I am all over the map this week.
- How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive. I learned D’Nealian; my mother wrote Spencerian. Technical lettering in college and signing labs as a grad student destroyed my style. Anyone know a good source of fountain pens that are cheap/usable? I don’t want to go down the crazy route. (via)
- Triple redundancy in a Boeing 777. An Ada program compiled with 3 different compilers and run on 3 different processors. (PDF, via)
- If you’re curious about gold (the software, not the metal) and how linkers work, given DragonFly’s recent switch, the author of gold, Ian Lance Taylor, wrote a 20-part series about the topic. (Linked here before some years ago, but it’s worth reading now.)
- “We got around three“. A lesson in the persistence of Fortran.
- Former Atari Employee Posts Work Email Log from 1982-1992. The source of the link has many choice comments pulled out.
- Four examples of excellent interface design. In games, of course. The only one I’ve tried is Brogue, previously linked here, and its terminal controls don’t feel like terminal controls.
- The Storage Engine: Timeline. History of data storage, an online exhibit at the Computer History Museum. There are some delightful pictures and stories. (via)
- Raspberry Pi Zero: The $5 Computer. Pretty soon it’s going to be possible to sneeze and accidentally lose several computers because you blew them off the table. (via, also here)
- Also, a comparison of price between similarly-powered computers: everything circa 1980 and the Pi Zero now.
- C.H.I.P. vs Pi Zero: Which Sub-$10 Computer Is Better? Topical! “Which runs BSD better?” is the question you should ask, cause price is almost immaterial. (via)
- A browser-based optics sandbox. Funny how this used to require a standalone program. (via)
- The Software Freedom Conservancy is looking for your support. They provide infrastructure to software you use.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Sunday Comics Kickstarter.
Your unrelated open source game of the week: 0 A.D. Works on FreeBSD and OpenBSD and can run on DragonFly if you can fix gloox. (via)
This is one of those weeks where everything gets covered. Settle in, there’s lots to click.
- For Better or For Worse. About Go, but also about language design in general. (via)
- The Birth of ZFS. See comments in the source link about Oracle’s version vs. the BSD version.
- The Docker Monitoring Problem. Good for an explanation of containers. (via)
- Cmder. Slowly, the UNIX workflow style is taking over everything – even Windows. (via)
- The Early History of the more Command. “I named the program more. This was a daring move at the time, since it was such a long name for a UNIX command, and was also a real English word.” (via)
- Early Phishing. Click the PDF link on the upper right for the content. (also via)
- Where SCCS came from. (also also via)
- Alta Vista, 5 servers, 1996. (via)
- Dragonfly Key Exchange, RFC 7664. Nothing to do with DragonFly. (via swildner on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- ex reference manual, from Bill Joy. (PDF, via)
- xv6, “a modern reimplementation of Sixth Edition Unix” (via)
- Something to think about for “supported” older versions of software, especially in those long-term support versions of various Linux distributions.
- ADOM is now available on Steam. Runs on BSD, sorta.
- The AS7007 Incident. I knew of things like the Morris Worm, but not this event. (via)
- Does the Internet route around damage? I also did not realize the size of the RIPE ATLAS network.
- System Shock, a font reappears! (via)
- JF Ptak Science Books. A historical bookseller blogs – a lot! (via, via)
Your eighties video link for the week: The 80s.mp4. (via)
Your unrelated browser toy of the week: A browser-based optics sandbox. (via)
It might snow around here today, and I am looking forward to it.
When I say the links are wide-ranging this week, I mean it.
No themes evolved this week.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Secret Coders. I have several other books by Gene Luen Yang; he’s good. (via)
No themes this week.
Your unrelated food image of the week: Cheese Meets Bread: an International Love Story. I shall treat that as a sort of to-do list.
Accidental topic this week: very, very old computers.
- Computer Show. Modern show, looks like it’s exactly from the mid 1980s. (via multiple places)
- Computing Britain. From the BBC, freely downloadable computing history audiofiles, quite worth it. (via)
- Phones for the People. I don’t think it’s as egalitarian as it is described, but it is interesting to see the variety. (via)
- RTC Quickstart. RTC is an alternative to the not-private-and-not-open Skype. Why don’t more people use it?
- More secure Wi-Fi routers. This would be the best Internet of Things approach. (via)
- You Wouldn’t Base64 a Password. (via)
- Blue screens of death, some of which you’ve surely seen before. (via)
- The first Apple ][ viruses. (via)
- Dark Castle and Macintosh System 6 Emulator. (via)
- Vim and Composability (via)
- A Simpler Vim Statusline. (via)
- Vim: Convenient Code Navigation for Your Projects. (via)
- Unix commands: The joy of curl
- Ohmu. I like the visualization.
- Wander (1974) — a lost mainframe game is found! (via)
- Lost mainframe games (also via)
- The lack of historic knowledge is so frustrating. AKA “learn from past mistakes”.
- The SCELBI, rebuilt. (via)
- CSIRAC, the oldest computer that’s still physically assembled – from 1949! (via)
- Cardboard computers. (via)
- Long long long term data storage. (via)
- Google Code-In starts on my birthday, and Google Summer of Code 2016 has been announced.
