It looks like a #SDF #Mastodon update at the end of 2021 caused a number of instances from other parts of the #fediverse to lose follower/following status from SDF users. I lost about half of the accounts I was following and a somewhat smaller proportion of followers.
If I was following you, or you were following me, and the connection was lost, it wasn't intentional! Please re-follow or remind me that I used to follow. I'd hate to lose that good #retrocomputing or #floss content!
In other news, while it is unpossible that I have only one dobok (I found two sets of belts, for example), I sure can only find one.
I just found my terminal diploma, for a degree that I spent 9 1/2 years on, from a large public university in the United States ... and it's just as disappointing as I remembered. Bad line spacing, poor kerning, and the entire thing is in Palatino all-caps (not small caps) without tracking.
It looks like something that they might have gotten in the awards aisle of a department store.
My high school diploma is substantially cooler.
Review of "CP/M assembly languageprogramming" (4 stars): A great beginning-to-end primer for a programmer
I've kind of wanted to write a #MUD for years. Not just create a MUD world, but write the MUD itself. Why? No reason, particularly, just that I've wanted to.
I kind of want to write it in #CommonLisp or #scheme, so that the object behaviors can be written and loaded in the same language as the MUD itself, and I kind of want to use a lisp or scheme with safe evaluation of untrusted code, so that users can write code.
So ... a MUD in #guile?
(I probably won't do this soon. Probably.)
Upgrading #TrueNAS to release 13 fixed my NFSv4 with krb5 auth and privacy, which hasn't worked the entire time I used release 12. Krb5 is fragile enough that I always questioned whether it was my Kerberos or other machines (despite that many other things worked), but nope ... it was TrueNAS.
Ugh. But at least it works again.
I got a reasonably priced copy of the book "Z-80 and 8080 Assembly Language Programming" by Kathe Spracklen, 1979. It provides a clear and concise reference and comparison of the Z80 and Intel 8080 instruction sets.
I posted some notes on why I like the book:
From BYTE Magazine, August 1981:
Status Report: 5-Inch Winchester Disks: Disk manufacturers are rushing into the 5-inch Winchester market with drives providing up to 13 megabytes of storage (unformatted) in the volume of a standard 5-inch floppy-disk drive.
Imagine! 13 MB in the volume of a (full height) 5.25" drive! It puts my RL02 to shame.
There are a lot of "programming is like..." metaphors that focus on industry. Programming is like a construction project. Programming is like a manufacturing floor.
Those work, as far as they go, when you're trying to have a mental model for how programming produces products in organizations. But it doesn't really capture, in my mind, what programming is like for the individual. And it also kind of excludes a huge number of hobbyist and amateur1 programmers.
Programming is an art and a craft. It's honestly a lot like sewing. Yes, it's often cheaper in the modern world to buy pre-made things -- but it's a valuable skill for everyone to have at some level, even if that level is "I can replace a button". People learn to sew because they want to repair something they love, or made modifications (bam now my skirt has pockets!), or because they find joy in making things, or because they want to make things that don't exist "off the shelf", or...
1: Keep in mind that "amateur" means "one who loves"; it isn't and should never be a criticism
Few things are more pleasing than a "Very Good" used book turning up in basically "Like New" condition. This one has "DDT; A,D,M,L,S,T,U" penned below the title on the title page, for some reason, but otherwise appears to be pristine.
The pack-in trickle charger for the Yaesu FT-70D is part number SAD-25, and I think that's apropos. #hamradio
"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