This is really stupid, but also a good excuse to get to know your terminal.
Most computer stores sell Macs these days. Most salespeople are good at their pitches and bad at computers. Most stores have their Macs running so you can try them out, tempting you to buy one. All Macs have
netcat installed. I wonder if that can be hoisted into a good old geeky prank?
Spoiler: It can. That is exactly what this post is about. It is also a major waste of time for everyone involved. Please read on. If you’re more into visuals, here’s a youtube clip of me wasting time.
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For long I’ve been wanting to get into OpenGL, hopefully this time being able to understand what is going on. I last looked into Java and LWJGL back when minecraft was peaking. It seems millennia has passed since then.
So, my current situation, techwise:
I’m running OS X (well, macOS, but the unnecessary new name can go to Redmond), and as an avid user of BASH and Emacs, IDEs give me the creeps. I prefer languages where a “test program” can be written in one, maximum two files. I want to be able to compile my program by hand, especially if it’s only one or two files. By hand I of course mean through my shell, using make.
Surely the cascading hellscapes of modern IDEs, with all their fancy buttons, web news feeds, package managers and Microsofty ways to fuck up git integration is unnecessary. At least if I’m only trying to do something simple and stupid, say, like using my graphics card for drawing a triangle. Right? Riiight?
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For the past 6 years, I have been employed on and off in an international NGO with offices in more than 30 countries. My working areas have mainly been in Fundraising or Business Intelligence, doing fun things like converting .xlsx files to .csv and generating latent contempt for people with “digital” or “social media” in their job titles. However, as the main tech wizard I have been asked to do very weird things. I want to tell you a story of intrigue, technology from a forgotten time and a prototypically badly planned project. All of this is from memory and it is a few years back, so details might be slightly off.
Continue reading “Bashing posters together for fun and non-profit or how to save the world and make your colleagues AWK-struck – Part 1.”