Amazing input method for Nankingese Mandarin by pinyin. The Rime IME is a great platform for making keyboards using yaml config files, in just about any OS!
Renewing my call for more colour escape support in #Gopher.
No, it doesn’t pollute the glorious purity of Gopher. It merely adds a content layer for them as want it, which others can ignore. It’s like the formatting which clients already provide to make item types lovelier. Let clients use ansi colour escapes in gophermaps. That way we can make pretty. Please? 🙆🏽♀️
I discovered a few weeks late, natch, that SKS keyservers are now deprecated thanks to poor security. The weevils finally gnawed through. Public keys themselves still work, apparently uncompromised per se. But an attack using many multiple signatures can crash GPG. For this and many other reasons, it’s best to use the next generation keyserver being built at:
An educated and irate discussion about the insecurity of SKS:
Looks like Adam Curry spoke about Internet Gopher on the Rogan Podcast, so I had to dig this out of the email archives from September '93
@email@example.com @firstname.lastname@example.org @adam #cybersleaze: https://1500wordmtu.com/2020/gopherserver-coming-soon
This kind of bullshit is why I tell everyone to stay the hell away from Huawei. https://mobile.twitter.com/huawei/status/1235128718869164032
Escape codes allow you to do either; support is up to the viewer in that case. Software that produces these escape codes should likely provide a "test" for clients, so they can see how badly their stuff renders.
Escape codes also can be hijacked; they have been for AGES - ANSI bombs http://artscene.textfiles.com/ansi/information/ab2.txt and other forms of malicious things, so there ARE reasons to not do this sort of thing.
aka "this is why we can't have nice things."
If your intent is to show artwork, go for truecolor support.
If your intent is to allow users to highlight things, go for 16 color support and SUGGEST a pallette, i.e. "this software assumes you have used color 15 for bright highlights and color 7 for warning"
- which will allow people with colorblindness to ALSO be able to adjust.
Thank you so much. I'm just cleaning stuff up at the moment (the code). I'm really glad you like it so much. Once I'm done cleaning I'll tag a release and put up binaries. I want to test running it on my retro computer, too.
Thank you, I appreciate your kind words and am excited to have my first user; I'm glad you like the emojis, too. I'm using the default "Ubuntu Mono Regular," which I find to be a really great monospaced font in general.
I'm getting really into Gopher! I really want to start a little Gopher server that's secure and is a hidden Tor service. I'm looking at spacecookie and gophernicus. What's your favorite Gopher server daemon?
I'm also in the market for a Gopher client... I don't want a GUI and "gopher" package in Ubuntu is broken...
I still need a better name than "Hopher!"
A nifty client would be a WYSIWYG one which allows terminal drawing to gophermaps and txt files on the fly, both switched for CG2, regular ansi escape colour #gopher, and plain monochrome. A simple optional colour chart of values at the top would help compose. Then the colours are rendered from switch-unmasked alternating odd lines.
When saved, it would be a quickly completed colour gopher ASCII art.
I shall ponder this. It would be heaps cute.
Some kind of header could indicate a gophermap or txt file is to be read by client as having a GC2 layer.
Also, of course it should be as human readable as possible so it just interlaces with the codes. That way people with standard clients can read everything fine.
More characters could be used to mush in more FG/BG combinations, natch. But again, keeping to human legibility so you can paint without a special client, just a chart.
Colour #Gopher 2 brainstorm:
Colour tags are on odd lines, text on even. Clients would have a CG2 mode to read the character tags as ansi colour escapes for single chars the line below. 16 VGA for character, then optional 16 for background. Default is black. Thus, 30-60 colours can be articulated:
Could make a cute lil face with yellow/orange skin, magenta cheeks, black eyes, and red smile. This would be easier to paint than FG/BG codes and use less line space.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko