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"From this moment forward all my writings are fish hooks: perhaps I know how to fish as well as anyone - If nothing was caught, I am not to blame. There were no fish." - Nietzsche

An idea similar to the thoughts in issue 74: Push your ideas out there in the wild, without spoon feeding people, without following the clickbait trend, all you have to do is prepare the content in the most appropriately consumable way for anyone that ever encounters it.


PS: I've beaten last week record by making this newsletter longer than the last one. If you really enjoy it be sure to share it with your friends that might be interested.

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You never fully realize how inept mainstream media is until they cover a topic you know a lot of. - /r/showerthoughts

This was the longest newsletter I've compiled since the start of this project. I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am enjoying reading all those articles every week. Let me know if you find anything interesting to share with our close circle of readers. If you're intested in contributing in whatever form or way, there's always a list of ideas at the bottom of this newsletter on how you can do so.

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Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. - Dostoyevsky

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"Yep, that's the point of public key cryptography, never share your privates in public" - A user on reddit

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Sand mandalas are incredibly intricate works of art that take many people many days to construct. They’re very expressive, but fragile, works of art.

After a mandala has been constructed – and displayed – it is ceremoniously deconstructed – which is meant "to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life."

_why’s entire online presence and code was presented in the sand mandala that was '_why'. The person behind '_why' simply decided to move on and close that portion of his life.

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HTTPS & SSL doesn't mean "trust this." It means "this is private." You may be having a private conversation with Satan. - Scott Hanselman

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For they do not appear to me to have lost the faculty of reasoning, but having joined together some ideas very wrongly, they mistake them for truths; and they err as men do that argue right from wrong principles. For, by the violence of their imaginations, having taken their fancies for realities, they make right deductions from them.

An essay about epistemology by Locke. http://enlightenment.supersaturated.com/johnlocke/BOOKIIChapterXI.html

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In the end it is those who derive consequences and seize the importance of the ideas, seeing their real value, who win the day. They are the ones who can talk about the subject.

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Be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others.

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"GUIs normally make it simple to accomplish simple actions and impossible to accomplish complex actions." - Doug Gwyn

Probably one of the most cliché quote of all time, maybe it needs more pondering. Is it a limitation from the medium or from ourselves, what other types of media are we not using that could solve this?

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A good model makes reality look normal, not weird; a good model assigns high probability to that which is actually the case.

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  • Thinking in new ways
    https://medium.com/the-mission/mental-models-how-to-train-your-brain-to-think-in-new-ways-ad538ca9052c

    This is an article that sums up a lot of what I hold close to my heart, namely building a base, not limiting yourself to a single domain, being inter-disciplinary at a minimum level.

  • Facebook
    All the clickbaity articles that have been spammed in the media the past few days

    I don't think I have to say anything other then point you back to other issues in order, have fun going back in the archive: "SSI" 13 , "Social Networks" 20 , "It's leaking from everywhere" 26 , "Digital Identity" 27 , "More on digital identity" 36 , "In need of a website to understand a process that should be simple" 39 , "Well researched and timely articles" and "Differential privacy" 47 , "A continuation of last week "Random"" 48 , "Wear some colorful tight pants and continue on this crazy train with Ozzy!" 50 , "Propaganda" and "A timely article" 52 , "Are you tired of the articles of two weeks ago because there's more" 53 , "Create a category and people will get attached to it" 55 , "Will Geocities websites make a comeback?" 56 , "Compartmentalization" 62 , "A story on privacy" 65

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Organisms organize. human organisms organize reality - William Perry

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You need to be your own universe, to have your own dynamics, and only then there'll be a place for others to be part of. Relationships are stars in colliding universes.

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"Our riches of information are in some deep and perverse sense a terrible burden to us. We have to artificially invent ways to forget..." - Bruce Sterling

https://w2.eff.org/Misc/Publications/Bruce_Sterling/comp_game_designers.article

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Many of us always think interesting things in their minds, but no one other than themselves get to hear them because we don’t say those things out loud, we don’t communicate them or sometimes can’t find the exact words to describe them.

The only places in the world where this is possible might be the internet.

A black box for anonymized speech which unfortunately is misused.

I'm going to link the archived newsletter from now on because it seems like not everyone sees them. I'm also going to use different email titles for every issues, including the issue number in it, which is something I should've done a long time ago. Thanks for all the feedbacks, we now have 197 subscribers.

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"Rationality worship is central to many, perhaps most, of the twistednesses of our culture."

This is a controversial quote but one that couldn't be more timely. Rationalizing our behaviors has become the everyday toy of many.

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  • Patience is a virtue
    https://www.gilroygardens.org/play/circus-trees
    https://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/living-bridges-in-india-have-grown-for-500-years-pics.html
    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/vine-bridges-japan

    At different scales of time we can still appreciate and live in symbiosis with trees.