- INOC-DBA: dial an ASN, get the network operations center responsible for it. One of the ways people make the complex creature called the Internet continue to function. (via)
- sandstorm.io, self-hosting which I’ve linked to before, and known, which I haven’t. More tools that people will eventually regret not using. (via)
Your comics link of the week: Cartozia Tales #1, with more added. I subscribed to this series long ago, and it’s a lot of fun.
You will probably be able to guess some of my thinking processes this week based on these links.
Your unrelated tea link of the week: Health benefits of tea. Not the original title; I made it less clickbaity. (via)
Completely unrelated: I rebuilt a baking (Hoosier) cabinet over the past few months, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
For some reason, I had this complete days ago, and I’ve already started on next week’s links.
- The Apple II by Stephen Wozniak, a PDF. The initial color range makes me nostalgic. (via)
- Why Commodore disk drives were so slow. (via previous link)
- Know where you stand: the `pwd` program. A code reading, September 28th, in New York City. (via)
- In the same vein as Endless Sky from a few weeks ago, here’s mention of Dune Legacy, a remake of Dune II, the earliest RTS – or at least the base model. Following links there brought me to Dune Dynasty, Dune 2: The Golden Path, and OpenRA, all of which are cross platform and also may run on a BSD – F/DF ports exist for OpenRA and F/DF/O for Legacy. (You understand my shorthand there, don’t you?)
- The sad state of web app deployment. (via)
- Facebook has decided it is time I had a baby. Have you ever avoided a search term because you knew that the advertising you’d see for the next few days/weeks would echo it back to you? (also via)
- DigiPal, which sounds like a strangely named PDA, is a digital palaeography site focusing on medieval handwriting in England just before the Norman invasion. I find this interesting because I’ve been listening to this History of England podcast. (via)
- The US Long-haul Fiber Map. Also seen as “How many people can go offline at once, because of a misdirected backhoe?” (via)
- Similar: Undersea cable maps, or “How many people can go offline at once, because of a dragged anchor?” (via)
- Software Defined Networks – Four Years Later. YouTube recording, from RIPE 70. (via)
- Just some quick points about DHCP.
- New Forum – Version 7 UNIX. (via)
- Hacker News and Subreddit simulators. Startlingly accurate for being fancy Markov generators… which says something about the real content. (via)
- rough idling.
Your unrelated video link of the week: The Wizard of Speed and Time – Mike Jittlov (1988).
It’s a in-depth reading week, so make time!
Your unrelated link of the week: Announcing the 2016 APPLE CABIN CALENDAR! “Turts”. For real purchase, though this might only be funny to someone who is familiar with the food and advertising it parodies.
This week just sorta blew up with the links.
- as2914.net, visualization of the Internet, seen “from the as_path of 2914”. (via)
- The IPv4-pocolypse has started. (via)
- Make things astronautty. (via)
- Related: NASA Ames: This used to be the future. (via)
- Slack, the Ultimate Workday Distractor. Repent! Oh, wait, this is a different Slack.
- Endless Sky, a space exploration game similar to Escape Velocity. Cross-platform, so it miiiight work on BSD.
- Naev, a similar concept.
- “IT began with Ada – Women in Computer History 2 September 2015 – 10 July 2016“. You probably have to be in Europe (Paderborn) to catch this, but there’s lots of old computer hardware you can get close to. (via)
- Speaking of old (and expensive)… (via)
- Anderson.vim: Dark vim colorscheme based on colors from Wes Anderson films. That’s… specific. (via)
- A hardware flaw in a new Cisco switch. See first comment on the source page.
- When the Unix load average was added to Unix. (via)
- The history of Clarus the Dogcow. (via) I have a “bootleg”? Clarus shirt I picked up at… Macworld years and years ago. I’m sorta hipster-proud of it.
- Ted Unangst rants about compiler-inserted backdoors. Follow the links he helpfully supplied in an article update to show responses to his views. (Something more articles should have.)
- One Weird Old Productivity Tip.
- Cynical interpretations of various project milestones.
- How do you get network connectivity from the worst PC in the world? Ugh. I used one of those, once.
- Time Cube is gone, Thyme Cube is still alive. I’m… vaguely sad? that Time Cube doesn’t exist any longer. (verbatim via)
- Computer Science Courses that Don’t Exist, But Should. Some of these ideas are actually pretty good, not just humor. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Wonderella, a consistently funny superhero parody. As an added bonus, the author apparently can’t stop making (non-comic) one-liner jokes, so he stuffs them all in his Twitter feed instead of the usual case of Twitter as promotional tool.
Somehow I managed to find mostly articles with long headlines this week.
Historical platforms week, quite by accident.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Jack Kirby would have been 98 today.
This is the week for entertainment, not deep thought.
My links are haphazard – but that shouldn’t get in the way of reading.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Bird and Moon.
There’s some meaty reading this week, so get settled in and start clicking.
- Haunted Machines An Origin Story. I love this sort of intersection of ideas. (via)
- Our Friends, the Bots. (via previous)
- Futures of Text. Why wasn’t this ever done at the command line, too? (via previous)
- Cybernetic Serendipity.
- The Verge’s Web Sucks. A followup to “The Mobile Web Sucks” that I linked to previously.
- How Does Level Generation Work In Brogue? The animated gifs work very well here.
- Surfing the Internet from My TRS-80 Model 100. (via)
- The Itanium processor, parts 2, 3, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Here’s part 1 if you missed it last week. Windows-centric, but probably still interesting for the hardware.
