It’s bizarre links week this week. Well, more than usual, I mean.
I hope you have some time on your hands today. There are hours of reading and watching linked below.
- Before Adventure, Part 3: Caves (1973), Before Adventure, Part 4: Hunt the Wumpus (1973), and Before Adventure, Part 5: Wumpus 2 and 3.
- The ultimate guide to analog control panels in sci-fi movies. (via)
- Buster Keaton: Anarchitect. Linked because the use of animated gifs to illustrate a silent movie career works astonishingly well. (via multiple places)
- How to Read More.
- The Trove, possibly every RPG print volume ever? (via)
- Mattel’s Dungeons and Dragons Computer Labyrinth. (via)
- The Wu Tang Collection, all crazy older kung fu movies. (also via)
- Raster CRT Typography (According to DEC). (thanks, Ben Collver)
- Screen Share Disasters. I tell people, always close other apps when presenting. (via)
- Some followups to the GPS rollover that happened last week. (via)
- Leap-years and leap-seconds. Not only is time not constant, its rate of change is not constant – or predictable! (also via)
- Trek Adventure, 1980.
- Iconic consoles of the IBM System/360 mainframes, 55 years old. I like the pictures.
- The 1973 Bourne shell in Unix version 5 was only 858 lines of C. I like the pictures here too.
Your unrelated Kickstarter of the week: Lancer, an RPG.
Some old-school RPG and miniatures links mixed in this week.
Your unrelated music of the week: Principleasure: I. Eighties sound, but modernized.
This is a compact list, but there’s plenty to see.
Lots of link clustering this week.
- Porting PuTTY to Windows on Arm, related to PuTTY 0.71 released. (via and via)
- Also: Pretty PuTTY – Better PuTTY Settings. (via)
- A Pi-Powered Plan 9 Cluster. I am not sure what this really gets you in practice, but it’s neat to see Plan 9 used like Plan 9 – meaning, across multiple machines. (via)
- A dedicated tablet for running 80s SGI demos! The Alice 4. (via)
- Repacking Social Media Into 1980s Nostalgia. (via)
- Before Adventure, Part 1: Hide and Seek (1972) and Before Adventure, Part 2: Mugwump, Hurkle, Snark (1973). Surely you have heard those words before.
- Also Before Adventure, Part 3: Caves (1973). “Visualize you are living in 1973, where there are almost no computer games at all…” Eeek!
- How I’m able to take notes in mathematics lectures using LaTeX and Vim. A crash course in using the heck out of Vim snippets. (Thanks, Heiko Kuhrt)
- bpkg is a bash package manager. Everything gets its own package manager now. (via)
- The Chinese ThinkPad rebuilding industry – I’ve mentioned it before. (via)
- Ceci n’est pas une pipe.
- Programmer migration patterns. ‘And I would have had to add a fifth category of programmer specialization, “configuring emacs.”‘
- Timeline of events with the Domain Name System. (via)
- The types of attachments we see in malware email (March 2019 edition) and What sorts of good email attachments our users get (March 2019 edition).
- Do do this at home, home automation evolution.
Another good mix of deep dives / unique links this week. Enjoy!
Final link of the week: The story that was made for me: Running a Bakery on Emacs and PostgreSQL.
I’m going to break out the roguelike tag again even if it isn’t a perfect fit.
Yay, got to use the roguelike tag!
- ARPANET: Celebrating 50 Years Since “LO”. There’s a transcript farther down the page if you don’t want to watch the video; I am always grateful for transcripts. (via)
- THROBAC, a computer using Roman numerals. I had no idea this could exist.(via)
- Aspell to check spelling.
- Drist release with persistent ssh.
- Open protocols can evolve fast if they’re willing to break other people.
- Why I like middle mouse button paste in xterm so much.
/dev/null, an old Unix trick. Muscle memory.
- Bad PC cases.
- Cygwin 3.0.0-1. (via)
- Level Design and Shaping a Roguelike Experience. I linked to Cogmind 4 years ago, and it has significantly grown since then. Note to self: play. (via)
- Ask laarc: What apps do you love and/or use habitually?
- Ultima VII. Deep dive into a deep game.
- Dwarf Fortress diaries: 3, a gruesome winter, 4 – Messages from Zon, 5 – culture war, dingo war, and 6 – Through the Interesting Door.
- Landley’s Computer History Page. There’s a lot of history there. Plus BSD history! (via)
- Using gmail with mutt. (via)
- Writing a Rust Roguelike for the Desktop and the Web. (via)
- Restoring My 90’s Era 386 (Work in Progress). Back when heatsinks were much less necessary. (via)
- Split keyboards, a five year experience and review. Source comments led me to Keyboardio, which is nice hardware… and can be reprogrammed by the end user! That’s the way it should be.