  • Compartmentalization
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compartmentalization_(psychology)

    Hello there people that like to read stuffs related to psychology (and those who don't). The topic of compartmentalization has been one of my "Baader-Meinhof" aka frequency illusion for some time now... Well, it's more of a temporary kind of focus on a certain topic and what relates to it, it's deliberate and not really and illusion (I've seen the idea repeated in multiple books and articles I've read). Compartmentalization is the fabric of everyone of us, there are extreme cases like when those separated parts are contradictory but even so our personality lies within the connections of the compartment (which might explain why when there opposites it leads to personality disorders). This has been proven by many psychological experiments. Without them we do not exist, boundaries with links between them are what define an individual as a self. We can't be everything at once, we can't fulfil all our roles in life at once, we can't be all of our personality traits at once. The father cannot be at the same time the lover cannot be at the same time the worker cannot be at the same time the friend, etc.. And those have to stay within their confined boxes. Some social platforms nowadays try to destroy those and put everything in the same box. This turns an individual into a single blob, flattening their existence, labelling, simplifying, breaking down, and leading to the destruction of the self. Take this as food for thought for the week (and let me know if going on a tangent like that in the newsletter is too much).

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We might be fighting with someone, and in the midst of the fight the phone rings. After some heated argument as to who will pick it up, we finally answer the phone with a voice and attitude that are in total contrast with what we were just portraying of ourselves in the argument.

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Have you ever noticed that when somebody says "That’s a good question?" it’s usually because they don’t yet have an answer?

That quote couldn't be more wrong.
Every single time I hear someone say "That's a good question" and remember the saying I pay extra attention to the discussion and realize that it's the total opposite.

What do you think?

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"There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time." - Those don't necessarily happen in this order.

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"It is really true what philosophy tells us, that life must be understood backwards. But with this, one forgets the second proposition, that it must be lived forwards. A proposition which, the more it is subjected to careful thought, the more it ends up concluding precisely that life at any given moment cannot really ever be fully understood; exactly because there is no single moment where time stops completely in order for me to take position [to do this]: going backwards." - Søren Kierkegaard, in his journals (1843)

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The three golden rules to ensure computer security are: do not own a computer; do not power it on; and do not use it. - Robert Morris

Note: There used to be a bug related to gmail where links weren't clickable. This has been fixed with the help of mort.

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Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece. - Proverbs 16:27

We live in an age where we don't have to lift our fingers, so much that it has become an issue. This might be of religious origins but can easily be taken out of this context and applied to anyone.

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"Don't worry if it doesn't work right. If everything did, you'd be out of a job."

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"It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else and still unknown to himself" - Francis Bacon in The Essays (Of Great Place, referring to men in positions of power)

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You need huge material wealth, acquired only through intense engagement with the affairs of the world, to build monuments that inspire us to abandon wealth and to leave the world behind.

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One regular chatter noted that on the CB Simulator "you meet someone from the inside out. You judge them on their heart and values, not what kind of jeans they wear." - About the 1980 CompuServe CB Simulator.

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Heavy and full of technical topics, this is the 52nd issue which completes a year worth of newsletters. Let's see what this new year has in store. Share with the world what you've thought of those past newsletters and what you're looking for in the future. Which issues were your favorite ones?

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Congratulations everyone!

It's starting to get cold outside, keeping a Unix machine next to you and running :(){ :|:& };: is a great way to stay warm.

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"You and me are real people, operating in a real world. We are not figments of each other’s imagination. I am the architect of my own self, my own character and destiny. It is no use whingeing about what I might have been, I am the things I have done and nothing more. We are all free, completely free. We can each do any damn thing we want. Which is more than most of us dare to imagine." – Jean-Paul Sartre talking about how consciouscness is freedom but hell for most.

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Whatever requires a bit of effort without prestige isn't that popular

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If it seems too good to be true it probably is.

if wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.

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Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know - Michel De Montaigne

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Do not propose solutions until the problem has been discussed as thoroughly as possible without suggesting any.

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Internet arguments in a nutshell:

ednos: technically, I'm not pedantic

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Someone complaining on social media is free advertising.

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"The Internet is not for sissies." -- Paul Vixie

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Those are sentences that have resonated a lot with me the past few days.

To worship a phenomenon because it seems so wonderfully complex is to worship your own ignorance.
If a phenomenon feels complex, that is a fact about our state of knowledge, not a fact about the phenomenon itself.
Complexity is a property of questions, not answers.

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I ran killall cat to kill all the stray cats (pardon the pun), which surprisingly took several seconds but cleaned everything up nicely.

Keep up with your projects, whatever those are, and if you don't have any then replace down time with one.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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nobody needs to know but yourself

You can be content just within you.

Let's hope this newsletter makes you smile!

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Sometimes I wonder if guests are present at the table when they are obsessing about photographing everything they eat, one time a guest suggested I change the colour of the plates (from white to black) because he said the photographs would look better. – Massimo Bottura

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For even better randomness, let your cat walk on the keyboard.

On a side note, I've created a page that you can use to browse the old entries of the newsletter: http://newsletter.nixers.net/entries.php

I hope you're enjoying it as much as I'm enjoying putting this together!

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did you know there are multiple terminal multiplexers? features like persistence, multiple windows, and session sharing are the common features sets. the big three all can be customized with at least a statusbar.

  • screen - the prototype. hardstatus is the variable you want for customizing the statusbar.
  • tmux - the archtype. status-right and status-left configure it's statusbar.
  • dvtm - the leanest. uses dvtm-status is an add on statusbar.

if you like premade or configurationless setups:

  • mtm - as simple and streamlined as they get.
  • byobu - a suite of enhancements for screen and tmux
  • neercs - an ansi art style "windowed" multiplexer
  • twin - "Textmode WINdow enviroment" a full text only wm setup

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If you're dreaming or complaining, it's the same shit. It means you're just not doing shit.

