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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 I’m no longer actively researching ECC support on Ryzen boards, so this list is probably going to steadily go out of date.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.

Now on IPv6

Now on IPv6

After a few glitches where I hit multiple bugs in their image transfer system, I moved this site to DigitalOcean’s new NYC3 site with IPv6 support. So, uh, have at it!

Incomplete Sci-Fi Story

Incomplete Sci-Fi Story

So, when poking around my Documents directory, I found this incomplete short piece of Science Fiction. Might as well share it… I wake up to find him still sitting at the workbench he’d been hunched over hours ago when I’d given up for the night. He hears the rustle as I search the nearby floor for the cleanest of my uniforms and asks, without turning around, “You awake?” I am, barely.