A random collection of daily links drawn from the depths of the Internet.

My criticism of dotdrop, a dotfile management system

Git, the command-line version control system, was initially released on April 7, 2005. Github launched to the public on April 10, 2008 and was the killer application that promoted Git beyond its initial audience of systems programmers. By 2010 it was clear to me that the industry was moving away from Subversion and Git was the new standard in version control. I took it upon myself to git with the times and learn it for myself.

Understanding the Lightning Network: how it works and why it sucks

Bitcoin engineers face a future where rising transaction fees price users out of using bitcoin for everyday commerce. There are a few solutions for lowering those fees and the latest, most hyped solution is the Lightning Network, a system built on a web of payment channels. I'll explain how payment channels work, how they can be put together to make the Lightning Network and show what this new economy looks like.

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1/26/15 Gil's LotD: LLVM Optimized Python

http://dev.stephendiehl.com/numpile/ Transform Python AST into LLVM IR for JIT execution.

12/4/14 Gil's LotD: Cornbread

http://localsustainability.streamshare.com/posts/13103 The history of cornbread in the South.


12/3/14 Gil's LotD: Internet Mainframes Project

http://mainframesproject.tumblr.com/ Mainframe terminals available on the public internet.

12/2/14 Gil's LotD: WiFi signal propagation

http://jasmcole.com/2014/08/25/helmhurts/ Modeling the propagation of WiFi signals in an apartment to find the perfect router location.


12/1/14 Gil's LotD: Mitch Hedberg and GIS

http://njgeo.org/2014/01/30/mitch-hedberg-and-gis/ Finding all the La Quintas that are close to a Denny's.


11/30/14 Gil's LotD: The colors of chemistry

http://jiahao.github.io/julia-blog/2014/06/09/the-colors-of-chemistry.html A step-by-step tour on how to derive the visible spectra from absorption and emission spectra.

9/9/14 Gil's LotD: X colors

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2014Mar/0272.html The complete history of the X Windows color list.


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