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Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus. - Alexander Graham Bell

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All models are wrong, some models are useful. Try to look at where the models converge. That's where I find the truth.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_models_are_wrong

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fonts: don't just install some magic font package, take the time to acutally grok how the fontconfig works:

venam: And be sure to read/listen to the podcast about fonts: https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=2065

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It is easier to port a shell than a shell script. - Larry Wall

On a side note, the survey we started last week is over and I've compiled the results in this thread: https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=2149

So be sure to check it out and bump it with all your comments.

...And thanks for loving this newsletter so much!

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tmux: programmatically change tmux tab names in your shell aliases

alias tshrug="printf '\033k┐(\`-\`)┌\033\\'"
alias tlol="printf '\033k\(^0^)/\033\\'"

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Figure 3.3: On-disk layout of a typical UNIX file system. Figure is not drawn to scale, and files may appear larger in your rear-view mirror than they do in real life.

On a side note, we're running a the first <nixers.net> self assessment after 6 years: https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=2144

The answers so far are captivating. If you haven't answered it, please do before the end of next week.

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compton: add a subtle fading effect to your windows in your ~/.config/compton.conf

fading = true;
fade-delta = 5;
fade-in-step = 0.03;
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no-fading-openclose = false;

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2007: “You are the product.”
2017: “You are the training data.”
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shell: colored hexdump

hexdump -C <filename> | GREP_COLORS='mt=01;33' grep '^........' |
GREP_COLORS='mt=01;34' grep ' ..' | GREP_COLORS='mt=01;33' grep '|*.|'

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I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone." - Aloha (on an HN thread)

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vim: change the style of the vertical split in your ~/.vimrc

set fillchars=vert:▒

some interesting values: │┃┆┇┊┋╎╏!|╿╽║█▓▒░

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Code is not sentient, nor does code have a spiritual presence... yet. - Haden Odom

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shell: xero's disks alias

alias disks='echo "╓───── m o u n t . p o i n t s"; echo "╙────────────────────────────────────── ─ ─ "; lsblk -a; echo ""; echo "╓───── d i s k . u s a g e"; echo "╙────────────────────────────────────── ─ ─ "; df -h;'

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They have computers, and they may have other weapons of mass destruction.


On a side note, this newsletter should now go straight to your inbox and not be flagged as spam anymore. I've fixed some issues related to the domain name.

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figlet/toilet: if you plan on creating your own figlet fonts, step one is reading the spec : http://www.jave.de/figlet/figfont.html

there are lots of requirements people often miss (e.g. headerline values, required characters, etc)

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any sufficiently advanced kind of work is indistinguishable from play. - Seb Paquet

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You are not your ideas

https://joneaves.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/you-are-not-your-ideas-a-strategy-to-lessen-the-blow-of-rejection/

A reflection on ideas and why some don't feel rejection.

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The June events started so don't be lazy and join in.

Standards and specs are hard to read but repeat after me:
"Specs are good." - A random user on stackoverflow

Why a coding standard at all? Because of your brain - A shell script

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"That's what it feels like when debugging your code."
- Suddenly sputtered someone

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Any fan of Perl around? There are a bunch of useful utilities in there.

We've got your back... I think so.

I've been refreshing my algo skills and stumble upon that link.

I keep this guy's blog bookmarked and keep peeking at it from time to time. He's always up to something astonishing.

Here's another blog. There are articles about fun shell scripts and others about test with hardwares.

Apparently it had some papers backing its theory on the site. Let's see where this goes.

The answer is simple, ergonomics.

This tool is Linux only. It's for checkpoint and restore of program states. Imagine it as a "longer" suspend.

Coreutils but on steroids. My favorite amongst those is vidir.

Those "this tech is dying" articles are a bit abhorent. Mp3 isn't dead, it's free now. IRC is not dead, it's niche now.

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A long & extremely interesting article about the mathematical constructs in our heads.

The latest article is about an automatic "babel fish"-like translator, check it out.

Why we should all accept that we might be wrong.

I showed that to someone and they said it was "lame".

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"Someone that cannot respect another's journey hasn't traveled very far himself." - A random guy on youtube

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This questionaire might help you choose the best "distro" for you. Now imagine if Google could do that with all the tracking information it has accumulated over the years!

A fan of retro museums?

Yes and this one is small so you can read it.

I keep wondering at which point this was added in useradd but can't find any date, it's in POSIX. In older Unix accounts were created using passwd (http://man.cat-v.org/unix-6th/1/passwd) or by changing the /etc/passwd directly.

When your child asks the question.

A wonderful article pondering about a common state of mind, intellectual view of the world, between Unix users.

Lots of talk, a lot of it.

Not directly linked to Unix but makes us think of the conundrum.

"Everyone" knows that awk kicks asses - Everyone should!

The hate of GUI on the side, this is really nifty.

Xero's Weekly Ricing Tips

it's a .vimrc file that makes you look like a ninja. it's the absolute minimal setup. no colors, no highlights, no messages, no status bar, nothing. just text.

"ninja vimrc http://xero.nu set nocompatible set modelines=0 set shortmess+=I set noshowmode set noshowcmd set hidden set lazyredraw set noruler set laststatus=0 syntax off filetype off

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It's interesting how you can have a "default" emotions when not having emotions... And a bit frightening. That explains first impressions.

Different way of interacting and programming a machine.

