Inklings: a tumblelog

How to pick more beautiful colors for your data visualizations

RISC OS ROMs for RiscPC/A7000

I’m slightly surprised the A7000 is still supported!

Risc PC, A7000 and A7000+ CMOS rechargeable battery replacement

I have an Acorn A7000 to fix. The CMOS battery has leaked horribly and, even if it hadn’t, it needs to be replaced.

The Sound of 1-bit: Technical Constraint and Musical Creativity on the 48k Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Tim Follin - “Chronos" (ZX Spectrum 48k)

That’s being played through a piezoelectric buzzer that’s being rapidly flipped on and off to do pulse width modulation. But that’s not the clever bit: the clever bit is how the different tracks are being mixed together.

Commodore 64 switched PSU

I haven’t turned mine on in years, and the stories I’ve heard of it frying people’s machines gives me pause. This is meant to be a very good replacement though, and not too bad pricewise.

Lusine - Just A Cloud

Blanck Mass - Dead Format

That bass line’s a chonky boi!

Twitter launches new API as it tries to make amends with third-party developers

I don’t use Twitter anymore, aside from the odd semi-automated tweet, but if I were, I still wouldn’t trust them not to screw this up again.

Bret Victor: The Future of Programming

Tarsnap key rotation with tarsnap-recrypt and tarsnap-keyregen

The Story of ARP Instruments

Loopy: a tool for thinking in systems

CP/M archives

I would like use my Spectrum Next to mess around with CP/M at some point, playing with some classic software from back then. I have a few things to figure out before that—which might end up in a blog post—but there are lot of interesting things in that archive.

I’d never heard of LBR archives before, but I hunted down a file format specification for it.

Small Mailserver Best Current Practices

I already do most of these. I’ve yet to set up MTA-STS though, and there are a few other bits and pieces I could tighten up. Well worth a look, however, if you’re running your own mailserver.

Awesome Cold Showers

For when people get too hyped up about things.

The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart (1968)

Hacker News API

Looks like it might be useful to help do some bookmark cleanup as I clear out my backlog.

An epic treatise on scheduling, bug tracking, and triage

Throw-Away Browser on FreeBSD With "pot" Within 5 Minutes

Hadn’t heard of pot (and minipot) before now. They look super interesting! It’s a jail management tool and can be pair with nomad using a driver.

Fenech Soler - Last Forever (Mint Royale Remix)

Lorn - Acid Rain

Lorn - Anvil

Rone - Room With A View

Rone - Motion

Jeremy Blake - Deeper In You

Rone - Bye Bye Macadam

Sprints, marathons and root canals

To keep the pace constant, we need the process to be sustainable, of course, but the product needs to be sustainable as well. That second part of the sustainability is often neglected. That is where all that work wanted by the delivery team comes in, even if it’s not necessarily wanted or understood by the stakeholders. Brady, the cleaning supplies company, sells warning labels that perfectly explain this problem: “If You Don’t Schedule Time for Maintenance, Your Equipment Will Schedule It for You”.

Make Your Own ColecoVision At Home (Part 1 - Design)

Here’s part 2.

Ten modern layouts in one line of CSS

This is pretty great, and fills in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of modern CSS. I’ve used flexboxes in the past, but it never quite clicked with me. Never played with CSS grids before, but it looks like it fixes a whole bunch of issues!

Egison Programming Language

Egison is a programming language that features extensible efficient non-linear pattern matching with backtracking for non-free data types.

We can directly represent pattern matching for a wide range of data types including lists, multisets, sets, trees, graphs, and mathematical expressions.

The History of Mana: How an Austronesian Concept Became a Video Game Mechanic

Evaluating cellular automata is comonadic


An alternative to Google Fonts

How the Escape From New York music was made (feat. Alan Howarth)

The CAP Theorem FAQ

The Complete Spectrum ROM Disassembly

This is fun to poke around!

Cache-Control in the wild

Interesting, especially as I’m adding support for it to mercury.

The Erlang Runtime System

For anyone who: Want to tune an Erlang installation. Want to know how to debug VM crashes. Want to improve performance of Erlang applications. Want to understand how Erlang really works. Want to learn how to build your own runtime environment.

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