Some esoteric gems this week.
It’s rare, but I was able to collect most of these links more than 24 hours before you are reading them.
Accidental open source ideas or maybe history this week. That might be too easy a category to fit into.
Again, dumping out all the links I can in case you are stuck at home.
Your unrelated music link of the week: Hannibal Rex – The One Hundred & Forty Faces Of?.?.?. Has the same drive as early Mix Master Mike, to my ear. (via)
I had so many tabs open they weren’t all showing, so you get a straight dump.
Your unrelated music link of the week: KUTMAH – New Appliance. (via)
Partial overflow this week, which means probably even more next week. We all benefit!
I literally just smooshed all my open tabs that weren’t baking–related into this post.
- Electric Rogue. (via)
- Tiny Helpers. Single-purpose web development tools. (via)
- Manytools, similar. (via)
- Bringing the London Bus Network home. Home-made info screen. (via)
- Fun With Software. An AR joke.
- fast_template, your own blog, without having to buy into anyone’s platform. (via)
- ReMarkdown.css, render HTML as Markdown. Full-circle! (sorta via)
- Dark Ages of the Web. (via)
- The clearest statement of how leap years work is a several-centuries-old papal statement. (via)
- The Cidco MailStation.
- Vintage Byte Magazine Library. (thanks, tuxillo)
- Work Is Work. (via)
- Ping, the game.
- Meanwhile, the game, which originally was a comic I’ve mentioned before.
- Tangent: The Automated Dungeon Master. Fun/nostalgic images for me. (via)
- A philosophy of project governance.
- Inside the digital clock from a Soyuz spacecraft.
- Dick Gabriel Uses This. Computer scientist, poet, exclusive Lisp programmer.
- Adding CGI support to my gopher server.
- real world crypto talks.
- TT2020, a typewriter font that doesn’t obviously look like a font. (via)
- Which Machines Do Computer Architects Admire? (also via)
- Formlabs Form 3 Teardown.
- Unix bc command and its -l flag.
Your unrelated video of the week: Igorrr – Very Noise. Reminds me of early Garry’s Mod videos. (via)
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.