I managed to find an ancient Wyse-185 terminal at my workplace today, left in the corner of the server room. For entertainment purposes only, I booted DragonFly in VirtualBox and attached the physical terminal to the physical serial port on my Windows laptop docking station, mapped through to that virtual machine.
I have already discovered that the character output will often pause until the keyboard is used, which may be a settings issue. Mash the keyboard enough and VirtualBox dies. I’d use different emulation but Hyper-V doesn’t support serial and Qemu I haven’t figured out.
It’s entertaining, though I am not sure what I will do, other than maybe run GRDC once I figure out the reason for output pausing.
I hope you have some time on your hands today. There are hours of reading and watching linked below.
- Before Adventure, Part 3: Caves (1973), Before Adventure, Part 4: Hunt the Wumpus (1973), and Before Adventure, Part 5: Wumpus 2 and 3.
- The ultimate guide to analog control panels in sci-fi movies. (via)
- Buster Keaton: Anarchitect. Linked because the use of animated gifs to illustrate a silent movie career works astonishingly well. (via multiple places)
- How to Read More.
- The Trove, possibly every RPG print volume ever? (via)
- Mattel’s Dungeons and Dragons Computer Labyrinth. (via)
- The Wu Tang Collection, all crazy older kung fu movies. (also via)
- Raster CRT Typography (According to DEC). (thanks, Ben Collver)
- Screen Share Disasters. I tell people, always close other apps when presenting. (via)
- Some followups to the GPS rollover that happened last week. (via)
- Leap-years and leap-seconds. Not only is time not constant, its rate of change is not constant – or predictable! (also via)
- Trek Adventure, 1980.
- Iconic consoles of the IBM System/360 mainframes, 55 years old. I like the pictures.
- The 1973 Bourne shell in Unix version 5 was only 858 lines of C. I like the pictures here too.
Your unrelated Kickstarter of the week: Lancer, an RPG.
Straight open tab dump, again!
- FreeBSD ARM64 AMIs are now available for Amazon EC2. (via)
- Ubiquiti EdgeRouter and OpenBSD.
- Small NAS questions. Follow the thread; there’s many suggestions.
- Challenge accepted: OpenBSD on a laptop. (via)
- Encrypted (LUKS) HAMMER1 master/slave NFS fileserver : 9 months later.
- [packages] libreoffice and password-protected .od* files. Not strictly BSD but could surprise someone.
- t2k19 Hackathon Report: Putting the hack(6) in hackathon, and other stories.
- t2k19 Hackathon Report: Stefan Sperling on 802.11? progress, suspend/resume and more.
- t2k19 Hackathon Report: Ken Westerback on
disklabel, and more.
- Our plan for handling TRIM’ing our ZFS fileserver SSDs.
- Playing Slay the Spire on OpenBSD.
- From Zero to NVMM.
- Introducing funlinkat.
- Valuable News – 2019/04/08.
OPNsense 19.1.5 releasedno wait OPNsense 19.1.6 released.
- April Plugins Update.
- Run S3 Object Storage on FreeNAS and TrueNAS.
- “FreeBSD Mastery: Jails” Print Sponsor Gifts Threaten to Topple. The book is available to order now.
It’s possible to have data corrupted on a HAMMER2 volume during a specific combination of a bulkfree operation and a lot of writing to disk. Matthew Dillon has a potential fix already. As he announced, it’s scheduled to go into 5.4 this weekend. It’s a rare bug, but if you want to check for it, look for CHECK FAIL entries in /var/log/messages.
And because every cloud has a silver lining: some not-yet-quantified performance improvements.
There’s some code changes for callout, where the actual lines of code that trigger it are stored in the callout structure. It’s a little thing, but it’s a big thing if you need it.
Some old-school RPG and miniatures links mixed in this week.
- Modder Superior: The many free descendants of Doom.
