Merry almost Christmas! I hope you like reading, because I’m linking to some large collections of text.
I’m not planning a holiday gift guide this year, though they are fun to do. You can always check previous ones; I try to link to stores rather than individual items.
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.