Someone is building another way to wrangle static site content gracefully. I’m always interested in things like this to reduce friction when posting something to a jekyll site, but they always seem to be designed as a subscription service or heavy desktop application.
Succinctly, Amber runs on your web server, analyzes your published content, and archives the things you link to. If a browser follows a link and it isn’t available, AMBER will intervene and dish up a mirrored version from the local store on your web server.
It isn’t SaaS. It isn’t a global peer-to-peer network of connected cloud thingamajigs. It’s a piece of software that runs on your server and it doesn’t need to check in with anyone.
AMBER — from The Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Readline for Chrome is an extension that allows you to select text and use that cool Spritz speed-reader thing that made the news last week. Set your words-per-minute, adjust focus preferences, and you’re on your way. Each word in an article is presented in the middle of the browser window and you can quickly read a lot of text in much less time. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this implementation or method versus the Spritz reader, but I can say it’s a neat demo.