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As folks know, I've been on something of a journey of re-discovery with respect to mainframes, thanks in large part to the public availability of MVS 3.8 and Hercules.

I'm detecting MVS's influences on Unix, which I've touched upon earlier, but also other environments as well, like Commodore's 8-bit environment. The "screen editor" has strong 3270 vibes, and the Commodore DOS shares much with the mainframe's management of data sets, while advancing on the state of the art at the same time.

In light of the fact that I've already received one "good riddance" toot, though, I can't help but notice that the NIH of the Unix community has infused itself into the greater Linux community. To be expected, I suppose, seeing that Linux is a POSIX OS.

Look, no system is perfect; and as much as I'm finding MVS actually preferable to use over Linux for some things, it goes without saying that MVS isn't perfect either. How can it be? It's literally the first OS of its kind in human history.

My advocacy/excitement for MVS should never be construed to also mean that I don't appreciate contemporary operating systems.

But, one thing I am seeing, though, is that the age-old truism by Henry Spencer can apply just as well to systems which came before Unix. The recent recommendation of using timeout to enforce a time limit on a process on a case-by-case basis (versus uniformly across the whole system, where trusted binaries are the exception, not the norm) is a case in point here.

And anyone who dares to tell me that I should just wrap everything in a shell script to establish the environment prior to launching the binary has just walked right into justifying the existence of JCL.

Remember, you only get to be smug because you won the mind-share, not because you won technologically. That's a subtle, but important, difference.

So, this thing happened in my country recently:

For some reason the city hall maintenance team decided to ASPHALT THE INTERSECTION of a road with THE RAILWAY LINE

Trick for newest version of Firefox on Linux: Prevent scrollbars from automatically hiding 

Firefox on Linux recently introduced a "feature" that fades out the scrollbar if you don't move your mouse. If you're like me and don't like invisible scrollbars, you can simply deactivate this "feature".

Go to the address bar and type "about:config" (without the quotes, obviously). Agree to be careful. Search for "widget.gtk.overlay-scrollbars.enabled" and toggle the entry from "true" to "false" by double-clicking it. Just close the about:config tab and you're done. :-)

(Sorry, I had to delete and redraft, since I first got the name of the preference wrong...)

#Firefox #Linux #scrollbars #GTK (boosts OK)

Hi. I don't normally like to ask for financial help, but when my dad passed I was his live-in caregiver and my finances were always difficult. Now that he's gone my life has been turned upside down, and the house and everything will be sold ASAP, and I am not financially prepared for this. Any donations you could make at this time would be really appreciated. My Paypal and Venmo are in my profile.

Thank you.

Filters in place. Let's see if they work going forward.

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You would think I'd've learned this by now, but I guess next time the topic of amateur radio comes up, even here in the Fediverse, I'll just keep my mouth shut.

It seems clear to me now that I'm pretty toxic.

Out of interest how many folk self host their git :git: repo rather than use regular platforms such as GitHub or SourceHut for example ? IF you do what are you using ?
Please boost for a larger reach TIA


That moment when you realize that the design you come up with to solve a problem, which you've already started implementing and documenting, is not optimal, and you realize there's a better way.

I'm tempted to redesign from scratch. It'll delay the project. But, will it be worth the effort? It seems like it would be, as the new design is a better fit to the 65816's architecture and capabilities.

Damn it brain, you could've thought this through back in January, when I was first coming up with the damn design!!!!

I would like to (dis)prove something my transphobic father said.
#transgender people, did you choose a name that’s a diminutive of or sounds like your deadname?
Preferably boost for a larger sample size.

Musk, :Birdsite: 

"LOL this means he shopped whatever his "initiate & execute lawsuits" idea is to a bajillion firms that would normally do anything for money but they all said no"

(included image is of a Musk thread on Twitter, where he is seeking unscrupulous lawyers to build a litigation team for Tesla.)

Gotta love YouTube on Android.

When Google can't even get their own shit working on their own operating systems...

And despite a number of bug reports, several update cycles indicate that they have no intention of fixing this.

This would be unbelievable, were it not seen with my own eyes.

fun fact the nvme command set has a compare-and-write command

Wait why does this work so well?

I can actually focus on it rather than having g to reread like 3 times.

The ACM's digital archives from the 20th century can now be accessed freely online.

Suddenly realized code notebooks are basically just Knuth's literate programming... Everything old is new again.

@float13 are you familiar with Design For Disassembly?

Designing for Disassembly ensures that all elements of a product can be disassembled for repair and for end of life.

This allows for and encourages repairs, with the result that a product's life cycle is prolonged; and it allows for a product to be taken apart at the end of its life so that each component can be reclaimed.

RU Passive Aggressive Phreaking 

Oh baby we used to this between Papa John's and Pizza Hut with the kids... because we are chaos.

But now automated phreaking for a good cause!

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.