In Other BSDs for 2018/06/09

BSDCan is running this weekend.  There is, depending on what time you are reading this, a livestream.

In Other BSDs for 2018/05/19

Note the eleventy-jillion hackathon reports.

Your thinkpiece for the week: The cultural shift from not selling out to blowing up.  There’s a BSD analogy possible there.

New Mastery book

So, you may have noticed that author Michael W. Lucas has been releasing regular books in his “Mastery” series, focusing on various tools.  I like linking to his work because he writes inclusively about BSD, even when it isn’t the topic of the book.

He’s on his 13th Mastery book, and it’s April 1st, April Fools Day.  Anyone who knows his sense of humor might suspect he would take advantage of this confluence of minor events.  He did: he wrote “ed Mastery“.

ed(1), for those unfamiliar, is a text editor that doesn’t show you what you are working on – it was written more than 4 decades ago when you didn’t have a computer screen – just a printer.  It’s a limitation that is positively difficult to duplicate today.

It was present in the very first release of UNIX from AT&T – the operating system was written using it!  This does, at first, seem like a bit of a joke – people usually only claim to use ed when they want to show how they triumphed over adversity.

This being a book in the Mastery series, however, means that Lucas explores how to use the tool in-depth.  His tongue is firmly planted in cheek, meaning he is taking this seriously and not seriously at the same time.  The odd thing is that since this is the proto-editor that stands behind sed, vi, nvi, vim, and sorta emacs, a lot of the movement and control commands apply to everything.  The regular expressions here are the model all the following editors stick to, by and large.

It’s humor, and the book knows it’s humorous both in topic and content.  But it actually works as an explanation of how to work through ed to accomplish goals.  I can’t imagine it’s easy to get into a situation where ed would be your only option…  but I can see how the tools for shifting data around or automating text changes come right out of these processes.

It’s available now, through the usual sources and DRM-free from the author.

(Obligatory disclosure: Lucas sent me an electronic copy of the book and asked me to talk about it on April Fool’s Day, if I wanted to.  I am bad at payola.)

In Other BSDs for 2018/03/24

One of these links is a warning, but you won’t know until it’s too late.

 

In Other BSDs for 2018/03/17

The first news item about pfSense is not necessarily new, but new to me.

In Other BSDs for 2018/02/17

Reached overflow again!  That secretly makes me happy.

In Other BSDs for 2018/02/10

Very much last-minute; compiled 20 minutes before bed Friday night.

 

Lazy Reading for 2018/02/04

I finally worked through my Lazy Reading link backlog.

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.”

 

In Other BSDs for 2018/01/27

Done last minute on Friday, mostly.

 

In Other BSDs for 2017/12/09

Last minute, as always!

Lazy Reading for 2017/11/26

Roguelike/UNIX theme this week.

Your off-topic music link of the week: A Walk Through Buckethead’s Massive Bandcamp Catalogue.

In Other BSDs for 2017/11/11

A good variety this week.

 

Lazy Reading for 2017/10/29

This is another one of those ‘wide variety’ weeks, so settle in; I am confident at least one of these links will grab you.

Your unrelated link of the week: Lynda Barry is the funk queen of the galaxy, a fantastic cartoonist, and now the best ever advice columnist.

Lazy Reading for 2017/10/08

I am all over this week.

Lazy Reading for 2017/07/23

I’ve got some esoteric stuff this week.

Unrelated audio link of the week: Alan Lomax recordings are up on Bandcamp.

In Other BSDs for 2017/07/15

Backlog: cleared.

Lazy Reading for 2017/07/09

This wrote itself a week ago.

Your unrelated video link of the week: Animated Short Films.  An animator’s favorites, if the above list of links hasn’t kept you busy enough..

In Other BSDs for 2017/07/08

This one wrote itself almost in one night from articles I had stored up.