Covering lots of ground this week.
Your unrelated music link of the week: Orodruin: Ruins Of Eternity. Tolkien-ish doom metal.
I still feel bad about missing a week, even though that’s a self-imposed requirement. In penance, here’s a linkdump.
- Cabinet Magazine is blogging and it’s wonderful in a way I haven’t seen in a long time.
- First, do no harm… with this software. The Hippocratic License. (via)
- BBC BASIC on Twitter. (via)
- Conceptronica. (via)
- Software Rights, the book. (via)
- Solid State: Minnesota’s High-Tech History. Public material, so freely streamed. (via)
- Berlin Tea Festival 2019, later this month. I’d go if I was near. (via)
- Pay attention to the difference between round() and floor(). (via)
- (mini-section about owning your information for the next several links)
- Historic Digital Places.
- Everything is Amazing, But Nothing is Ours. (via)
- Computer files are going extinct. (via previous)
- Yahoo Groups going away. Well, technically still there, but not really.
- Own your content on social media using the Indieweb. (via)
- The IndieWeb Movement: Owning Your Data and Being the Change You Want to See in the Web. (via)
- (mini-section over)
- The Open Book Project. Open hardware e-reader – not yet complete, so for hacking, not using. (via)
- uGlass: an AR module on your glasses. Low-cost, works on existing glasses – I like the idea.
- Cutest oscilloscope I’ve ever seen.
- Building the Ultimate Roguelike Morgue File, part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.
- The Hissing of Vintage Tapes. Not mentioned but related: Cr02 tapes, or comfort noise, which I did not know exists in an RFC. It’s funny to think of having a standard way to present what is normally a defect.
- An old-school shell hack on a line printer. (via)
- This Time, There Really Are NO IPv4 Internet Addresses Left. (via) My main workplace is sitting on a public /24, which shows how long ago it was obtained.
- Cluster SSH – Manage Multiple Linux Servers Simultaneously. Those who do not remember expect are doomed to recreate it. (via)
- Rotary Dial Phone Revival – 4 – Final. (via)
- Text Editing Hates You Too. (via)
- The $15 Sous-Vide Cooker. Save $50, burn the house down, is what this says to me.
- How “special register groups” invaded computer dictionaries for decades.
- One Page Dungeon Generator. Fun just to reload and read and reload and read, like a super-short story generator. (via)
Lots of variety this week; I’m happy with this link batch.
- Categories: models of models. Pleasingly abstract. (via)
- The Complicated, Slightly Better Manhood of Achewood. Linked so that someone who never read Achewood can now go through its entire archive. (via)
- The End of Oz. Read this if you read any/all of the many, many Land of Oz books when young. (via)
- Modding, Vim, i3, and Efficiency. (via)
- I’ve made a rotary dial number input, because why not? (via)
- Coffee Is Hard. (via)
- The Best Cast Iron Skillet. Secret tip from someone who has been using them for decades: treat them poorly, don’t spend money, they’ll be great. It’s a chunk of iron.
- The Computer as a Communication Device. I did not realize the role Hawaii played in causing packet communication.
- Computer Files Are Going Extinct. (via)
- Betrayal At Krondor.
- I hate the X11 ICCCM selection system, and you should too. (via)
- You know, we might as well just run every network service over HTTPS/2 and build another six layers on top of that to appease the OSI 7-layer burrito guys. Linked mostly for that sentence.
- The lines of code that changed everything.
Your unrelated music of the week: The Mysterious Professor 950’s Otherworldly Beat Tapes.
A mix of complaints, history, and odd technical items. The usual!
Pre-posted in advance cause once again working through the weekend.
Your unrelated video link of the week: Scratch. I saw this in the theater a while ago, and I didn’t realize the whole thing was on Youtube. It’s turntablism at its peak. (via)
You may be able to tell one of my link sources changed RSS feeds, so I had some catchup to do this week.
Lots of link diversity this week.
- GPS – A Hollywood Actress, a Player Piano, and Hip-Hop. (via)
- Percy Ludgate, the missing link between Babbage’s machine and everything else.
- The Light Phone 2. I don’t know how good or bad it will be, but with an e-ink screen, the battery life must be spectacular. (via)
- The Gongfather’s Almanac, for Dungeon Crawl Classics. (via)
- 251 words you can spell with a calculator and hex colors that are also words. (both via)
- Instagram Hates The Internet. The company made a conscious decision to break hyperlinking.
- The Turkish lira’s currency code is an unexpected source of problems with computer programmers.
