The links this week aren’t necessarily long, but they are definitely “make-you-think” material.
- The Sixth Stage of Grief Is Retro-computing. Paul Ford. The story abounds with good quotes, and good summaries of the strangeness that was LISP, or Plan 9, or etc. (via)
- That led me to the Squeak website, cause I always had a vague desire to learn Smalltalk, someday.
- Best Practices for Cache Management.
- Repairing the card reader for a 1960s mainframe: cams, relays and a clutch.
- Paradise OS. (also via)
- Linux’izing your Windows PC into a dev machine. I don’t like this trend of running Windows and pretending it’s not. (via)
- Tough love, or stultifying ossification? I don’t know.
- The Bandcamp 2017 Year in Review. Bandcamp is a good idea even if all it does is avoid streaming audio monoculture.
- Spectre Mitigations in Microsoft’s C/C++ Compiler. I link to this to show that the mitigation methods users rely on are secret, cause it’s not open source. So this researcher has to rely on evaluating the output rather than the code itself.
- Edible Games. Exactly what the name implies. (via)
- Can’t get UNIX v7/x86 to work in virtual machine.
- How to redesign a tech logo. Monoculture, like I said.
Some really fun things this week.
Your unrelated comics link of the day: Verse.
I finally worked through my Lazy Reading link backlog.
- Computer-generated books, a list.
- Every Icon, eventually drawing every 32×32 monochrome image possible. I remember a 8×8 physical hardware version of this called All Possible Images, some years ago. Google doesn’t remember it, though, or chooses to give me links to API docs instead.
- Frankenbook, Shelley’s Frankenstein with additional essays and annotations worked directly into the original text. This is something web pages were built for. (via)
- MacTote, for lugging your FatMac around. (via)
- Grandma’s Zelda map. (also via)
- Actual screenshot.
- Towards LaTeX in the Browser. (via)
- Unix influence in history. (via)
- The UNIX Operating System: A Model for Software Design. Via this page. The target is behind a paywall. The mention of Kernighan as an author, though, made me wonder if he had published it separately. He hasn’t, but I did find his books page at Princeton.
- My Delorean runs Perl. (via)
- The revival of blogging. English translated version.
- The vi input model. (via)
- Mycroft II, an open source voice assistant. Are there more like this?
- How’s your soldering technique?
- Welcome to Armageddon! An excellent roguelike history from an excellent magazine.
- Why create a new Unix shell? (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: see the last paragraph of this Don Hertzfeldt interview; it’s important. “Every time you pay to watch something you’re casting a vote. You’re saying, ‘Hey go make more of this, please.’ Audiences have all of the power to shape what gets made and what doesn’t.”
I’m already filling in next week’s Lazy Reading links, there’s so much.
- An Open Letter to the Perl Community. Getting from Perl 5 to Perl 6. (via)
- chart.business. (via)
- Teaching an Almost 40-year Old UNIX about Backspace. (via)
- khal, a terminal calendar. (via kerma on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- 10 PRINT, a book about a single-line Commodore 64 program. (via swildner)
- Wireguard, a possible IPSec/OpenVPN replacement. (via)
- ActivityPub is a W3C Recommendation. “decentralized social network protocol”, and a first step out of the walled garden. A very pleasant-to-read specification, too! (via)
- My favorite games of 2017. This will eat some hours of your time.
- This week in references: echoes, breakbeats, the new sound of music. The “Breakbeat Deconstruction” video is pleasant auditory history.
- Drummer From Another Mother, a Moog Music product. Listen, it’s the sound of analog! (via)
- USB Killer, now with pyrotechnic payload.
- The Screenless Office. (via)
- System Bus Radio: Transmits AM radio on computers without transmitting hardware. (via)
- Meanwhile is now available on Steam! Plus extra DLC comic! Meanwhile is a physical comic built as a maze, or perhaps nonlinear book, and here it is in software.
Almost all of this was done within 24 hours of the last Lazy Reading. No idea why there were so many good candidates for reading, but I’m happy about it.
This is almost all link overflow from last week – and next week’s edition is almost complete. There’s a lot to read lately!
I had to trim this down; there’s been a post-Christmas surge in material.
Last anything for the year! I packed in as much reading material as I could.
I’m throwing in some end-of-year lists cause now’s the time for it.
Accidental theme this week: the 1990s.
Your unrelated photo of the week: untitled.
Some overflow from last week, thank goodness.
Your unrelated video of the week: new Cyriak animation: I heard you love horses (via)
Roguelike/UNIX theme this week.
Your off-topic music link of the week: A Walk Through Buckethead’s Massive Bandcamp Catalogue.
This is one of the more historical episodes of Lazy Reading.
All over the map again, but that’s what Lazy Reading is for.
This is another one of those ‘wide variety’ weeks, so settle in; I am confident at least one of these links will grab you.
Your unrelated link of the week: Lynda Barry is the funk queen of the galaxy, a fantastic cartoonist, and now the best ever advice columnist.
Some overflow, some new.
Your unrelated shirt design of the week: Mickey Mouth.
I have more links to post but I just plain ran out of time.
Your crazy update of the week: The Beacon Project.
Less crazy/better idea: The Church of the SubGenius | A Documentary. Pledging.