Dear tech wizards,

How do you stop and start work? That is, how do you pick up mentally a project where you left off? Notes? Saved tabs? Reminders?

Thanks.

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
@noagenda@twitter.com @adamcurry@twitter.com @adam  #cybersleaze: 1500wordmtu.com/2020/gopherser

@nova I’d rather the dimensions were turned 90 deg downward so one could lay down.

st:tng 

bad tactile feelings, websites 

re: Office hours are active 

@Jo @tek Maybe the 50 cents party paid propaganda trolls are here too? 🤷🏽‍♀️

Office hours are active 

@tek A few months ago I offered what I thought was a de rigueur dismissal of Huawei, and had shills come out of the woodwork for it, saying that “American companies are also bad!”

Point... Missed.

@Truck Please consider putting your things in a phlog?

@Truck @coffeerobot @solderpunk @dirtycommo
It would be nice in a text file, I daresay. Thanks, you just finally taught me what an ANSI bomb was, amongst other choice tidbits.

I think what I’m after with colour escapes is something in between the use cases you summarized. I love the look of bbs motd art, wishing for something gopher to approximate it. Ansi escapes are most ready at hand.

There may be a shortcut to defining further, if various palletes are indicated in a header notation. 🤔

@Shufei @coffeerobot @solderpunk @dirtycommo
Summary part 2:

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 artscene.textfiles.com/ansi/in 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."

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Final thoughts:
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.

@Truck This is an interesting issue... I was pondering something analogous when looking at the ansi colour chart, that even in PC’s, the rendered colour could be diverse, like “Yellow” goes from mustard to orange.
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANSI_e

How would someone on an Amiga bbs constrain a client to a pallete? Is that possible? I kind of like the idea of a fuzzy colour set, but if it can be constrained that is nice.

@coffeerobot @solderpunk @dirtycommo

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.

@Shufei @solderpunk @dirtycommo

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