An interesting tidbit turned up by Google searches: the invention of ping, from the man who wrote it. The ping -> vocoder story near the end is entertaining.
This month’s @Play column dives into the playing mechanisms of XRogue, an older roguelike variant with some interesting features. Of special interest to geeks like me is the historical line drawn between XRogue features like charmed monsters and NetHack pets.
Incidentally, his wife’s books are good, and wierd, and I read them long before I had any real idea who Rob Pike was, in a wierd bit of synchronicity. Early computer science history would be a good topic for Jim Ottaviani to publish, come to think of it… (also recommended)
From O’Reilly: a love note for UNIX. Today’s the day for it, after all.