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.
I’ve linked to Wizzywig (free complete book PDF at that link before, as a sort of early semi-fictional history of personal computing. I met the author at TCAF this weekend; his Brain Rot comics about the start of hip-hop are enjoyable too. There’s about a zillion more books I wanted to buy at TCAF, too…
Your unrelated link of the week: Memorex. As a friend from years ago said, “Eiiiiiiiiighteeeeeees”. (via)
Busy week, but lots to read.
Your unrelated link of the week: Doc Brown on My Proper Tea. Language warning.
Settle back, there’s a lot to read.
- CERN Terminal font. I mentally expect the characters to be printed in green or amber, just from the shape. (via)
- Systems Programming at Twitter. (via)
- Richard Garriot’s D&D #1; his first game written in BASIC, long before Ultima. There’s a contest involved, but that’s not the important part. (via)
- Unix: Counting chickens or anything else.
- Matul Remit, a Dwarf Fortress story. Yeah, I know, third Dwarf Fortress item in three weeks. This one is about the story itself, not the gameplay. (via)
- The Pac-Man Dossier, Obsessive notes and details about Pac-Man. (also via)
- “…nothing worse for the future of home lighting than having to remember whether the lights in the bedroom were made by Sylvania or Philips before I can turn them off.” The Internet of (proprietary) Things.
- The Modern Perl book, 2014 edition, is out and is a free download.
- Your favorite 2-piece keyboard.
- The Novena laptop, has a crowdfunding campaign. It even has stretch goals, now. It sounds fun, but you have to be seriously interested in hardware twiddling. There’s a contest for a new logo, too.
- Worst common denominator programming. You can guess the source.
- Technology Monoculture as threat. It’s about OpenSSL, but I’d argue that Linux represents another monoculture problem.
- go in go. (via)
- A discovered quirk is just [a] few steps away from becoming a feature.
- Microsoft Word is not a terminal emulator. :wq
- Using Vim as a writing environment. (via)
- boycottsystemd.org. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City. It’s a kickstarter for the 13th volume of a long-running story – which is also free to read online. As I have mentioned before, the artist Phil Foglio drew the original BSD daemons.
This is another week where I find neat stuff at the start of the week, start the post, and by the time the post date rolls around, those links have been seen everywhere. Yes, I’m complaining I don’t get “First Post!” the way I want.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Heads or Tails. Chris Ware’s comics are all about using the comic as a way of expressing the movement of time, in so many ways. (via)
I am all over the map this week.
Your unrelated animated image of the week: a seal with hiccups.
This is the first Lazy Reading in a while that I hadn’t already started before the previous week’s Lazy Reading was displayed.
- Wrong and Right Reasons to be Upset about Oculus. Gets at something that’s been bothering me: too many new companies have acquisition as an exit strategy. Over time, that becomes the only strategy. (via many places)
- How one college went from 10% female computer-science majors to 40%. I can confirm this works, via the small sample of the class I taught recently. (via I lost track, sorry)
- Toward a better programming. Makes some good points about programming, though it unfortunately ends not with solutions but with a ‘buy my stuff’ push. (via)
- Michael W. Lucas reviews “Applied Network Security Monitoring”, the book.
- 7 Habits of Highly Successful UNIX Admins.
- thread patterns, about surviving mailing list overload. You will recognize exactly what’s being described if you’ve read any mailing list for more than a year of your life. (via #dragonflybsd)
- How pinball and boardwalk amusements gave rise to video games.
- RPN calculation, a description and history.
- I don’t know if this conspiracy theory with Red Hat, systemd, and the military-industrial complex is even realistic, but it’s kinda fun to see, in a “look at that mess over there in that other operating system” kind of way. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the day: The Very Hungry Rust Monster.
I suddenly can’t remember if I pad my dates with zeros.
Your unrelated link of the week: The creepiest animatronic work I’ve seen yet. (via Orbital Operations)
Aaaaaaaaa link overflow!
- The Story I’ll Tell at the Web’s 25th Birthday Party.
- When Will the Next Dot.com Bubble Burst? The comment from Gary Helms is correct.
- The truth about content management systems. It’s one of those basic mistakes that everyone gets to learn in some form. (via I lost track, sorry)
- The Facebook experiment has failed. Let’s do better. I agree with the sentiment that smaller communities are necessary, and that Facebook is an unsustainable place for them. I’m seeing more specific communities retreating from social media to mailing lists – and it’s better. (via)
- UNIX: Network Basics for the Beginner.
- Boulet takes on tech support. We’ve all gotten that call from an older family member.
- The Turino XL, a computer with over 45 x 1017 bytes available.
- Worse. Bundling and the negative effects that come with it. (via)
- This World of Ours, a James Mickens logout column from December 2013 that I missed.
- Actually, if you look at his Microsoft Research page, he has links to his past articles at the bottom, plus a link to his 2011 presentation about why web browsers are horrible.
- Why I Use Vim. Describes a “climbing up, sliding down” learning curve, which puts me in mind of one of my favorite diagrams. (via)
- How to boost your Vim productivity. Some interesting tips in this, plus bits on tmux. (via)
- Coffee and its Effects on Feature Creep. Sort of a basic economics lesson. (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: Space Replay. A very good use of an Arduino board. (via)
A lot of this was done early; last week had a lot of interesting stuff turn up. Maybe because we’re coming out of a extreme winter in the northern hemisphere, and people are feeling a bit more energetic?
