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.”
BSDNow has made it so far that I have to double-check the episode number! In 231, they cover some history and some upcoming software work.
dragonflydigest.com is changing providers today, so the site may go missing for a while as DNS updates, and as I scramble my config.
If you don’t have an Intel CPU, but still want to perform microcode updates, cpucontrol(8) now supports more recent AMD CPUs.
The default kernel config for DragonFly has changed: Sascha Wildner has added the acpi, gpio_acpi, gpio_intel, smbus and smbacp devices. If you are using a custom kernel, you’ll probably want to add these. If you aren’t using a custom kernel – you should have no negative effect.
Sepherosa Ziehau’s updated the em(4) driver for Intel network cards, with the 7.6.2 release directly from Intel. For once, Intel news not related to CPU hardware bugs.
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.
Done last minute on Friday, mostly.
The title really says it all – if you have a Coffee Lake series Intel chipset, your video is accelerated on DragonFly.
This week’s BSDNow has Spectre/Meltdown followups, plus a turning of the tables: questions for the interviewers.
Rimvydas Jasinskas created a loader.conf(5) hint that keeps various nata(4) devices from attaching during boot. This is super useful if it’s a device that screws up your boot process. and I think it’s also great if you get irritated having something in your dmesg every time about the device you never use, like a CDROM.
DragonFly now has support for the Adaptec 1420. “Now” means since last month, cause I am working through my link backlog.
The ls(1) command has a lot of options (Look at the man page synopsis!). So much so, that the most recent option added in DragonFly is “_”. That’s to show nanotime as part of the -l output. This will be most useful when you have multiple files being created within the same second of time, and you want to see which came first.
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.
I’m still catching up with the pre-2018, pre-Meltdown commits, so here’s one: Changing the staged packet count in DragonFly changes forwarding rate, for the better – up to a point. There’s probably some specific ratio in the change that makes sense, though I don’t know it.
The Meltdown/Spectre talk continues on BSDNow 229, along with an interview of @newnix, GhostBSD, and other recent news.
The commands rcp(1), rlogin(1), rlogind(1), rsh(1) and rshd(1) have been removed from DragonFly. There’s a net/bsdrcmds port if you still need them… though I imagine/hope ssh is filling the void for everyone.
I’m sure this was needed by someone: morse(6) can now encode and decode Morse code, signified by . and – of course.