- Ever wonder why they used “that key”? (via EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- Pronunciation guide for UNIX. (via)
- Forgotten Quests from the golden age of adventure games.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Cartozia Tales. It’s a comics series where different comics artists start a story, then hands the story off to a different writer and artist for each issue after that. I’ve been getting individual issues as they make them, and I want more people to subscribe, so they can get enough cash to print the last few issues. (Independent comics is a hard business.) Order the complete series, for yourself or as a unique present for a smaller person.
Be ready for the latent craziness in some of the links for this Lazy Reading episode.
Your off-topic movie link of the week: The Fabulous World of Jules Verne. (via an internet cult.) Originally titled Invention For Destruction and released by a Czech director, then subtitled to English. Looks like a strange mix of steampunk content and Monty Python-style animation. That may seem only mildly interesting until you notice it was filmed in 1958.
Short list this week – no particular reason.
No theme, though I’ve been thinking about IPv6 lately. Mostly in a “oh man all that PLC equipment at work can barely do IPv4 this won’t be easy” sort of way.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: The Dr. Fun comic archives.
This is Thoughtful Consideration week.
I don’t know why I’ve been finding so many roguelike links lately, but it’s to our benefit.
I came up with a whole bunch of links at the last minute despite traveling and being sick. I’m dedicated to your idle reading!
Your off-topic link of the week: you have about a week to pay $35 to not die when the Earth is destroyed on July 5th. It’s the 18th time the world has almost ended, so it has to work out one of these times.
I had to do this early, too, so the link count is a bit low this week. Sorry!
‘Historic information week’ is this week’s accidental theme.
- Why traceroute uses UDP and not ICMP.
- W. Richard Stevens, a list of works. The previous traceroute link came from there, and there’s a lot more gems in those links.
- I agree with this description of web apps.
- grepcidr2, for finding networks within a given CIDR range.
- The Architecture of Open Source Applications, a book. The Sendmail chapter may be interesting, given that Sendmail is wrapped up in the history of Unix and the Internet. Also, it notes that ‘syslog’ exists as a sendmail side project that kept going. (via EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- What is Code? From Paul Ford. Long, but excellent. (via several places)
- Why “Agile” and especially Scrum are terrible. (via)
- The Manuscripts of E.W. Dijkstra. This is just one of the excellent links hidden in the previous story.
- It’s the Future. The web page creation process has become complicated.(via)
- Yes, A video game contributed to Unix Development. (via)
- Finding Your Groups.
- Unix is not an acceptable Unix. The “one thing well” part of Unix tools is frequently misunderstood, perhaps on purpose. This is one of those. (via)
- Age, Pleasing Apple, and Trying To Climb Out of the Hole. Getting old, running your own business, and programming, is all together a daunting prospect.
- The Apple Collector. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Fully Computerized.
This week is more eclectic than usual.
Your unrelated video link of the week: Stairway to Stardom. 1980s public access TV performances. Highlights one, two, and three. (via private list.)
Emulation is this week’s accidental topic.
Your comics link of the week: Behold! The Dinosaurs!
I guess the accidental theme this week is Unix.
- The truth about Unix: The user interface is horrid. From 1981, which says something. (via)
- Terminal: Beyond Ctrl + A and Ctrl + E. Linked because I needed to know what the nondestructive version of Ctrl-U was. (Ctrl-A)
- Tools don’t solve the web’s problems, they ARE the problem. I’ve been considering a static generator for this site, for similar reasons. (via)
- How to name things: the hardest problem in programming. A dry topic talked about in a very human way. (via)
- Floppy Drive Organ.
- Cold Weather, Gogol And The Rise Of The Russian Samovar. I don’t need one, but I’ve always thought samovars are interesting.
- Unix Shells: Bash, Fish, Ksh, Tcsh, Zsh. (via)
- When Poll is Better than Interrupt. (PDF, via EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- A Repository with 44 Years of Unix Evolution (via)
- Backblaze hard drive stats for 2015Q1. (via)
- Crystals and computer viruses. (via)
- Inadvertent collection.
- Bash history format.
- Vim Tips For Intermediate Users. (via)
- Why isn’t our fax working? (Hint: a power issue.) (via)
- The Problem with the Roguelike Metagame. (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: svblm. Found via a link to Infinideer and Forest Ambassador.
Your unrelated comic link of the week: Finished page at the Toronto Comic Jam. I missed TCAF this year, dangit. It is awesome. (via)
Accidentally very roguelike this week.
I started sparse because this was a busy week, but I’ve still got a pretty good amount of reading for you.
We’re already 2/3 of the way to Christmas!
Your unrelated tea links of the week: Do you even steep? The actual title is different, but I like that part of the link more. (Thanks, Jeff Ramnani) Also: Tea With Strangers. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Unfortunately, it’s not in my city. (via)
Spillover from last week, even.
Your unrelated video links of the week: 80s nostalgia is happening now that there’s a generation young enough to not have experienced it. You can have the 1980s as a parody, or as the real, unmitigated awfulness.
Without meaning to, I’ve broken into full-on computer nostalgia this week. Don’t know how it happened, but at least the links are interesting.
