Niels.im Notes

The latest notes, observations and links from around the web that I find somewhat interesting.

  1. TIL: UUID's with the Crypto property in the Web API

    Something I learned today: nowadays it's relatively easy to generate a UUID (Universally Unique Identifier) in JavaScript with the global crypto property in the Web API.

    By calling crypto.randomUUID() you'll generate a string containing a randomly generated, 36 character long v4 UUID that can be used in multiple different contexts.

    Personally I've used UUID's for components in a design system where I needed a uniquely labelled ID attribute on a HTML element for accessibility reasons. For instance label elements referring to inputs, but also aria-describedby to establish a relationship between elements or groups and the text that describes them.

    Browser support is promising (78,98% as of writing this). But if you need to support older browsers then I suggest to use the node UUID package for now.

  2. Everything Everywhere All At Once

    I don't know what caused the fact that we have two multiverse movies in theatres at the same time. Coincidentally both tell a story about a mother's relationship with her family. Everything Everywhere All At Once is my favourite though[1]. It takes the multiverse concept to the next level, while it also tells a very human story. Doctor Strange is nice, albeit a bit more formulaic. Still one of the better Marvel movies. Everything Everywhere is super creative, crazy fun and comes highly recommended.

    1. If you watched and logged the movie, Letterboxd developers have been creative with some of those googly eyes. ↩︎

  3. Everything Everything - Raw Data Feel

    De nieuwe Everything Everything LP had ik even gemist vorige week. Je moet van de zanger zijn falsetto houden, maar Raw Data Feel klinkt weer lekker. Deze keer zoekt de groep het meer in de elektronische hoek, waarbij ze volgens eigen zeggen hebben geëxperimenteerd met generatieve songteksten, titels en artwork.

  4. DuckDuckGo Microsoft privacy trackers

    I'm kind of bummed out by the findings of privacy researcher Zach Edwards, who found out DuckDuckGo's 'privacy friendly' browsers whitelists trackers from advertising partner Microsoft. Sure, when something is free, you are the product. But that's usually scribbled somewhere in the privacy policy. This feels like DuckDuckGo pretty much lies about the privacy features of its products.