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So I've been working on a book (on CI) since last Christmas.
Last week I finally finished it (it's in tech review now, will be for another few weeks probably)!
Which means I have time to play some games again
The first game on my wishlist was Horizon: Zero Dawn.
An awesome game from a Dutch studio (and my former drum teacher helped on the soundtrack)!
Nothing beats killing robot dinosaurs by shooting some heavy weaponry off their back and using it against them (or shooting their core unit making them explode).
Except maybe the soundtrack
If you have many favourites in the favourites bar and you have to scroll down to find the right one, it can be a real pain. Instead just type the first letter of the page and it will directly scroll down to the shortcut.
If there is only one shortcut with that letter (maybe Z), the page loads in the browser automatically.
I started reading this book about Building Progressive Web Apps - O'Reilly (amazon link)[^]. Very interesting -- kind of a hybrid between web app that gives a UX of a native app. Okay, cool.
Then I read about Service Workers...
Progressive Web Apps Book says
A service worker is a script that can be registered to control one or more pages of your site. Once installed, a service worker sits outside of any single browser window or tab.
From this place, a service worker can listen and act on events from all pages under its control. Events such as requests for files from the web can be intercepted, modified, passed on and returned to the page.
This means there is a layer between the page and the web that can respond to request independently of a network connection. A layer that works even if the user is offline. This layer can detect an offline state or slow responses from the server and return cached content.
Keep in mind these Service Workers can run, even if you closed the tab of the web site.
This makes me think of all those times my Chrome browser has gone insane doing stuff and I have no idea what it is doing. I'm not worried about Progressive Web App necessarily doing nefarious stuff --- protected by CORS -- but I am a bit concerned about uninformed web site devs using this functionality to the extreme so that it eats process on my machine simply because I've visited their web site.
Seems a bit crazy to me.
Of course, I've only read a couple of chapters and the one (google dev page below) so maybe there's more protection from poorly written code.
Hmm. I don't have a travel mug, but I do have one of these[^].
A friend of mine told me the trick to cleaning them and any other stainless steel drink containers: use denture cleansing tablets. My 2 quart thermos takes about a dozen tablets, some warm water, and an overnight soak. I clean it about once a month.