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My blog, containing personal opinions on the Web but also on my life as a parent and a citizen.

Boris Schapira

One hosts file to block them all

As a field expert, people often ask me how to improve websites’ performance. Sometimes, they also ask me how to improve the Web’s performance on their own machine, for their own browsing experience. In that case, my answer is always the same: the lowest hanging fruit is most certainly the hosts file.

Gollum, holding the One ring in the Peter Jackson's adaptation

I lacked inspiration to find a nicer illustration….

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Boris Schapira

Netflix: how to increase video brightness

My kids are on vacation with their grandmothers, which leaves me a lot of free time to binge-watch TV shows on Netflix. Except I often get the impression that the Netflix videos are darker than they ought to be, aren’t they?

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Mobile carrier

The eldest discovered the theatre a few weeks ago. He’s spending his time acting and playing us.

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Behavior

This morning, we surprise the children playing Scrabble. Obviously, the game is quite epic, since the little one can’ t read and the older one, barely.

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The interlude

We’re taking the kids to a show. There is a small interlude. We sit down with the kids to talk and have a drink.

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Doctor of the not dead

My wife’s putting the youngest to bed. She gives him one last hug before going to bed herself.

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The curtain

We were at the Mc Donald’s and they were playing in the indoor playground. He came to me, excited.

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Back to static with JAMStack: a paradigm shift for better UX and web performance

For several years now, a new range of solutions have emerged in the web technologies landscape. Static site generators, headless CMS, content infrastructure… these solutions contribute to a global trend. “Static trend”, “JAMStack”, several names exist but none really covers what is an overall new proposal for web application architecture, and somehow a comeback to the roots of the Web.

Large nested metal gears

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Optimize your MP4 video for better performance

Representing more than 75% of the videos served on the Internet, MP4 is the most commonly used format today. However, MP4 is often used improperly, which can have an unfortunate impact on the User Experience. Let’s see how we can improve this.

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Usage evolution of the different video files types on the web.
Source: HttpArchive through a BigQuery query

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