I very nearly scheduled this to January 01, 2019. And then fixed it for the right year but not the day, so you may have seen an early draft of this. Oops; it’s here now.
- The link that will eat the most of your time: href.cool links of the decade: there is a lot to look at in here. Some highlights: Smash TV (video collage), esp8266.net (ultracheap hardware hacking), Magic Mirror (achievable tech), SPACEPLAN (clicker game), and Line Wobbler (physical roguelike). If I hadn’t linked to some of these things before, I should have.
- ASCII graffiti. Not really ASCII but that’s OK, still fun to see. (via)
- The modern web is becoming an unusable, user-hostile wasteland. My current peeve: following a link in a newsletter and getting a popup over the content … to subscribe to the newsletter. This is not hard to fix. (via)
- Public Domain Day 2020.
- multicians.org. Pre-UNIX. (via)
- Time will end in 2038… for Unix. (via)
- Managing my dotfiles as a git repository. Not a new idea, but has a nice host-specific setup.
- Chesterton’s Shell Script. (via)
- Black Hack 2nd Edition and Apocalypse World, 2 RPGs recommended.
- Can We Build Trustable Hardware? Like any headline posted as a question, the answer is “no”, but this is Bunnie Huang, so there’s a much more complex but real solution.
- The Joys of UNIX Keyboards.
- Good times create weak men. (via)
- fingers.today, like wandering through someone’s $HOME. (via)
- A brief history of liquid computers. “Billiard-ball computing”. (via)
- Rhasspy: a completely offline voice assistant. That’s what I want. (via)
- X11 screen locking: a secure and modular approach. Requires no new technology.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Cankor. (click on preview button) I saw Cankor pages years ago; it’s disturbing in a good way.
Accidental theme this week: roguelikes! Maybe with me that’s not so accidental.
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)
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.
Who can recommend a dynamic DNS service? (I’d like to know from direct experience, not Googling.) I’ve been using Dyn for years, but they’ve been unintelligibly merged into the Oracle behemoth, and I need to change.
I’ve got some unique links this week.
- “We’ve run the simulation a million million times… and every time, the Dark Lord wins.” Mageframe, a story told by AI (apparently not just another Markov Chain) with your seeded information. Explanation here; I suggest this is art you should participate in.
- Return to Nib’s Knoll. Another early-Internet sense of place, buried away.
- href.cool. Old-style web directory. (via)
- What I’m Thinking About 1995. Makes sense if you listen to the author’s podcast.
- As A Service. “Half a century ago it was called timesharing.”
- Twisty Little Passages, a sorta-RPG, sorta-roguelike … book?
- Fast FVP, the task sorting method.
- 110 days of Early Multics Emacs History. (via)
- Cthulhu Dark, “A Rules-light system For lovecraftian Horror”. I like how compact it is; a 3-page PDF. (via)
- Related: the original Call of Cthulhu rules. I’ve never had to type out Cthulhu before.
- 30-plus years of HyperCard, the missing link to the Web. (via)
- The Software Arts, an “alternative history of software that places the arts at the very center of software’s evolution.” (via)
- The 25¢ Apple II Real Time Clock. The author shows up in the comments of the source link, 38 years later.
- Espruino ISS Notifier. Yep, it’s a Space Station Detector.
Lots of link clustering this week.
- Porting PuTTY to Windows on Arm, related to PuTTY 0.71 released. (via and via)
- Also: Pretty PuTTY – Better PuTTY Settings. (via)
- A Pi-Powered Plan 9 Cluster. I am not sure what this really gets you in practice, but it’s neat to see Plan 9 used like Plan 9 – meaning, across multiple machines. (via)
- A dedicated tablet for running 80s SGI demos! The Alice 4. (via)
- Repacking Social Media Into 1980s Nostalgia. (via)
- Before Adventure, Part 1: Hide and Seek (1972) and Before Adventure, Part 2: Mugwump, Hurkle, Snark (1973). Surely you have heard those words before.
- Also Before Adventure, Part 3: Caves (1973). “Visualize you are living in 1973, where there are almost no computer games at all…” Eeek!
- How I’m able to take notes in mathematics lectures using LaTeX and Vim. A crash course in using the heck out of Vim snippets. (Thanks, Heiko Kuhrt)
- bpkg is a bash package manager. Everything gets its own package manager now. (via)
- The Chinese ThinkPad rebuilding industry – I’ve mentioned it before. (via)
- Ceci n’est pas une pipe.
