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)
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.
This is almost all link overflow from last week – and next week’s edition is almost complete. There’s a lot to read lately!
You may be able to detect a subtle bias based on my early design education, this week.
Eclectic! I cover everything this week: computer history, modern pessimistic computing, odd hardware, strange software stories, comics, and tea.
Your sorta-a-comics-link of the week: Liartown USA, the book.
A little meta, this week.
Your unrelated tea link of the week: In Sri Lanka’s Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing. I actually heard about the quality of the tea (very good) before I heard about the way the company was formed. Consider where your next tea purchase comes from, in light of this.
Thinkpieces, this week.
Your tea link of the week: Scary photo of an Indian tea plantation
I hope you have lots of time to read today.
- SpaceVim – Like Spacemacs, but for Vim. A Vim … distribution? (via)
- Mid-century modern electronics. (via)
- Open Source Won. So, Now What? (via)
- A Historical Geography of RPG Playing
- 2016 year-end link clearance. Going down the rabbit hole of links to links.
- Data formats of Rogue One (via)
- Architects on Death Star design. A bit clickbaity, I know. (also via)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, looking just at user interfaces. (via)
- Great Talks and Presentations at 33C3 (I think via)
- Truffle Hog, a clever search-for-accidentally-committed-keys script. (via)
- Hacker News, like any news aggregate, has now reached the astroturfing / advertising point. (related)
- Goodbye to GNU Libreboot (via)
- Irssi 1.0.0 Released And here’s the XKCD cartoon to match. (via)
- fortran.io, a FORTRAN web framework. (via)
- A Tourist’s Guide to the LLVM Source Code
- Story behind malloc(0) standardization (via)
- python 3k17. Perl’s is the only scripting language I know that successfully navigated major version changes – for compatibility, at least.
- zz: a smart and efficient directory changer
- Internet of Shit and CES. Of note: 42tea, where you need a smartphone to do what only maybe needs a timer and thermometer.
- chmod 777. Not sure if real.
- The many lives of Packard Bell. I hated these.