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Sun, 25 Oct 2020

Perch, the really little CMS https://grabaperch.com

End of the office: The quiet, grinding loneliness of working from home - Simon Usborne/The Guardian https://getpocket.com/explore/item/end-of-the-office-the-quiet-grinding-loneliness-of-working-from-home

Why life has gotten more comfortable but less happy - Arthur C. Brooks/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/10/why-life-has-gotten-more-comfortable-less-happy/616807/

Keith Jarrett confronts a future without the piano - Nate Chinen/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/arts/music/keith-jarrett-piano.html

Wed, 21 Oct 2020

Twitter is temporarily changing how you retweet - Jay Peters/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/21524092/twitter-temporarily-changing-retweet-quote-tweet-election

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

I forgot to mention that I have returned to CS classes at LA Valley College. This semester I'm taking Computer Architecture and Organization.

Americans worry about 2020 being another 2000, but the real worry is another 1876 - Rachel Shelden and Erik B. Alexander/The Washington Post https://www.chron.com/opinion/article/Americans-worry-about-2020-being-another-2000-15660360.php

Mon, 19 Oct 2020

There was a kernel update in @debian Stable today. I don't know why, but I'm sure all will become clear.

Sun, 11 Oct 2020

Ruby 2.7 has caused me a lot of problems

Thu, 08 Oct 2020

I got a SinkShroom. Is it worth the money? - Steven Rosenberg http://passthejoe.net/post/2020_1008_sink_shroom/

Tue, 06 Oct 2020

The original IBM PC keyboard is still being made today in Kentucky, and you can get one for about https://www.pckeyboard.com/

Sun, 04 Oct 2020

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) – The guitar behind the violin - Pascal Proust/Strings by Mail https://www.stringsbymail.com/articles/niccolo-paganini-1782-1840-the-guitar-behind-the-violin/

No Starch Press is putting out a great-looking book, "Racket Programming the Fun Way," by James W. Stelly. Set for December 2020 publication, an early-access version is available now. The discount code RACKETFUN will get you 35% off through Oct. 16, 2020. The price is reasonable, and I'm tempted. https://nostarch.com/racket-programming-fun-way

My tech setup for recording courses and podcasts — Emma Bostian https://compiled.blog/blog/my-tech-setup

Tue, 29 Sep 2020

Big @debian Stable update for the firefox-esr browser, going from 68 to 78 https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4768

How many decimals of pi do we really need? - NASA/JPL https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/2016/3/16/how-many-decimals-of-pi-do-we-really-need/

Sun, 27 Sep 2020

Having a Ubuntu/Debian/Fedora/what-have-you WSL in Windows is > the MacOS command line but < "real" Linux

Shopify’s Lite plan is just /month https://www.shopify.com/lite

‘It’s like Trump said: The cure has been worse than the disease’: A restaurant owner on closing his business during the coronavirus pandemic - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/09/26/restaurant-owner-closing-coronavirus

Sat, 26 Sep 2020

SC130: the perfect CP/M & Fuzix computer kit (at !) - Obsolescence Guaranteed http://obsolescenceguaranteed.blogspot.com/2020/01/sc130-perfect-cpm-computer-kit-at-50.html

PiDP-11: Re-creating the PDP-11/70 - Obsolescence Guaranteed https://obsolescence.wixsite.com/obsolescence/pidp-11

PiDP-8/I: Re-creating the PDP-8/I - Obsolescence Guaranteed https://obsolescence.wixsite.com/obsolescence/pidp-8

Fri, 25 Sep 2020

Lost cockatiel lands on fishing boat 10 miles off Scottish coast - BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-54263087

Thu, 24 Sep 2020

Substack review: Here’s what to know before you get started - Clara Ainsley McLaren/The Penny Hoarder https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/make-money/substack-review/

MIT's 6.S081 looks like an awesome class. They use a Unix V6 clone and draw on the EXCELLENT Lions' Commentary on UNIX 6th Edition. This page includes links to John Lions' book, the Unix V6 source code, and the PDP11/40 Processor Handbook. https://pdos.csail.mit.edu/6.828/2020/xv6.html

Pandemic spurs journalists to go it alone via email (mostly via Substack) - Sara Fischer/Axios https://www.axios.com/pandemic-spurs-journalists-to-go-it-alone-via-email-613ca2d5-e8d5-4235-9582-48cc028e9d8b.html

Lede: Subscription-driven publishing that bakes in WordPress VIP, Pico for membership manangement, Coral for comments and Mailchimp for newsletters. The product is aimed at both startups and established media. https://joinlede.com/

I can't believe how good a web host NearlyFreeSpeech.net has been — and I end up paying about two bucks a month. When you don't need a VPN (and you probably don't, even if you think you do), it's the way to go.