Your unrelated tea link of the week: The man who drank too much iced tea. He wasn’t drinking that much, which makes me a bit worried about my own hot tea consumption. (via)
Your unrelated psychedelic rock video of the week: Lightning Bolt’s The Metal East. If you find the art interesting, start looking for Fort Thunder comics. (via)
Pre-assembled over the week, since I have an odd weekend schedule this week. On the plus side, there’s lots to click here.
- How to Be a Good Open Source Community Member. (via)
- Reliable Cron across the Planet. (via)
- How to irritate people away from your website, example 1 and example 2. I hate being repeatedly asked to sign up for a newsletter I’m already on. Also, this.
- “If you build your business on top of someone else’s system, eventually they’re going to notice.“
- Explorable Explanations. I’ve seen at least one of them before and it really stuck with me. (via)
- “Gee, this is a lot of microfiche material. Better build my own high-volume scanner!” (via)
- Also at that last link: DECbox, BlinkenBone, and other projects.
- How I introduced a 27-year-old computer to the web. The author says “It’s very slow”, but so was everything back then. (via)
- The HP-01, found indirectly through the last link. Think of that when next reading about wearables.
- The Days They Changed The Gauge. Heck of an outage window. (via)
- What’s the oldest/weirdest thing you’ve found on your network? An ancient Catalyst switch, running inside an enclosure 1400 ft underground, crammed between a wooden structure and a rock wall. I have a picture of the space.
- Slack is quietly, unintentionally killing IRC. Not scientifically studied, and anything dependent on a single company and not a standard can have longevity problems. (via I lost track, sorry)
- sslh, two services on one port, for when most everything gets blocked. (via NANOG)
- UNIX: Making Computers Easier To Use — 1982, Bell Laboratories. (via)
- The Shut-In Economy, or how to dedicate your life to a workplace. Also, how to ignore the temping nature of all these new jobs. (via)
- O’Reilly’s running a Top 25 sale.
- Andrew W.K. is the Kibo (see site) of Instagram: his name + nosebleed is all it takes. (via)
Unrelated link of the week: Tea. Contains strong language.
As you read this, I am probably watching a storage processor reboot.
I’d love to see fewer developers demanding superficial perks, and more of them asking to have more time to contribute to the open source products we use, mentor young developers, and learning more about the space they occupy. All of those result in us growing as developers in more than just our coding skills.
Your unrelated link of the week: National Corndog Day. Has audio. (via)
Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day! An excuse in the U.S. to wear green things and drink beer.
This is the Lazy Reading mix I like – some history, some commentary.
Your unrelated link of the week: Perfect cup of tea renders all other tea pointless. A sloppy joke, so let me share these recipes for masala chai and hobnobs instead. I’m hungry.
The temperatures climbed up to almost not freezing this week! It feels so warm.
- exa, a modern replacement for ls. I like the website. (via)
- Value of windowing is questioned. (via)
- Good PuTTY defaults for a happy SSH’ing life (via)
- The History of Graphic Design and Computational Form. Long, with many excellent examples. (via)
- Stirring Tea. (via)
- What Blogging Has Become. Think of this site. (via)
- All My Blogs Are Dead. Why I self-host whenever possible. (via)
- Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana. Wrong, in 1995. (via)
- Futures of Text. (via)
- The Sierpinski triangle page to end most Sierpinski triangle pages. (via, including the link text)
- GPG and Me (via many places)
- Trinity, KDE3 continued.
- MATE, Gnome2 continued.
- What laptop to [sic] you use?
- “…then came Cisco, and the rest is history”: a ‘history friendly’ model of the Local Area Networking industry. Why there’s so many “Cisco shops”. (PDF, via)
- Chinese DNS Poisoning. It’s China, which means Chinese Government DNS Poisoning. (more) (via)
- How to be an open source gardener. Excellent, excellent advice. (via)
Your unrelated video link of the week: The Chemistry of Cookies.
Lots of in-depth reading this week. Put on something warm/drink something warm (especially if you are in the northeast US) and start reading.
Your unrelated quote of the week:
“If we had Smart Dogs right now, they’d have screens instead of ears, and they wouldn’t be able to bark in a somewhat indecipherable but yet still full of meaning way, they’d just have a whole bunch of notification icons that would come out of their butt and would all be red circles with numbers in them.”
Your unrelated link of the week: Drone over Niagara Falls. That’s about 70 miles from here; I’ve been there many times. That may give you an idea of the snow buildup/cold level here recently.
Being home sick in the middle of the week gave me a head start on all these links.
I’m… not sure what happened this week. I read the same amount of material, went through my RSS feeds, and this is the only stuff that looked linkable. Sorry!
Happy Groundhog Day!
Your unrelated video link of the week: The showreel of Nick Denboer, AKA Smearballs. (also via)
All over the spectrum this week.
Your unrelated link of the week: Skymall, 2007.
Not sure how I ended up with so many interesting conference links. There’s some substantial reading here too, so clear your schedule.
Historical links are the accidental theme this week.
My end of year vacation is over tomorrow, darnit.
Last of the year!
Your unrelated link of the week: UpDog, a revolutionary communications platform. (via)
I am slightly confused about which day it is.
Minimal link text this week. It just happened that way.
Today is my birthday, so I have a gift for you: a lot of reading!
- Don’t panic and keep forking Debian. It leads to devuan.org. For a fork to succeed, they need positive reasons to exist, not just a definition of what it’s not. (via)
- Advent Planet. Follow it, find your interest topic, get something to read daily for the next few weeks.
