Category: UNIXish

Lazy Reading for 2016/12/04


Dig up more on James Burke (linked below) if you can, and if you have the time.  His Connections show was a delight.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/11/27


A lot of this I picked up in previous weeks, knowing that the U.S Thanksgiving holiday was going to either dry up all links or give me a crapload.

Your unrelated link of the week: The Secret World of Stuff.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2016/11/13


Some of this is overflow from last week.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2016/11/06


There’s got to be something surprising and/or useful for you in this week’s links; they are gloriously eclectic.

Your unrelated browser game of the week: Epitaph.  (via)

 

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Lazy Reading for 2016/10/30


I finished this waaaay early.

Your unrelated link of the week: Take On Me, shittyfluted.  Similar to sweding, and I’m so sorry.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/10/09


This week’s Lazy Reading came together in perhaps 10 minutes.

Your unrelated music video of the week: Danny Brown – When It Rain.  The music may not be what you are used to, but I like how “damaged VHS tape” is being used as a visual design choice.  (via)

Lazy Reading for 2016/10/02


Every third link is about old technology, and I swear it’s not on purpose.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: DHARBIN.  I briefly met the artist at TCAF a few years ago; he looks exactly like how he draws himself.  Here’s an affecting strip about pets and loss.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/09/25


I manage to avoid a topic this week, really.  That’s good!

Lazy Reading for 2016/09/11


Happy birthday to my younger daughter.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/09/04


This post fleshed out at the last minute, between road trips.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2016/08/28


Enjoy!  I am going to have irregular network access over the next week, so this may be the only post for several days.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/07/17


It’s a nerdy Lazy Reading today.  Well, nerdier than usual, I think.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/07/03


Half of this was done while trapped in day 3 of a 3-day planning and training meeting at work.

Your unrelated video link of the week: Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016.  Scroll down for the videos, embedded and linked.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/06/26


Did this early too, but ended up with lots of links.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2016/06/19


I got me a retro Teasmade, so as you read this, I’m probably waking up to a fresh cup.  It’s not very practical, but it is fun.

Your unrelated video of the week: 2016 AICP Sponsor Reel.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2016/06/12


Covering all the bases – history, UNIX, D&D, editors.  No tea links, so I guess I’m not scoring 100%.

Your unrelated link of the week: Exploring Abandoned Mines.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2016/06/05


This week is Esoterica week, for Lazy Reading.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/05/29


What are people using for a web framework these days?  I was messing with Fat Free Framework, and there seems to be about a zillion options, for many languages, these days.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: The Digital Comics Museum.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/05/22


A nice wide range of topics, again!

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Lazy Reading for 2016/05/01


Cinco De Mayo is coming up.

Your unrelated link of the week: What was the weirdest 911 call ever received?  (via)

 

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Lazy Reading for 2016/03/27


This is actually overflow completely from previous weeks.  I am not sure how I am ending up so far ahead on these but not the Saturday BSD items.  As long as it shows up on the expected day, I suppose it works out.

Your kinda-unrelated item for the week: Butterfly Stomp, Michael W. Lucas’s free short story.  He writes fiction when he’s not writing BSD books.

 

 

Lazy Reading for 2016/03/20


I’m sort of proud of how wide a range of topics are covered this week.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2016/03/06


All over the map this week.

Your unrelated link of the week: teasmades, 50% off with the code ‘MOTHERSDAY2016’ until March 9th.  Given the difference in US – UK voltage, I don’t know if this would be a good investment for me, but I’d sure like to have one.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/02/28


UNIX tools are this week’s unintentional theme.

Your unrelated robot link of the week: Every new Boston Dynamics robot is creepier than the last.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/01/31


I am proud of finding some of these links this week; they are not the usual “here’s what everyone else linked to” that you see.

