Mark Smith’s Newsletter - Saturday 14th August, 2021

Apple to save the children, SpaceX buys Swarm, DeFi, Jamstack and Crypto/Web3.0, Vue, Designing for safety

Hello and welcome to my newsletter!

Another season 2 instalment…

Circumstances conspired against me this morning and I missed the usual time I send the newsletter out.

I’m down to 6% battery, so no idea if I’ll be able to send one of these out next week.

The news seems to all be about Apple saving the children this week.

Hey Apple, how about making it easier to find a power cable that works in your devices? Oh your too busy saving the children, meanwhile some of us that have been using your products for years and years are dying here.

Just in case this does end up being my last newsletter, thanks for reading, I’ve enjoyed putting these together. Wish you all the best.

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

It’s that weekly thing again where my power cable stops working right after I publish the newsletter, still no place open to buy power cables, just spent over an hour trying to get my device charging, down to 8% power now, looks like this is how it all ends, goodbye cruel cruel world, maybe other worlds are available, I just want to build websites, surely that’s not too much to ask #

I got my device charged again, but I had to position the power cable in the weirdest and most contorted way, every moment could be my last, I hate this situation #

Stuff from around the web


Apple’s New ‘Child Safety’ Initiatives, and the Slippery Slope - I’m down to 2% power now, haven’t had time to read this article, I always said the internet would be shutdown by people trying to ‘protect’ children, looks like my final link is all about that, Goodbye World #

Apple’s Mistake - Ben Thompson on the Apple CSAM fiasco - “Apple is compromising the phone that you and I own and operate, without any of us having a say in the matter” #

So why is SpaceX buying Swarm? - Interesting developments in the space race, pico satellites for the internet of things #


Tropical MBA Podcast Ep #609 - Is DeFi the Future of Finance? - Learnt some new stuff listening to this including CeFi vs DeFi and what stablecoins are and why they are useful #

Jamstack Radio Podcast Ep #84 - The New Web with Harrison Hines of Fleek - Most crypto stuff is focussed on finance, but this episode is concentrated on using blockchain based technologies and open protocols to build websites and apps on a stack that essentially replaces the Web 2.0 stack we have been using for the past decade - Includes quite a bit of practical advice on how to get started in this space #

Shop Talk Show Ep #475 - Ben Hong’s Views on Vue, VuePress, Nuxt, Petite Vue, Shopify + Netlify, and Static Hosting - Linking to this because listening to a webdev podcast cheered me up a bit #

What is Designing for Safety? with Eva PenzeyMoog - There are a lot of areas that people don’t generally consider in this topic, people don’t speak about it much, and it’s deceptively difficult to get right #


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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