More than five years ago, I blogged about a "stupidly cool" terminal font. Now that Mac OS X isn't a big cat anymore, I figured it was time to repeat that: If you're an old-school computer nerd like me, Glass TTY VT220 is the coolest terminal font for Mac OS X! For people of a certain age, nothing beats a green screen and a blinking block cursor. I can almost taste the … [Read more...] about The Best Mac OS X Terminal Font: Glass TTY VT220
1972 As I was born 40 years ago today, or so I'm told. I don't actually have a clear recollection of the events of that day, or indeed that decade. But the people who were there have proven to be caring and trustworthy, so I will take this as fact. I didn't really know anything about anything at the time, apart from what was in front of my own eyes. I imagine that I really … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday to Me (From 7 Miles Over Chicago)
In January, I made one of my semi annual pilgrimages to WeirdStuff, the amazing computer salvage store in Sunnyvale California. While prowling the back halls, between a smoke testing apparatus and a broken plotter, I spotted a Cubix ERS chassis. This brought back a flood of memories, since I purchased just such a device early in my career. This proto-blade server system was a … [Read more...] about Reminiscing About the Cubix ERS, My First Bladed Server System
It's a familiar tale: A production company gets the green light to produce a new science fiction television series and pours their hearts into it. They get picked up by a major network, hire some real talent, and tackle issues of the day and the future. Then the network destroys it. They air inappropriate ads, gripe about the pilot, delay a while after the premiere, and show … [Read more...] about Like Dystopian Cyberpunk Fiction? You’ll Love Max Headroom on DVD! Really!
I'm an old-school UNIX guy. This is one reason I like Mac OS X so much: It's a solid UNIX system under a pretty and functional GUI. Unlike (probably) most Mac users, I find myself using terminal sessions frequently, often running a few different windows with ssh sessions to various UNIX systems. My affinity for the command line probably explains my fascination with clever … [Read more...] about Two Stupidly Cool Terminal Fonts