Some commercial stuff this week, even.
I link because they are good: 10% speedup. Or, because they made me laugh: “Basically, don’t use this.”
BSD Now 324 is up, with the normal mix of content. It includes a heck of a awk statement for renaming files, and mention of a deployment management system for BSD I hadn’t heard about – Bastille.
I like seeing cross–BSD synthesis on any system element – calendar, in this case.
Remember how I said dsynth defaults to txz (tarred, XZipped) ? I was apparently wrong and it was using tgz (tarred, gnuzipped). Now it really truly defaults to txz, for space.
ChiBUG meets tomorrow, at the usual place. Go, if you are near.
Covering lots of ground this week.
Your unrelated music link of the week: Orodruin: Ruins Of Eternity. Tolkien-ish doom metal.
There’s a vulnerability in file(1), CVE-2019-18218. It’s fixed in current and release versions of DragonFly. Update when you get a chance.
This week’s BSD Now has a good mix of historical articles and how-tos, but of course I would think that’s a good mix.
NYCBUG is having an installfest tonight, at the usual meeting place. Go, if you are near.
As an example of how old design decisions have lasting effects, the POSIX standard still calls for terminal output to accommodate mechanical delay, as noted in this DragonFly commit – i.e. if output was still a line printer instead of a glass TTY, or, as it is 99.9% of the time today, xterm or puTTY or etc. etc.
I thought this would happen: the nrelease(7) process can use binary packages to build DragonFly. (For the dports packages, not the base system.) This is very interesting to me, but also useful for anyone who wants to build a custom DragonFly; something I think more people could do.
I still feel bad about missing a week, even though that’s a self-imposed requirement. In penance, here’s a linkdump.
- Cabinet Magazine is blogging and it’s wonderful in a way I haven’t seen in a long time.
- First, do no harm… with this software. The Hippocratic License. (via)
- BBC BASIC on Twitter. (via)
- Conceptronica. (via)
- Software Rights, the book. (via)
- Solid State: Minnesota’s High-Tech History. Public material, so freely streamed. (via)
- Berlin Tea Festival 2019, later this month. I’d go if I was near. (via)
- Pay attention to the difference between round() and floor(). (via)
- (mini-section about owning your information for the next several links)
- Historic Digital Places.
- Everything is Amazing, But Nothing is Ours. (via)
- Computer files are going extinct. (via previous)
- Yahoo Groups going away. Well, technically still there, but not really.
- Own your content on social media using the Indieweb. (via)
- The IndieWeb Movement: Owning Your Data and Being the Change You Want to See in the Web. (via)
- (mini-section over)
- The Open Book Project. Open hardware e-reader – not yet complete, so for hacking, not using. (via)
- uGlass: an AR module on your glasses. Low-cost, works on existing glasses – I like the idea.
- Cutest oscilloscope I’ve ever seen.
- Building the Ultimate Roguelike Morgue File, part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.
- The Hissing of Vintage Tapes. Not mentioned but related: Cr02 tapes, or comfort noise, which I did not know exists in an RFC. It’s funny to think of having a standard way to present what is normally a defect.
- An old-school shell hack on a line printer. (via)
- This Time, There Really Are NO IPv4 Internet Addresses Left. (via) My main workplace is sitting on a public /24, which shows how long ago it was obtained.
- Cluster SSH – Manage Multiple Linux Servers Simultaneously. Those who do not remember expect are doomed to recreate it. (via)
- Rotary Dial Phone Revival – 4 – Final. (via)
- Text Editing Hates You Too. (via)
- The $15 Sous-Vide Cooker. Save $50, burn the house down, is what this says to me.
- How “special register groups” invaded computer dictionaries for decades.
- One Page Dungeon Generator. Fun just to reload and read and reload and read, like a super-short story generator. (via)
I still haven’t caught up, natch, but not going to miss this week!
After 56k, I stopped paying attention, but apparently there’s stated baud rates of 460,800 and 921,600. And your DragonFly terminal can handle them, too.
This week’s BSD Now covers some releases, some history, and the very useful tool sshuttle, a VPN alternative.
This may be of most interest to me, since I’m usually the one building DragonFly releases. nrelease(7), which is used to build each release of DragonFly, now sticks to the default kernel config, and may use binary packages in the future. There’s some other changes but these are the ones I can describe most exactly; there might be more on the way.
zlib and dhcpcd are both updated in DragonFly… but my quick perusal of the commits makes it sound like bugfix only; no usage changes needed.
Do you have a Coffee Lake Intel CPU? Cause corepower(4) in DragonFly now supports it.