No mini-theme this week, just a mix.
The lead link in this week’s BSD Now is the sort of thing I like to link to: debugging Lisp in space. There’s more than that.
This will matter most to you if your connection to the Internet is poor: fetch(1) now will time out on data transfers too.
I mentioned a new committer for DragonFly, Sergey Zigachev, recently. He hasn’t shown in the commit logs for DragonFly directly – cause he’s fixing up dports. I’m mentioning that because the amount of work that goes into dports to keep all those ports working on DragonFly is separate and unseen – but necessary.
BSD Now 464 is out for the week, and has the normal roundup. Nothing unusual to point out, just good reading.
SEMIBUG is having a presentation on Jupyter notebooks tonight, online. The presenter is using them for genome sequencing, so this should the interesting.
I think I cover all the popular Lazy Reading topics: old computers, RPGs, graphs…
Your unrelated music link of the week: Better Living Through Synthesizers.
This week’s BSD Now gets into some history, as you can guess from the title.
SLUUG, the St. Louis Unix Users Group, has a short presentation tonight from James Conroy: “What You Should Get with GIT” and a longer presentation of “Locking Down Your Web Browser” with Scott Granneman. It’s online so anyone can go. It’s not BSD-specific, but it will all apply. (Thanks to Johnathan Drews for the reminder.)
The “Weird Coding Experiment…” link is a good one.
This week’s BSD Now has several links, though I’d want to point at the Yubikey/ssh/OpenBSD login one as the most interesting to me.
It’ll probably involve some drinking. Go, if you are near, and RSVP so there’s space.
If you pay attention to your daily security run emails on your DragonFly system, you may see entries like this:
+nlookup() at nlookup+0x623 0xffffffff806eff13
+kern_rmdir() at kern_rmdir+0x25 0xffffffff80706db5
+sys_rmdir() at sys_rmdir+0x4c 0xffffffff80706f0c
+syscall2() at syscall2+0x11e 0xffffffff80bd9f9e
I see it on the machine where I run this Digest, as the caching mechanism adds and deletes files rapidly. Matthew Dillon has placed it behind a sysctl, so your messages log will be a little less noisy by default.
- Mesopotamia, a nice online version of a museum exhibit. (via)
- 50 Years of Text Games bonus article: Amnesia.
- MNT Pocket Reform, the smaller version of something I’ve linked before.
- The least friendly keyboard ever, but certainly interesting.
- The Internet as a Public Good.
- GitHub Copilot and open source laundering. This applies to AI art too.
- A mystery with Fedora 36, fontconfig, and xterm (and urxvt). Linked cause I wondered out loud “why that change, in version 36?”
- Dangit, Git!? (via)
- A strategy to defeat AI chessbots.
- The Dwarf Fortress Development Plan. Some of this sounds more like writing an epic novel than a game, which is good! They have a dirt-simple Patreon, too, and graphics are on the way? All news to me.
- Plan 9 was almost a music disk, too. (via)
Your unrelated cartoon of the week: Mega.