Links for 2019/08/06

August 6, 2019 ยท 3 minute read

Posted in: terminal tty fonts rss politics

I’ve been working in Cool-Retro-Term again, and craving a real green-screen glass tty, so here are some terminal-related links.

jwz: export TERM=aaa-60

jwz tells a story about an interesting terminal and its even more interesting termcap file. The pictures and video in this article are what gave me terminal envy again this time.

WiFi232 - An Internet Hayes Modem for your Retro Computer

Of course, once you have your glass TTY, you need to be able to connect it to your modern computer. The path of least resistance seems to be to wire it as a serial console to a Raspberry Pi. But here’s an interesting alternative: a self-contained WiFi “modem” that connects to a WiFi network and an RS232 serial port, and is configurable and controlled through “AT” commands on the serial port. It then lets you telnet to hosts and ports specified in AT commands. Sold out, unfortunately.

The Newsboat RSS Feedreader

I’ve been working in the terminal, not even using screen/tmux for multitasking, just trying to focus on one thing at a time with as few distractions as possible. This doesn’t mean not doing my reading; I’m reading the fediverse in brutaldon, and email, and gopher, and a private NNTP server, all in their respective apps. What I didn’t have was an RSS feed reader. I mostly read news on my phone, with the tt-rss app, so I needed a console app that syncs with tt-rss. Thankfully, newsboat can!

Input: Fonts for Code

This is an interesting and really large font family with serif, sans-serif, and monospace faces, and several weight variants for each. You could use the monospace variant in a terminal, which is why I mention it here, but what I think is the really interesting bit is that the proportional fonts are also designed for code. I have been using the sans font in Emacs at work, and it’s actually surprisingly nice to use. It looks good, it looks more balanced than a monospaced font, but not jarringly proportional; it’s hard to explain and you basically have to see it. The only thing is that horizontal alignment of continuation lines doesn’t quite work right…


My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor

I Was a Fast Food Worker: Let Me Tell You About Burnout

A couple of recent articles about how low-wage work is getting worse under late capitalism.

We Desperately Need Marianne Williamson’s Message. It’s Ominous That We’re Only Getting It From Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson, despite her New Age beliefs, is the only candidate who’s actually talking about the moral stakes of the issues of the day. And she’s only one of two candidates (with Bernie) who has an actual theory of political change. Her theory is wrong (idealism), but at least she has one.

Extra-state violence and right-wing strategy: a conversation

The notable thing about this political moment is the way the state is condoning and tacitly encouraging extra-state violence against its preferred targets. More in this article.

Health Insurance Companies Are Useless. Get Rid Of Them.

Gratifyingly direct.


Clue (1985): A Treadmill to Nowhere

A positive review of a widely-maligned movie. I remember greatly enjoying it, and we have been playing the board game a lot at home, so we’re thinking of watching it.


An ambient radio show. I find it sometimes good for programming; other times I need something a little more energetic. The worst times are when ambient is too low-energy, and psychedelic trance is too high-energy. Then I’m in a bind, though some psychill is just right.

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