What are you reading these days? (Low End news, Dijkstra, Fedora, FILE type in C, Vim, Zhuangzi)

TapiocaTapioca NAT Warrior
edited October 29 in Hosting Discussion & News


This morning I first checked the Hetzner Auction to find that the server I was going to buy when the price decreased another one Euro already was gone. :) Next chance may be this evening! :)

Next, I read a couple of emails, then checked LET, Nodeseek, here at LES, HN, and the Fedora Development Discussion email archive. Then I updated and rebooted my server.

The big Low End news for this morning seems to have been the LET raindog308 20K thanks thread, which even made it to Nodeseek.

HN had a post about Edsger Dijkstra. So I went off and read the Wikipedia article about Dijkstra.

For this afternoon I have several possibilities. I've been reading about compiling kernels the Fedora way, and bits and pieces of a bunch of C programming books. I'm looking for an explanation of why the FILE type is capitalized and most (all?) other types are not capitalized. The GNU C Library Manual mentions "historical reasons" for why a "stream type" is called FILE but doesn't elaborate on what those historical reason;s were. Could someone here please share what the historical reasons are for "stream" being called "FILE" and for "FILE" being capitalized? Is it as simple as, before networking, the "only" streams were to and from local files?

Probably everybody knows that Bram Moolenaar passed away. It isn't reading, but sometime soon I want to watch his 7 Habits for Effective Text Editing presentation at Google.

I used to read a little philosophy and religion. Recently I got Graham's Chuang-Tzu, but I haven't started reading it yet.

What are you guys reading these days?


  • LeofellowLeofellow NAT Warrior
    edited October 29

    Much to my shame I've been buying more books than reading.

    btw highly recommend Amazon kindle daily sales. It's approximately 95% garbage. But if you check it daily against a list of book you desire that 5% rapidly means you got a giant library of books at 1 buck each. Any kindle book you like > add to list, then go to list, sort by price and anything on their 0.99 sale will be at top.

    Read Folding Beijing recently (Chinese short story). For a dystopian story that definitely felt a little too real...

  • BewuntlineBewuntline NAT Warrior
    edited October 29

    Every day I am reading LET & HostBoards in case something comes up but I am always learning computer stuff. For example, yesterday I was dealing with small ACER laptops with emmc disks where wasn't easy to change Windows to GNU/Linux and Win10 was working too bad and getting the disk almost full. Now they're having a great Debian 12.1 :). Moreover I am getting curious this week about RFID cloning, so there're many things to read about. Regards!

  • SniglamenSniglamen Shared Hoster
    edited October 29

    I've got the latest Red Rising audiobook I'm listening to if that's on topic. Other than that it's perusing AP for news stories and such throughout the day in off moments, links here to tech news, and researching interesting (semi-) work related topics: playing with ssh multiplexing for the first time, setting up jump hosts, etc... currently.

  • AllWebHostAllWebHost NAT Warrior
    edited October 29

    Empornium to see if there are new scenes that meet my criteria, then The Athletic to see if Forest have signed anyone of if anyone got injured during the Giants training camp.

    Following a quick hand-shandy, I usually peruse the classifieds on AVForums then spend the rest of the day reading crap on Twitter until bedtime, when I switch to Reddit.

  • LocktropistLocktropist NAT Warrior
    edited October 29

    Websites related to Low End Hosting:
    My favorites are LES and HostBoards.

    -> I actively encourage others to avoid LowEndTalk (LET). They should feel ashamed and embarrassed for what is allowed there. They do not deserve your support in any form. I do not look at the LET website, period. Neither should you.

    Current read - A family member gifted me:
    "The Film Music of John Williams", 2nd edition, by Emilio Audissino. I am enjoying this book very much, but it is a challenge to read. Have a dictionary at your side for the expansive American English vocabulary, and there are many film-music-specific terms as well. It is academic and reads like a graduate textbook, which I don't mind, but do not expect a "light read" despite the subject.

    I just finished reading these two books, which I borrowed from the local public library:

    "How LINUX Works, What Every Superuser Should Know", 3rd edition, by Brian Ward - Highly recommended.

    "Learning Modern Linux: a handbook for the cloud native practitioner" by Michael Hausenblas - I read the opening chapters, but then it got into a depth that was beyond my personal interest, so I flipped pages and skimmed the rest. Others here may find it more apropos, such as those who are interested in virtualization, containers, etc.

    I have been a regular reader of "The Internet Protocol Journal" for over 20 years. It comes out quarterly. The current issue (June 2023) was an especially enjoyable read for me personally. Two articles caught my eye:
    One is about WiFi Privacy (page 12). I am dealing with issues associated with randomized MAC addresses on the home WiFi network, and this article talks about those issues.
    The other is an exceptional "History of the Internet" (page 23). We have all seen articles on that subject many times before, but this one is unique and very different. It is written from the perspective of the underlying protocols that developed and evolved, and how the economics drove their development and evolution. I do not generally disclose much personal information in forums like this, but let us say that I was "around" for the development and standardization of certain protocols.
    Website: www.protocoljournal.org
    June 2023 (Current Issue) described above:

  • AlphaRacksAlphaRacks Link Clerk

    I read LES and HostBoards each day

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