from the start? I don’t think so.

Kintsugi – Art of Repair | Traditional Kyoto

Tags: culture, history, japan, repair

Good explanation of how repair turned into an art in Japan. It also shows that imperfections can bring values to an object and are part of its history. It makes each object unique.

Bye for now!