There’s some extended reading in these links; I hope you have some time on your hands for a deep dive today.
- Warp: playing offline. Saving an architecture to play a game.
- SET THE FLUX CAPACITOR FOR 12/30/1899. (via)
- PC Speaker to Eleven. (also via)
- Listening to the internet…
- Quotes from 1992.
- Wikimedia is hiring.
- A touchpad is not a mouse, or at least not a good one.
- Related: Making more use of keyboard control over window position and size.
- The IBM PC. Harvard Business Review on open platforms.
- Lighting up my DasKeyboard with Blood Sugar changes using my body’s REST API. (via)
- bd, bn, bp, ls, w, e, & me. Buffers over files in Vim.
- Emacs X Window Manager. I am losing track of what controls what. (via)
- Previous: NeXT computer hardware emulator. (via)
- MIT Hacker Tools. Generalized how-to-use UNIX tools. Much better than the usual overview articles you see, probably because it’s an actual course. (via)
- Computer hardware notes. A collection of one person’s hardware anecdotes, stretching from Crays, decades ago, to modern events. (via)
- Betamaxed, about version control systems. An even-handed appraisal, not just an anecdote. (via)
Your unrelated video of the week: DOCTOR WHAT. (via)
Sorta unofficial retro game theme this week.
- Ascending NetHack by breaking the RNG. (via)
- “This is an archive of the source code for various versions of the QED editor.” A Git archive with commit dates that predate the creation of Git, cause QED dates to pre-UNIX. (also via)
- aphelia: A light, single-file, minimalist window manager for X11. (via)
- SyncTERM connecting to lobste.rs. (via)
- chezmoi: manage your dotfiles securely across multiple machines. Not necessarily advocating this over plain version control systems. (via)
- Monotonic clocks are not monotonic. Many people get to make this discovery, in many places. (via)
- A NES Emulator written in Emacs. (via)
- A computer built into a mouse. (via)
- Journalbook, a private, completely-offline notes browser app.
- Insects as food, a comprehensive PDF. (via)
- Xenix tales: 8086 and Xenix 386 networking. (via)
- Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode one – crushed legs and eagle guts.
- Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode two – flailing in a pool of dwarf pus.
- Getting an IBM AS/400 Midrange computer on the internet. (via)
- A Bit about Alphabit. A Commodore64 demo.
- When a cabinet and an automaton love each other very much…
- halting problem :: History of GNOME / Episode 2.0: Retrospective.
- kitty – the fast, featureful, GPU based terminal emulator. Blurs the line between terminal and windowing environment.
- Going old school: how I replaced Facebook with email. (via)
- Random Role Playing Game Inspiration. (via)
- 30th anniversary of the Macintosh SE/30. I would not argue with Best Mac Ever assessment. (via)
- 2018 Hard Drive Reliability Stats by Manufacturer and Model. The Backblaze report. (via)
- How You’ve Been Making Tea Wrong Your Entire Life – BBC. Some of this seems obvious? (video, via)
Your unrelated audio link of the week: Centuries of Sound. The major sounds of a given year, starting in 1859. Yes, 1859. It’s like time travel for your ears, with liner notes. (via)
One advantage of having a link ‘backlog’ is that I can pick and choose a bit, to present grouped items.
Unofficial theme this week: me commenting on almost every link.
Merry almost Christmas! I hope you like reading, because I’m linking to some large collections of text.
I’m not planning a holiday gift guide this year, though they are fun to do. You can always check previous ones; I try to link to stores rather than individual items.
Involuntary vi theme this week. Or ssh! I have lots of links.
It’s a classic Lazy Reading this week – some deep dives, some history, some stuff that will take a while to explore. Enjoy!
- CGSociety, computer rendering showplace. Makes me think of the old Bud Plant Catalog. (via)
- Underrated websites. You may come back to this. (via)
- The recent ACM/IEEE Super Computing conference reassembled a Cray 1, serial number 1.
- Right to Repair takes a step forward. (via)
- The Twenty-Five-Year Journey of Magic: The Gathering. (via, via)
- Tiling Window Managers, a video. (via)
- What’s hiding in your PDF? A PDF used to just be encapsulated PostScript, really. It’s been stretched much, much farther. (also via)
- Sourdough culture components worldwide, mapped. (via)
- peek-for-tmux – the most smallest useful tmux trick you’ll use. Peek into a text file at the command line, but keep the prompt accessible. (via)
- eDEX-UI, futuristic interface. (via)
- Lessons on exec from 4:40PM on a Friday.
- Lisp Machine Inc. K-machine. Sort of an alien architecture to me at this point, years later. (via)
- The story of the ZX81, in tweets. (via I lost it, sorry)
- The special effects for the computer display in “Escape From New York”. (via)
- Why Chips Die. Proportionally related to user need, of course. (via)