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.