Lazy Reading for 2018/08/26

There’s several deep dives in the links today; enjoy reading!

Your unrelated music link of the week: A Brief Primer on the Contemporary Glitch-Hop Scene.  I liked Tipper more than I expected.

In Other BSDs for 2018/08/11

Overflow that I couldn’t catch up to before last weekend’s In Other BSD’s posting time.  I try to always have these by 9 AM Eastern time Saturday.  (Same for Lazy Reading on Sunday)  I mentally imagine everyone sitting down with a drink and nothing else to do but click links, those mornings.  At least, I hope that’s what it is.

In Other BSDs for 2018/07/28

A lot of this was early overflow posted ahead; I’ve been on the road.

In Other BSDs for 2018/07/14

Some overflow, and thank goodness cause I don’t have a day without work this week.

In Other BSDs for 2018/06/23

Lots of announcements, lots of reading.  Note the first item listed is happening today.

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.