I'm glad we can have those these days, excellent way for a 8-12yo to have fun and learn something along the way. It's fascinating that this generation of kids and beyond will learn programming just like learning to read and write. We'll see how it changes how people perceive life. The last link is about explorable explanation.

We've got your back with this fart generator.

Now that we have skew incorporated in css3.

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Solving today's problems with yesterday's technology, someday.

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Ever used notify-send and wondered how it worked. Now you wish you didn't know.

"When in need of a system to randomly fuck you up" - Quote writen by a non-sentient being stuck inside the infinite monkey theorem.

Regulate the traffic between your softwares and the world.

I'm not a crypto expert but I sort of get how arc4random works now... or maybe just a bit. Always belittled by the crypto gods of OpenBSD!

Yet another rant, a good one though a bit immature. I agree with most of the points he put forward. I guess the more you understand something the more you see its faults and the more you can expect the unexpected from it. That's still better than a black box.

That nasty old operating system that used to be considered too difficult for most people to use.

Related to the previous video, it's funny when you look at the marketing aspect of Unix, the feud (Unix) wars and partnership between companies, some partnering with others you wouldn't guess. For example in the last video you had the Sun386i which ran DOS and UNIX on the same machine and using the OpenLook design by Sun partnering with AT&T plus some licensed technology from Xerox corporation. You also had the HP360 using the OSF Motif tech from both DEC, IBM, and HP. Then the Mac2cx by NextStep with the MAC user interface which was the cheapest of them all, unlike today's Apple product.

Where are you rocx, you can draw better than that dude.

A simple command which also has advance usage.

The title says it all, this is an article about UX.

Yo!

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Such a nice website.

A bunch of free documentaries from the defcon guys.

  • Map of the world

Ascii is great.

We've got your back + spellcheck.

This was shared in a discussion.

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By the way: I was a mediocre writer whenI started out. Explaining technical concepts is hard. Coming up with good examples takes time, and explaining a diicult concept takes time. So it’s easiest to gloss over the hard stuf. I thought I was doing a pretty good job, until ater one of my posts got popular, a coworker came up to me and said, “I read your post and I still don’t understand this.” I still had a lot to learn about writing.

  • Aditya Y. Bhargava

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...Then test it on this website!

This guy puts into words the whole reason why I've switched away from tiling. And also his blog is pretty amazing too, so check that out.

This is a nifty little script, and the animation on the project page is hilarious.

Yet another one, and a good one at that.

Well, but we have some sort of standards too, you know.

A shell script that saved the day - the comment section is gold.

Having trouble remembering the HTTP status?

"Unix in a nutshell", a reference book about Unix stuffs.

A lot of the links are dead but some are not, and that's important. I love those oldies, check this one for example: https://web.archive.org/web/20090302112430/http://freeengineer.org:80/learnUNIXin10minutes.html it's another one of those "learn everything in one page".

A wonderful online book about why we are where we are today and how to continue moving forward.

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A bunch of safe resources to practice.

When you become expert in a domain you loose the ability to be surprised.

Sometimes it's worth it to pursue random ideas.

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"Chris Dixon captured this guerrilla pattern of the ongoing shift in political power with a succinct observation: what the smartest people do on the weekend is what everyone else will do during the week in ten years."

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Read up about how they approached the live USB problem.

Let's educate ourselves about how to utilize the ram as a filesystem on Linux.

That is to link the last entry from the previous list of links adding some links that are generic about ramdisks.

The very simple and elegant Unix tape archiving program.

In need of a programmer meme to lighten up the mood?

This small article from the author of ssh was in the news and it deserves the reading.

If you haven't read it already.

I'm not a particular fan of one liners as I always get lost in the list and don't find what I need from them but it might be useful to others.

The whole reason why plan9 hasn't taken off...

This website has a lot of interesting manual and documentation of old machines and softwares.

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This is a newsletter I recently signed up to, it summarizes recent events that have been happening in the world.

This keeps popping up everywhere! Are you on social networks? Why? Let's discuss that. What's a social network?

Everyone wants to join it, I've heard they're distributing free beers.

Bring your family and friends on weekends, I'm sure they'll enjoy!

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"That which can be destroyed by the truth should be." — P.C. Hodgell
http://lesswrong.com/lw/o2k/flinching_away_from_truth_is_often_about/

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Brace yourself for some horror stories.

To continue with the horror stories, there are many arguments on the internet about Linux and it's purity as a Unix system. Some of those arguments are just to be discarded, others are serious. Like any criticism if it's not constructive you have to take it lightly.

All that is required is that it stays stable for the enterprise world by following the POSIX and Open Group standards. The EulerOS 2.0 and K-UX 3.0, derived from Red-Hat prove that, even though they aren't derived from the original UNIX and under the hood have a different architecture.

An article that goes to the root of the issue.

Some hilarious oldies scripts that could possibly be useful, such as this one: http://www.brendangregg.com/Specials/mkzombie_example.txt

The turbo button was one of those weird thing of the past that doesn't mean much these days.

To continue on with our series of links about JS and the web, here's one that's not about emulation but about running a shell in the browser. Last time I've heard of that it was about pwning websites through web-shells. The last link, the research paper, gives another interesting side to the story.

Programmers get pissed off a lot by useless semantics, etymologies, and epistemology. This is a fun way to put things back in perspective, which reminds me of the new-age bullshit generator (http://sebpearce.com/bullshit/)

Last week I mixed up two links.. https://vim-adventures.com/ and passweird, sorry 'bout that fellows. Vim adventure is a great and really addictive way to learn about vim. Though, it's only free until lvl3.

Please come back on the forums, we love you!

rocx rocks at skteches

A sketch related to one of the above links:
http://imgur.com/a/OBjVR

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Share the most wtf secrets you have.

Ever wondered what the code in movies really was.

Don't be shy to ask questions or contribute to conversations.

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The art of not giving a fuck, "Ever watch a kid cry his eyes out because his hat is the wrong shade of blue? Exactly."

https://markmanson.net/not-giving-a-fuck

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Security through obscurity.

The big question of "should the Wayland protocol include networking support or should the Wayland compositor implement it?"

atacontrol, vpddecode, biosdecode, dmidecode, get the info you want from the BIOS.

So many minimal system, here are two new ones you can add to your list, and a link to pidsley from the linuxbbq community who always impresses us with his ricing. On a side note, Linuxbbq has a wonderful and thriving community.

Have fun trying this new Unix-like OS.

"compgroups give users free access to computer public newsgroups."

Databases of file extensions and information.

"My BSD sucks less" a talk that dives inside technical differences between FreeBSD and OpenBSD.

I always find those kind of reverse hacking/(script kiddie ddos botnet) post interesting, even though his post is more or less of a bragging about the sysdig utility, which is not that bad (http://www.sysdig.org/wiki/sysdig-examples/), you can get it from your distro's repo.

This goes along well with the book we shared some weeks ago "The Craft of Text Editing" (https://www.finseth.com/craft/), I read only half of that book, it was too much indepth for me. However some readers might find value in this and so I'm sharing!

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Ever dreamt of having to remember a password and tell yourself "If only someone knew this."

Generate some "Web Economy Bullshit".

Want to meetup with other compatible Gods in your region, checkout this website, it's the next-gen meetup.com.

A play on word with how the internet of things is "secure".

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Yeah, but people still use this stuff - Tony Lawrence

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Mind boggling post about parallelism in shell pipelines.

The ten immutable laws of security and why physical access means game over.

The keyboard for the MIT LISP machine that inspired EMACS.

An ed-like interface to do many things. Mathreference is also edbrowse-friendly.

On the topic of inputs, here's a writing method you should know about.

It's a pain to transparently jump through ssh hosts, this article discusses a method of removing some of the hassle.

Check your shell options and differences in expansion and globing.

which -a time, take some time to check the list of built-in commands in your shell.

Yet again an oldschool wizard with a phenomenal blog.

"The world's first working programmable, fully automatic digital computer."

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A presentation about the modern web.

If you're the kind of person that needs accountability to continue their streak this website may help.

Advanced minesweeper tactics.

Different views on 0days.

...and it's a dead link! But don't worry there are Firefox addons (Hey, you're getting away from Google so you're certainly not gonna start using Chrome) that can disable tracking such as beef taco, the builtin "opt out" mechanism in the settings, privacy badger, disconnect, or any EFF approved addon..

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If you understand something, it is probably already obsolete - James Burke

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Manipulating language is an extensive subject, and unlike the researches in NLP those links are truly "Unix-relevant".

Doug Englebart is the father of HCI, go and raise up those poor 89 YT views.

The first link here is probably the best gradual approach to Unix I could ever find. Share it with your friends to see how it goes.

A collage of Unix clips found in various movies.

These days it seems like javascript is eating up everything, so why not emulate what could run on bare metal over javascript instead.

This is a beautiful, extensive, and visual guide/book to writing manpages. Keep this bookmarked so that you can use it as a reference next time you need it.

Doug McIlroy recently released a paper, it discusses communication files, which were a not well known and complext IPC tech. He also mentions the directed shell: https://www.dmst.aueb.gr/dds/sw/dgsh/

You might enjoy this article if you're able to make sense of it.

Read up to find the answer...

This website disects your command line into a human readable format.

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A follow up on last week sharings about creativity, this website allows you to create dynamic directed graphs where you can explore the relation between the nodes live.

The phrack hacking magazine has been ongoing since 1985 and still uses the same ascii format for releases, which is perfect for us. Most of the articles are technical ones but you can find philosophical ones such as: http://phrack.org/issues/69/6.html#article

Have you ever wondered what kind of softwares run on a Tamagotchi?

Thanks josuah for that wonderful link.

Thoughts

We all feel like newbies... and if you don't you're nuts!
Peanuts peanuts peanuts.

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Here's a Unix family tree, a FreeBSD family tree, and as a bonus, a window managers family tree.

I've shared this project during the podcast about window managers (https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=2048), I keep coming back to it and want the readers to at least give it a glance if they didn't already. A lot of the videos are dead but the concepts still live.

Small is beautiful... Now compare that 64KB with the 1GB in this 1x1.5inch machine.

A series of 7 parts on frequently asked questions about Unix, there's a lot of interesting ones in there.

The whole blog is hilarious and well made, I applaud the guy who made it.

Unix can be art too - this is not what you think it is.

A book I started reading about the concepts behind building a text editor.

A story why closed source can be dangerous to society.

So many Unix flavors/distros that you need a translator between them.

An article about those guys... You know.

This is a very frequent question.

This is yet another of those random stumbled upon website.

