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  Thread: What's your oldest piece of hardware that's still alive?
Post: RE: What's your oldest piece of hardware that's st...

After struggling to fix yet another paper-jamming issue, I finally retired my LaserJet 4+. So the oldest hardware that's still in use at my house is now my ThinkPad T410. (The PowerPC Mac Mini is ba...
ckester Old school stuff 26 14,438 19-04-2021, 01:55 PM
  Thread: What are you working on?
Post: RE: What are you working on?

I'm not working on it (yet), but nvlr's post about writing a new toolkit reminded me of something I've had on my ideas list for a while now: implementing the ncurses API directly on top of X and cutti...
ckester Programming On Unix 343 119,761 10-04-2021, 02:08 PM
  Thread: Alternative formats
Post: RE: Alternative formats

(03-10-2020, 04:03 PM)opFez Wrote: (03-10-2020, 02:50 PM)z3bra Wrote: I just wished there was a format to concatenate music or videos with cat(1). That would actually be so cool. Probably possible...
ckester Unix Related Arts & Image Manipulation Software 14 965 06-04-2021, 05:09 PM
  Thread: What font are you using now?
Post: RE: What font are you using now?

I use mononoki in all my terminal windows.
ckester Desktop Customization & Workflow 98 44,979 29-03-2021, 04:17 AM
  Thread: Favourite Scripting Languages
Post: RE: Favourite Scripting Languages

The awk book by the language's creators is a lovely piece of work itself.
ckester Programming On Unix 13 244 24-03-2021, 03:19 PM
  Thread: Favourite Scripting Languages
Post: RE: Favourite Scripting Languages

I go with Posix shell scripts, or Korn shell when I need some feature not in Posix. I like Python too, but have never used it enough to become more than a beginner with it. By the time my project ha...
ckester Programming On Unix 13 244 24-03-2021, 01:21 PM
  Thread: What are you working on?
Post: RE: What are you working on?

Beginning yet another rewrite of ncplay, my ncurses-based frontend for mpg123. I'm going to scrap the linked-list design I inherited from mcplay and replace it with a more cache-friendly array. I ...
ckester Programming On Unix 343 119,761 21-03-2021, 04:03 PM
  Thread: ffmpeg script to convert files
Post: RE: ffmpeg script to convert files

(15-03-2021, 07:57 PM)Ramiferous Wrote: So are the curly brackets necessary? seems to work without them. Not sure if this is what you're asking about, but: Code:for i in *.mkv *.webm and Code:for ...
ckester Programming On Unix 6 178 16-03-2021, 01:41 AM
  Thread: Favorite Terminal Applications
Post: RE: Favorite Terminal Applications

(10-03-2021, 10:18 PM)freem Wrote: (10-03-2021, 07:50 PM)Ramiferous Wrote: (10-03-2021, 10:49 AM)phillbush Wrote: image viewer: sxiv (I want to fork sxiv and make it into a file browser with thu...
ckester BSD 102 33,858 11-03-2021, 05:56 PM
  Thread: what are you listening to?
Post: RE: what are you listening to?

(06-11-2020, 02:01 PM)sokx Wrote: I mostly listen to music while I'm working on something and that's why I'm really into ambient instrumental music. Same here, but I'm not familiar with most of the ...
ckester Off topic 42 4,457 08-11-2020, 01:34 PM
  Thread: 5 years from now
Post: RE: 5 years from now

I should probably take another look at urbit, but the last time I did I couldn't make sense of anything they were talking about. The jargon was too dense and inscrutable for me.
ckester Psychology, Philosophy, and Licenses 10 2,973 04-10-2020, 02:49 PM
  Thread: Tiling vs Stacking
Post: RE: Tiling vs Stacking

(28-09-2020, 07:55 AM)freem Wrote: My understanding of it is that some tiling WMs'users can/must choose between a set of predefined layouts, instead of having to build those on the fly (which is i3 ...
ckester Desktop Customization & Workflow 55 16,092 02-10-2020, 05:05 PM
  Thread: Tiling vs Stacking
Post: RE: Tiling vs Stacking

(25-09-2020, 04:38 AM)venam Wrote: I keep thinking about this thread and I feel like the division between tiling and stacking is very limited. Quote:Generically, window managers have two parts, the...
ckester Desktop Customization & Workflow 55 16,092 25-09-2020, 06:54 PM
  Thread: Tiling vs Stacking
Post: RE: Tiling vs Stacking

(04-07-2017, 11:40 AM)acg Wrote: Why not do this with a terminal multiplexer? One advantage in letting the wm tile several terminal emulator windows, rather than using a terminal multiplexer in a si...
ckester Desktop Customization & Workflow 55 16,092 25-09-2020, 06:14 PM
  Thread: managing dotfiles with gnu stow
Post: RE: managing dotfiles with gnu stow

(14-09-2020, 08:15 AM)z3bra Wrote: I think managing dotfiles is adding complexity and pain to an environment. I'm growing strangely fond of the suckless folks' approach using a config.h to compile c...
ckester GNU/Linux 23 9,394 15-09-2020, 11:30 PM
  Thread: Gopher anyone?
Post: RE: Gopher anyone?

