I just discovered some less known facts about the one true international language: emoji.
- The term emoji has nothing to do with emoticon. It actually comes from the Japanese e (絵, “picture”) + moji (文字, “character”). 😎
- Standardized emoji have been around all the way since Unicode 1.0. However, it was not until Unicode 6.0 that they were officially recognized as emoji. 😮
- The said Unicode 6.0 added a whopping 716 emoji to the existing 142 — the largest addition till date. 😱
- As of the current standard, Unicode 9.0, there are 1088 emoji as single code points. This does not even include stuff like 💑, which are composed of multiple code points. (In programming terms,
"💑".length === 2.) 🤓
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I use goo.my. I have no idea whether it’s really named after the Pokémon Goomy or it’s just a coincidence, but I like the sound of it.
Moreover, it currently adds a handle of just three characters, which is far easier to memorize than goo.gl‘s six. Of course, this will change once they run out of handles, but that day isn’t coming any time soon, since goo.my also allows custom aliases, like goo.my/disc. Yes, TinyURL also provides those, but “tinyurl.com” is almost twice as long as “goo.my”.
It’s been quite a while since my last post in this series, thanks to my exams. Today I’ll talk about how you can make your Firefox more secure, without ruining your browsing experience. Basically, this is a list of add-ons which will try to ensure you don’t get tracked on the web. Continue reading “Privacy Switch, Part 3: Firefox”
This is the first real post in my series about switching to services and software that don’t track you. As the title says, I’ll be talking about how I changed my search engine, which isn’t remotely as dreadful as it sounds. Really, it’s a no-brainer. Continue reading “Privacy Switch, Part 1: Search Engine”
“…Edward Snowden began revealing to muggles what the wizards among us always knew, or at least suspected: that government spying on ordinary data communications among private individuals was not only possible, but happening.”
Continue reading “Privacy Switch, Prologue”