The author’s exploration aligns with Blockstack’s mission to keep the consumer data with the consumer, albeit not local first.
Local-first feels like the extreme derivative of PWAs. Actually, it’s more correct that local-first software is the ancestor of PWAs, of which the latter wishes to replicate the advanced technologies of its ancient predecessors.
To clarify, local-first is not server vs client. It’s a principle that needs to be applied to both server and client to meet the needs of interactive, reactive software today.