- Opinion: We Built A Broken Internet. Now We Need To Burn It To The Ground. Complicated systems replicate the social structure of the groups that build them. (via)
- OpenTTD Compiled to WebAssembly. (via)
- Ampere EMAG 64bit Arm Workstation. I don’t know if this is particularly good; I just like the growth in the ecosystem. (via)
- Tinytetris – 80 x 23 Terminal Tetris. (via)
- Archives for IT; UK computer history. (via)
- The National Security Agency technical journal Cryptologs. (via)
- 93% of Paint Splatters are Valid Perl Programs. (via)
- Rustic Fantasy – With a Hey Nonny No. Linked for the further reading suggestions within the text.
- Rolling Up Some Inspiration: An RPG Conversation with Kieron Gillen & Tim Se.
- Edible Games Book: about to print.
- The wait is over. 28 is here. Minatures modification. (via)
Your unrelated music of the week: Principleasure: I. Eighties sound, but modernized.
Lots of BUG news this week; thank you all for the leads on groups to watch.
- Talking Jails at Semibug, 9 April 2019. Note the meeting has been moved up a week.
- “FreeBSD Mastery: Jails” and a new novella.
- April 9th Meetup. ChiBUG.
- Rusted ravens: Ravenports march 2019 status update. There’s some DragonFly stuff in there I haven’t had a chance to link to.
- How to use NetBSD on a Raspberry Pi. (via)
- Serenity: x86 Unix-like operating system for IBM PC-compatibles. Almost UNIX, almost BSD. (via)
- Before Unix: An Early History of Timesharing Systems. Influences on BSD.(via)
- OpenRA imported – game engine recreation for RTS games of the Command & Conquer family. (via)
- Project Trident 18.12-U8 Available. (via)
- Removing PF. (via)
- Silent Fanless FreeBSD Server – Redundant Backup. (via)
- LLDB/LLVM report for March 2019. NetBSD.
- Continuation of signal semantics improvements. NetBSD.
- iked curve25519 group number change. OpenBSD.
- Valuable News – 2019/04/01.
- Sega Dreamcast Running NetBSD. (via)
- UNIX and BSD Discord/Matrix Servers.
- BSD Router Project 1.92 is now available. (via)
“Verification As Code of Infrastructure As Code” is being presented tonight at 6:45 PM at NYCBUG by Raul Cuza. Go, if you are near.
This is a compact list, but there’s plenty to see.
- NSA-B-GONE, a hardware kill switch for audio and video.
- UUCP Manifesto. (via)
- PoC||GTFO Volume 0x19, PDF. I read it for the pictures. (via)
- Endlessh: an SSH Tarpit. (via)
- The Squeal of Data.
- A Map of the Internet from May 1973.
- What does the N in nmake stand for?
- code integrity vs data security.
- honk preview.
- Storing UTC is not a silver bullet. (via)
- <1mW Bluetooth LTE Transmitter. 11 years of broadcasts. (via)
- Textworld. (via)
A reminder: tell me about bugs.
- If you missed the most recent NYCBUG meeting, here’s the video: Maintaining qmail in 2019 by Amitai Schleier. (thanks, bsdtv)
- Next NYCBUG meeting, in a few days: Verification As Code of Infrastructure As Code. I’ll post a reminder.
- Removing PF. NetBSD. (via)
- OpenBSD testing wiki. (via)
- Baxx – Unix-friendly backup service. (via)
- WireGuard for NetBSD. Slides from AsiaBSDCon 2019. (via)
- The tilde.institute of OpenBSD Education. (via)
- AsiaBSDCon 2019 Proceedings. (via)
- nixers newsletter 118.
- FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report – Fourth Quarter 2018.
- SoloBSD 19.03-STABLE.
- Valuable News – 2019/03/25.
- using syncthing between my OSX laptop and my FreeBSD server.
- sysctlview, a sysctl explorer. (via)
- OS108 released. (via)
- a2k19 hackathon report from Ken Westerback.
- “FreeBSD Mastery: Jails” ebook escaping!
- Thinkpad X1 Carbon 6, using OpenBSD.