- On file formats, very briefly. I’ve liked everything of Paul Ford’s that I’ve ever read. (via)
- Fun with Lisp: Programming the NES (via) 6502 chips are so universally hacked on, it seems.
- Bumper Sticker Computer Science. More “epigrams”. Some dated, some excellent. (PDF, via)
- ParkyTowers thin clients. Turning very cheap, very small hardware into usable systems.
- The Odd History of the First Erotic Computer Game. See Softalk link below too. (via)
- Chart Brut: How the MS-Paint Graphics of Conspiracy Took Over the Web. (via)
- Grand St. short-run consumer tech for sale, very much like outgrow.me.
- A Plan 9 Newbie’s Guide. (PDF, via) Coraid uses/used Plan 9?
- The strange world of computer-generated novels. (via)
- Why my book can be downloaded for free.
- Smile, You’re Speaking EMOJI. (via)
- The Softalk Apple Project.
- Unix: tricks with history.
- Clip Art is dead. Awww.
- RowHammer. Ugh. (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: Cyriak’s Adult Swim 2014 compilation.
I’m going with links to some old-school crazy-hard projects this week. No simple hacks, these.
Lots to read this week.
- The Open Source Financial Developers Association has a very complete calendar of open source events around NYC. (via)
- Google Code-in 2014 has announced its mentoring orgs.
- Also, Google Summer of Code 2015 has been announced.
- Facebook’s New Data Center Is Bad News for Cisco. Somewhat free of technical data, but I do like the idea of more software-defined networking. (via)
- NSA vs. encryption, 40 years ago. (via)
- schmutz. Ah, the joys of Unicode. (via)
- Sort of related: this is just mean. (via IRC, I think)
- SSHelper. I’m going to buy a new phone just so I can use this. I want my handheld computer to actually be a computer, darnit. This is from the guy who created Apple Writer, of all things. (also via)
- List of Physical Visualizations. (via)
- After Docker. Docker and similar items appear to be an attempt to change an operating system from a place where you work to a thin wrapping around a program you run. Dunno if I like that. (via)
- Barbie, computer engineer, which has created more responses.
- A brief history of graphics. Video game graphics, specifically.
- The Nostalgia Nerds Who Rescue Old Games From Oblivion. Similar. (via)
- I like the concept behind “Let’s Encrypt“, though I quibble with the tools selected. (via)
- A video about the Internet in 1995. (via)
- “With varying degrees, everyone has this drawer in their house.“
- IFComp winners will provide a great deal of reading/playing time.
Your unrelated link of the week: Snowpocalypse 2014. I grew up there and now live not too far away. That’s really not that much snow for the area; it’s just that it fell so quickly.
Snow snow snow!
Unrelated link of the week: Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away (lyrics) Watch to the end. “just like a dragonfly” (via)
For some reason, more historical links this week than usual.
Unrelated link of the week: Cartozia Tales. It’s a print comic in a limited series. Many stories, many artists. I’ve been getting the issues and it’s a lot of fun. Here’s an interview with the person coordinating the whole thing.
Short this week because of the amount of time I was at work, but what I have is good.
Lots of light topic links this week.
Your unrelated animation of the week: Karateka. I remember discovering this, and laughing and laughing…
Writing this now, and hoping I’ll get the server apart and back together fast enough nobody notices.
A talking car dashboard from the 1980s.
Argos Catalogs. Count how many of the pictured items have been absorbed by cell phones. (via)
Features are Faults.
King of click. More Model M stories.
I spent a good chunk of this weekend at work for various reasons, so it’s a slightly less long list. On the plus side, I know a bit more about setting up fiber links now.
Your unrelated image of the week:
I’m getting a new pet tomorrow.
I have an excellent mix of links this week, I think. I like to have multiple links on multiple topics.
I didn’t even notice, because this has been a difficult week for me, but I’ve hit over 6,000 posts on the Digest. I passed the 11-year mark too, a few weeks ago.
- Wee Ada Lovelace. From a wee series, though this is the only computer-related one.
- Being Productive with Emacs, part 1. (via)
- The guy who didn’t invent email but really wants everyone to think so. (via)
- Git Pretty. It’s a chart! (via)
- How is a binary executable organized? Let’s explore it! Linux binaries, but mostly still applies. (via)
- The network nightmare that ate my week. (via)
- In a weird coincidence, the person who wrote that last link, Garrett Wollman, used to be a FreeBSD core team member and also knows a former coworker of mine, Scott Fybush. No point, just a strange connection when a faceless web page on the Internet resolves into someone you know indirectly through other channels.
- Modernizing “less”. I’d be happier if it improved function, and was sent upstream. (via)
- Breaking Madden: Jadeveon Clowney’s quest for 201 sacks in a game. I’ve posted links to prior gamebreaking attempts by this author before. I like how he’s doing his best to subvert the digital world presented by the game.
- The Semantics of Software. “There are many parts to a praise-worthy open source project”. Read that section especially. (via)
- The math is a bit beyond me, but I’d like to model the wifi signal in my home this way. (via)
- “I want a sensible phone, not a smart phone“. This is why I’m still using a 4-year-old HTC Incredible – though it’s showing its age. (via)
- Sweat the small stuff. I like the attention to detail, and the animated examples of what he’s doing with his software. (via)
Your unrelated video of the week: Tea Making Tips, from England in 1941. This 60-year-old WW2-era film is actually one of the better how-to-deal-with-tea guides I’ve ever seen. (via)
I finished almost this entire thing just on September 1st. I blame school season restarting. Speaking of which, O’Reilly’s running a 50% off ebooks sale.
