BBR, the new kid on the TCP block
A look at Google's delay-controlled TCP flow control algorithm, called BBR.
networking  tcpip  work 
2 days ago
Re: `[[ -n $VAR ]]` equal to `[[ $VAR ]]`?
ZSH 5.0.6 and later support [[ $VAR ]]
zsh  shell 
5 days ago
AT&T Archives: Saul Bass Pitch Video for Bell System Logo Redesign
He worked closely with AT&T, designing not only the 1970 "bell" logo that was ubiquitous for a decade, but also the globe logo unveiled in 1983.

One reason for this bell logo's ubiquity? The redesign was the largest corporate re-identity program in the U.S., ever.
video  branding  design  history  telephony  logos 
7 days ago
What does ${1+"$@"} mean?
The ${1+"$@"} syntax first tests if $1 is set, that is, if there is an argument at all.
If so, then this expression is replaced with the whole "$@" argument list.
If not, then it collapses to nothing instead of an empty argument.
unix  shell  history  work 
11 days ago
6502TestPrograms - VisualChips
For the most part these test programs aim to test emulators, which are subject to different bugs than CPU implementations, and therefore the effective coverage may not be as good as expected. Such tests are generally self-checking - there is no golden results file of bus activity - and generally assume some specific platform's I/O facilities.
apple2  6502  assembler 
15 days ago
RE: Very useful !#^
A ZSH History Substitution Summary
shell  zsh 
16 days ago
6502 Instruction Set
Decoded into a table by high-nibble and low-nibble, among other things.
6502  assembler  apple2 
18 days ago
6502 Disassembler
Disassembler in JavaScript.
apple2  assembler  6502 
18 days ago
Re: Complex forms deprecated?
Some ZSH history from Bart Schaefer.
zsh  shell  unix  history 
22 days ago
ssh - Why does remote Bash source .bash_profile instead of .bashrc
Because of this line in man ssh:

"If command is specified, it is executed on the remote host instead of a login shell."
shell  ssh  unix 
27 days ago
V7/x86 on VirtualBox | Robert Nordier
Downloadable Version 7 Unix for x86 on VirtualBox
unix  history  work 
4 weeks ago
Pick a Hill Worth Dying On, America
Affirm life, speak truth, defend the vulnerable, call out injustices—and gladly brave the criticisms and the wounds you sustain in doing it, knowing that they are a small price to pay for the nation that could be if you speak—or will be if you do not.
politics  culture  fascism  activism 
4 weeks ago
Stop The Madness
Safari extension to stop websites hijacking UI.
safariextz  web 
4 weeks ago
Captive portal and HTTPS problems | Ruckus Wireless Customer Community
This issue of not being redirected to a captive portal affects every wireless vendor including Ruckus. As more and more sites uses HSTS, getting a proper redirect becomes harder. I am hoping that Ruckus is sitting on the working group for this new standard and is pushing hard to get it ratified. In the long run, if something is not done, products like Cloudpath or Aruba's Clearpass will lose their value if it becomes really tough to get a proper redirect.
networking  wifi  cloudpath  work  rfc  web 
4 weeks ago
This 1983 Demo Says So Much About Apple’s Past, Present, And Future
Between them, the IIe and Lisa, and the way Apple explained them to us BCS members, are full of lessons that remain resonant in the era of the iPhone.
apple  apple2  marketing  history 
4 weeks ago
When Burial Begins
We are all so accustomed to the idea of burying the dead, that it takes a moment to realise just how peculiar this behaviour really is. Most animals blithely ignore the dead bodies of other members of their pack or herd. What makes us so different? How and when did burial begin?
death  prehistory  religion  archaeology 
4 weeks ago
Examples of Handwriting Styles
Palmer, Zaner-Bloser, D’Nealian, others
6 weeks ago
Sheaffer Snorkel Guide
Sheaffer Snorkel vintage pen collectors guide
6 weeks ago
iTunes Goes Classical
For Apple Lossless files (m4a) this new data maps directly to existing metadata fields, and everything works smoothly. However, with MP3, AIFF, and some WAV files, which use the ID3 format for metadata, Apple plays fast and loose. They shoe-horn the new data into the “Grouping” field, which is already widely used in the (mostly non-Apple) community to hold other custom data. For most people, though, this won’t be a problem in practice.
itunes  music  metadata 
6 weeks ago
Warning: Your Browser Extensions Are Spying On You
List of browser extensions that have tracking code.
privacy  security  safariextz  web 
6 weeks ago
Nib Manufacturers
Chart by danielpi on FPN of who makes nibs for whom.
fountain-pens  reference 
6 weeks ago
The Secret Code of Lewis and Clark
The “artichokes” code, not just a simple Caesar cipher.
