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Posts, opinions and other random thoughts

6th September 2015 - We've launched!

So the website is live. It's a bit rough and ready, some articles are not finished (or even started!) yet, theres no doubt a million typos and the design could do with a lot of improvements, but I think we've enough to go live. Read all about this site and why I launched it.

15th September 2015 - OPINION - Dangerous Web Security Features.

For a website that spends over a third of it's content on encouraging and explaining security options, I'm going to take a controversial opinion and say not to use some of them. Read as to why.

10th October 2015 - OPINION - Do we really need Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)?

Google has just announced the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) but do we really need another format to do this? Read why I think AMP is simply not necessary.

13th October 2015 - TuneTheWeb is now brought to you in HTTP/2!

Tonight I upgraded this website to HTTP/2. This promises to be an exciting new performance improvement and is the future for all websites. Read all about HTTP/2.

24th December 2015 - OPINION - Implementing AMP on this site.

Despite my initial reservations on AMP, it seems just about everyone else is jumping on board, so I thought I'd better try it to see what all the fuss is about and whether my first thoughts were an over-reaction. Read all about how I implemented AMP on this site.

24th December 2015 - OPINION - Inlining CSS has massive performance benefits, but is still not for me.

After experimenting with AMP I saw once again the huge impact to performance that inlining your CSS in your HEAD tag can have, as opposed to loading this in a separate stylesheet. However it still doesn't sit right with me. Read all about why inlining CSS is not for me.

27th January 2016 - OPINION - What does the Green Padlock really mean?

To most users, the green padlock means all is safe with the website you are visiting and you can trust this website and feel free to enter credit card details and passwords on any site with a nice, green padlock. Well most users are wrong. Read What does the Green Padlock really mean?.

11th July 2016 - OPINION - Measuring HTTP versus HTTPS versus HTTP/2

After a few posts on twitter about how HTTPS can be faster than HTTP, it's worth investigating this claim and recreating a test to give it greater transparency. Read HTTP versus HTTPS versus HTTP/2.

30th Mar 2017 - OPINION - Thoughts on Google versus Symantec

Google has recently been punishing Symantec for a number of incidents when issuing certificates and are now proposing even more restrictions. The problem is Symantec are huge so there could be a a big impact to that if the proposals are followed through. Read Thoughts on Google versus Symantec.

11th Jun 2017 - OPINION - Further thoughts on Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

It's been over two years since I implemented AMP on this site and a lot has changed since it was first launched, but a lot more has stayed the same. Read Further thoughts on Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP).

20th Feb 2018 - Why do we need HTTP/2? - an extract from "HTTP/2 in Action"

Why do we need HTTP/2? The web works fine under HTTP/1.1 doesn’t it? In this article, an extract from my upcoming book HTTP/2 in Action we’ll tackle these questions with a well-known, real-world example and show why HTTP/1.1 has fundamental performance problems, and therefore why HTTP/2, is needed now.

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