I forgot to mention it for a week, but my StuffIt test files now include proper "made using the mac version of StuffIt" ones, and I've added a repo of legally clear integration test files for DiskDoubler extractors. → github.com/ssokolow/diskdouble

For fun, I decided to theme up my retro LAN's file server to match the OS each folder is for.

I decided to do the Mac 68k stuff first, and I got a little carried away with seeing what I could do without relying on CSS, so what you see is an interesting mix of "tables for presentation" plus role=none and aria-hidden=true to absolve my sins. Now to retro-test it.

(Please excuse Firefox's flaky pixel positioning when rendering the fan-made Chicago and Monaco TTFs.)

I just got around to watching the Defunctland video from three days ago. What starts as a simple question about who wrote the Disney Channel mnemonic jingle turns into a moving piece about an uncredited artist and a work of art in its own right. HIGHLY recommended. youtube.com/watch?v=b_rjBWmc1i

A huge thanks to Corel for being willing to support buyers with legacy use-cases. I am now a registered owner of that copy of WinZip Self-Extractor 2.2 (non-Personal Edition) that I wanted as a kid and, once my Windows 9x retro projects are ready, I can complement the more FOSS-friendly InnoSetup installer with a retro-authentic "InstallShield Express 2 inside WinZip Self-Extractor 2.2" distributable. (I lucked into a sealed retail copy of ISExpress2.)

A deeply insightful and under-viewed video that my brother introduced me to:

I just got really nerd-sniped and rewrote my command-line launcher generator for Flatpak in Python+PyGObject, solving pretty much every flaw it had along the way.
gist.github.com/ssokolow/db565

If you've been reluctant to use Flatpak-packaged apps because of the bad command-line user experience, give it a try. Aside from not being able to expose manpages that were just plain omitted from the packages, I'd call it perfect in all ways that matter.

Cathode Ray Dude just ended his most recent video with an excellent little "anticapitalist diatribe" (as the section title calls it) expressing his frustration at how nobody makes offbeat products with the intent to actually be products anymore. → youtu.be/PDjleq0PJX0?t=2644

In case anyone's planning to thumbnail some PNGs and JPEGs in Python, whether you use PyQt, PyOpenCV, or write your own little wrapper around Rust's image crate using PyO3 or rust-cpython, I recommend not using Pillow.

On my test corpus with a warmed cache, the others consistently took about 2/3rds the time Pillow did... though PyOpenCV was a hair slower than the others at ~25 seconds rather than ~23. (Pillow was ~33.)

I knew the fiasco that was the Russo-Japanese war was instrumental in leading to the overthrow of the Tsar, but I never realized that the "sailed half-way around the world" part of "sailed half-way around the world to get smashed at the Battle of Tsushima" was the most hilarious comedy of errors I've ever heard of:

Folding Ideas just put out an excellent 2-hour deep dive into how everything blockchain-related works and how the blockchain ecosystem is effectively "Amway, but everywhere you look, people are wearing ugly-ass ape cartoons", started by wealthy rich programmers who are frustrated that the ultra-rich have shut them out and are trying to synthesize the opportunity to be the next Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos.

‘Can I get you something to drink, Monsieur Sartre?’ the waiter asked.
‘Yes, I’d like a cup of coffee with sugar, but with None::<Cream>’, the philosopher replied.

A few minutes later, however, the water returned and said,

‘I’m sorry, Monsieur Sartre, but we haven't found Cream — how about with None::<Milk>?’

A great analogy for SIMD just developed over on /r/rust/: SIMW: Single Iron, Multiple Waffles

If anyone's getting an annoying donation nag from LibreOffice, this solution worked for me: remembertheusers.com/2019/11/0

I just got introduced to this "Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Phone Numbers" page.

.. which reminds me of a previous good one it's probably referencing: "Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names":

kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/false

...both excellent documents.

In case the embed doesn't show up, it's an interview with Alan Kay on the iPhone, the effect of these sorts of ultra-simplified computing technologies on society, and various related and important bits of insight on learning, teaching, and how the human brain works.

Just discovered this excellent article from 2017. It's the kind of deeply insightful thing I wish wasn't such an exception.

fastcompany.com/40435064/what-

Just got another of those "You're infringing my copyrights. Take the image down or I'll sue"-as-a-comment-on-a-random-blog-post scam messages.

They're learning.

For anyone following my blog for the fanfiction reviews, I've started to build a section for brief links to stories with "Magical-Muggle Cooperation" elements at the bottom of the "Recommended “Politics in Harry Potter” fics" page, pending my having time to give the topic a proper list post of its own.

blog.ssokolow.com/archives/201

You know you're nerdy when you got a hand-me-down PC and not only have you set it up headless to be accessed over SSH to take accurate benchmark measurements with Criterion.rs, you're wondering how difficult it would be to get the beep command to replicate PC Speaker sound effects from childhood DOS games to signal success/failure on completion.

So far, all I've managed to my own satisfaction is getting it to play the first measure of Dies Irae to signal a nonzero exit code.

If anyone wants that, here it is in shell script:

for X in 175 165 175 147 165 131 147 147; do beep -l 600 -f "\$X"; done

...plus, this is definitely a "that could have gone much worse" situation.

I really need to scale back my online participation while I'm in the middle of my efforts to fix my sleep issues once and for all.

Impulsiveness and inability to recognize that I'm irritable until someone points it out are the biggest side-effects of me being tired.