Your unrelated link of the week: the final answer on how to say GIF . (video source – watch the outtakes, too.)
A relatively trim list for the holiday weekend.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: “Horse.” One of my favorite single panels of all time.
I hope you like your links eclectic!
- A Tale of Postmortems. As a work strategy, this strategy can restore trust that would otherwise be lost when people outside IT/Engineering experience problems. (via)
- Unix: Viewing your processes through the eyes of /proc.
- “Writing Aliens”, or, “Duchamp, Markov, Queneau: A Mostly Delightful Quilt” Data patterns as seen by a science fiction author, and how it comes out in history and twitter. Really, a good presentation just for the range it covers. More bits on the author’s blog. (via)
- A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it. I was just thinking the other day about how much I hated PS/2 connectors, especially because I encountered a KVM switch in a rack that didn’t do USB. (via)
- How Flash changes the design of database storage engines. It’s funny that when people say “Flash” nowadays, they mean the disk product, not the software.
- Tweetable Mathematical Art. (via)
- RGB LEDs that change color if a Server has a problem/is not responding. (via)
- Not Rocket Science. An astonishingly good idea. (also via)
- Years later, this image still gives me a mild jolt of panic.
- Halfassed implementations of SSH are no fun.
- Thursday, IRL. I just like the expression he makes.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: John Pound, one of the original Garbage Pail Kids artists, nowadays creates his art by coding it – mostly by writing out Postscript. He doesn’t draw sketchbooks – he generates them. (via)
For once, a shorter week.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Wrenchies. I like Farel Dalrymple’s style.
Bonus unrelated: New Cyriak video!
This week’s Lazy Reading started as overflow from last week.
- Cron checker. Cron commands to English. (via)
- Unboxing the Magnus supercomputer. Aw, Crays don’t look as cool as they used to. (via)
- OpenVMS gets a new lease on life. (via) Also, there are public OpenVMS installations like deathrow (via) and pub1 (via).
- Unix: Controlling privileged access.
- Unix: Top networking commands and what they tell you.
- runit instead of systemd, on Void Linux. A ray of hope. (via)
- The future of iced coffee. Why can’t someone put the same treatment into tea? (via)
- What ORMS have taught me: just learn SQL. (via)
- Docker security with SELinux. Containerization, which is all the rage these days, does not enforce the same security wall as with a virtual machine – containers can ‘leak’ to their parent operating system. I’m not sure enough people realize this. (via)
- A very tiny, monospace, bitmap font. Check the screenshot of it being used on a 320×200 screen. (via)
- lowRISC. Open source System on a Chip.
- The Worst API Ever Made. I can’t judge if that’s really so, but it’s always fun to watch trainwrecks. (via)
- My history with Forth & stack machines. Forth is a crazy language, in a good way. (via)
- Lawless Legends, an Apple][ FRPG – in development. (via)
- A Mac IIci
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Quantum & Pixel. Another Boulet comic, this time exploring 2D physics.
There’s a lot to read this week… I’m not sure how that happened.
- Schwa, two decades later. I had this, then.
- Famous Women of Computer Science. At least some of the names should be familiar to you. (via)
- Anil Dash on the shifting meaning of “public”. An outgrowth of the jerktech problem.(via)
- The History of Autocorrect. (via a newsletter)
- -2000 lines of code. An early Macintosh story. (via)
- Bill Atkinson’s name in the previous link made me think of Burger Bill (Rebecca, now) Heineman, which led to this: Mentions of Wolf3D for the Apple ][gs. It’s findable, even.
- And that Sheppyware link reminds me of Sweet16, a really nice ][gs emulator for the Mac. Excuse me as I wander down the halls of memory…
- Cool-old-term. Requires qt5 and I don’t know if it works on BSD… but it’s neat looking. (via)
- Sculpting text with regex, grep, sed, awk, emacs and vim. There’s some more good resources in the source for this link.
- At the same site: SSH Hacks.
- hicat, cat with syntax highlighting. (via)
- I’ve mentioned ISO 3103 before, or at least I thought I did, but there are apparently 25 more tea-related standards.
- That led me to find George Orwell, Christopher Hitchens, and Douglas Adams all had Opinions on Tea. I must have linked to one of them before, but I can’t find it. Douglas Adams is correct, though: most people in the U.S. have never had a decent cup of tea. (via)
- Origins of common UI symbols. (via)
- Movie Film, at Death’s Door, Gets a Reprieve. This interests me because it’s in the town where I live, but there’s something else. The vast, vast quantities of film out there was filmed in the last 100 years or so. Most of that film is still readable, though the older nitrate films are fragile. If all that video was digital, how would we access it? I don’t have a single digital storage item in my house older than 10 years, except maybe a Zip disk or two, and there’s no way I can read them. (via)
- How recursion got into programming: a comedy of errors. I expected the article to quote itself in the middle or something similar; Internet jokes are warping my expectations. (via)
- Software, it’s a thing. Talking about how software exists when it is used, not just as a saved file but rather as a multitude of activities – and how that relates to preserving that history. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Mmmm… diagrams. That describes me. The subject and artist, Scott McCloud, has a book called Understanding Comics that is an excellent discussion of perception and communication. His exploration of visual “closure” is good for anyone who has to think about interfaces.
