Tech time: 👋 Notion, hello Obsidian

Hi folks,

Another week, another update. I feel exhausted today because last night was the first night ever my girlfriend wasn’t home, so I had to take care of our three children. I was so stressed about having a bad night (because of children who couldn’t sleep) that I ended up having a terrible night.

And the three girls? They slept like little angels 👼.

I’m renaming this newsletter to Tech time, as it’s starting to become more than just a link dump. And it brings back some nice memories of when I did something similar for the VRT Creative Lab 👴.

👋 Notion, hello Obsidian

I’ve used Notion extensively these past years. It’s a great second brain. But, it doesn’t work too great when offline, and your data is stored with yet another cloud service.

This week, I discovered Obsidian. It’s a bit of a slimmed down Notion, where you write your files in Markdown, and everything is stored locally in text files. It has tons of nice features like backlinks, tags, and it’s extensible with community plugins.

Best of all: it’s free. They offer a paid syncing feature, but you can just as well sync your files through Git, Dropbox or iCloud.

Obsidian
Obsidian: A knowledge base that works on local Markdown files.
obsidian.md

The Web’s Next Transition

There’s a lot of exciting stuff happening in web development land. After the move from multi-page applications to single page applications, it seems like we’re moving back to … well, something in between.

Or as Kent C. Dodds names it: Progressively Enhanced Single Page Apps (PESPA’s). His interesting read ends with a long advertisement for his previous employer, Remix, but you can see this move – and other alternative approaches – happening in plenty of frameworks.

The Web’s Next Transition | Epic Web Dev by Kent C. Dodds
Web is made up of technologies that got started over 25 years ago. Now, we are transitioning to a new and improved architecture for building web applications.
www.epicweb.dev

Deno is here to stay

Deno, the JavaScript runtime, built by the creator of NodeJS, is looking more and more promising every time I take a look at it.

DALL-E 2 ❤️‍🔥 Microsoft

Microsoft is incorporating the DALL-E 2 image generation AI into a new tool, called Microsoft Designer. Looking for a photo to put in your brochure? Just type what you want, and it’ll generate a photo that does not exist.

Microsoft Designer – Stunning designs in a flash
A graphic design app that helps you create professional quality social media posts, invitations, digital postcards, graphics, and more. Start with your idea and create something unique for you.
designer.microsoft.com

The Metaverse of 1995

Back in 1995, one of the big new browser features was VRML. It was a markup language, like HTML, but for the big shiny thing back in the day: VR. The metaverse 25 years before Meta tried to reinvent it.

Remembering VRML: The Metaverse of 1995
In the early 1990s, futurists and corporations combined forces to create VRML, a Virtual Reality Modeling Language that promised to bring 3D graphics and virtual worlds to the web, heralding the dawn of the metaverse. Here’s what it was—and why it didn’t work out.
www.howtogeek.com

High-profile failures

An interesting Twitter thread about ignoring flaws:

Now Playing

I’m enjoying the new album by The 1975 called Being Funny In a Foreign Language a lot!

Even more links? 😮

Coding

RFC: First class support for promises and async/await by acdlite · Pull Request #229 · reactjs/rfcs
Adds first class support for reading the result of a JavaScript Promise using Suspense:

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See you next week!

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