Random

Creativity is about mixing new stuffs together in interesting ways.

Another one of those magnificent golden websites.

Finally a useful js library!

No, this isn't the matrix you know but it's related. The matrix protocol tries to create a ubiquitous standard for anonymous communication.

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"What we see depends mainly on what we look for." - John Lubbock

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Probably one of the best document I've read about "Explaining the whole of Unix in one shot", he even uses the prompt "GREENSCREEN". I can't emphases how good this page is. The author is a Google Engineer and has also written a beautiful window manager ahwm ( http://www.hioreanu.net/cs/ahwm/ ) which is especially well documented.

Creating a timeout for a system call on Unix isn't very clean but isn't very necessary either.

I've linked to anonradio.net before and this one is similar but technology oriented. You'll find a bunch of episodes on Unix there.

z3bra started the third edition of the scavenger hunt.

A hilarious and well written blog about explaining "complex" Unix and Linux topics to newcomers.

A story about digital data PTSD. we all cherish our data - so run your backups and think about having less ties with your machine. The author is a MacOS user so it'll only be relevant to the readers who are on this OS however I really like the description of the state of mind he got into which is the main reason I am sharing it.

A great post about the virtues of the Unix shell and why it is the way it is.

A cross-Unix shell script which creates a compressed file (many format available) which can extract itself.

He's got the beard, he got the years, here's an impressive fellow.

The original vi was based on ed, which was closed source. Now that ed was released under the BSD license we can test the original vi code.

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You would never guess why...

To innovate you have to see beyond your closed field of study.

Thoughts

This is the issue number 13.

It is weird that we associate so much with numbers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13_(number) some use it as a lucky number and others as an unlucky one. Many benign things are culture dependent.

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If you were paid to rewrite glibc for embedded devices, how would it be. Staying away from GPL is a big thing for corps.

Writing shell scripts is hard when you have to support POSIX shell, here are some tricks to make it easier. Keep that bookmarked.

In a previous issue we linked to the checkbashisms tool. Let's widen the scope to all cool linters.

Code of conducts, rules, FAQ, README_BEFORE_FREAKING_POSTING, so many documents writen to deter people from doing stupidities (or what that group considers stupidity). Why not cat | sort | uniq those and take the best? Would it amount to "Don't be a jackass"?

Slides of a presentation by Rob Pike about the Unix heritage.

...And adding to this, before reaching the TTY the keybind has to pass by maybe some program, some terminal emulator plugins, and the shell. You can use the RFC as a reference for when you don't know what a control character is suppose to do. Use infocmp and script to debug those.

Those wikis will fancy your exotic hardware needs.

Before Netscape all browsers were proprietary. Both of the ones I linked worked on Unix platforms.

Davinci Resolve 12.5, a professional and proprietary software for video editing, was recently ported to CentOS 6.x (Yeah, only one specific distro). I'm not into video editing but as I've read the state of professional video editing softwares on Unix is not so good.

zsh, sh, and ksh don't do that. bash is protective and I personally like that.

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It really makes you think about how automated an free the world can become. From 1946 to today where we're dreaming of seasteading and modular houses built with 3d printers. What do you think?

Thoughts

Show me how you spend your day and I'll tell you what you care about.


http://ewanvalentine.io/how-to-never-complete-anything/>
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13816627
https://business.linkedin.com/sales-solutions/blog/g/get-your-score-linkedin-makes-the-social-selling-index-available-for-everyone

Why complicate things? The software industry and programmers of today are looking for too much achievements, stacking the "green blocks" on GH, looking for confirmation of their existence, checking graphs and statistics about their "progress", wanting to raise on the "SSI", social selling index.

Let's slow down a bit! Small changes for a small group is more valuable than running against titans

If it is useful to someone and kind of serves the purpose then that is enough for a start.

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A timeless piece about the misusage of the glob and shell expansions.

Isn't it wonderful that we live in an age where there are so many free information at our fingertips that we can't make sense of them.

This websites regroups, in an artistic fashion, many original phone homescreens.

There are not many articles going through the font stack and I think it's worthy to mention the podcast we had last week.

I don't really know who this guy is but he's earned my respect. His resume is orgasmic http://icculus.org/resume and he even taught me how to make mushroom burgers http://chef.icculus.org/ ... who knows it might be Gordon Ramsey's relative.

Funny isn't it?

The place to go to get your shell tricks.

jkl won a bet by creating a tool to estimate the weight of a file.

Maybe you've heard the term "powerline" but had no idea what it was about. Now you know, is too much not enough?

The first link might be enough for you but you can go on with the rest if you wish to.

Some times ago it wasn't as frequent to share your special dots and scripts. Those are the one of the author of "Beginning Perl" and "Advanced Perl Programming".

Random

We are all similar in some sense, all following trends.

Apparently not everyone knows about this wonderful service.

Who'd thought that fish (cam) would live for so long...

Thoughts

Have you ever heard of futurists?

https://research.fb.com/prophet-forecasting-at-scale/?
https://venam.nixers.net/blog/philosophy/2015/08/12/futurists.html

That thought alone can lead you to cognitive dissonance.

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Some many programs to help you keep track of what you want to do. As for me a simple at(1) combined with notify-send is enough, what about you?

Again so many softwares doing the same thing, we need more comparative reviews/articles about them. I don't have any personal favorite, I would've liked to use terminal markdown viewer mdv but it doesn't seem to respect everything I'm looking for. Hopefully there are many in-browser markdown viewers.