- How to Eat Your Entropy and Have it Too — Optimal Recovery Strategies for Compromised RNGs. One of the authors, Yevgeniy Dodis, is I think speaking at an upcoming NYCBUG meeting.
- This may not surprise you, but the GNU version of ‘true’ can sometimes return false.
- I still have a weakness for 80s vector graphics.
- Matching one of the links from last week, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game online. (via)
- The History of Information. Mesmerizing, like reading Wikipedia in serial order. (via)
- Drifting into Fragility, a look at complex system failure analysis at WETA. Notable for the offhand comment that they’re rendering on 49,000 cores. That’s… over 9,000! (Old joke but still fun.) (via)
- pleaserun, an attempt to abstract away the systemd vs. everything else argument. Also, a perfectly descriptive name. (also via)
- Unix: Pranks that sysadmins play.
- Token ring: still used. Eh, could be worse; could be frame relay.
- The Mid-Career Crisis of the Perl Programmer. The leading tl;dr segments are dead on, but the essay itself rolls out into a conversation about skills for older programmers and what choices you make. (via)
- Maury, Innovation, and Change. Open data and common APIs – in 1850. (via)
- How to save read-only files in Vim. A step better than the usual advice.
- UNIX Magic. (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: The Conet Project, recordings of numbers stations, at the Internet Archive. (via the Orbital Operations newsletter)
Bonus timewaster: 2048. (via multiple places)
This week blew up with links fast.
Your unrelated video of the week: This trailer for Crawl. This is a roguelike multiplayer cross-platform game, though I don’t know if it would work on BSD. The important thing: the voiceover narration is fantastic.
A public service announcement: Check your backup power systems when the weather is bad. It has been so cold that the always-running heater blocks cooked away the coolant in my workplace’s backup generator in between the weekly inspections, and when the power died a few days ago, the generator failed to start. This led to the paradoxical sensor warning: “High coolant temperature” when the outside temperature was below freezing.
- Scott Hanselman wrote “Microsoft killed my Pappy“, where he attributes dislike to Microsoft to being old anger from antitrust suits, etc. Those were more the outcome of frustration over Microsoft quality, as I recall. Microsoft is doing some things right nowadays – generally using open source techniques and sorta working with standards – but then again, so are all the other large tech silos.
- Those who do not know jails are doomed to reinvent them. That’s my description of these container/docker/etc ideas floating around Linux. Yes, I know I’m oversimplifying. (via)
- speaking.io, about public speaking. Posted mostly for my own future edification. (via)
- UNIX: Making better use of the find command.
- More history on stpcpy(3) than you ever knew.
- Unix: How to get along with your coworkers.
- James Iry’s History of Programming Languages. Some the jokes aren’t exactly new, but it made me laugh. (via #dragonflybsd)
- The End of Facebook. I know I should have the Digest on Facebook, but I’m not sure how much of an audience I’d be able to reach without paying to play. (via)
- I Still Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem. I find the lack of adherence to standards – or even agreement on common formats – very frustrating. (via)
- Twitch Plays Pokemon, the explanation.
- A brief history of one-line fixes. Written in honor of Apple’s recent blunder. The conclusion is good, too.
Your unrelated link of the week: Muppets, NYC, and tea. I know it’s an ad, but it fits my interests perfectly.
Pardon me as I wander through a lot of topics.
- Where to keep your pubic hair. I worry about this (syntax, not hair storage) when I’m writing titles here. (via)
- Top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in 2013. This is a UK site, so it’s UK-specific, I assume. I am thinking of it because I saw copies of the entertainingly illustrated “UNIX System Administrator’s Handbook” at NYCBSDCon. I have copies of the 3rd edition; the 4th edition in print now is the “UNIX and Linux…” version, and I don’t know if the illustrations survived. (via)
- Also found while looking at the previous links: UNIX Systems Advanced Administration and Management Handbook. No idea of the contents, since it’s nearly 20 years old, but the cover hints that it might be interesting more for the style of how it was assembled and what it covers, rather than the technical aspects. I am entertained by ‘first edition’ AD&D manuals the same way.
- It’s about time. DDOS attacks and NTP. A summary of the recent trend.
- Ten Things We Forgot to Monitor. The authors very kindly include the scripts they use to monitor these things now. (via)
- Less Commonly Used UNIX Commands. From a variety of places, so only a subset of this list is available on any given system. (via)
- The Death of Xenix. That was Microsoft UNIX, for those who don’t remember. (via)
- Unix: Using pushd and popd for faster navigation. One of those habits I’ve never been able to establish.
- Introducing BPasswd2. By Alex Hornung, one of the DragonFly developers. I’ve been meaning to post this for some time.
- Typeset In The Future, examining typefaces all through a sci-fi movie, down to the buttons. (via)
- World War G. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Top Shelf is now selling their excellent comics without DRM, so they can be stored/read however you like.
Trivia fact that I told someone about at NYCBSDCon: the habit of using (via) to correctly attribute links comes from a still-online-but-not-functioning site called The Nonist. The fellow putting it together had the most wonderful ability to find esoteric, interesting items to read about. I can’t match his talent for images. The Wayback Machine has a copy of the Nonist site so you can see it in its original glory.
To the (text-only) links!
Your unrelated link of the week: If I met you at NYCBSDCon last week, did I seem like a mature adult? I’m not. Here’s Deer Fart.wmv.