Involuntary vi theme this week. Or ssh! I have lots of links.
It’s a classic Lazy Reading this week – some deep dives, some history, some stuff that will take a while to explore. Enjoy!
- CGSociety, computer rendering showplace. Makes me think of the old Bud Plant Catalog. (via)
- Underrated websites. You may come back to this. (via)
- The recent ACM/IEEE Super Computing conference reassembled a Cray 1, serial number 1.
- Right to Repair takes a step forward. (via)
- The Twenty-Five-Year Journey of Magic: The Gathering. (via, via)
- Tiling Window Managers, a video. (via)
- What’s hiding in your PDF? A PDF used to just be encapsulated PostScript, really. It’s been stretched much, much farther. (also via)
- Sourdough culture components worldwide, mapped. (via)
- peek-for-tmux – the most smallest useful tmux trick you’ll use. Peek into a text file at the command line, but keep the prompt accessible. (via)
- eDEX-UI, futuristic interface. (via)
- Lessons on exec from 4:40PM on a Friday.
- Lisp Machine Inc. K-machine. Sort of an alien architecture to me at this point, years later. (via)
- The story of the ZX81, in tweets. (via I lost it, sorry)
- The special effects for the computer display in “Escape From New York”. (via)
- Why Chips Die. Proportionally related to user need, of course. (via)
A sorta backwards-looking list for you, this week.
Unrelated video of the week: Mashups are a mental dead end in most cases, but this “Benny Hill/Slayer Mashup Disaster” tickled me. (via)
Another cover-all-categories week.
- The Valley Girl of Oz, Bjork Bjork Bjork.
- Character by character TTY input in Unix, then and now.
- howto: create your own time zone. (via)
- Guide to computing. (via)
- Restoring an Apollo Guidance Computer, part 1, 2, 3, and 4. There’s more than what I have linked. (via)
- A book list for OS kernel developers and device driver writers (2006). (via)
- git-secrets: Prevents you from committing secrets and credentials into git repositories. (via)
- SpamAssassin is back. (via)
- FreePizza.io – free pizza for usergroups, meetups, hackathons, talks. (via)
- Redox – A Unix-Like Operating System Written in Rust. (via)
- “As far as I’m concerned, email signing/encryption is dead.” It’s all web pages now for encrypted traffic. (via)
- What MUDs Are You Playing?
- Raw Tty Input: Then And Now. (via)
- Managing Dotfiles with GNU Stow. A GNU version of null mounts, sorta? (via)
- How Many Computers Are In Your Computer? (via)
- Vim in the Future. (via)
- Related: Why Kakoune.
- Colin Raff animations. (via)
- Modern day vacuum tube use. More than just expensive amplifiers.
- mtime comparison considered harmful. (via)
Your unrelated music link of the week: A Guide to Breakbeats on Bandcamp.
The movies link should keep you busy.
- 1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. It’s divided into sections, each one alphabetical, so if the first group doesn’t interest you, there’s more. Be ready to scroll to find a section that’s all martial arts, or an interview of Benoit Mandelbrot, or the classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot. (via)
- Learning When Values are Changed by Implicit Integer Casts.
- Metadata that you can’t commit into a VCS is a mistake (for file based websites).
- What Does It Take to Keep a Classic Mainframe Alive? (via)
- Another look into The Psychotherapy of Racter. Linked because Racter is a sort of anti-Eliza.
- Ten Great Adventure-Game Puzzles.
- “I do not understand your concern…“
- Goodness, Enumerated by Robots. Or, Handling Those Who Do Not Play Well With Greylisting. From a BSD person but not BSD specific.
- David A. Wheeler’s 6502 Language Implementation Approaches. i.e languages on an Apple ][ mostly. There’s some really interesting links down at the end of that article. (via)
- For example, Applesauce.
- Oddball epoch dates and also microfortnights.
- DKIM provides sender attribution (for both spam and not necessarily spam).
- Revisiting the Unix philosophy in 2018. Maybe clickbaity a bit. (via)
- I AM A COMPUTER. (via)
I almost put the OpenSSH stuff in In Other BSDs yesterday, but it is really cross-platform at this point.
Oddball and quirky links, the best part of Lazy Reading.
Your unrelated music link of the week: Justin Broadrick interview.
A good, oddball week.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Draculagate, a book funded by Kickstarter. Watch the video.
Old computer theme this week. That may be more of a constant.
I cleared my tab backlog, but I still have a RSS backlog to work through here. Please be patient as I post a crapton of links and still don’t make it to the end.
Your unrelated listening of the week: The Best Metal on Bandcamp: September 2018. Witch Ripper and Pig Destroyer are pretty fun, both to listen to and to say.
I still have a backlog. Geez. I’m starting to worry I’m posting too much for anyone to read through.
- After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside. Important to read to see the mind-boggling scale of money flowing into Linux; it’s a corporate UNIX at this point, with priorities determined by a number of major companies. One year of Linus Torvalds’ pay is, I dare say, more than any other entire open source operating system project on the planet has received.
- Related: Something is rotten in the Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation gives employees non-disparagement clauses? (via)
- Commodore 64 BASIC inside your USB Connector. (via)
- “the highest throughput of any telecommunications network ever created“
- More terminal font discussion.
- Teacup holster.
- Le Chatelier’s principle.
- Today in History, Brought to You by Unix. Always present on BSD, at least. (via)
- Leaving Apple and Google: /e/ first beta. (via)
- XML, blockchains, and the strange shapes of progress.
- Xonsh: Python-powered, cross-platform, Unix-gazing shell. I link mostly because it’s neat to see new shells still getting created. (via)
- Glowing mercury thyratrons: inside a 1940s Teletype switching power supply. Thyratrons!
- Disk compression history. Read so you recognize the algorithms used.
- Pixeldungeon. A roguelike that runs most anywhere; might run on BSD?
- “There are two immutable truths about all wireless networks:“
- Enclose them all in super clear epoxy! That… is a computer that won’t suffer moisture issues.
Your unrelated dragonfly image this week: Common darter.
Unofficial history theme this week – but not UNIX-specific, for once.
Your unrelated baking video of the week: Round Cake Production with Unifiller Depositors and Decorating Equipment. I’m not recommending this as a food; it’s just somewhat hypnotic to watch the robot production of something you usually imagine as lovingly handcrafted.
I did finally clean out my “to post” email folder, at least.
Your unrelated item of the week: Please enjoy this masterclass in comedy timing from a pizza. (via)
Unofficial accidental “time” theme this week. Also charts!
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.
Done well ahead of time, knowing I’d be on the road this past week.
This is a straight dump of open browser tabs. You can tell what motivated me to set up the Mastodon account for the Digest this week, from some of the content.
Your unrelated video of the week: LOCAL58 – Show for Children.
Short, perhaps, but blame my traveling.