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Bringing Terminal Typography to Life

Some fun Terminal-like character hover animations for lines of text.

The Critical Role of Red Teaming in Cyber Defense

Modern Fortune 500 software companies operate with millions of servers, tens of thousands of employees, and limitless connectivity. These companies invest heavily in standards and regulatory compliance, vulnerability scanning, application security, and other security defenses to help harden their massive footprints and improve their ability to respond to cyberattacks.

Transforming Footnotes into Interactive Popovers

Michelle Barker is onto an excellent idea in Progressively Enhanced Popover Toggletips. Her idea is that footnotes are the perfect sort of thing to make popovers. You know popovers: It’s like when I put a superset1 number in a sentence (like I just did) and then link it down to the bottom of the post to explain something in more detail which would have been distracting detail to put in the paragraph…

Best Practices for Web Permissions

Permission prompts are the web’s main mechanism to protect powerful capabilities that are potentially dangerous to users’ privacy and security.

Building a responsive menu with CSS

For much of the time I’ve spent fiddling with the code for this site, I kept my navigation for desktop and mobile nearly identical. A horizontal row of labels and icons: on desktop, displayed next to my name and, on mobile, those same items under my name. That’s (fairly) recently been swapped out for proper, responsive, mobile navigation that’s facilitated with a bit of CSS.

Unlocking Auto-Height Transitions with Experimental CSS Features

The experimental CSS function calc-size(auto) can be used so that transitions and animations can go from zero (0) to this value. But that is unlikely to be the final syntax! ⚠️ So be forewarned.

The Pros and Cons of Using Variables in Figma Prototypes

If you are a designer using Figma then you are probably familiar with building prototypes to help take your static designs into realistic versions of your product.

Designing a website to not have 404s

The primary goal of this is to provide a better user experience. I am unsure what are the implications for SEO, but I am hoping that it will be positive. I will keep you updated on this.

Modern Web Development

The web development landscape is constantly evolving and as user requirements also change, developers continue to explore ways to build frontend applications with a balance of performance, flexibility, and maintenance. JavaScript-heavy frameworks help developers build frontend applications, but they often introduce scalability and maintenance challenges and can be complex to manage.

Why AI Won’t Build Your Engineering Team

When I was 19 years old, I dropped out of college and moved to San Francisco. I had a job offer in hand to be a Unix sysadmin for Taos Consulting. However, before my first day of work I was lured away to a startup in the city, where I worked as a software engineer on mail subsystems.

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