A Guide to Using Android Without Selling Your Soul to Google :: Gizmodo

Welcome to your new (or factory reset) Android phone! The prompt to sign in with Google arrives about five screens in, after you’ve chosen your language and connected up to wifi. When you’re prompted to sign in, hit Skip instead, then hit Skip again to confirm that yes, you really do want to use Android without a Google account.

A Guide to Using Android Without Selling Your Soul to Google :: Gizmodo

Lots of good tips is you want to avoid being a Google product. I’ve tried this sort of thing and it’s tough to do given how tightly Google is woven into Android

Future of Independent Law Schools Is in Peril | New York Law Journal

It’s hard out there for an independent law school.
The number of law campuses that aren’t attached to larger universities is slowly dwindling amid closures and mergers, and several stand-alone campuses are fighting for survival. The seven-year downturn in legal education, which appears to be coming to an end, hit independent law schools especially hard because they can’t tap into university funds to tide them over in lean times. Many independent law schools also experienced sharper enrollment declines than their university-affiliated counterparts.

Future of Independent Law Schools Is in Peril | New York Law Journal

Online regex tester and debugger: PHP, PCRE, Python, Golang and JavaScript

Regex101 allows you to create, debug, test and have your expressions explained for PHP, PCRE, Python, Golang and JavaScript. The website also features a community where you can share useful expressions.

Source: Online regex tester and debugger: PHP, PCRE, Python, Golang and JavaScript

This site is really handy if you want to test and debug regex statements before committing them to code.

How to build a URL shortener with Apache | Opensource.com

In this article, we’ll show how to use the Apache HTTP server’s mod_rewrite feature to set up your own URL shortener.

How to build a URL shortener with Apache | Opensource.com

This approach uses the RewrtieMap feature of mod_rewrite and a virtual host configuration to serve shortened URLs. I wonder if nginx can do something similar?

Illinois Chicago will acquire law school despite trends in legal education

Illinois Chicago will acquire law school despite trends in legal education https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/07/20/illinois-chicago-will-acquire-law-school-despite-trends-legal-education

New UGA study finds students do better in class using OER instead of pricey commercial textbooks

A large-scale study at the University of Georgia has found that college students provided with free course materials at the beginning of a class get significantly better academic results than those that do not.

The Georgia study, published this week, compared the final grades of students enrolled in eight large undergraduate courses between 2010 and 2016. Each of these courses was taught by a professor who switched from a commercial textbook costing $100 or more to a free digital textbook, or open educational resource, at some point during that six-year period.

Source: Measuring the impact of OER at the University of Georgia :: Inside Higher Ed

This sort of study needs to be done at the post graduate level. I’m not surprised by the results since providing OER helps reduce the cost of education, and lowers the stress of having to pay for books out of a limited budget.

Progressive Web App plugin for WordPress under development with eye toward core integration

WordPress feature plugin to bring Progressive Web App (PWA) capabilities to Core…
The plugin exposes the web app manifest via the REST API at /wp-json/app/v1/web-manifest

HTTPS is a prerequisite for progressive web apps. A service worker is only able to be installed on sites that are served as HTTPS. For this reason core’s support for HTTPS needs to be further improved, continuing the great progress made over the past few years.

Source: PWA :: WordPress.org

This is an interesting development. If successful including this functionality into WP Core would turn every WordPress site into an app. That would be fun.