Facebook leaks show Mark Zuckerberg defending his decisions to angry employees - Casey Newton/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/21444203/facebook-leaked-audio-zuckerberg-trump-pandemic-blm

Journalists are leaving the noisy internet for your email inbox (or more specifically, Substack) - Marc Tracy/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/business/media/substack-newsletters-journalists.html

Tue, 22 Sep 2020

I love the design of this site: A Matter of Perspective https://spirals.blog/

The era of Visual Studio Code - Roben Kleene https://blog.robenkleene.com/2020/09/21/the-era-of-visual-studio-code/

Linux Journal is back https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/linux-journal-back

Older people have become younger: Physical and cognitive function have improved meaningfully in 30 years — University of Jyväskylä https://www.jyu.fi/en/current/archive/2020/09/older-people-have-become-younger-physical-and-cognitive-function-have-improved-meaningfully-in-30-years

If I had $1 for every PR pitch I get with a dead web link, I'd have about $5 a day #YouHaveOneJob

Mon, 21 Sep 2020

MyNOR - The yet minor computer. No CPU, no ALU, one NOR-gate is enough. http://mynor.org/

Homebrew Computers Web-Ring https://www.homebrewcpuring.org/

GIGATRON retrocomputer building kit https://www.budgetronics.eu/en/building-kits/gigatron-retrocomputer-building-kit/a-25779-20

Gigatron – TTL microcomputer https://gigatron.io/

Sun, 20 Sep 2020

Why the Apple II didn’t support lowercase letters - Steve Wozniak https://www.vintagecomputing.com/index.php/archives/2833/why-the-apple-ii-didnt-support-lowercase-letters

Sat, 19 Sep 2020

Hubble captures crisp new image of Jupiter and Europa | ESA/Hubble https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic2017/

Facebook accused of watching Instagram users through cameras - Robert Burnson/Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-18/facebook-accused-of-watching-instagram-users-through-cameras

GitHub - github/renaming: Guidance for changing the default branch name for GitHub repositories https://github.com/github/renaming

Fri, 18 Sep 2020

The science behind honey’s eternal shelf life - Natasha Geiling/Smithsonian Magazine https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-science-behind-honeys-eternal-shelf-life-1218690/

Free is evil: tech’s original sin - Jesse Hercules https://medium.com/@jesse.hercules/free-is-evil-d2be55b028d4

Vue v3.0.0 'One Piece' is released https://github.com/vuejs/vue-next/releases/tag/v3.0.0

Google Drive will start to delete trashed files after 30 days starting on Oct. 13 - Chaim GartenBerg/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/17/21441226/google-drive-delete-trash-empty-files-documents-30-days-date

COBOL: Built to last - Mar Hicks/Logic Magazine https://logicmag.io/care/built-to-last/

Outschool, which started to provide online classes to homeschoolers, is booming during COVID - TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/18/outschool-newly-profitable-raises-a-45m-series-b-for-virtual-small-group-classes/

A sensory deprivation flotation tank almost drowned me - Saffron Huang (tl;dr DON'T go in a sensory deprivation tank) https://saffronhuang.com/post/a-sensory-deprivation-flotation-tank-almost-drowned-me/

Z80 Number Cruncher http://www.andreadrian.de/oldcpu/Z80_number_cruncher.html

Telling people to delete Facebook won’t fix the internet: The Social Dilemma is a clever but simplistic drama-documentary - Adi Robertson/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/4/21419993/the-social-dilemma-jeff-orlowski-netflix-movie-review-social-media-algorithms

CD players are back from the dead and now work with Airpods - Andrew Liszewski/Gizmodo https://gizmodo.com/cd-players-are-back-from-the-dead-and-now-work-with-air-1845091060

On Mullenweg and the Jamstack - Regression or Future? - Matt Billmann/Netlify https://www.netlify.com/blog/2020/09/15/on-mullenweg-and-the-jamstack-regression-or-future/

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth makes peace with Ubuntu Linux community - Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/canonical-ceo-mark-shuttleworth-makes-peace-with-ubuntu-linux-community/

999 real fans - Grant Dever https://www.grantdever.com/999-real-fans/

Thu, 17 Sep 2020

By using my local blogPoster terminal program to write microblog posts for my own site, Twitter and Mastodon, I can create and publish without having to be on the sites at all. I can look at Twitter or Mastodon (and interact if I choose) when I'm ready. http://github.com/passthejoe/blogPoster

Tutanota email has been suffering from DDos and DNS attacks for weeks now. The downtime isn't a total deal-breaker. Yet. Hopefully they will figure out a better defense. I like the service. I like the price even better.

I had some Debian Stable with GNOME issues. First, the Chromium browser occasionally dies and won't restart. Second, the Nautilus file manager stops allowing files to be moved. Fix for both is to log out and log back in. That it's happening at all is disturbing.

What's new in Thunderbird 78? tl;dr: dark mode, account setup updates, redesigned composed window, end-to-end encryption support, integrated calendar and tasks https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/78.0/whatsnew/