Show and Tell Links – 4 December, 2019

Links for Egg Heads

Firefox’s Fight for the Future of the Web | Guardian

I was a Firefox user for many years. I can’t really account for how I stopped using it, but I’m sure it had something to do with how slow and messy it had become. That, and the convenience Kool Aid I drank that kept me using Safari. The Firefox comeback that started with the Quantum build in 2017, is for real. If you care about an open, decentralised, private and healthy web, you should be using Firefox. It should help that it is a better browser than either Chrome or Safari. 1

Zotero Connector for Safari 13 (Beta)

For the refuseniks who stick with Safari, that other wonderful open source tool for research, Zotero, has released a Beta version with a new connector. It is a very basic version, however, without the advanced settings and proxy tools that come with the full version — see above.

Roam Research – A note taking tool for networked thought.

I’m usually not much for Web Apps, but this is an interesting tool. I have an instance running with Nativefier to make it a Faux native, which is better than a browser tab.

Zettel Network Visualizer | Github

Speaking of notes, there is a lot of interest in zettelkasten these days, thanks largely to the work of The Archive developers. The forum is very active, and occasionally you get things like this.

Something Completely Different…

A Foundation Course in Reading German | By Howard Martin, revised and expanded as an open online textbook by Alan Ng

This one is not a tech thing, but a niche suggestion. Anyone studying continental philosophy will immediately recognise the value in a course that teaches you to read German, you can’t read Hegel via a phrase book.

  1. Despite what you might have heard Firefox is generally faster than Chrome, and it consumes on average 30% less RAM.