Bringing Web Apps to the Desktop with Nativefier

I’ve been using Nativefier to keep web apps I use all day (that I don’t want to get lost in my Chrome tabs) in my macOS dock / Windows taskbar. I’ve been struggling to find a good cross-platform solution for this, as I use both macOS and Windows pretty regularly, but Nativefier works great. Here’s a screenshot of one I made for Google Keep: And then it also shows up in my dock!...

March 7, 2019 · 1 min

Nostalgia via Windows 95

I’ve been playing around with a wonderful bit of nostalgia this weekend: This is a fully self-contained and ready to use Windows 95 virtual machine running in an Electron app, which means its cross-platform, and written primarily in Javascript! The developer couldn’t have made this easier to set up. Just go to the releases page on the github, download the version for your OS and run the setup program. It comes with a few applications pre-installed[1] and it is more or less the full Windows 95 experience....

February 9, 2019 · 2 min

Contagions in Twitter vs. Blogs vs. Podcasting

crossposted to snc.digpins.org After experiencing Nicky Case’s The Wisdom and Madness of Crowds I started thinking about the what a particular method of communication could be important in spreading complicated ideas or concepts. The stuff Case talks about in The Wisdom and Madness of Crowds is not specific to any particular online or offline or type of media, so I’m going to apply this type of thinking to Twitter, blogging, and podcasting and see if I can come up with any interest comparisons or contrasts....

January 20, 2019 · 4 min

Digital Identity and Media Consumption

crossposted to snc.digpins.org Typically when we talk about digital identity we focus on our digital footprint or what we leave behind on the web. Lately, I have been thinking about how what I consume on the web affects me, or how my “online” self affects my “offline” self. I have always enjoyed reading news articles and blog posts on the internet. I’ve made a habit of frequently reading blogs and news sites on various topics that interest me (mostly tech, education and music) since high school....

January 14, 2019 · 5 min

My Visitor and Resident Map

crossposted to snc.digpins.org I am participating in #DigPINS and our first week is about digital identity. We were asked to create a Visitors and Residents Map which is a nice visual way of describing the way we interact and engage with different tools on the web. Here is mine: I chose to include Youtube and Podcasts on this map, because even though I consume that stuff more than I create it, I have dabbled with producing podcasts and Youtube videos (for work)....

January 9, 2019 · 1 min

Open Domains Lab

This post is cross-listed from blog.knight.domains UPDATE We are no longer going to be holding this event on a regular basis. Instead I recommend you stop by Tech Bar to scratch your diy-website-building itch! We have a budding Domain of One’s Own project at St. Norbert College, and it has been exciting to see our pilot groups and Tech Bar students jump head-first into building their own slices of the web and taking control of their digital identities!...

March 29, 2018 · 2 min

Getting water out of the speakers of an iPhone quickly

This morning I was listening to a podcast on my phone as I was getting ready for work, and I splashed a large amount of water on my phone. I freaked out for a second before I realized that my phone is waterproof. Once I realized this, I resumed the playback of my podcast, but I could barely hear it, and the sound was extremely distorted. I quickly realized that this was because my phone speakers were drenched....

March 1, 2018 · 2 min

The Fastest Path to a Single Page Website

This is a post I put together to show the ITS Tech Bar Students I work with how to quickly put a static page up on their domain. I am assuming almost no prior knowledge of HTML, CSS, or cPanel. When we are finished you will have a page that looks like this: demo.jadin.me Creating index.html First, we will make an index.html file. The quickest way to do this for now will be to use cPanel’s File Manager tool....

February 20, 2018 · 3 min