Clamshell: 2020-06-14

Recent news in tech in a clamshell


  • How my photo ended up breaking Android phones
  • Folders Language
  • Pluto
  • Dropbox is working on its own password manager
  • National Emergency Library
  • PHP Turns 25
  • The 25 greatest Java apps ever written
  • Java’s Migration to GitHub

How my photo ended up breaking Android phones

A story about how rounding errors and color space conversion errors break Android. See a mode detailed explanation on XDA: This wallpaper triggers a rare bug causing Android devices to bootloop

Folders Language

Folders is a language where the program is encoded into a directory structure. All files within are ignored, as are the names of the folders. Commands and expressions are encoded by the pattern of folders within folders. Source code for the Folders compiler can be found on GitHub.


Pluto is a very simple utility to help users find deprecated Kubernetes apiVersions in their code repositories and their helm releases.

Dropbox is working on its own password manager

Dropbox just uploaded a new app to the Play Store without any formal announcement. The new Dropbox Passwords app, according to its listing, is a password manager available exclusively in an invite-only private beta for some Dropbox customers.

National Emergency Library

The National Emergency Library is a temporary collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

PHP Turns 25

JetBrains created a nice timeline which shows the past 25 Years of PHP History.

The 25 greatest Java apps ever written

From space exploration to genomics, from reverse compilers to robotic controllers, Java is at the heart of today’s world. Here are a few of the countless Java apps that stand out from the crowd: The 25 greatest Java apps ever written by Alexa Morales

Java’s Migration to GitHub

Project Skara(see: wiki) was created to investigate alternative SCM and code review options for the JDK source code, including options based upon Git rather than Mercurial. Two connected JEPs were also created:

and now both are proposed to target JDK 16, check out the latest project updates.

There’s also an article on jaxenter if you want to read more: Java 16: Migration to Git and GitHub gets closer