The digital world is getting more inclusive than the real world. Just this week, the Republic of Estonia announced the world’s first e-residency status to anyone who wants to visit its borders. It definitely gives a new meaning to the term Internet citizen.
Unfortunately, the new residency doesn’t give Internet users the same rights as real residents of Estonia; e-residency status “will not entail full legal residency or citizenship or right of entry to Estonia.” With digital status, you can expect to receive “secure access to Estonia’s digital services and an opportunity to give digital signatures in an electronic environment. Such digital identification and signing is legally fully equal to face-to-face identification and handwritten signatures in the European Union.”
Likewise, the Identification Card for e-status is not a real card at all, but is similar to other digital services — perhaps like Facebook — except you have to sign up in real life. To get one, you must “visit a Police and Border Guard office in Estonia — there you need to submit an application and provide biometric data (your facial image and fingerprints) for background check.”
Then, a “decision will be made in max. two weeks and if all is OK, the card will be issued to the applicant in-person at the Police and Border Guard office.” You have to pay a “one-time state fee for the card [which] is €50, other fees will depend on service providers — public digital services will be offered mostly free-of-charge, just like to ‘real’ residents.”
Overall, it feels more like a marketing scheme than a real digital society unless you already have a lot of connections to Estonia. According to the project’s website, the e-residency will be most useful for “entrepreneurs and others who already have some relationship to Continue Reading
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Many outstanding free source code editors have come out recently, and they’re giving paid apps a run for their money.
Beautiful user interfaces, practical features, and the ability to enhance your setup with extensions are just a few things this fresh crop of code editors are offering.
In 2008 and 2009, I wrote about some text editors that can be used for web development. I talked about Notepad++, Vim, Emacs, and 21 other text editors. Five and a half-ish years later, there is bound to be some good additions and innovations in this realm. And there are.
Characteristics that modern source code editors share are:
- Minimalism: By default, they’re simple. Like a blank canvas. They’re optimized specifically for writing code, so inessential features that general-purpose text editors might have are left out in order to declutter the interface.
- Extensibility: The ability to enhance and customize your code editor is important because we each have our own personal preferences and needs.
- Integration with the browser: Designing and testing in the browser is an optimal way of building sites and web apps. Modern code editors interoperate seemlessly with your browser to provide you with an ideal web development experience.
- Cross-platform compatibility: Back then, you would stumble across an awesome-looking code editor and then be disappointed to find out it only worked on Windows. Now, everything works on all operating systems with little to no fussing about.
- Open source: Not only are these new code editors free, but you can also see, and even contribute to, their source code. The days of freeware are long gone.
What follows is a discussion of five free source code editors that exhibit the traits outlined above.
Atom sports a distraction-free interface and a pragmatic feature set that includes integration with your browser’s developer tool, a fast batch search-and-replace that traverses all Continue Reading
Cinemagraphs were originally coined by American photographers, Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck of . For all of you more comfortable with the Spanish language, here’s a handy cinemagraph tutorial in Spanish.
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