I was low on time but I still brought the links!
Your unrelated link of the week: Summer cakes. The second recipe is from Nicola Humble. I just read her surprisingly interesting history of the cookbook in the UK, hence the link. Plus, I’m hungry.
I spent this week watching an older Cisco ASA slowly lose its ability to see parts of the Internet. How did I fix it? pfSense.
Your unrelated link of the week: Avery Monsen’s Vines. Vines are an excellent way to make a very short comedy sketch. Infinite Waffles and Break the Silence are my favorites so far. (via)
It’s a manageable list this week.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Formicapunk. Boulet’s version of analog technology.
I was out sick for a few days this week (Norwalk virus ain’t fun), and so there’s a whole lot of links to follow.
- The History of the Pocket Knife. I link to it because the pictures are pretty, and because a multitool is one of the more useful physical tools you can have. (via)
- Ooh, a new James Mickens video! This is a sort of antidote to the overoptimistic Scott Hanselman video. Computers are a Sadness, I am the Cure. (via)
- Book review: The Art of Unix Programming.
- Computing Across America.
- Again, not DragonFlyBSD.
- Some interesting thoughts and actions on copyright. I bought the bumper sticker the author’s talking about, directly from him.
- Uh oh.
- Multi-process architectures suck. Yet that’s everything we work on these days. (via)
- The March Towards Go. I keep meaning to sit down and actually try a project in Go. (via)
- UNIX Tricks. Some Linuxisms in there, but oh well. (via)
- Vim as Language. Not a bad description. Related by association: I get tired of seeing the little-avatar-plus-name-plus-job-title that gets stuck on so many blog posts. (via)
- An interview with Damien Conway. He’s a very smart and direct person, so the interview is worthwhile. (via)
- Patching the Newton. Some interesting early history. I remember holding a Newton and saying “This should work like a phone.”
- BOOTSTRA.386 – A Bootstrap theme that will entertain you, or maybe give you painful flashbacks. (via multiple places)
Your unrelated link of the week: The 1987 Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship. Imagine there was no Internet access other than what you can telnet to, and nothing on TV other than this. That’s 1987.
I bring the audio and the visual today.
- The History of Mana. (via)
- Where “Von Neumann architecture” comes from. (via)
- Futuristic User Interface 16. (video)
- Floppy table. The storage space is clever.
- As I’ve said before, every software project grows until it has its own package manager for installing other software. This time, it’s Rust. (via)
- Also, sooner or later someone says, “Hey, I could build an operating system in $myfavoritelanguage!” It’s like building a house because you’ve got a favorite hammer rather than a need to live somewhere. (via)
- Best of Vim Tips. (via) Some interesting tips in the source link comments, too.
- vimawesome.com. Pretty! (via)
- The Internet of Newsletters. A reaction (and a good one) to social media. (via)
- Charlie Stross’s keynote YAPC speech.
- “I no longer see the matrix anymore, all I see is dwarf, sad dwarf, crazy dwarf“
- Awww, it’s cute.
- Raising Lazarus – The 20 Year Old Bug that Went to Mars. And a counter-argument. (both via)
- Modern tech in 1977 Atari style. (via) Did I link this before? I feel like I did, but maybe that’s because of the subject matter.
- Sorta related: Betamaxx. (via)
- “Undefined behavior can result in time travel“.
- Lisp implementation in sed. (via)
- Unix: having fun with diff.
- Visualizing Algorithms. Presented with explanation and methodology, as it should be, as opposed to a random gallery of pseudo-mathy crap. (via)
You unrelated comics link of the week: The Imitation Game, the story of Alan Turing, written by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Leland Purvis. I have other work by both authors – they are excellent – and Alan Turning should be a name already familiar to you.
Again, a backlog from last week means this week is fat.
- Non-classical processor behavior: How doing something can be faster than not doing it. Confusing but interesting.
- Rudd Canaday’s blog. One of the people behind UNIX, though not as well known. His stories have some very interesting glimpses into early computing. (via)
- Ergonomics of the Symbolics Lisp Machine. Lisp machines get talked about as if they were the last remnants of a superior, extinct precursor race. Maybe they are? I’ve never touched one. (via)
- Mapping the decentralization movement. I can get behind this idea. (via)
- KnightOS, an operating system for z80 calculators. (via)
- The SSD Endurance Experiment. (via)
- The first Photoshopped image. (via)
- Does your capacitive load purr?
- The very worst subject lines.
- Facebook has built its own switch – and it looks a lot like a server. Not a surprise to anyone familiar with the Open Compute idea, but the source article for the link has some useful references to equipment that you can actually get, unlike the Facebook doodad.
- UNIX: $42,000. (this and other links via this thread.) (update: that link was to a FTP server at Bell Labs, which appears to be down… darnit.)
- The end of Freshmeat, and a surprise link to the origins. (via)
- Aggregate hardware and software use patterns from The Setup. A sort of crowdsourced ‘effective tools’ report. Not necessarily perfect – Aeron chairs are popular, for instance, but I’d pick something else.. In an odd coincidence, a former teacher/coworker of mine is #3 on The Setup right now. (via)
- Happy World Productivity Day.