In the 80s the URSS had their own DEC’s PDP11 compabible cpu and thus could run their own version of Unix-like OS derived from Unix Version 6.

I can't read any of those but I enjoy the thought of it.

You may want your cool short key but beware of collision.

pam_captcha is the simplest pam module I've found and probably the easiest one that can be used to understand PAM.

"Master the command line, in one page", ostentatious title but worthy article.

The keyboard layout is handled at the X11 layer, I haven't been through the pdf about the protocol but you can still glance through it rapidly.

I had never wondered about this topic before, are our current font dialogs designed in the most efficient manner? Now that the topic is brought to light I can't help but think of it everytime I choose a font in an application.

A Unix history website, even though look oldish, that is still maintained (Last Update: January 29 2017).

Random

Another one of those cool net-art website.

Unix is all about text files, so many text files to browse on that website.

The best of glitch art.

No need to rely on the internet anymore.

Thoughts

We're brainstorming on the topic of "digital focus/attention studies and tools, stuffs that are truly scientifically proven"
https://titanpad.com/digital-focus-scientifically-proven-wiki
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What happens when you loose the ability to speak and need free software.

A walkthrough the find utility.

In depth into 2038.

Firefox is undergoing a lot of changes lately. Are those changes influenced by competition, do you like what is happening, are the addons support left out of the plan? Whatever the case, it's still free software.

A comprehensive overview of how git stashing works.

Regardless... The article is amazing.

Talking about unstandard standards, here's our last one that has finally been christened (after so many years of being a lonely unamed orphan). Prepare your mimedb because you'll need to add text/markdown.

Software developers depression is a real thing, don't take it lightly.

Here are some websites with free versions of popular games.

Checkout this dude's irc setup, it's worth your time and patience.

Random

We're also trying to find inspiration for our own internet badge: https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=2056

If you haven't heard of this internet phenomena you should look it up now.

A chapter on a book about network forensics evasion.

Looking for inspiration, here's a phenomenal website.

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You can learn from anyone, you simply have to approach the situation with this intent and keep reminding yourself of this.

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  • Identity http://www.moxytongue.com/2016/02/self-sovereign-identity.html http://www.lifewithalacrity.com/2016/04/the-path-to-self-soverereign-identity.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_identity Those are deep discussions about the nature of online identity and identity in general.

  • Unix haters handbook http://www.mindspring.com/~blackhart Ever wanted to know about what the haters thought?

  • Digital Minimalism http://calnewport.com/blog/2017/01/28/on-value-and-digital-minimalism/ Another article that takes the approach of value.

  • How to ask a question http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html An extensive guide on how to ask a "smart" question in the most appropriate manner.

  • Frequently asked questions http://www.unix.com/answers-to-frequently-asked-questions/ The unix.com frequently asked questions, most related to shell scripting.

  • A story about cron https://blog.notfoss.com/posts/a-tale-of-two-crons-or-how-cron-helped-me-spot-an-infection-on-a-server/ I just love reading stories about real life scenarios.

  • Corporate Unix conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYtMWfyYWIU Thanks a-109-107 for reminding us that Corba used to be the standard corporations loved in 1993.

  • X11 Clipboard http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/136229/copy-paste-does-not-always-work-from-firefox-to-terminal http://superuser.com/questions/68170/how-can-i-merge-the-gnome-clipboard-and-the-x-selection https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=144741 Some info about the clipboard and as bonus an hilarious renaming of a clipboard manager by an Arch user.

  • One Thing Well http://onethingwell.org In the same fashion as the kmandla blog, this blog lists multiple softwares that do one thing well.

  • List of debug/analysis tools https://remnux.org/docs/distro/tools/ Again a list of cool softwares used in the remnux distro, it's worth taking a look at.

Random

  • "the end of the internet http://hmpg.net That's it you've found it!

  • Wormholes https://fauux.neocities.org http://jodi.org http://0100101110101101.org/files/hell.com/ Net art is amazing.

Thoughts

The last episode of the nixers podcast took me a huge amount of research unfortunately the audio recording didn't turn out as good as I wanted (I was too tired.) You can read the transcript on the forums: https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=2052&pid=17479#pid17479 I've learned quite a lot of things during the preparation and you might too.

The thought of this week is: A community is a community because it's community driven. Share your knowledge and your time with others, you're running the show!

I love you guys.

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Multiple implementation of simple webservers.

This function may also help understand it: https://github.com/pclouds/busybox-w32/blob/2762242f30d0d046a80abe41fd78415052bbe95f/libbb/executable.c#L100 This is a nifty way to implement timeout.

A discussion about the real innovations that were brought, take whatever you want from it.

Some thoughts about minimalism in the computing world.

This was linked in the previous post but I think it's worth it to link it again here so that you are more enticed to read it.

We had a discussion about static blog generation and those came along.

Here's a list of the runlevels on different Unix-like OS.

This system is so misunderstood and differently implemented. Also check credential(7).

Share your tricks (and horror stories along the line.)

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Welcome to the internet!

Again one of those trollish websites we all love.

Thoughts

There are things we only learn when we have to face them.

Don't be stagnant.

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This is what happens when white unix geeks try to rap around an "excited" crowd.