I'm old enough. But although I remember being aware of gopher's existence back in the early 90's, I never actually used it. I found the USENET newsgroups more interesting, especially comp.lang.c. ...
ckester Old school stuff 36 20,586 15-09-2020, 10:59 PM
  Thread: How Many Ways To Start An Xserver
Post: RE: How Many Ways To Start An Xserver

(13-09-2020, 02:31 PM)vain Wrote: The final "startx" script is generated through automake and friends. automake has friends? /sarc
ckester Desktop Customization & Workflow 11 39,422 13-09-2020, 04:35 PM
  Thread: Programming book recommendations.
Post: RE: Programming book recommendations.

Thanks for the recommendation! After a quick look at the table of contents, I think the title of that book is well-chosen. It does indeed appear to go beyond what I think of as software architecture...
ckester Programming On Unix 21 4,035 09-09-2020, 04:01 AM
  Thread: What does your relatives think of you, and your *nix hobby?
Post: RE: What does your relatives think of you, and you...

My kids just roll their eyes when I get going on one my monologues about the wonders of Unix. They just barely tolerate me, like some people put up with the rants of a crazy old uncle at family gathe...
ckester Psychology, Philosophy, and Licenses 18 4,307 08-09-2020, 08:17 PM
  Thread: Programming book recommendations.
Post: RE: Programming book recommendations.

I recently ordered this one and am looking forward to reading it: Cristina Videira Lopes, Exercises in Programming Style 2nd Edition Quoting from the book description on Amazon: Quote:Using a simple...
ckester Programming On Unix 21 4,035 08-09-2020, 07:59 PM
  Thread: Unix screen-shots thread!
Post: RE: Unix screen-shots thread!

(07-09-2020, 10:39 AM)mcol Wrote: Can you guess my favourite colours? Um, purple?
ckester Desktop Customization & Workflow 1,687 805,522 07-09-2020, 06:41 PM
  Thread: Sci-fi and Futurism
Post: RE: Sci-fi and Futurism

One of my guilty pleasures is reading any of Larry Niven's "Known Space" or "Man/Kzin Wars" books. I've also read and enjoyed space operas like Alastair Reynolds's "Revelation Space", but hesitate to...
ckester Off topic 13 1,085 04-09-2020, 06:25 PM
  Thread: this week work?
Post: RE: this week work?

(03-09-2020, 11:38 PM)Ramiferous Wrote: (26-08-2020, 08:09 PM)ckester Wrote: Looking at replacing ncurses with BSD curses as a possible way to reduce the size of my ncplay program.This sounds inte...
ckester Off topic 10 975 04-09-2020, 12:56 AM
  Thread: What are you working on?
Post: RE: What are you working on?

(17-08-2020, 08:58 PM)ckester Wrote: 469K, statically linked and stripped when using musl libc, ncursesw, libev, and libid3tag. I need to do some analysis to see if I can get that smaller. After tw...
ckester Programming On Unix 343 119,761 28-08-2020, 06:26 PM
  Thread: Lighter versions of sites
Post: RE: Lighter versions of sites

I agree, we need to applaud and support simpler sites like these.
ckester The WWW 11 2,768 28-08-2020, 06:22 PM
  Thread: this week work?
Post: RE: this week work?

Looking at replacing ncurses with BSD curses as a possible way to reduce the size of my ncplay program.
ckester Off topic 10 975 26-08-2020, 08:09 PM
  Thread: What spoken languages do you know?
Post: RE: What spoken languages do you know?

I can read German to some extent, can understand someone speaking it to a lesser extent (if they don't go too fast), but can only write or speak it at a very elementary level. Some of that carries ov...
ckester Off topic 83 30,916 25-08-2020, 08:43 PM
  Thread: Interfaces of the future
Post: RE: Interfaces of the future

(25-08-2020, 03:25 PM)phillbush Wrote: I dream of writing a GUI interface made up of individual programs glued together via pipes just like a TUI is made up of several cli programs glued together vi...
ckester Psychology, Philosophy, and Licenses 28 9,367 25-08-2020, 08:22 PM
  Thread: Interfaces of the future
Post: RE: Interfaces of the future

(25-08-2020, 09:24 AM)z3bra Wrote: However, the input system is changing, and I think that sounds (people's voice mostly) will be the next user interface. If you'd asked me 5 or 10 years ago whether...
ckester Psychology, Philosophy, and Licenses 28 9,367 25-08-2020, 07:50 PM
  Thread: Reverse Engineering Tools on Linux
Post: RE: Reverse Engineering Tools on Linux

I currently use the nemiver frontend to gdb. It's OK, but nothing to shout about. I used cgdb and ddd in the past but (like me) they're both showing their age. Clunky. Been meaning to try lldb and...
ckester Security & Cryptography 23 19,214 21-08-2020, 01:42 PM
  Thread: What are you working on?
Post: RE: What are you working on?

