A good, oddball week.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Draculagate, a book funded by Kickstarter. Watch the video.
Old computer theme this week. That may be more of a constant.
I cleared my tab backlog, but I still have a RSS backlog to work through here. Please be patient as I post a crapton of links and still don’t make it to the end.
Your unrelated listening of the week: The Best Metal on Bandcamp: September 2018. Witch Ripper and Pig Destroyer are pretty fun, both to listen to and to say.
I still have a backlog. Geez. I’m starting to worry I’m posting too much for anyone to read through.
- After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside. Important to read to see the mind-boggling scale of money flowing into Linux; it’s a corporate UNIX at this point, with priorities determined by a number of major companies. One year of Linus Torvalds’ pay is, I dare say, more than any other entire open source operating system project on the planet has received.
- Related: Something is rotten in the Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation gives employees non-disparagement clauses? (via)
- Commodore 64 BASIC inside your USB Connector. (via)
- “the highest throughput of any telecommunications network ever created“
- More terminal font discussion.
- Teacup holster.
- Le Chatelier’s principle.
- Today in History, Brought to You by Unix. Always present on BSD, at least. (via)
- Leaving Apple and Google: /e/ first beta. (via)
- XML, blockchains, and the strange shapes of progress.
- Xonsh: Python-powered, cross-platform, Unix-gazing shell. I link mostly because it’s neat to see new shells still getting created. (via)
- Glowing mercury thyratrons: inside a 1940s Teletype switching power supply. Thyratrons!
- Disk compression history. Read so you recognize the algorithms used.
- Pixeldungeon. A roguelike that runs most anywhere; might run on BSD?
- “There are two immutable truths about all wireless networks:“
- Enclose them all in super clear epoxy! That… is a computer that won’t suffer moisture issues.
Your unrelated dragonfly image this week: Common darter.
Unofficial history theme this week – but not UNIX-specific, for once.
Your unrelated baking video of the week: Round Cake Production with Unifiller Depositors and Decorating Equipment. I’m not recommending this as a food; it’s just somewhat hypnotic to watch the robot production of something you usually imagine as lovingly handcrafted.
I did finally clean out my “to post” email folder, at least.
Your unrelated item of the week: Please enjoy this masterclass in comedy timing from a pizza. (via)
Unofficial accidental “time” theme this week. Also charts!
There’s several deep dives in the links today; enjoy reading!
Your unrelated music link of the week: A Brief Primer on the Contemporary Glitch-Hop Scene. I liked Tipper more than I expected.
Done well ahead of time, knowing I’d be on the road this past week.
This is a straight dump of open browser tabs. You can tell what motivated me to set up the Mastodon account for the Digest this week, from some of the content.
Your unrelated video of the week: LOCAL58 – Show for Children.
Short, perhaps, but blame my traveling.
History for a theme, I guess? It’s a random week.
- 80s video game commercials, a hour of video. (via)
- Don’t do this either.
- When generating a random password, the result must still be a valid string.
- Hackaday Prize, now open.
- New apps for MS/DOS.
- Omnicalculator, every type of online calculator you can think of. (via)
- Browsh, a text-based web browser. Uses FireFox under the hood, so all you need to transmit locally is text. (via)
- WordTsar, a modern Wordstar clone. (via).
- How to handle emoji (in code). (via)
- Related: There’s more to HTML escaping than &, <, >, and “ (via)
- A few things I know about LISP Machines. (via)
- Digital life simplification. Not saying all these things are good ideas; some are relative luxuries. (via)
Your Cyriak video of the month: Indigestion.
Oddball things week, this week.
50% history, 50% new things that I love about the Internet.
Historic games is this week’s accidental theme.
I’m going wide-topic this week.
I’m going heavy on history this week.
- “an imaginary mail order computer games shop in 1985“.
- NeoVim, a refactoring of Vim.
- “The Obscuritory, a blog about lesser-known, odder games and software.” (via)
- Pulling the rug out from under an internet protocol.
- Building the Commodore that should have existed. (via)
- Via the previous link, the C256 Foenix Project. A Commodore 128 sequel.
- The Arcade Flyer Archive, advertising material around arcade games. (via)
- AtlTVHead, a project. (Video)
- OpenStreetMap Should Be a Priority for the Open Source Community. (via)
- Webrings. Was there ever a BSD one? I don’t know…
- Student events at SC18 this fall – sign up now to participate. That’s “SC” as in “SuperComputing” – they will have a Cray on display, for instance. (via)
- “There’s real reasons for Linux to replace ifconfig, netstat, et al“. The argument isn’t valid, I think – you’ll get the same problem with new tools; it’s really reinvention, not improvement. (via)
- Yore Computer, old UK computer magazine pages. (via)
It’s been a busy week and I didn’t have overflow from last week to help, so these are very fresh links.
Treat this week: footage of a college animatronic project I was slightly involved in. See below.
- Maintaining Notepad is not a full-time job, but it’s not an empty job either.
- Concise Computational Literature is Now Online in Taper. 1KB items only.
- 80s Home Robot History. The first example is classic open source.
- Alphachat, economic film analysis. This podcast episode is talking about Tron/Tron Legacy. (via)
- Ten years of Vim. (via)
- 30 years later, QBasic is still the best. I link to this story because years ago, in college, some of my roommates built an entire animatronic gargoyle project around it. I found the footage, recently. (via)
- Vim 8.1 released. (via)
- Hints for writing Unix tools. (via)
- Reverse NES emulation. (via)
- We Did Our First Kickstarter! And It Worked! Linking to it because the games are interesting, but also because it’s a viewpoint where he says “We’re getting older, enough so that the end of our careers is in sight. ” Not something you normally think of for an indie developer.
- Eudora, BSD-licensed. (via many places)
- WTFUtil, fun-looking terminal report screen. (via)
- OnlineASCIITools.com. Exactly what it sounds like.