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Hi 👋 I’m Kev. A cyber security nerd, web design enthusiast and privacy advocate from the UK.

Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. I use this site to satisfy my perpetual need to publish drivel create interesting content for people to read.

This blog isn’t one of those sites that has a niche and does everything it possibly can to market itself to the world. Nope. This is a proud personal blog where I write about a number of topics that interest me. Hopefully, some of those topics will interest you too.

That could be meta posts about blogging, my love of all things aquatic in my fish keeping posts, personal opinions and of course technology & the web.

My personal projects

Aside from this blog, there are a number of personal projects that I maintain. Most are just a bit of fun, but people seem to find them useful.

100 Days To Offload

The whole point of #100DaysToOffload is to challenge people to publish 100 posts on their personal blog in a year.

Posts don’t need to be long-form, deep, meaningful, or even that well written. If there are spelling and grammar mistakes, or even if there’s no real point to the post, so what? What’s important is that you’re writing about the things you want to write about.

Just write.

512KB Club

The Internet is a bloated mess. Massive JavaScript libraries, countless client-side queries and overly complex frontend frameworks are par for the course these days.

When popular website like The New York Times are over 15MB in size (nearly 50% of which is JavaScript), you know there’s a problem.

The 512KB Club is a collection of performance-focused web pages from across the Internet that are less than 512KB in size, uncompressed.

Fosstodon

Fosstodon is one of the biggest technology instances on the Fediverse. Fosstodon itself is a Mastodon instance that I co-founded with my friend, Mike. We've been running for around 4 years now and have around 20,000 users.

Simple.css

Simple.css is a classless CSS framework that makes semantic HTML look good, really quickly.

By classless I mean that there are no CSS classes anywhere in the CSS or the HTML. So your website can look good great using plain old vanilla HTML.

Cool, huh?

The Web Is F**ked

The Web Is F**ked is a manifesto I wrote about my concerns with Web 2.0 and the impending Web 3.0. It's a lot of me reminiscing about how good the web was back in the late 90's and early 00's, but I think I make some good points.

Warning: If it isn't clear by the title of this manifesto, the site contains a lot of curse words, so isn't suitable for work.

What’s In A Font? Website Typography Best Practices
A look at website typography and some best practices.

How Online Tracking Works
If you understand how online tracking works, maybe you can combat it.

Privacy vs “I Have Nothing To Hide”
I hate it when people tout “I don’t care about privacy because I have nothing to hide”.

Why HTTPS Is Important
HTTPS is an important part of staying secure and private online. Here’s why…

Is Dark Mode Good For Your Eyes?
Research suggests that going to the dark side ain’t all that.