(17-08-2020, 10:03 PM)freem Wrote: (17-08-2020, 03:16 PM)ckester Wrote: I What I have in mind is creating a small declarative language for user interfaces, with special attention to ncurses- or ot...
ckester Programming On Unix 343 119,761 17-08-2020, 10:37 PM
  Thread: What are you working on?
Post: RE: What are you working on?

Here's a screenshot of the current iteration of ncplay https://pasteboard.co/JmR865s.png This is running in an st terminal under spectrwm and MX Linux. Mononoki font. The file selection pane on th...
ckester Programming On Unix 343 119,761 17-08-2020, 08:58 PM
  Thread: What are you working on?
Post: RE: What are you working on?

I'm not doing any coding right now, but I am doing some reading on constraints and "little languages" for layout. http://hcil2.cs.umd.edu/trs/98-13/dissertation.html http://www.layx.org/ What I hav...
ckester Programming On Unix 343 119,761 17-08-2020, 03:16 PM
  Thread: BSD on a Mac Mini G4
Post: RE: BSD on a Mac Mini G4

A screenshot wouldn't be very interesting, since spectrwm is a fairly basic, no-frills tiling window manager. Suffice it to say that after making the mods described above I got everything up and runn...
ckester BSD 14 2,777 16-08-2020, 12:23 AM
  Thread: Hobbies
Post: RE: Hobbies

After researching the customs of my ancestral region of Westphalia, I've come to prefer altbiers myself. But even though we have lots of microbreweries here in the Pacific Northwest, I haven't found ...
ckester Off topic 39 5,369 24-07-2020, 02:51 PM
  Thread: Hell again
Post: RE: Hell again

I know the title of this thread is probably a typo, but every time I check the list of "Active Threads" and see it, I think that in my case it would mean waking up some morning and finding that all my...
ckester 10 1,880 11-07-2020, 08:52 PM
  Thread: Carte blanche
Post: RE: Carte blanche

Something from the serenityos website that really resonated with me: Quote:I was in a place where I needed to do some programming to find myself again. Too long in exile, blowing the dust off my C c...
ckester Off topic 28 5,125 03-07-2020, 07:13 PM
  Thread: RSS feeds
Post: RE: RSS feeds

This got posted recently and was updated today. It might interest readers of this thread: https://codemadness.org/sfeed_curses-ui.html
ckester The WWW 21 3,861 01-07-2020, 09:25 PM
  Thread: RSS feeds
Post: RE: RSS feeds

Yeah, rawdog is still based on Python 2.7 and there doesn't seem to be any work on migrating it to 3. That's why I have had moving to sfeed in mind as a backburner project for quite a while now. Ma...
ckester The WWW 21 3,861 01-07-2020, 07:33 PM
  Thread: RSS feeds
Post: RE: RSS feeds

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by reading the feeds as they are, but rawdog doesn't do anything to the feed content except wrap it up in div tags for inclusion in a local webpage. At one tim...
ckester The WWW 21 3,861 23-06-2020, 02:23 PM
  Thread: RSS feeds
Post: RE: RSS feeds

(21-06-2020, 03:19 PM)vain Wrote: I, too, wonder which feed readers you guys use. There don't seem to be that many great tools available. Me, personally, I use a custom script based on feedparser (h...
ckester The WWW 21 3,861 21-06-2020, 03:35 PM
  Thread: RSS feeds
Post: RE: RSS feeds

I've never been a fan of social media hubs or other centralized approaches. Even what you call an attempt to "gather all nixers member blog feeds" leaves me cold. In my opinion, the best place to ...
ckester The WWW 21 3,861 21-06-2020, 03:16 PM
  Thread: Carte blanche
Post: RE: Carte blanche

(14-06-2020, 06:46 PM)josuah Wrote: (14-06-2020, 09:17 AM)vain Wrote: WebKitGTKThat sounds like the big battle out there: Web Browsers. There are definitely big funds put by big companies to devel...
ckester Off topic 28 5,125 14-06-2020, 10:34 PM
  Thread: Carte blanche
Post: RE: Carte blanche

(11-06-2020, 02:07 PM)gmk Wrote: Dylan Araps I hadn't heard his name before but a quick search led to me the KISS website. Interesting stuff, thanks! I may have to pull an unused machine out of th...
ckester Off topic 28 5,125 11-06-2020, 05:18 PM
  Thread: What shell do you guys use?
Post: RE: What shell do you guys use?

I haven't found anything I need in bash that I can't also get in ksh93, and I prefer to avoid the GNU stuff wherever possible. Oh, and jkl, in response to your question in another thread, I think wha...
ckester BSD 79 26,408 06-06-2020, 12:31 PM