Lorinda Cherry, author of dc, bc, eqn has died
Lorinda Cherry received her Master’s in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1969, at a time when the computer science program was more of a specialized math degree, with some programming courses but little theory. She worked for a few years as a Fortran programmer, but found it “very boring” to constantly write programs based on someone else’s ideas. She yearned to work on systems, but there were few entry points for such jobs: individual labs tended to recruit new graduates and train them in their in-house programming language, and Cherry was already overqualified. She eventually found a home at Bell Labs, where she worked on the nascent Unix operating system, which had not yet made the switch to C when she joined the team. ...
HN discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30354391
Call me old school, but I make heavy use of bc, and occasional use of dc (I find the RPN somewhat alien), as well as GNU units, which is not based on Cherry's work so far as I'm aware, though I consider it spiritually related. I'd been using bc only a few hours ago.
Exotic Silicon is my top contender for best page design of 2022,
Hunter Irving wants a smarter phone.
@elb I miss the writing styles of the older mini/micro computer technical manuals. Some of them were honestly fun to read.
Apple Computer house style used to be pretty lighthearted, too. IBM's were bone dry; I think their writers got paid by the word, and residuals on new ones they invented. HP's sounded like they'd put a gun to some engineer's head and forced them to write.
Just in case my #SDF comrades have wanted (perhaps without even knowing!) a wallpaper featuring the 30th anniversary sticker I drew (which you can purchase here: http://sdf.org/store/?3;sdf42), you can save the image attached to this toot!
If you're burdened with a 4K retina ultra-hi-def superduper monitor and you want something a bit more high-res, here's an SVG file so you can render one with all the pixels you need: https://laemeur.sdf.org/pub/sdfmech.svg
Hey all, happy to announce that NODE Vol 02 is out featuring 180 pages of articles and interviews about P2P and open hardware projects, with an updated Open Source Directory and new Meshnet Atlas! Download a digital version for free or preorder a hard copy https://n-o-d-e.net/zine/index.html
By toggling 32 switches, this "flash drive" holds a massive 4 Bytes. https://hackaday.com/2022/01/23/diy-solid-state-drive-puts-four-bytes-in-your-pocket/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/hackaday/status/1485447397748658186
I'm building a new OpenBSD base system on an old IBM xSeries 335 server (3 GHz Xeon, 2004) right now - and it takes forever! Let me call it unintended #vintagecomputing :-D
#OpenBSD is now a lot more pleasant in regards to performance (on current at the moment but it will be the new reality for 7.1 users in a few months)
DIGI-BITS - THE NEW BYTE SIZED SUGAR COATED CORN CEREAL FROM DEC https://toobnix.org/videos/watch/7c476fdf-c259-4438-ae28-57ff28378ab6
"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