Mark Smith’s Newsletter - Saturday 12th June, 2021

Another week of great javascript, tech and web development links

Hello and welcome to my newsletter!

Another season 2 instalment…

Another very difficult week where I am in South East Asia. Just short note because it’s been impossible to linkblog.

Wherever you are, if you have some foreigner that you know, be sympathetic to them. Where I am, I have noticed a dramatic increase in harassment, and on more than 1 occasion, of a sexual nature. It’s difficult to talk about for fear of retribution but I think it’s such a noticeable difference to only a few weeks ago, it’s worth mentioning. I have found it difficult to keep a level head and not loose my cool. These events are persistent and daily, often hourly.

The current world situation is strange, but be aware that your foreigner acquaintances might be having a tough time, and it often happens in ways that are not easily viewable, and in my experience at times co-ordinated across multiple locations. It’s quite scary stuff.

I wish you all the best for the week ahead.

That’s all from me this week…

I hope you enjoy the links!

As usual all the articles from the linkblog in chronological order are included below, which is also a good way to explore, there are some pieces there amongst the main summary items that didn’t make it into the main themes, but these are interesting in their own right, and often end up developing into something more substantial further down the line.

Special mentions

Stuff from me

Nothing from me this week :(

Stuff from around the web


In Response to Oversight Board, Trump Suspended for Two Years; Will Only Be Reinstated if Conditions Permit - Linking to this because it’s relevant to some of last week’s links, but haven’t had time to read more than the title and first few paragraphs as I’m fully focussed on project work - I note that it’s written by ex-UK politician Nick Clegg, now VP of Global Affairs at Facebook #

Chrome 92 - Web Apps as File Handlers, New JavaScript Features, and More - The files functionality could open up a lot of pretty cool app possibilities #

Apple unveils iOS 15 with new FaceTime features and more - The photos, wallet, weather and maps features look to be the most interesting to me #

Apple announces iPadOS 15 with homescreen and multitasking improvements - Looking forward to seeing these iPad multi-tasking improvements, I’m wondering how feasible it might eventually use one of these devices as an ultra-portable development device #

Websites begin to work again after major breakage - Lots of websites go offline including BBC, NYTimes, the UK government website, Financial Times, the Guardian, PayPal, Shopify, HBO Max, Vimeo - Fastly had issues with it’s content delivery network (CDN) which all the sites use to deliver their service #


No podcasts this week :(


Thanks for reading!


Mark Smith‘s Newsletter is a weekly roundup of some of the best javascript, tech and web development links published to my daily linkblog.

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Have a great weekend and a fantastic next week!