- ASCII table and history. Or, why does Ctrl+i insert a Tab in my terminal? (via)
- Batch renaming images, including image resolution, with awk. (I think via)
- Chaosnet for Unix. Pre-Ethernet, for Lisp machines. (via)
- tine – a modern clone of the Amiga ED display editor. (via)
- The Vim-Inspired Editor with a Linguistic Twist. Kakoune. (via)
- Syncstop, hardware USB data block.
- The Strange Alchemy of D&D’s Genre Emulation. Note to self: find Jack Vance books.
- What Remains Technical Breakdown. A new NES game, including physical media. (via)
Way eclectic this week. Enjoy! I will be working, as I haven’t had a day off in 3 weeks – but don’t be too sorry for me, I chose this. The magic of pre-scheduling posts fixes it.
Your unrelated music post: The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: August 2019.
This week is a nice mix between useful and entertaining.
I am starting to think I need an Apple ][ tag.
- COLOR vs COLOUR in the Acorn.
- World’s oldest orrery. Source has pictures in the attachments.
- Vintage Tech, a series of Believer columns about older technology like ballpoint pens, and fortune cookies; enjoyable reads.
- John Cleese, advertising for Compaq. (via)
- Purposeful noise in 3D rendering.
- Black Box Record Club, Vinyl Me, and Vinyl Moon, all record delivery services. (via)
- Secretly Public Domain: Update. Further details on a significant change in knowledge.
- Mining Bitcoin on an Apple II, a highly impractical guide. (via)
- Juiced.GS, a quarterly Apple II journal.
- Chaos Communication Camp 2019 video. (via)
- No CLI Ads. (via)
- Ola Bini’s Letters from Detention. The reason I link to the commentary is the pull quote; the idea that “[C]ode and architecture are more important than laws.” Laws are public; code often isn’t. Which is an argument for open source, certainly.
- Many ways to pop balloons. Not sure if that’s the actual intent.
- ASCII-Mapper. (via)
- Bookhunter, the comic. (via)
- The Sound of D&D.
- Transporting a portable system: Unix to an IBM minicomputer (1983) [pdf]. (via)
- Turing Tumble – Build Marble-Powered Computers. Like Rocky’s Boots, but physical. (via)
- Obscure plugin game consoles. (via)
- The Hathi Trust, another source for out-of-copyright books comparable to Gutenberg. (via)
- GNOME Terminal Cursor Blinking Saga. (via)
I’m covering all my areas of interest this week, or nearly so.
- Famous computer history quotes, some probably new to you.
- The Bit Player, a movie about Claude Shannon, and a review of it.
- A new Cyriak video, Breakfast. Another attempt to describe fractal infinity, I think. (via)
- D&D plus Shakespeare. (via)
- The Design of Dungeons and Dragons. Talking about the books themselves, not the game. (via)
- Noise Machines, including the nonrepeating sound of a data center. (via)
- Oddball analog smartphones.
- Voyager 1 and 2 are still talking, still active, and possibly the highest-latency communication problem possible. (via)
- Old video game advertisements. (via)
- Absolute scale corrupts absolutely. Lots of great pull quotes in this.
- Tumblr, the Day After. As a counterpoint to the last link, WordPress and Tumblr are two social networks that do not financially depend on either damaging privacy or encouraging outrage.
- Waldenponding, a term new to me.
- Paul Ford Uses This. I’ve linked to his excellent writing before.
- Chesses, variations on chess. Immediately understandable, and playable if you have a second player right there. (via)
Again, way behind cause of being online only irregularly over the last week. There’s still plenty to look at – August is made for Lazy Reading.
I have some neat history items mixed in this week.
Your unrelated music of the week: Blarf: Cease and Desist. (via)
This week’s material filled up fast. It’s vacation season in the northern hemisphere, so let’s see what next week brings…
I get indirectly cranky, this week.
Accidental theme: heavy metal.
Your unrelated music link of the week: Grando by OHMYGOD.
No unplanned theme evolved this week, but that’s OK.
Your listening link of the week: Kerrang’s 50 best metal bands of the last decade. You (may have) heard it here first on #1. (via)
I’m going to be very busy over the next week, so I am not sure how consistent my posting schedule will be, or how much I will be able to build up for next weekend. We’ll find out together.
Lots of topic range this week; no theme grew out – but that’s better in some ways!
Inadvertent theme this week: games. Yet somehow I didn’t include a roguelike? Dang.