I’ve got some esoteric stuff this week.
- 24-core CPU and I can’t move my mouse. The description of Amdahl’s Law is something not enough people realize. (via)
- Pushing DNS into the Cloud.
- Relive WW2 Lorenz decryption. (via)
- books chapter four and books chapter five.
- Build-from-a-kit mechanical keyboard, and odd but pretty controller. (via)
- Nyan routing. (via)
- Well Played vol 6,2 – european videogames of the 1980s. Free download of the issue. (via)
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About IPv6. Video from ARIN, so pretty authoritative. (via)
- URLS are UIs. (via)
- White Spots. The idea of using VR to visualize transmitter location is interesting. (via)
- That’s a Big Microscope…
- UNIX: How random is random? Depends on current operating system, which this article glosses over.
- Visual Subnets. Click “How’s this work?” on the side if it’s not clear.
- Introductory bullshit detection for non-technical managers. This is excellent for project planning overall, not just the BS part. (via)
Unrelated audio link of the week: Alan Lomax recordings are up on Bandcamp.
Bryan C. Everly eventually figured out how to configure his ThinkPad x230 so that the TrackPoint worked in xorg, and he wrote it down.
Should you need have Ubiquiti devices, and you need to get the Unifi management program running on your DragonFly server, this script will work for you. Some of the filepaths are different, but it’s otherwise complete.
Matthew Dillon noted some OpenVPN problems, requiring him to disable compression. I don’t think this is a DragonFly problem, or even necessarily a BSD problem, but it’s worth mentioning in case you run it.
A lot of this was picked up during the previous long U.S. holiday weekend.
- A Brief History of the ATM and As cash becomes quaint, are ATMs on path to obsolescence? (via)
- The evolution of the laptop computer. Clickbaity and not comprehensive, but fun to look at the pictures. (also via)
- A tip for catching process state changes.
- The Pacification of the Nerd.
- The forgotten joys of the screen saver. (via, of course)
- Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath Numbers. (via)
- Decalogue, by Jan Svankmajer. Svankmajer’s movie “Lunacy” is the most disturbing? distressing? film I’ve ever watched. (via)
- Speaking of which, Svankmajer was an influence on the Quay Brothers, whom I was talking about with someone else recently. Surely you’ve seen Street of Crocodiles?
- userland xnr jit.
- open-adventure, the original, ported. (via)
- Writing a Unix Shell. (via)
- Compiler Optimizations are Awesome.
- Tron B-Roll. Most evocative to those who remember computer graphics pre-texture-mapping.
Andrew MacIntyre manually installed DragonFly onto a UEFI system, and conveniently he posted his notes. It includes a GRUB menu entry, which will come in handy for someone
A little meta, this week.
- Why Nothing Works Anymore. Occam’s Razor applies; most people undervalue design vs. cost. (via)
- I miss Delphi
- There’s more than one way to kill a Unix process
- Sniffing out Unix processes using pgrep
- cloudbleed hero graphics. You know what Cloudbleed is, correct? It’s hard to illustrate, is what it is.
- 1000 links later. The Digest is generally a links site, and my experience matches what he’s saying.
- The PDP-10 group on GitHub. (via, via)
- Doing Presentations. I have an employee who can’t stop reading text verbatim off his slides, facing the screen… which means I can’t stop falling asleep at about slide 20 or so. (via)
- An annotated digest of the top “Hacker” “News” posts. Accurate. (via)
- ./code –poetry. (via)
- Learning from Terminals to Design the Future of User Interfaces. (via)
- comment free codex. Comment quantity is starting to matter even more than quality.
- There’s no IPv4 ranges left to allocate, but there’s some ranges that aren’t being used by their owners, and are given back. Here’s where the remaining scraps of recovered IPv4 space are tracked. It at least delays the inevitable. (via)
- Eli5: What is POSIX?
- A time-proven zsh prompt.
- About the Newton MessagePad 2xxx ROM card. (via)
Your unrelated tea link of the week: In Sri Lanka’s Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing. I actually heard about the quality of the tea (very good) before I heard about the way the company was formed. Consider where your next tea purchase comes from, in light of this.
Here’s one of the reasons to have your own permanent server: The New York Times has a daily feature called, not surprisingly, “The Daily“. It’s a short 15-20 minute news segment, ready by 6 AM. It’s available through Google Play Music or iTunes, but I leave for work by 6:15, and I don’t want to use up cell data downloading something that should arrive on my phone just before I leave the house. Of course, there’s no obvious way to tell Google Play, “I know it’s there; go get it right now”. I don’t know the iPhone experience, but I imagine it’s the same. I want to download on my time, not on Google or Apple’s schedule.
Luckily, there’s an RSS feed for this podcast. That, plus this simple script on my DragonFly system, means I can pull it down whenever I’m ready:
fetch -o – http://feeds.podtrac.com/zKq6WZZLTlbM | grep enclosure | cut -d ‘”‘ -f2 | xargs fetch -m
So, it’s a matter of running that script, and syncing off my own local storage, on my own schedule. FolderSync Lite will happily sync back to my phone using sftp.
I mention this because people don’t realize there’s a console screensaver: ‘vidcontrol -t XX’ will blank the console after XX seconds of inactivity. This way you aren’t lighting up your server closet with a terminal screen, forever.
This week’s Lazy Reading came together in perhaps 10 minutes.
- Mouse cursor disappears when my refrigerator turns off. (via)
- Roll20.net. Role-playing game tools. (via)
- choose boring bugs.
- tilted abstractions. I feel this way about many web frameworks.
- You can register your child’s name in any language providing you use any Unicode character.
- Unix as IDE. (via)
- Cisco config -> HTML converter.
- Mapping colors. This could be very useful. (via)
- gruvbox. (also via)
- vim.sensible. (via)
- History of Xenix – Microsoft’s Forgotten Unix-Based Operating System. (via)
- Internet Security Exposure 2016. I like the map, of course.
I manage to avoid a topic this week, really. That’s good!
- #! /usr/bin/env considered harmful
#!magic, details about the shebang/hash-bang mechanism on various Unix flavours. (via)
- The Future of Procedural Generation. For games.
- So many cow jokes. (via)
- Munchausen Numbers and How to Find Them. (via)
- Showing The Weather In Tmux. (via)
- The Festival Floppies. Anything named “Dinosorceror” must be good. (via)
- A Very Long Post On How to Become a Creator. The last paragraph in Advice #1 is the important bit.
- Dither me this.
- Oh shit, git! (via)
Tomohiro Kusumi is thinking about porting it. Follow the whole thread for details.
I may have mentioned this in part before, but Matthew Dillon has a brief script to reload pf when an interface IP changes. I’m linking it here in case it’s useful in the future.