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Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

‘Castellans’ memorise manuals, ‘Tinkers’ can’t stop hacking hardware. Keep ‘Algorithmicists’ out of a corner officeOpen source luminary Eric S. Raymond has given the world eight “Hacker Archetypes” that he thinks offer useful ways to categorise your colleagues and by doing so help them to understand their strengths and weaknesses.… Read More »

OS/2 2.0, summer ’91 edition

In a fascinating example of poor timing, disk images of OS/2 2.0 pre-release level 6.605 from July/September 1991 were missing for over 25 years, only to show up literally one day after the 25th anniversary of the OS/2 2.0 release (big thanks to a very helpful reader!). This is a pretty unique pre-release of OS/2 2.0, and as such, it’s great ... Read More »

A quick look at the Ikea IoT lighting platform

Ikea recently launched their TrÃ¥dfri smart lighting platform in the US. The idea of Ikea plus internet security together at last seems like a pretty terrible one, but having taken a look it’s surprisingly competent. Hardware-wise, the device is pretty minimal – it seems to be based on the Cypress WICED IoT platform, with 100MBit ethernet and a Silicon Labs ... Read More »

Die-Hard Sysops Are Resurrecting BBS’s From The 1980s

Ars Technica reports on vintage computing hobbyists “resurrecting digital communities that were once thought lost to time…some still running on original 8-bit hardware.” Sometimes using modern technology like Raspberry Pi and TCPser (which emulates a Hayes modem for Telnet connections), they’re reviving decades-old dial-up bulletin board systems (or BBSes) as portals “to places that have been long forgotten.” An anonymous ... Read More »