Link Dump

“rusty chains” by Creativity103 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

I’m a horrible abuser of browser tabs, often having many many windows with many many tabs. Until recently I was using The Great Suspender to help cut back some of the memory usage – but using any browser extension is a security risk. You’re allowing random code to run within the context of the browser window, giving it potential access to all the things your browser can do – or that you do with the browser.

While I also use a RSS feed reader, I still often come across some article or start down some path of investigation and want to come back to it so I’ll leave it open. I’ve had tabs open for a year or more, I keep them across reboots and have even gone back into my Chrome history to dig out ones that were closed by accidental reboot/restart. It’s a problem.

Today is housecleaning day – let’s dump some links that I keep meaning to look at and have been eating up system resources.

  1. www.tinyjoypad.com
    I own two production Arduboy units, and one dev model. It’s a really fun platform to play and write code for. I kept meaning to explore some of the games on this website.
  2. The Essential Cyberpunk Reading List
    When Neuromancer came out I was hooked. This list came via Adafruit’s blog,  I’ve read many of them but not all.
  3. 100 SF/F Books You Should Consider Reading in the New Year
    This is a 2018 article, it’s still sitting in a tab waiting for me to use it as inspiration for my next book.
  4. Google Chrome – Forensics Wiki
    A cool write up on how to pull data out of Chrome from configuration files on your machine. When I initially opened this tab, the site was still hosted – now only the archive.org link works. Still very cool if I ever were to build out some scripts.
  5. Hasty Scripts: Capture Google Activity Log
    Another article which has also been saved by archive.org on the same topic of pulling useful information via scripts out of Google.
  6. Make the time to fix your time debt
    Clearly not a lesson I’ve learned. This is a hackaday.com article that I keep meaning to read.
  7. The Way The Future Blogs
    A now defunct blog of Frederik Pohl, a SciFi writer who passed away in 2013.
  8. Comparing IPFS and Dat
    Decentralized peer to peer internet is super interesting. I keep meaning to take the time to learn more about the space.
  9. Aube 240V Relay
    I keep meaning to build out a remote control system to power electric baseboard heaters. This seems like a key building block allowing me to trigger 240V circuits.
  10. Behind the One Way Mirror
    An article by the EFF I’ve been meaning to read about privacy and web tracking.
  11. Smartphone Headset Standards
    I meant to blog about this, maybe I still will. Did you know that the 4 connector headphone jack has two different configurations? OMTP vs AHJ? Of course Apple picked one, and many others the other.
  12. 16 Great Tech Blogs by Women
    This seemed like a great set of feeds to add to my feed reader. More diversity in the information I’m consuming will help me have a more rounded view of what’s happening in technology.
  13. Introducing Flan Scan
    This is an nmap based network scanner. It would be a great thing to add to my nighty scripts that run over my home network.
  14. Advent of Code 2020
    I did most of the challenges and pushed the result out to github, I kept meaning to clean up the solutions and push any remaining work I had on my dev machine.
  15. Size Coding
    Seeing a 256 byte demo on hackaday, I was inspired to go see how it all worked being an assembly programmer at heart. It’s a deep well to fall in, with interesting effects in a handful of bytes.
  16. Wichitalks
    I got here because of the talk EVERTHING IS BROKEN (and we can fix it!) but the whole site seems very interesting.

Amazing how many windows / tabs I had been dragging around, my browser load seems much better now. These also experienced some bit rot since I remember having other tabs which I’d obviously accidentally closed and were part of the group of things I was looking at in the context.