I made a WebExtension! It’s called Transmitter for Transmission. It lets me add torrents to the transmission-daemon instance running on my home server. And watch their status. I think Transmission actually allows you to expose the remote API in desktop versions as well.

tl;dr on WebExtensions: it’s Chrome’s extension API, but with Promises and it’s a W3C standard. Fully supported in Firefox. Chrome/Opera need a tiny polyfill for the Promise support. MS Edge can be supported too.

Publishing experience: Chrome’s store asks for $5 to get your stuff published (one time payment for up to 20 extensions) and there’s no pre-moderation. Addons.Mozilla is pre-moderated but the extension shows up on its URL before approval. Opera is pre-moderated and the extension doesn’t show up before it’s moderated.

Converted my music library from mostly-AAC to Opus: from 11.3 GB down to 5.2 GB! (using some PowerShell to run ffmpeg on all the things) This is especially good for my phone. For some reason Android still needs the file extension to be .ogg not .opus.

Compression in general seems to be a pretty exciting field… Redox TFS promises full disk compression. Maybe not really “full” but with large huge clusters, instead of ZFS’s per-block compression. Brotli already works in browsers for HTTPS compression. Game texture stuff is improving (because 58 GB texture packs :D). A better video codec is coming.

If you still have AAC or Vorbis files — convert to Opus now!

Noticed a worrying trend in web server libraries: lack of first-class support for running on Unix domain sockets and on user-supplied sockets of any kind. Sometimes it needs third party libraries with over 200 lines of code… but Erlang didn’t have native support for unix sockets until 2015!

In 2017, let’s make sure all web app stacks support opening Unix sockets, running on already opened sockets, socket activation and graceful shutdown! I made a thing that uses that kind of stuff and the only server that was completely ready out of the box was Ruby’s Puma.

Facepalm of the day: “why does my new Xen VPS boot FreeBSD that’s installed via the provider’s console, but when I install it myself, it doesn’t boot?”

Of course, I forgot about console="comconsole". It was booting, just not showing anything on the Xen console.

Wow – looks like GNU Social has actual webmention + microformats2 integration… but it’s not enabled by default and no instance admins bothered to enable it. Fail.

On a more positive note, quitter.se runs on FreeBSD :)