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Survey of terminal palettes: DIR_COLORS edition

Survey of terminal palettes: DIR_COLORS edition

A quick run through of how various GNOME terminal palettes look like with the 8-color+bold DIR_COLORS file shipped with coreutils and used by many Linux distributions. Tango is a fairly light value but low saturation palette. The light background is an odd off-white shade that reduces contrast. When the “Show bold text in bright colors” option is enabled, bright cyan and bright green over the light background have minimal contrast. When using a dark background, the palette gives reasonable results,…

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Thoughts on OpenWRT and OSTree

Thoughts on OpenWRT and OSTree

In theory, OpenWRT should work reasonably well with OSTree – it’s already designed to be run with an immutable base layer (for squashfs images). In terms of adapting OpenWRT to run on OSTree, the hardest thing I can think of would be working out how to do the bootloader on embedded devices. I don’t know enough about this space to know what has to be done here. OSTree currently works by putting kernel images and BootLoaderSpec config files into a…

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Ryzen Motherboard ECC Memory Summary

Ryzen Motherboard ECC Memory Summary

Update (2017-06-22): After looking at the poor state of ECC support for a while, I ended up picking up an MSI B350 TOMAHAWK board, which does not support ECC. A variety of factors contributed to this, not the least of which that it had PCI ports legacy hardware support. The end result? I’m no longer actively researching ECC support on Ryzen boards, so this list is probably going to steadily go out of date. Please feel free to contact me…

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Blast from the Past: 2003

Blast from the Past: 2003

I found a backup of my old site, made in 2003 or thereabouts as best I can tell. Other than a couple dead link cleanups and removal of interactive elements (seriously, a guestbook?), it’s there almost as it was. Check it out.

Scanning CDs with CCD/LED scanners

Scanning CDs with CCD/LED scanners

So, back on my recommended scanners post, I made a note that CCD sensor scanners that use LED lighting – which at this point is basically all of them – have an issue with scanning CDs. It looks like this: This is, frankly, quite awful. It’s hard to read anything with the light pattern that appears, and it doesn’t look anything like the classic highlight that you see when holding a CD under a single light source, or on a…

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Recommended Scanners for Album Art Scanning

Recommended Scanners for Album Art Scanning

Here’s a quick list of currently available scanner models that I recommend for people doing album art scanning. The Criteria I’m not covering scanning 12″ vinyl in this guide. For that, you need a large format scanner, which is a completely different price category of professional equipment – or use a camera and a glare-free lighting rig instead. There are two basic kinds of scanners currently available, distinguished by the type of image sensor: CCD and CIS (Contact Image Sensor)….

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0x40 Hues of HTML5

0x40 Hues of HTML5

Just a little heads-up: I’ve been working on an HTML5-based port of the “0x40 Hues of Megumi” flash. Please go ahead and check out 0x40 Hues of HTML5 (working title). Some features are still missing, but I hope to add them in future updates. I’m hosting the code (MIT licensed) on Github.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

This is the big one. The one you’ve all been waiting for. This is the hype season. (I didn’t post the stuff from last season, but, uh, I guess Parasyte, Your Lie in April, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! all made the list, and I’m now catching up on Log Horizon.) Maximum Hype Fate/stay night Unlimited BudgetBlade Works. If you haven’t already seen the first season, you do not deserve to be reading this list. Nisekoi (continued). The Disappearance…

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New image-id release 2.1.0

New image-id release 2.1.0

This release switches the build system to gnu autotools, allowing me to add some logic so you can build against either libmirage 2.1 or 3.0! (Older versions of libmirage are not supported) You now use the standard invocation ./configure && make to build the package, and there is a working make install as well. Download from the Github release page.