Charts, comments and capturing ideas

Hamilton, Bermuda

Sorry for the delay on this one, things got a bit hectic in Bermuda with kids home from school again and mini lockdowns and whatnot. But we have things a bit more under control at the moment. I think.

It’s another random collection of links today, but hopefully that means you find something that might be useful.

Charts.css logo or screenshot


CSS data visualization framework. I really like the idea of this. Instead of creating data structures or JSON objects, you can just put your data in an HTML <table> and add some CSS classes and tada, a chart. Great for simple use cases where you just want to render a couple of charts on a page, maybe in a blog post or something, but you aren’t building charting functionality into an application.

Cusdis logo or screenshot


Cusdis is an open-source, lightweight (~5kb gzipped), privacy-first alternative to Disqus. It’s super easy to use and integrate with your existed website. I’ve spoken about static sites before and services like this are used to add commenting functionality to static sites (or any site that doesn’t want to deal with comments directly). In the past, popular services have received privacy criticism, which is why an open-source option is nice to see.

Zenkit Hypernotes logo or screenshot

Zenkit Hypernotes

Easy to start, easy to expand, easy to understand – for you and for your team. I’ve linked to some knowledge management tools before I believe and while they aren’t specific to software development, I think developers can really benefit. I’ve used Zenkit before as a Trello alternative, but this Hypernotes product looks like it takes things to the next level. You can get 2 notebooks of 10,000 notes each to use for free, which for many may be all you need. There are team and collaborative features as well, making this less of a personal knowledge management tool, but one that might be able to fill the role of wiki and/or knowledge base for a team or organization.

Written by Colin Bate