Eclectic! I cover everything this week: computer history, modern pessimistic computing, odd hardware, strange software stories, comics, and tea.
Your sorta-a-comics-link of the week: Liartown USA, the book.
A little heavy on the history this week. And no tea!
Your unrelated food link of the week: Eating In Translation. This person seeks out new places, eats there, and makes notes, and has been doing it for more than a decade. The result is the most in-depth informal food guide I’ve ever seen. It’s NYC focused, but not exclusively.
A slightly UK-ish tilt this week, by accident of course.
I’m very UNIXy this week.
Your useful tip of the week: Setting the
root login’s ‘full name’ to identify the machine that sent email. This makes so much sense. (via)
Old-school UNIX and games this week.
Technical details week for Lazy Reading.
Your unrelated tea link of the week: Haha, one of the world’s best tea houses is in my town. It’s Leaf Tea Bar, and Niraj is one of the nicest guys. His prices are reasonable for the quality of the tea, too.
Your related bug link of the week: Teeth of the DragonFly. (via)
I had overflow from last week, so I have a good list for you, despite being offline for days.
Your unrelated tea link of the day: defining what it means when you read “mug of tea” vs “cup of tea”. You’d think it was interchangeable, but the meanings diverge. (PDF, via)
A little meta, this week.
Your unrelated tea link of the week: In Sri Lanka’s Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing. I actually heard about the quality of the tea (very good) before I heard about the way the company was formed. Consider where your next tea purchase comes from, in light of this.
Another diverse link week, hooray!
Your unrelated item of the week: How Wegmans inspired the most rabid fanbase in the grocery world. I live in the town where Wegmans started. “Grocery fanbase” is a relative thing, but: yes, they are that good.
It’s Lazy Reading Science week!
Your unrelated link of the day: Assault Trombone. Even if this was lethal, I couldn’t take it seriously. (via)
It’s all twofer links this week.
Your unrelated entertainment activities of the day: Places to Telnet. (indirectly via)
You weren’t planning to do anything else today, right? Find some headphones.
Your unrelated link of the week: Bandcamp Daily. Curated daily presentations about a band or type of music, where the enthusiasm for any given esoteric sonic whatsit oozes through the writing and samples are there to back it up. Of course I would like it. Recent highlights from just the past few days: a history of doom metal; Kid Koala’s new album, and whatever this is.
Not as many reading links as usual this week, but lots of BSD news yesterday. It ebbs and it flows.
Your unrelated comic of the week: “Your comment here“. Also “presentation“.
Thinkpieces, this week.
Your tea link of the week: Scary photo of an Indian tea plantation
“Old consumer computers” is this week’s accidental theme.
Your unrelated video of the week: Turbo Encabulator. There’s more like that out there, like the Rockwell Retro Encabulator.
I hope you have lots of time to read today.
- SpaceVim – Like Spacemacs, but for Vim. A Vim … distribution? (via)
- Mid-century modern electronics. (via)
- Open Source Won. So, Now What? (via)
- A Historical Geography of RPG Playing
- 2016 year-end link clearance. Going down the rabbit hole of links to links.
- Data formats of Rogue One (via)
- Architects on Death Star design. A bit clickbaity, I know. (also via)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, looking just at user interfaces. (via)
- Great Talks and Presentations at 33C3 (I think via)
- Truffle Hog, a clever search-for-accidentally-committed-keys script. (via)
- Hacker News, like any news aggregate, has now reached the astroturfing / advertising point. (related)
- Goodbye to GNU Libreboot (via)
- Irssi 1.0.0 Released And here’s the XKCD cartoon to match. (via)
- fortran.io, a FORTRAN web framework. (via)
- A Tourist’s Guide to the LLVM Source Code
- Story behind malloc(0) standardization (via)
- python 3k17. Perl’s is the only scripting language I know that successfully navigated major version changes – for compatibility, at least.
- zz: a smart and efficient directory changer
- Internet of Shit and CES. Of note: 42tea, where you need a smartphone to do what only maybe needs a timer and thermometer.
- chmod 777. Not sure if real.
- The many lives of Packard Bell. I hated these.
I almost scheduled this for 2016/01/01.
Merry Christmas! I piled up as many links as I could in the theory that many readers have the spare time for it today/tomorrow/next few days.
Your unrelated game link of the week: Lode Runner. The whole thing in HTML5 as far as I can tell. (via)
Your unrelated video of the week: AAAAAAAAAAAA
Typed early while contractors drill holes in my house.
Your unrelated link of the week: arguments over bread terminology.
The post-holiday rush of links has slowed.