@design_RG No problem. I only wish Microsoft were releasing QuickBasic 4.5 under MIT... or even just as a closed-source freely-redistributable compiler under the same terms as the 2.0 version of the Setup Toolkit from the Windows 3.1 SDK.

I grew up on QBasic 1.1 and always wanted the compiler. Now that I'm old enough to have acquired a copy, I'm reluctant to make my creations depend on compilers I can't share when I put the source on GitHub.

Nice to see Microsoft releasing the GW-BASIC source under the MIT license.


Now any retro-hobbyists who know enough x86 assembly have a starting point for supporting embeddable scripting on ancient DOS systems.

Just a little bit of fan I ran across:

SylphStorm's redux cover of "Neverending Strife" by H8_Seed.


If you're not a fan of bronies, don't hold it being MLP music against it. Catchy music is catchy music and, like "In The Dark of the Night" from Anastasia, it sounds *great* on its own even if you don't know the context.

As a side-note, did the casual self-introductory "don't worry, I'm just the villain" start remind anyone else of "Brains!" by Voltaire?

@abionic Except that, unless it's being particularly picky about blacklisting wget while letting through "proper" podcast readers, that's what I was trying to do when I got the "Permission denied"... download the file from the podcast RSS.

@freemo Is it a roguelike? If so, 0x72's Dungeon Tileset (either version) is the best candidate I've found so far:


After encountering a public domain tileset on itch.io that appealed to me so much that I'm now considering experimenting with game development, I decided to start compiling a list of game assets on Itch.io that are under Debian-compatible licensing terms.

(i.e. Not the usual "don't redistribute or sell alone or in assets packs" terms which violate the FSF, OSI, and Debian definitions of Free and/or Open.)


(The description also lists other sources like OpenGameArt.)

...and huh. So that's how horizontal and vertical tab characters were supposed to work in smart peripherals in a standardized way. The C1 extensions to ASCII for extended control characters say 0x88 is supposed to mean "set a horizontal tab stop at the current cursor position" and 0x8a is supposed to mean "set a vertical tab stop at the line the cursor is currently on."

There's also apparently 0x95, "Message Waiting" which, judging by the description, is supposed to be like BEL but setting an indicator that's persistent until dismissed.

Apparently ECMA-6:1985 and ASCII-1986 declared UNIX line endings deprecated in favour of DOS/Windows-style ones and ECMA-48:1991 declared them disallowed... shows how well that worked.
(Source: aivosto.com/articles/control-c )

I just thought of a good way to respond to people who grumble about younger generations lacking skills that used to be taught as essential. (eg. beautiful handwriting, being able to catch bugs in your output effectively enough to do it on real dead-tree paper before ever submitting it to a computer, etc.)

"No one disputes that it's a useful skill to have. The question is whether the value you'll get from it in this day and age justifies continuing to ask people to invest time into it as anything other than a hobby."

There are plenty of useful skills that used to be essential to at least some segment of the population and are now hobbies. Horse-riding, carpentry, calligraphy, ballroom dancing, etc.

Sorry I went silent. I've been too busy to even check Mastodon, let alone post on it.

Today, however, I self-nerd-sniped and implemented a one-click aspect ratio correction userscript for 320x200 screenshots of DOS games on MobyGames:


(See gamasutra.com/blogs/FelipePepe for an explanation of why it's necessary.)

@freemo It's clear we have very diffierent perspectives on what has taken place.

Unfortunately, it's rooted in perceptions of trends (ie. "But overall") and I don't have time to go dig up a big pile of citations right now to counter that.

@freemo I dunno. From what I've seen so far, democratic misconduct has been primarily focused on character attacks, while the Republicans have been the ones making the mistakes with direct consequences for the nation as a whole.

@freemo True. Personally, I think the republicans have been more destructive with their dishonesty and incompetence, though. Like Brian Kemp ordering the beaches open under penalty of fines or incarceration or Trump's oddly insistent pushing of hydroxychloroquine when it has not yet been proven effective and can have serious side-effects.

@freemo You won't see me disagreeing there. Both sides are incompetent in their own ways. The democrats blend theirs with spinelessness.

@freemo I'd rather not get started on how Jared Kushner was given too many jobs and was under-qualified for them.

@freemo My intent in posting that was to get to the kernel of truth behind the criticism of Trump.

That criticism being that, whether it was people he appointed directly or decisions made by them, Trump isn't blameless in this, even if only because he appears to be a very poor judge of how people he brings on will affect the function of the organization as a whole.

@freemo Point. Not all of the relevant decisions were direct trump appointments, so I should have been more clear that some of it is decisions made either by or as part of internal politicking for/against people he did appoint.

@freemo I remembered what it was that Trump did wrong about the CDC.


TL;DR: When top national security officials handling pandemics left in 2018 (supposedly pushed out by Bolton), he either didn't replace them or replaced them with friends and allies rather than properly qualified people.

@arteteco @hrisskar At the moment, I'm using something I hacked together using rxvt-unicode, a customized version of its kuake plugin, and GNU screen for tabs but, when I use something polished and ready-made, I use Yakuake.

(Partly because I'm a KDE user and partly because, when I last evaluated the options ages ago, it felt most polished.)

@brandon @cosullivan *chuckle* I remember seeing the discussion of that here.

Anyway, Google Translate does have a few other quirks that need to be massaged. I'm not sure whether I mentioned it in another branch of this thread or elsewhere, but I'm compiling a guide for what I'm learning while dogfooding an experimental Tesseract OCR frontend I've been cleaning up to push to GitHub, intended for OCRing manga and the like

(It was a sleep-deprived rush experiment, so it needs refactoring first)

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