I’m going heavy on history this week.
- “an imaginary mail order computer games shop in 1985“.
- NeoVim, a refactoring of Vim.
- “The Obscuritory, a blog about lesser-known, odder games and software.” (via)
- Pulling the rug out from under an internet protocol.
- Building the Commodore that should have existed. (via)
- Via the previous link, the C256 Foenix Project. A Commodore 128 sequel.
- The Arcade Flyer Archive, advertising material around arcade games. (via)
- AtlTVHead, a project. (Video)
- OpenStreetMap Should Be a Priority for the Open Source Community. (via)
- Webrings. Was there ever a BSD one? I don’t know…
- Student events at SC18 this fall – sign up now to participate. That’s “SC” as in “SuperComputing” – they will have a Cray on display, for instance. (via)
- “There’s real reasons for Linux to replace ifconfig, netstat, et al“. The argument isn’t valid, I think – you’ll get the same problem with new tools; it’s really reinvention, not improvement. (via)
- Yore Computer, old UK computer magazine pages. (via)
It’s been a busy week and I didn’t have overflow from last week to help, so these are very fresh links.
Treat this week: footage of a college animatronic project I was slightly involved in. See below.
- Maintaining Notepad is not a full-time job, but it’s not an empty job either.
- Concise Computational Literature is Now Online in Taper. 1KB items only.
- 80s Home Robot History. The first example is classic open source.
- Alphachat, economic film analysis. This podcast episode is talking about Tron/Tron Legacy. (via)
- Ten years of Vim. (via)
- 30 years later, QBasic is still the best. I link to this story because years ago, in college, some of my roommates built an entire animatronic gargoyle project around it. I found the footage, recently. (via)
- Vim 8.1 released. (via)
- Hints for writing Unix tools. (via)
- Reverse NES emulation. (via)
- We Did Our First Kickstarter! And It Worked! Linking to it because the games are interesting, but also because it’s a viewpoint where he says “We’re getting older, enough so that the end of our careers is in sight. ” Not something you normally think of for an indie developer.
- Eudora, BSD-licensed. (via many places)
- WTFUtil, fun-looking terminal report screen. (via)
- OnlineASCIITools.com. Exactly what it sounds like.
Another wide range; hope you have reading time.
Your vector graphics video of the week: TANK. (via multiple places)
A little more on building and less on rights this week.
I’ve got some real esoteric sources this week.
Your rights-oriented hardware project of the week: NeTV2, a Bunnie Huang project. A neat device worth funding on its own, and worth having to show what capabilities are being denied us by law.
A theme of rebellion this week.
No accidental theme this week.
Accidental theme this week… video games, though not strongly.
No theme grew this week.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Belfry WebComics Index. Very 90s. (via I lost it, sorry)
Accidental theme this week: Social media is a dead end.
Your unrelated food link for the week: King Arthur test kitchen disasters. Summarized annually on April Fools Day, every year.
Accidental theme this week: games.
Your unrelated cookbook link of the week: “Texture – A hydrocolloid recipe collection”.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In the U.S., we drink green beer and wear kilts, cause nobody’s terribly sure what Irish means within an American context anymore.
Your unrelated mollusk-related death metal of the week: Slugdge.
Old games – but not too old, for this week’s theme.
- Those pesky Makefiles.
- Star Control lead devs fire back at Stardock lawsuit. I link to this just to point to the excellent open source game Ur-Quan Masters, which is available on every BSD.
- Liberating a X200. (via)
- The Worlds of Ultima.
- Anime Floppy Discs. (via)
- Fashion shows are better at the future than movies, according to this jwz post – and I agree.
- The Basic Toolbox. A good checklist.
- SPHINX, 1987.
- Adding Colors to man. (via)
- Freedombox. Not necessarily endorsing this setup, but running your own server is an excellent, excellent idea.
- Shaolin Chamber 36. Soundtrack music. (via)
- Related: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, one of the best kung fu movies.
- Shell readability: main and Shell readability: function parameters.
- The world of Linux Handhelds in 2018. That and the source link comments take you to some tiny hardware, which is my reason for reading.
- Wing Commander II.
- What free software is so good you can’t believe it’s available for free? A good chunk of what’s named here is immediately available to you via ports/dports/pkgsrc, without advertising or nagging, or the need to register in some megacorporation’s app store. Think about how nice that is, for a minute.. (via multiple places)
- How to tell when a company thinks they dominate part of a market: they drop interoperability with other protocols.
Overflow that started 2 weeks ago. Maybe I should go intraweekly for Lazy Reading?
10 months until Christmas!
The links this week aren’t necessarily long, but they are definitely “make-you-think” material.
- The Sixth Stage of Grief Is Retro-computing. Paul Ford. The story abounds with good quotes, and good summaries of the strangeness that was LISP, or Plan 9, or etc. (via)
- That led me to the Squeak website, cause I always had a vague desire to learn Smalltalk, someday.
- Best Practices for Cache Management.
- Repairing the card reader for a 1960s mainframe: cams, relays and a clutch.
- Paradise OS. (also via)
- Linux’izing your Windows PC into a dev machine. I don’t like this trend of running Windows and pretending it’s not. (via)
- Tough love, or stultifying ossification? I don’t know.
- The Bandcamp 2017 Year in Review. Bandcamp is a good idea even if all it does is avoid streaming audio monoculture.
- Spectre Mitigations in Microsoft’s C/C++ Compiler. I link to this to show that the mitigation methods users rely on are secret, cause it’s not open source. So this researcher has to rely on evaluating the output rather than the code itself.
- Edible Games. Exactly what the name implies. (via)
- Can’t get UNIX v7/x86 to work in virtual machine.
- How to redesign a tech logo. Monoculture, like I said.
Some really fun things this week.
Your unrelated comics link of the day: Verse.
I finally worked through my Lazy Reading link backlog.
- Computer-generated books, a list.
- Every Icon, eventually drawing every 32×32 monochrome image possible. I remember a 8×8 physical hardware version of this called All Possible Images, some years ago. Google doesn’t remember it, though, or chooses to give me links to API docs instead.
- Frankenbook, Shelley’s Frankenstein with additional essays and annotations worked directly into the original text. This is something web pages were built for. (via)
- MacTote, for lugging your FatMac around. (via)
- Grandma’s Zelda map. (also via)
- Actual screenshot.
- Towards LaTeX in the Browser. (via)
- Unix influence in history. (via)
- The UNIX Operating System: A Model for Software Design. Via this page. The target is behind a paywall. The mention of Kernighan as an author, though, made me wonder if he had published it separately. He hasn’t, but I did find his books page at Princeton.
- My Delorean runs Perl. (via)
- The revival of blogging. English translated version.
- The vi input model. (via)
- Mycroft II, an open source voice assistant. Are there more like this?
- How’s your soldering technique?
- Welcome to Armageddon! An excellent roguelike history from an excellent magazine.
- Why create a new Unix shell? (via)
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.”