Latest inklings

Jenkins: Making your own DSL with plugins, written in Pipeline script

Fundamentals of an Enterprise Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) System

Joe Armstrong interviews Alan Kay at Code Mesh 2016

Even if you’ve no interest in the computing part of this, this is very much worth watching.

Gorilla: A fast, scalable, in-memory time series database

Writing an SNMP agent with a custom MIB using pysnmp

HP Microserver Gen8 Drive Bracket and other mods

This would be nice as an alternative to running NAS4Free off of an SD card, and would make switching over to using ZFS on my Microserver a bit more realistic.


A pretty sweet monospace font. Going to try it out, and it might even replace the fantastic Inconsolata, especially given its rather nice support for punctuation ligatures.

Children of the Miracle: from Algol to Prolog

Use xhyve for development

Didn’t quite get this to work, but I’ll give it anothe try later.

The Problem with the Ticket Industry

A Skip List for Multicore

Building FreeBSD for ARM64

What interests me here is possibly installing it on the Raspberry Pi 3.

Gitless: a version control system

Gitless is an experimental version control system built on top of Git. Many people complain that Git is hard to use. We think the problem lies deeper than the user interface, in the concepts underlying Git. Gitless is an experiment to see what happens if you put a simple veneer on an app that changes the underlying concepts. Because Gitless is implemented on top of Git (could be considered what Git pros call a “porcelain” of Git), you can always fall back on Git. And of course your coworkers you share a repo with need never know that you’re not a Git aficionado.

abc notation tutorial

I was looking for some way of quickly dashing out melodies on the command line for playback similar to the old PLAY statement in GW-BASIC, but there doesn’t seem to be anything like that.

The closest I’ve been able to come to is using abcMIDI to accept a melody in abc notation and generate a MIDI file, and then having timidity play it back.

That means I have to learn abc notation.

MarkeyJester’s Motorola 68000 Beginner’s Tutorial

Ah, memories! Recall writing a simple emulator for a subset of the 68000 instruction set once upon a time. Certainly one of the less sucky 16-bit processors.

Render the Mandelbrot Set with jq

All tools expand in functionality until they’re Turing complete.

Toggling mute on the default source (e.g. microphone) in PulseAudio

This isn’t very well documented, but if you want to toggle mute on your mic, run this:

pactl set-source-mute @DEFAULT_SOURCE@ toggle

How to Stop Confusing "Por" and "Para"


Flexbox Froggy

A possibly overly cute game for teaching CSS flexboxes.

Tip of the day: reversed git bisect

git bisect is great for finding where things went wrong, but not so great at finding where they went right, such as when a fix was introduced for an issue. This explains how to trick git bisect into letting you do just that.


Vertex is a theme for GTK 3, GTK 2, Gnome-Shell and Cinnamon

And quite a pretty one at that.

Hi, NewsGator users (all two of you)!

The feed for this site seems to have been broken in NewsGator as they do some canonicalisation of URLs that doesn’t play well with the code for this site.

I’ve added a quick fix to the code to allow it to work again.

I’m not sure if the problem is on NewsGator’s end or mine, but I’ll investigate the relevant RFCs to see if I’m not canonicalising URLs properly on my end.

Installing FreeNAS on a HP MicroServer Gen8

This evening’s mini-project.

I’ve been told that there’s some awkwardness with it and UEFI, but this looks like it works with FreeNAS pretty much out of the box, which is nice!

Building and installing Tarsnap on Debian

Again, this is going on my RPi 3.

How to setup a DNS server with PowerDNS on Raspberry Pi

Because I’m considering making my RPi 3 a hidden master DNS server and possibly doing DNSSEC zone signing on it rather than out in the wild.

Properly Close a Frozen SSH Session

Huh. That’s interesting.

Stuff Goes Bad: Erlang in Anger

This book intends to be a little guide about how to be the Erlang medic in a time of war. It is first and foremost a collection of tips and tricks to help understand where failures come from, and a dictionary of different code snippets and practices that helped developers debug production systems that were built in Erlang.

From the author of Learn You Some Erlang For Great Good!, which I’m going back over again to refamiliarise myself with the language after… oh… quite a long time.

Go best practices, six years in (2016)

Tarte au citron: Lemon Tart Recipe


A less horrible format for Python docstrings in Sphinx.

Plain Text Accounting

Keeping track of this stuff is something I’ve meant to do for a very long time, but never have. It’s not so much that I have a tight budget that I need to stick to so much as it would be nice to have traceability.

Pagination Done the Right Way

Practical Unix Manpages


Kind of like a lightweight React. Not sure if I’m sold on it, but I know a couple of personal projects where it might be worth trying out.

Real Crypto Has Broken Curves

The Matasano Crypto Challenges

Should do these. Probably won’t, but probably should.


A Vim plugin manager, like Pathogen or Vundle, but better!

I like the fact that it can do lazy loading and it can also automate a lot of nonsense surrounding updates.

All the Little Things by Sandi Metz

"I Contribute to the Windows Kernel. We Are Slower Than Other Operating Systems. Here Is Why."

Linux is a shitfest (from a BSD user’s perspective), but Windows is an even bigger shitfest, apparently.