Homebrew Website Club Berlin #2 on 22 Feb 2017

Last week’s inaugural Homebrew Website Club Berlin saw five independent web enthusiasts gather for an inspiring evening of conceptual and technical talk, and we all agreed to try and establish this as a regular bi-weekly event. Welcome to the second edition on February 22 (please note the new location):

Past event

Homebrew Website Club Berlin

Salon Schmück, Skalitzer Str. 80, Berlin, Germany (Kreuzberg, U1 Schlesisches Tor)

It is more important than ever to have your own place to publish on the web. Have a blog? Want a blog? Are you building your own personal bot? Come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, or help work on a project!

Homebrew Website Club is a bi-weekly meetup of people passionate about or interested in creating, improving, building, designing their own website, in the same structure as the classic Homebrew Computer Club meetings.

RSVP on the IndieWeb.org wiki (if you have an Indieweb site), in the comments below, or just join us ex tempore.

If you get off work early, no worries: we’ll be on site starting from 18:30 for informal chit-chat. Peek in and say hi.

Image caption: Finding us is easy – we are the friendly bunch by the table with the IndieWebCamp sign!

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  • Comment by Johannes:

    will join you first time. Looking forward to discuss technology stacks for IndieWeb


  • Tantek Çelik is attending.


  • Just some quick notes and links for things we talked about at last night’s HWC Berlin.

    We talked about various messaging-related topics:

    Matrix.org as a relatively new and open messaging protocol.

    The private webmention specification created from IWC Brighton.

    Sebastian would like a chat interface on his contact page so visitors can quickly talk to him if he is available. There are bunch of services targeted at e-commerce sites, but from a quick review not much suitable for individual pages. This was also discussed on IRC. (I’ll probably follow up on this in another post, once I ordered my ideas a bit)

    IndieAuth-the-protocol – several attendees weren't aware that they can use their own systems (e.g. existing website login) for IndieAuth and want to implement this now. Documentation for the necessary authorization endpoint is here.

    Security: Caddy server has a new fingerprinting feature to detect TLS interception proxies. One could show a warning to users along the lines of “Your HTTPS looks wonky. ”. I tried to think of additional ways to detect this, but the only one I could come up with, detecting missing HPKP headers using Javascript, wouldn't work because Firefox and Chrome ignore HPKP on local trust roots, so there is no need for a proxy to strip those.