- Programmer migration patterns. ‘And I would have had to add a fifth category of programmer specialization, “configuring emacs.”‘
- Timeline of events with the Domain Name System. (via)
- The types of attachments we see in malware email (March 2019 edition) and What sorts of good email attachments our users get (March 2019 edition).
- Do do this at home, home automation evolution.
I’m going to break out the roguelike tag again even if it isn’t a perfect fit.
Yay, got to use the roguelike tag!
- ARPANET: Celebrating 50 Years Since “LO”. There’s a transcript farther down the page if you don’t want to watch the video; I am always grateful for transcripts. (via)
- THROBAC, a computer using Roman numerals. I had no idea this could exist.(via)
- Aspell to check spelling.
- Drist release with persistent ssh.
- Open protocols can evolve fast if they’re willing to break other people.
- Why I like middle mouse button paste in xterm so much.
/dev/null, an old Unix trick. Muscle memory.
- Bad PC cases.
- Cygwin 3.0.0-1. (via)
- Level Design and Shaping a Roguelike Experience. I linked to Cogmind 4 years ago, and it has significantly grown since then. Note to self: play. (via)
- Ask laarc: What apps do you love and/or use habitually?
- Ultima VII. Deep dive into a deep game.
- Dwarf Fortress diaries: 3, a gruesome winter, 4 – Messages from Zon, 5 – culture war, dingo war, and 6 – Through the Interesting Door.
- Landley’s Computer History Page. There’s a lot of history there. Plus BSD history! (via)
- Using gmail with mutt. (via)
- Writing a Rust Roguelike for the Desktop and the Web. (via)
- Restoring My 90’s Era 386 (Work in Progress). Back when heatsinks were much less necessary. (via)
- Split keyboards, a five year experience and review. Source comments led me to Keyboardio, which is nice hardware… and can be reprogrammed by the end user! That’s the way it should be.
This is all backlogged links; I have even more tabs open.
Sorta unofficial retro game theme this week.
- Ascending NetHack by breaking the RNG. (via)
- “This is an archive of the source code for various versions of the QED editor.” A Git archive with commit dates that predate the creation of Git, cause QED dates to pre-UNIX. (also via)
- aphelia: A light, single-file, minimalist window manager for X11. (via)
- SyncTERM connecting to lobste.rs. (via)
- chezmoi: manage your dotfiles securely across multiple machines. Not necessarily advocating this over plain version control systems. (via)
- Monotonic clocks are not monotonic. Many people get to make this discovery, in many places. (via)
- A NES Emulator written in Emacs. (via)
- A computer built into a mouse. (via)
- Journalbook, a private, completely-offline notes browser app.
- Insects as food, a comprehensive PDF. (via)
- Xenix tales: 8086 and Xenix 386 networking. (via)
- Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode one – crushed legs and eagle guts.
- Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode two – flailing in a pool of dwarf pus.
- Getting an IBM AS/400 Midrange computer on the internet. (via)
- A Bit about Alphabit. A Commodore64 demo.
- When a cabinet and an automaton love each other very much…
- halting problem :: History of GNOME / Episode 2.0: Retrospective.
- kitty – the fast, featureful, GPU based terminal emulator. Blurs the line between terminal and windowing environment.
- Going old school: how I replaced Facebook with email. (via)
- Random Role Playing Game Inspiration. (via)
- 30th anniversary of the Macintosh SE/30. I would not argue with Best Mac Ever assessment. (via)
- 2018 Hard Drive Reliability Stats by Manufacturer and Model. The Backblaze report. (via)
- How You’ve Been Making Tea Wrong Your Entire Life – BBC. Some of this seems obvious? (video, via)
Your unrelated audio link of the week: Centuries of Sound. The major sounds of a given year, starting in 1859. Yes, 1859. It’s like time travel for your ears, with liner notes. (via)
One advantage of having a link ‘backlog’ is that I can pick and choose a bit, to present grouped items.
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)
I almost put the OpenSSH stuff in In Other BSDs yesterday, but it is really cross-platform at this point.
A good, oddball week.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Draculagate, a book funded by Kickstarter. Watch the video.
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.
Oddball things week, this week.