7 weeks ago
PenHero.com - PenGallery - A Parker 51 Fantasy Trip Part 1
These two 51 fantasy pens are 1990s vintage pens made by Ariel Kullock, a very creative collector, restorer, and maker of unique pens in Buenos Aries, Argentina.…

Argentina appears to be a major source of parts and complete pens as Parker had a factory there and the machinery and talent for making them still exists there.
7 weeks ago
Audio Archaeology: Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme (1990)
Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme, also called Shelley Duvall’s Rock and Rhymeland, was a made for TV movie from 1990, with frequent play on the Disney Channel during the early nineties. It’s distinctive for having music video-style production as well as starring a number of well-known musicians and actors. The musical star power alone is insane – Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Bobby Brown, The Stray Cats, Little Richard, ZZ Top, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkle (though not in the same scenes), and that’s just hitting all the high notes.
music  television  video  literature 
8 weeks ago
TWM window manager on RHEL 7
At issue is Red Hat’s decision to remove the window manager TWM from their version 7 distribution. Every now and again, you will have a minimal Linux installation for a server, however you still need some sort of GUI for completing a software installation. At House of Brick, we find that this is very common when doing Oracle Database installations.
work  linux  redhat 
8 weeks ago
Embracing SSSD in Linux | Geekdom
RHEL6 came in to place and introduced sssd. Aside from the awful name, it was yet another hideous beast fighting to control. Like many others, I had reluctantly embraced nslcd because it was close to the old ldap.conf file, the configurations were generally the same, and it took a short amount of time to get implemented. SSSD was a completely different beast that requires some time to learn and understand before diving fully in.
ldap  activedirectory  linux  unix  work 
10 weeks ago
Strange: KBM engine keeps turning off
KM crashes in 10.13, related to sleep/wake.
10 weeks ago
Smoky Hill DAR: Tales of Route 40
Old 40 Highway played a major role in the history of Ellsworth County. It is alternately called the Smoky Hill Trail, Old 40 Highway, and the Golden Belt Highway.
roadgeek  history  Kansas  us40 
11 weeks ago
List of post SP3 related hotfixes for Windows XP SP3.
Applies to: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Windows XP SP 3 Note: You should check http://support.microsoft.com for the latest version of the different files. Note: These are not scheduled to be included with a service pack. i.e. There is no Windows XP Service Pack 4 (SP4)
12 weeks ago
Mill Ends Park
The world's smallest park was dedicated in 1948 as the only colony for leprechauns west of Ireland.
destinations  parks 
12 weeks ago
The World's Tiniest City Park Just Got a Little More Official
Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, now has its own sign.
parks  destinations 
12 weeks ago
What in the Word?! The forerunners of ‘harbinger’ | OxfordWords blog
In the case of harbour and harbinger, their origins are harbored in ancient Germanic roots: hari or heri, ‘army’ (also seen in the verb harry and name Harold) and berga, ‘shelter’ or ‘protection’ (with its older sense of ‘hill’, found in countless place-names ending in -berg, –borough, and –burgh).
words  English  etymology  philology 
12 weeks ago
How to configure SC4 to work with your new hardware
By now many of you have brand new computers and are wondering why SC4 won't run worth a hoot on it. That reason is due to the limitations imposed by the current graphics hardware during the time of the games inception. This means the graphics rules for the game are fairly static to say the least and won't play nice with mismatched pieces per say. The good thing is that we can change that to fit our mismatched pieces. Here's how I was able to work it.
simcity  hardware 
may 2018
The Decreasing Usefulness of Positive Visual Security Indicators (and the Importance of Negative Ones)
Chrome in particular has led the charge putting warnings on insecure login pages … and in the very near future, warnings on all insecure pages…. So let's focus on those; drive awareness of that and accept that padlock icons are rapidly becoming a sign of a bygone era.
web  webdev  security  uris  ssl  interface 
may 2018
Using gender-neutral pronouns could actually misgender people.