Your unrelated graph link of the week: Visualizing HipHop trends from 1989 – 2015.  (via)

Lazy Reading for 2016/01/10


I am prewriting most of this post because I have a significant hardware changeout happening this weekend at work; let’s hope for quiet.

Your unrelated food link of the week:  The teas to make you forget all about coffee.  Not as smug as the usual tea article, thank goodness.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/01/03


The first link will bring you a lot more reading.

Your off-topic link of the week: The food timeline.   This is one of those old-school sites without fancy formatting, created mostly though one person’s focus on a topic, and astonishingly in-depth.  This sort of thing makes me so happy to see.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/12/27


Last of the year, and all the links are terse!

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Lazy Reading for 2015/12/20


Finally, a week of links you can get through in one sitting.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/12/06


Another done-early week.  I’m already filling in next week’s Lazy Reading.

Your unrelated music clip of the week: Coldcut – More Beats n Pieces.

Your unrelated open source game of the week: MegaGlest.  Runs on DragonFly, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD, or at least I can find references to binaries for all of them.  (via comments)

Your unrelated community funded game of the week: Psychonauts 2.  A sequel to one of my favoritest games ever.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/11/29


I am all over the map this week.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Sunday Comics Kickstarter.

Your unrelated open source game of the week: 0 A.D.  Works on FreeBSD and OpenBSD and can run on DragonFly if you can fix gloox.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2015/11/22


This is one of those weeks where everything gets covered.  Settle in, there’s lots to click.

Your eighties video link for the week: The 80s.mp4.  (via)

Your unrelated browser toy of the week: A browser-based optics sandbox.  (via)

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Stephen Bourne at NYCBUG


Reminder: Stephen Bourne, known for the Bourne Shell, among many other things, will be talking at NYCBUG this Thursday.  Plan to get there early, cause it’ll be busy.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/10/18


Accidental topic this week: very, very old computers.

Your comics link of the week: Cartozia Tales #1, with more added.  I subscribed to this series long ago, and it’s a lot of fun.

Lazy Reading for 2015/10/04


Completely unrelated: I rebuilt a baking (Hoosier) cabinet over the past few months, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/09/27


For some reason, I had this complete days ago, and I’ve already started on next week’s links.

Your unrelated video link of the week: The Wizard of Speed and Time – Mike Jittlov (1988).

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In Other BSDs for 2015/09/26


This took some catching up.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/09/20


It’s a in-depth reading week, so make time!

Your unrelated link of the week: Announcing the 2016 APPLE CABIN CALENDAR!  “Turts”.  For real purchase, though this might only be funny to someone who is familiar with the food and advertising it parodies.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/09/13


This week just sorta blew up with the links.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Wonderella, a consistently funny superhero parody.  As an added bonus, the author apparently can’t stop making (non-comic) one-liner jokes, so he stuffs them all in his Twitter feed instead of the usual case of Twitter as promotional tool.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/09/06


Somehow I managed to find mostly articles with long headlines this week.

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A new regex test suite and library


Did you know that AT&T maintains a regex library and test suite?  I did not, but now DragonFly has both, in part for better multibyte character support.

(corrected to note that the regex library is not from AT&T – thanks, anonymous commenter)

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Not the vi you expected


The vi in any BSD is not the original Berkeley vi – instead it’s usually nvi.  However, thanks to John Marino, DragonFly has the up-to-date, multibyte-supporting nvi2.  (I know I’ve made reference to the nv/nvi difference before.)

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Lazy Reading for 2015/08/09


There’s some meaty reading this week, so get settled in and start clicking.

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.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/08/02


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.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/07/12


This is Thoughtful Consideration week.

Your unrelated game link of the week: Compare Javascript frameworks by playing the same game (well, game mechanism) in each: Breakouts.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2015/07/05


I don’t know why I’ve been finding so many roguelike links lately, but it’s to our benefit.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/28


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.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/21


I had to do this early, too, so the link count is a bit low this week.  Sorry!

