Weekly digest - 2018.34

Weekly digest - 2018.34

This week Nvidia unveiled the new GeForce RTX 2000 series of graphics cards at Gamescom. New series is a long-awaited successor of GTX 1000 series. Based on new Turing architecture, the RTX 2080 is a big step forward into achieving real-time ray-tracing effects in games. Beside new effects, Nvidia also promises a 6 times more performance comparing to previous generation of GPUs.
Cards were available for preorder with shipment scheduled for 20th of September. The reference pricing for the cards is following:

  • RTX 2070 is $499
  • RTX 2080 is $699
  • RTX 2080 Ti is $999
  • RTX 2070 Founders Edition is $599
  • RTX 2080 Founders Edition is $799
  • RTX 2080 Founders Edition Ti is $1,199

Despite the high prices, all cards are already sold out. And thanks to crypto-miners, I would not expect to see them available before premiere or with lower prices.

This is it for this week. Before you leave, please check this list of interesting things out.

The 10 Secrets to Indie Game Success (and Why They Do Not Exist)

This is Windows 95, running in an Electron app

Splash - A fast, lightweight and flexible Swift syntax highlighter for blogs, tools and fun!

The Firebase Database For SQL Developers Series

How you can style your terminal like Medium, freeCodeCamp, or any way you want

Lolcat, Colorls, Catpix, and other Ruby Gems to add color to your terminal

Image credits: Nvidia.

Weekly digest - 2018.33

Weekly digest - 2018.33

This week pasted mostly on discussion about future of the Twitter. On August 16th, Twitter removed streaming APIs which most of the 3rd party Twitter clients relied on. They've done that without providing any substitute, so now the 3rd party clients are missing key functionalities like real time notifications. This of course pissed a lot of people off and was interpreted as a di*k move to force user to use either web or crappy PWA clients. It also restarted the debate about future of the Twitter itself because this is not first time when Twitter has made a questionable decision. From many opinions I read, I completely agree with Sarah Perez:

Perhaps, users want a consistent experience — one that doesn’t involve a million inconsequential product changes like turning stars to hearts or changing the character counter to a circle. Maybe they appreciate the fact that the third parties seem to understand what Twitter is better than Twitter itself does: Twitter has always been about a real-time stream of information. It’s not meant to be another Facebook-style algorithmic News Feed. The third-party clients respect that. Twitter does not.

And I believe this is the core of the problem. If we look back at all the (questionable) changes that Twitter made, e.g.: algorithm driven timeline instead of chronological one, it looks like Twitter's management at all cost tries to make a clone of the Facebook. They are completely missing the point that Twitter was different idea and had different purpose.
In my opinion, if Twitter continues doing this, sooner or later, it will hit rock bottom. This is why I started looking for alternatives. Right now people are moving to Mastodon - the decentralized Twitter alternative. I joined it to see how it is going to evolve. You can find me there @mtynior.

From the other news. This week Motorola released new P30 Smartphone, which looks like iPhone X. Actually this is iPhone X, those phone are identical. Something tells me there is a lawsuit in the air...

Also this week, Lucasfilm and Disney released first trailer for upcoming TV series - Star Wars Resistance. My first impression was that it looks very cartoonish. But for now, I will not judge it. I was also skeptical after watching the first trailer of the Start Wars Rebels. And it turned out to be better than most of the Hollywood blockbusters.

Finally, here is list of interesting things.

Unreal Academy

The 2018 Game Developer Roadmap

The Productivity Stack

How to launch a side project in 10 days

GRID: A simple visual cheatsheet for CSS Grid Layout

Lessons from a small Firebase project

How to build a single page application using server-side Blazor

Weekly digest - 2018.16

Weekly digest - 2018.16

This week LinusTechTips published a video in which they claimed that Apple and an Apple Authorized Service Provider denied to repair damaged iMac Pro.
What's really interesting about this situation, Apple not only refused to do repairs based on warranty, which is understandable because of the modifications done by LinusTechTips, but they also refused when youtuber wanted to pay for the repairs. Apple support advisor justified the refusal on limited availability of replacement parts. Regardless of the real reason I have different question. Is iMac Pro reparable at all? As long as the machine is on 1 year warranty, and we don't do any modifications to it, we should be fine. But what can we do with broken $5000 computer after warranty?
This is a little bit concerning, I hope that Apple will clarify this incident.

On another note, once again, the Internet did not disappoint. This time people croudfounded Elon Musk a new couch.

The marketing campaign for Solo: A Star Wars Story has started for good. This week we got two TV ads: Crew and Risk.

And finally, here is list of interesting articles.

Oh Man, Look at Your API!
Designing a REST API - or any other API, for that matter - is hard. Alexey gives couple of tips explaining how to make it good and usable.

Yes, React is taking over front-end development. The question is why.
React exploded in recent years and became one the most popular, if not the most popular, library in fronted development. Also there are no signs that is going to change in the near future. In this article Samer tries to explain the reasons that caused this phenomenon.

Scratching the Firebase services with your iOS app
Deyan explains how to create and setup an iOS app that uses Firebase as a backend.

Image credits: LinusTechTips.