"Instead, then, let’s all agree to try our best. I don’t appreciate being they/them–ed, but I know the people who misgender me can’t read my mind and don’t know what that act represents to me."
language  sexism  English 
may 2018
Pittsburgh's Last Wooden Street
The last street in Pittsburgh that's paved with wood.
infrastructure  roadgeek  destinations 
may 2018
Installing Network Addon Mod (NAM) for Mac
Hi all I have been playing SC4 on the Mac since it was ported over. I recently learned about the NAM on here and am very excited about it. But I can't...
may 2018
Why You Should Drink More Bourbon This Spring
Whiskey Smash, Bourbon Lemonade, Mint Julep.
april 2018
The Fossil Encased in 'Case In Point'
"In point" is occasionally summoned as a synonym of "on point" in its legal sense, but it is chiefly found in the phrase "case in point."
words  English 
april 2018
How to Save the Day, Repeatedly, with a Notepad – Michael A. LaPlante – Medium
You will save the day repeatedly when you simply write down what transpires. Capture what happens and the decisions that were made along the way, especially your own. You will gain “super powers” of both recollection and observation. You will become recognized as an authority on the past and how we have arrived at the present.
notebooks  journaling  work  encouragement 
april 2018
The Woman Who Gave the Macintosh a Smile
In 1982, she was a sculptor and sometime curator when her high-school friend Andy Hertzfeld asked her to create graphics for a new computer that he was working on in California. Kare brought a Grid notebook to her job interview at Apple Computer. On its pages, she had sketched, in pink marker, a series of icons to represent the commands that Hertzfeld’s software would execute.
macos-classic  apple  design  housewares 
april 2018
The 'Harvard Sentences' Secretly Shaped The Development Of Audio Tech
During World War II, the boiler room under Harvard's Memorial Hall was turned into a secretive wartime research lab. Here, volunteers were subjected to hours of noise as scientists tested military communications systems. Out of this came the Harvard sentences, a set of standardised phrases still widely used to test everything from mobile phones to VoIP.
telephony  radio  English  language  history  audio 
april 2018
An Opportunistic Infection
So we have a weakened party. We have a dysfunctional government due to this weakened party. There is no sound leadership in the party. The nominees for President did not, in my opinion, include a single qualified person. This is the weakened political body, a body susceptible to an opportunistic pathogen. Donald Trump is someone who never in the past would be taken seriously as a presidential nominee. He is like the bacteria in your colon. They have a place, a necessary place in the scheme of things but not in government. He is a self promoting businessman of questionable success, an entertainer, an insult artist, a narcissistic joke actually. But now, he is dangerous to the weakened political body and he can’t be stopped.
politics  government  democracy 
april 2018
Spaced repetition & Darwin’s golden rule
Spaced repetition is a memory hack. We know that spacing out your study is more effective than cramming, but using an app you can tailor your own spaced repetition schedule, allowing you to efficiently create reliable memories for any material you like.

Charles Darwin noted any facts or thoughts that were contrary to his own views, because he found such contrary items were most liable to slip from his memory.
memory  psychology 
april 2018
20 Lessons from the 20th Century About How to Defend Democracy from Authoritarianism, According to Yale Historian Timothy Snyder
1. Do not obey in advance. Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked.
fascism  democracy  activism  politics  bastards  history 
april 2018
IBM System/360 - CHM Revolution
IBM’s System/360, a new family of general-purpose computers, changed everything. Programs for one System/360 computer ran on all, letting customers readily consolidate computing capabilities.
computing  history 
april 2018
What I Carry in My Mental Health 'Crisis Kit'
By an anxiety sufferer. The specific contents aren’t important, but the idea may be helpful.
anxiety  depression  psychology  self-care 
april 2018
As Trump Mounts Another Campaign of Division, Humiliation & Fear, 2018 Promises to Be an Epic…
He appeals to angry voters who want to blame somebody else for the disruptions of the modern world. He gives voice to fear and loathing. His endless efforts to demonize, dehumanize and “other” immigrants and refugees is the glue that holds together his coalition. It’s the animating force of his ethno-nationalism. It’s the rally chant that still echoes. It’s the tail that wags the GOP dog.
politics  liberalism  activism 
april 2018
martymac/ldapscripts: Simple shell scripts to handle POSIX entries in an LDAP directory
Written for Samba's LDAP, but they might well work with OpenLDAP. Not sure.
ldap  work  unix 
april 2018
The Egyptian Theatre
This architectural stunner is one of the few surviving Egyptian Revival theaters in the U.S.
architecture  destinations 
march 2018
Let them paste passwords
We think that stopping password pasting (or SPP) is a bad thing that reduces security.
march 2018
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