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/14


‘Historic information week’ is this week’s accidental theme.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Fully Computerized.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/05/24


I guess the accidental theme this week is Unix.

Your unrelated link of the week: svblm.  Found via a link to Infinideer and Forest Ambassador.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/04/05


Happy Easter!  It means chocolate for me.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Jason Shiga’s comics.  It’s an article about the comics, not the comics themselves, so go to his site next.  (via)

Also unrelated: tea is one of the topics I link here, and alert reader Jeff Ramnani pointed out Strand Tea as a good source.  I also saw Deep Mills referenced in the UK.  Anyone else have a favorite online vendor?

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Lazy Reading for 2015/03/29


Pre-assembled over the week, since I have an odd weekend schedule this week.  On the plus side, there’s lots to click here.

Unrelated link of the week: Tea.  Contains strong language.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/03/15


Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day!  An excuse in the U.S. to wear green things and drink beer.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/01/25


All over the spectrum this week.

Your unrelated link of the week: Skymall, 2007.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/12/14


Minimal link text this week.  It just happened that way.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/11/30


I’m going with links to some old-school crazy-hard projects this week.  No simple hacks, these.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/11/16


Snow snow snow!

Unrelated link of the week: Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away (lyrics)  Watch to the end.  “just like a dragonfly”  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/11/09


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.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/09/28


I have an excellent mix of links this week, I think.  I like to have multiple links on multiple topics.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/09/07


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.)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/08/31


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.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/07/06


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.

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.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/06/29


I bring the audio and the visual today.

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.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/06/22


Again, a backlog from last week means this week is fat.

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.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/06/15


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)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/06/08


Less links than last week, but still lots.  Alliteration!

Your unrelated link of the week: Carpets for Airports.  Requires Flash, unfortunately.

Lazy Reading for 2014/06/01


I have possibly two weeks worth of Lazy Reading built up here, so sit down and get with the clicking:

Your unrelated comics link of the week: The End of Garfield. I don’t know if this is the original source for the image.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/05/25


Lots to read this week – enjoy!

Your unrelated link of the week: Well, not really unrelated, but this thought occurred to me.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/05/18


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.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/05/11


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)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/05/04


Busy week, but lots to read.

Your unrelated link of the week: Doc Brown on My Proper Tea.  Language warning.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/04/20


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)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/04/13


I am all over the map this week.

Your unrelated animated image of the week: a seal with hiccups.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/04/06


This is the first Lazy Reading in a while that I hadn’t already started before the previous week’s Lazy Reading was displayed.

Your unrelated comics link of the day: The Very Hungry Rust Monster.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/02/23


Pardon me as I wander through a lot of topics.

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.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/01/19


The Internet overfloweth with good links, lately.  Nothing this week that requires a lot of reading, but plenty of things to click.  Enjoy!

Your unrelated link of the week:  Fail Forward, a collection of writing about pen and paper RPGs.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2013/11/24


There’s some in-depth items to look at this week; pull up a chair and get something warm to drink.  You will be rewarded.