A mailing list about Unix system administrators horror stories. If you've had one, you can share it on this thread: https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=1882

The blogger maybe just wanted to annoy you before reaching his wonderful blog: https://anders.unix.se/

A glossary of multiple subjects.

Very nice comparison.

The homepage of a great dude.

There's a lot of talk about "true randomness" and random pool but does it hold up.

Here's dmr discussing the development of the C language.

A wonderful presentation about today.

You are all MONSTERS! Written by this dude: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weev and to judge accordingly.

Random

We were discussing street riots and I pointed out how berserk they were and acted out fearing their annihilation. We'll that's exactly what berserker are about.

We should also start our own icecast stream.

Thoughts

Here's a typical blog post: http://ttimo.typepad.com/blog/2006/06/rant.html

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Irc culture, flamming, and trolls, does that ring a bell?

Going with the recent podcast about shells https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=2047 , here's a software to fight the Bash specific syntax.

Why bash on bash when there's csh instead!

A backstory on the misquoted famous comment of the Unix V7 source.

Here are some concepts you should definitely know when dealing with process management.

I don't really get the "what you need to do to get a job in 10 steps"-kind of articles but I'll still feature this one.

Let Eric Raymond take you on a journey through the means of IPC on the unix-like platforms.

We usually enter a username and password as credentials but what if we could ssh instead?

Are you a sysadmin?

We featured in the last newsletter the detox program, now you get the "why" it's annoying.

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Checkout what those rms-like free artists are doing.

Thoughts

When we copy we justify, when others copy we vilify.

What does it mean to have a copy-left license? What does open source mean?

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Ever spent time configuring X and wondered what those subpixels were?

Xerox has influenced so many of today's graphical interface concepts.

You know the times in the first link but have you heard of the one in the second?

Automated cleaning of spaces.

Gopher preceded the internet, here's its story.

Are you fan of those nice patterns?

One of the rare interview with dmr.

I've never thought about it before because I'm not a big mouse user but that's how you enable middle mouse scrolling.

Some philosophy written by a master of minimalism.

Random

We rather ofter hear stories from our fellow members about their universities and so I'd like to share mine.

We used to have fun at the libraries with those when we were young.

Thoughts

"z3bra: it's the curse of the nix community everyone takes it as a personal attack when they're told their wrong"

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A post from stark/abhx that lists ways to reduce memory and processor usage.

This book uses plan9 as an avatar to describe the principles of abstraction that most operating systems have. It isn't a hard read.

A gradual and practical introduction to functional programming. It is lightly and nicely written.

Ctags incorporates with most text editors and IDEs... If you have no clue what it is I urge you to check it out.

An article written by tejr going through must known privacy softwares and parts on Linux (though most apply to any Unix flavors.)

Strong privacy, is it still possible?

A series of articles about network programming. Let's wait until z3bra releases his next course https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=1928.

/sys on Linux is well documented and this is where you will find the documentation for whatever you can dynamically tweak in your Linux kernel.

Wanna give BSDs a try in 2017 to up those stats?

A tutorial on getting mumble running in the terminal. (You may need to translate the article)

Random

A great documentary about BBS.

Thoughts

Woah, this newsletter packs up a lot of content. You won't be able to consume it all but don't worry you have all of 2017 to do so.

Let's make 2017 a dynamic year, full of projects, interactions, and new phenomenal people joining in.

Stay updated!

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Use the speed of multiple interfaces together.

The tale of the teletype printer.

Need I say more...

A fairly simple and straight forward introductory tutorial on using strace.

netdata only work on Linux and seems to be a memory hog but it's still interesting to look at what the next-gen ui look like (until we can afford to run them.)

Protect yourself from port scanning or attacks using PF or IPtables.

An interactive series of article going in depth into the X11 protocol.

Signup for a free shell account on a public access UNIX system.

A Harward teacher reference web page. http://www.in-ulm.de/~mascheck/ And yet another university teacher reference page, this one follows the old Unix tilde homepage url formula, which reminds me of...

Launching back the early days where almost every web server ran some version of Unix and things went wild.

Random

If you have time for some technological talks those are still fresh.

This website let's you send an email to your future self. I've tried it myself and it's surprising. With the new year arriving it might be a great way to tell your future self if you've achieved what you wanted to.

Thoughts

http://www.unixtimestamp.com/
Happy 1483228800 unix timestamp!

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The university days of a student and how a simple event can impact a life. We all live in a world where traffic is thought to be a positive word, but traffic is looking at a car accident an forgetting the next second. What about less people and more value.

A section of a book, "Code Quality: The Open Source Perspective", analyzing the source code of the banner program. banner was the predecessor to figlet. It's interesting how the characters were printed. You can find the source code here: https://packages.debian.org/stable/sysvbanner It's very small, and it uses one character variables.

A project to make a pdp-7 run again.

0verkill an oldish-like game you will like. Source can be found here: https://github.com/hackndev/0verkill.git To install simply run: ./rebuild

In relation with this discussion: https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=2024

A simple question with a simple answer.

Have you ever wondered?

To explain to any of your non-technie friends.

Go through this once, it's an agglomeration of all the man pages related to the shell language.

Random

This is a gift from xero

Thoughts

Happy Hacky-Holidays nixers!

For those with x11: repeat 3 xset led on sleep 1 xset led off sleep 1

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It's starting to get cold outside, keeping a Unix machine next to you and running :(){ :|:& };: is a great way to stay warm.