I should have linked this yesterday: a description of kcollect and its uses from Matthew Dillon, complete with example graph of a very busy machine.
There’s a new facility in DragonFly: kcollect(8). It holds automatically-collected kernel data for about the last day, and can output to gnuplot. Note the automatic collection part; your system will always be able to tell you about weirdness – assuming that weirdness extends to one of the features kcollect tracks. Here’s some of the commits.
You may be able to detect a subtle bias based on my early design education, this week.
- Monospaced Programming Fonts with Ligatures. (via)
- 9 great mechanical keyboards for coders. Never thought I’d see a HP Enterprise site referencing Axe Cop… (via)
- A Sublime-like minimap for console vim. (via)
- “Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate”: A Cultural History of the Punch Card (1992) (via)
- The Computer Language Benchmarks Game. (via)
- Humanscale, reissued. For my money, Niels Diffrient was the best task chair designer. (His Freedom chair was much better than the Aeron chair so beloved of startups about to run out of cash.)
- Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea & Human Health. A national Canadian tea site? Unexpected.
- Malicious crossenv package on npm. (via)
- Related, sorta: Random Stack Overflow code importer. (via)
- Apollo Team Announces the (Amiga) Vampire V4. (via)
- Aggressively Stupid: The Story Behind After Dark. (via)
- Why I’m Learning Perl 6.
Spot the sarcasm!
- FreeBSD 11.1 released.
- Default compiler switched to clang on amd64 and i386. (OpenBSD)
- Large Batch of Kernel Errata Patches Released. (also OpenBSD)
- mandoc-1.14.2 released.
- OPNsense 17.7 released.
- hurray we won
- X11: How does “the” clipboard work? (via)
- LLVM, Clang and compiler-rt support enhancements. (NetBSD) (via)
- Red Hat deprecates btrfs in RHEL 7.4. I found this relevant to recent comments.
- Hosts/BSD – for when you need to run your BSD inside a penguin.
- Aeris details. It’s nice of them to target BSD machines, too. I feel included. (via)
- Contributing to FreeBSD.
The DragonFly Go builder needs a new maintainer, and an update to a newer builder. Are there any people out there interested in Go who want to do the work? I do not have time.
DragonFly 4.8 has been updated to 4.8.1, bringing in a lot of small fixes. Improved Intel video support and the virtio_scsi driver will be of most interest, I think. The 4.8.1 tag commit has all the details. You can update the normal way, and if you need an install image, I’ve uploaded them and they should appear at your local mirror.
Apparently this is the week where I comment about my links.
- The Internet of Things – A disaster for no good reason. Comparison of old smoke detectors vs. new. You may already have an inkling of the outcome.(via)
- Powershell 6.0 Roadmap. Interesting because it’s both Microsoft admitting people want a shell, and it’s Microsoft committing to creating a cross-platform shell.
- RFC8200: A revision of IPv6. (via)
- 50 days of postmarketOS. (via)
- The State of Developer Ecosystem in 2017. Jetbrains-customer specific, probably, but: note how many developers don’t use version control or issue trackers. It seems like those would be the most elemental tools? (via)
- DOS Game System Project. Real hardware, not emulated.
- AmigaOne X5000 review: The beloved Amiga meets 2017. (via)
- This 10-Pound Keyboard From The 1980s Is Making A Comeback. The urge for buckling-spring keyboards hits the mainstream. (via)
- Linguistics and Programming Languages. (via)
- Unix-like personal webpage. I like the scanline effect. (via)
- moving to https.
- Ask HN: What tools do you use to manage your life?
- What is a fantasy map? A scholarly article at the British Library. (via)
- Do people write insane code with multiple overlapping side effects with a straight face?
- Kingsway, a mix of a Win95 desktop and a fantasy roguelike. (via)
Your unrelated animated GIF of the week: I find this … Inspirational? Hilarious?
I’ve been on the road, so this is a bit light.
Posting a bit late because I’ve been traveling, but: BSDNow 204, Wayland, Weston, & FreeBSD is up, with of course talk about windowing systems and an explanation of the “Scrub of Death” which is new to me.
Ján Su?an has posted some ideas about handling firmware in userland, in DragonFly. I’d like to see it happen.
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.
It’s accidental how-to week!
- OpenSMTPD under OpenBSD with SSL/VirtualUsers/Dovecot (via) and
- OpenSMTPD and Dovecot under OpenBSD with MySQL support and SPAMD. (via)
- Introducing anvil – Tools for distributing ssl certificates, plus examples of usage on FreeBSD.
- OpenBSD on the Huawei MateBook X.
- Add vmctl send and vmctl receive.
- openbsd changes of note 625
- BSDTW is in Taiwan, in November – and the call for papers is out. (via)
- Watch out for wxallowed.
- pfSense 2.3.4-p1 RELEASE Now Available!
- Blog about my blog. Self-hosting and dogfooding, both good ideas.
NeedsHas RSS! (via)
- BSD Pizza, a meetup in Portland, Oregon, on the 27th.
You can guess what BSDNow is about this week, can’t you? Well, there’s more than just ZFS, though there’s an excellent historical summary on the site.