  • James Mickens, who you may remember from The Slow Winter a few weeks back, has written again with The Night Watch.  Gonzo tech writing is the best.  Note to self: a ;login: subscription might not be a bad idea, as apparently there’s more like that.
  • Another note to self: watch the USENIX blog.  There’s some interesting things on there.
  • Citation Needed.   There’s a plausible claim in this that the reason we have 0-based indexing in most languages is because of yacht-racing.  Seriously, read the article, and follow some of the links in it.  (via)
  • Engelbart’s Violin.  Because “a computer system should maximally reward learning.”  Found in that previous essay; good enough I had to break it out.
  • Found in the comments from that previous link: SiWriter.  One-handed phone typing, simulating a chorded keyboard.
  • History of T.  I was wondering if it was something about tea, but no, it’s a discussion about a Lisp implementation.  Lisp all seems to originate from a magical time, when computers were faster, dragons were common, and elves hadn’t retreated across the sea yet, or at least all the stories have that mythical vibe.  See the ycominator link for additional discussion about system languages like Rust, of which I have only heard in passing so far.
  • The video and audio from LISA 2013 has been posted.  There’s lots there; I’m sure you’ll find an interesting topic.
  • I wasn’t kidding about this being a dense week for links, was I?
  • This should have been in yesterday, but I only read about it this morning: Darwin/BSD on ARM.  More ARM work everywhere, please; there’s a tidal wave of these processors washing about.  (thanks, J.C. Roberts)
  • Why I use a 20-year-old Model M keyboard.  See the ycombinator discussion for alternatives.  They all may seem expensive, but it’s equipment you’re going to smash your fingers against for many years; it should be good.
  • That discussion link in the previous item led me to this image.  An old-style Thinkpad keyboard?  Now that would be pleasant to use.  Apparently these existed, though the Lenovo keyboards section doesn’t have anything exactly by that name; the keyboards there look generic.  There’s some on eBay.  Anyone ever used one?
  • The Homebrew Computer Club reconvenes.  A computer club nowadays is “we downloaded some of the same software”, while back then it was “I built a computer.”  A bit more hardcore.
  • chibitronics.  It’s ‘circuit stickers’, and a good idea.
  • mattext, a matrix-style pager.  Does it work on DragonFly?  Haven’t had a chance to find out.  It needs a video demo.  (via)
  • More UNIX script debugging.  Still Bash-specific, but still useful.
  • Puppet vs. Chef  vs. Ansible vs. Salt.  A useful comparison for those not familiar with these types of tool.  (via)
  • UNIX Proves Staying Power as Enterprise Computing Platform.  Gives a short history of commercial UNIX platforms.
  • I find stories about closing cloud companies compelling.  I’d probably feel different if it was my problems to sort out.

 

Your unrelated link of the week: Mr. T PSA.  It’s a parody of the real thing.  I explicitly mention it because you, the reader, might not be just the right age to remember this.

If that’s not confusing enough, watch this.

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Lazy Reading for 2013/11/17


It’s been snowing this week in the northeast US, which makes me happy.

  • Unix: sending signals to processes.  Signals have always struck me as a somewhat byzantine messaging system that everyone uses for the equivalent of Ctrl-C.
  • Unix: Debugging your scripts.  This will be useful if it’s not already familiar to you.
  • Compatibility is Hard.  Contrary to popular belief, Microsoft Word documents are not backward or forward compatible, from release to release.
  • From that previous link: Why Microsoft Word Must Die.  The worst problems to troubleshoot are when someone says “Word/Excel is acting funny”.  There’s so many intermediate layers of software in those programs that it’s difficult to find the actual data and the actions being performed on it, much less troubleshoot any process.
  • SparkFun.com moved from MySQL/MariaDB to Postgres.  I agree with the sentiments in the article, but I want to know the technical reasons that made Postgres the choice for scaling.  (via)
  • Apple ][ DOS source code.  I don’t have anything I can actually do with the source, but there’s a 1977 price list pictured in the the article that shows some interesting numbers: A 4Kb RAM system costs about $1300, and the prices just go up from there.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: the first four pages of Necropolis.  This comic looks to be fun.

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Lazy Reading for 2013/11/03


This was a loooooong week, with me working 24 of the last 48 hours.  It didn’t get in the way of the link-gathering, though!

Your unrelated animated image of the day: (via via)

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Lazy Reading for 2013/10/27


Whee!

Your unrelated link of the week: Deep into Youtube, the top-rated films.  You may want to turn your volume down, and make sure nobody is around.  Not for NSFW content, but because some of those films are so confusing that it’s impossible to explain to someone else why you are watching them.  (via)  There’s some Nico Nico Douga-sourced stuff in there, which I thought I’ve mentioned before, but I can’t find it now.  Why do I even know these things?

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