- A three-sided die, which I didn’t think was possible.
- 8088 Domination, part 1 and part 2. Full-motion video on a 4.77 Mhz 8088 chip from 1981.
- The Early History of Smalltalk. It’s a long read, but a good one. (via)
Your unrelated links of the week: My side hobby I never mention here is baking. I looked up a word I didn’t know, found out about an ice cream type I’ve never seen, started reading about odd things to do with eggs and pressure cookers, and now I’m confused by the possibilities. No narrative point here; I just need to get in the kitchen.
I’ve been short on this week (worked 19 hour day Tues/Wed, ug), so the list is short.
Your unrelated link of the week: Another Cyriak music video, this time for Bonobo. (via)
Less links than last week, but still lots. Alliteration!
Your unrelated link of the week: Carpets for Airports. Requires Flash, unfortunately.
I have possibly two weeks worth of Lazy Reading built up here, so sit down and get with the clicking:
- The Internet with a Human Face. Maciej Ceglowski’s recent talk. This is the you-should-read-it link of the week. (via)
- I Broke My Phone’s Screen, and It Was Awesome. Bunnie Huang finds the best place in the world to smash your cell phone.
- The Art of UNIX Programming. Prompted by this.
- Alert Design. The design of network monitor warnings, not designing alertly. (via)
- UNIX History Repository. On GitHub. So much is on GitHub these days… (via)
- A Trip Down UNIX Memory Lane. A lot of UNIX links this week; I don’t know why.
- “Are you a native full-stack visiongineer who lives to marketech platishforms?” Funny but sorta realistic.
- Presenting Data and Information, taught by Edward Tufte. Might be both interesting and local to some reader. (via)
- Python 3 is killing Python. This sort of thing has happened before, called “Perl 6”. (via)
- The Design of SQLite 4. The more I use SQLite, the more I like it. (via)
- Relics of Technology. How many of these things have you actually used? (via)
- tetris-bsd: the most basic version of tetris I’ve ever seen. (via saved Google search)
- That previous link led me to taipan, which is a game I loved on my Apple ][. Wait, I can still play it now?
- Apple phone and tablet models from the 80s. I remember shaping and painting models out of that sort of foam, years ago, before CAD ate it all.
- Notepad: more dangerous than you thought.
- Not necessarily the wrong way to look at tech blogs.
- 2000 or so Unicode characters. What common fonts actually implement everything in Unicode? Cause that would be a heck of a lot of designs. (via a Kickstarter newsletter)
- Beyond the stack. This way of setting up systems has taken over computing firms that are producing software for the Internet… but I don’t think people realize that isn’t all companies.
- The current Humble Book Bundle includes some Top Shelf comics publications, including semi-fictional-early-hacking-history Wizzywig which I’ve mentioned before, and the colossal not-related-to-computers work From Hell. Hopefully will still be up when you read this…
- If I can run an arbitrary program, I can do arbitrary things.
- Sun stories. Remember, it used to be BSD, back when Sun did was growing. One thing everyone seems to agree on: the workstations were great. (via)
- What’s going on with TrueCrypt. Since DragonFly has a truecrypt-compatible implementation, I’d certainly like to see it continue. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: The End of Garfield. I don’t know if this is the original source for the image.
Lots to read this week – enjoy!
- Stories from net.rumors. War stories about old, big hardware – the file is from USENET in 1989, so many of the stories are about UNIX or pre-UNIX. It’s a long read, but worth it. (via)
- Via the previous link: olduse.net. “Usenet, updated in real time as it was thirty years ago.” Also available via NNTP. The web page simulates a terminal news reader, down to the key commands. I’ve mentioned it before.
- SSH Tunnel – Local and Remote Port Forwarding Explained With Examples. Partially for my own benefit, since I’ve always intended to set up forwarding but never had enough of a dire need to do so. (via)
- Windows in video games. A neat description of how video games simulate building interiors, and a near-perfect usage case for animated GIFs. (via)
- Go for sysadmins. Go seems to approach problems in a different way than Python/Ruby, but I don’t have enough experience to quantify that yet. Also, we need to document PFI better to show how you can already do exactly what the presenter does, with DragonFly. (via a mailinglist)
- The 12-Factor App, noticed in the video in the previous link.
- Building a homebrew USB device. (via) related: I wish lobste.rs would let you link directly to a story even if there weren’t comments yet.
- UNIX: Database connection testing.
- The future that everyone forgot. I always liked what Danger did. (via)
- Arcade Story. I used to be that good with Black Tiger, though it wasn’t as flashy a game. (via)
- RFC7258. “Pervasive monitoring is an attack”. (via many places)
- Problem of the Week at the Harvard Physics Department. (via)
- Notation, notation, notation: a brief history of mathematical symbols. (via)
- An Open Letter on Feminism In Tech. Related: I am still trying to hire a system admin at my workplace. (via several places)
- Microservices and the migrating Unix philosophy. As the first comment in the source link says, “They’ve not read Brooks enough.”
- A curated list of open source sysadmin resources. Interesting set of links, though it seems silly to have this list as a Github project. (via)
- Everything is Broken. (via many places)
Your unrelated link of the week: Well, not really unrelated, but this thought occurred to me.
Another week, another linkpile. I’d probably have more links if it wasn’t for Lost Alpha coming out.
Your unrelated link of the week: Dragonfly (the bug) closeups.