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[23:35] cmccabe is writing a paper on the "History, Evolution and Future of Public Access Unix Systems", linked here. My own project The Swintons of Tildeverse overlaps with this on some parts, so we decided to join forces on this. Currently we're discussing how exactly we want to move this forward. More on this as soon as I know which direction the project will take.
[01:49] I spent a little time manually checking the status of the tildeverse, listing all the tildes I know of. There have been quite a few over the years, and I'm happy to see that there are still more than 40% online.
Update: tilde.wiki has a list, too, including two servers I totally missed.
[19:29] HackersCurator.com is a website for people who "take their fandom several steps further", going into detail on the tech used in the movie, the clothing et cetera. There is also an interesting Youtube channel.
[20:09] I toyed with a little bash script yesterday, trying to check the list of all the tilde servers I know of (a total of 44) to find out which of those are still up and running, but there was little success in that. Of course, I can check wheter or not I can ping the URL or wether
curl returns an http status code, but the server replying is not necessarily the tilde I was looking for. For example, I was surprised to see a response from tilde.center, which had been out of service for a while. Also, at least one former tilde domain was not renewed and now is home to NSFW stuff. Sad.
Interesting concept on tilde.center though, I'm especially curious how the distributed LDAP will turn out.
[19:22] Accessibility is hard, and even those with best intentions screw things up sometimes. The other day we got hardware for a user with a vision impairment, among this a calculator. An actual hand held one, no software. The device came with a big display and high contrast buttons, accompanied by a manual. The latter was written as these things usually are, just the tiniest bit larger than fine print. Again, this is a device intended for people with vision impairment. Someone did not think that through.
[22:34] NASA has transcripts, audio files, videos of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Now that's cool.
[21:36] When putting together Lego bricks, there are some connections that are considered "illegal". Here is a presentation listing a few of those and explaining why they are to be avoided. Official Lego statement, as far as I understand (via).
[19:22] In an ongoing investigation, german police are searching for ... a MAC address. I wonder if there is anyone working there who has at least basic understanding of networking. Also I wonder if anyone working there now is embarrassed to admit it. Also also I'd really like to know how many false accusations will be made due to people using MAC address randomizers or simply due to the fact that MAC addresses are not necessarily that unique at times. *sigh*
[20:01] One downside of https is that it makes the web less accessible for people with low bandwidth, unstable connections. Might be a better idea to offer https, but not enforce it.
[17:49] The Web Bloat Score Calculator takes a screenshot of a given webpage and calculates the bloat score by dividing the pages' total size by the size of the screenshot. The lower the score, the better. (This blog currently has a score of 0.046.)
[20:51] Two more tildes that I can't recall having seen before: cosmic.voyage and circumlunar.space. The latter appears to be heavily influenced by Bruce Sterling's novel Schismatrix, which gives me the opportunity to recommend it to you. Tends to be a bit lengthy in places, but by and large I enjoyed reading it.
[19:55] Because I keep forgetting it and it always takes me a few tries to get the right search terms to rediscover it: the red line indicating the current time in graphical calendar applications is called Marcus Bains line.
[14:34] Lego has a wireless protocol built on Bluetooth, used to control their BOOST sets. They put documentation for their protocol up on GitHub (repo). I did not expect this move, but I really like that.
[16:20] Kind of funny to watch a talk about privacy held by a person that actually values it and wants to educate people, then visit their website and find uMatrix pointing out that a request to an external site (to load CSS from a third party server) was blocked. As far as I'm concerned, anything that loads from a server that you do not have control of constitutes tracking. I'd really like for people to be a bit more coherent in this matter.