dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein bands, contortionists, packets, shitbags, and secret construction projects are discussed.


GLTerminal is an OSX terminal emulator that pretends to be an old 80x24 terminal. Download OSX executable. Originally written by James McCombe.

It's pretty sweet, though not as faithful a simulation of a CRT as Trevor Blackwell's fantastic Apple ][ screen saver (in xscreensaver).

(GLterminal is a little broken: after starting it, go to Preferences and select "Renderer: Classic Terminal" to make it go.) (Also, most inappropriate fanboyriffic application icon evar.)

I should also probably mention that the Apple ][ screen saver also functions as a terminal emulator:

    /sw/libexec/xscreensaver/apple2 -text -fast -program tcsh

Other fun things to do with it:

    apple2 -text -program 'cat /usr/src/linux*/README | fold -sw40'
    apple2 -text -program 'ping apple.com'
    apple2 -text -program 'ps -e'
    apple2 -text -program 'od -txCz -w7 /dev/urandom'
    apple2 -text -program 'cat /dev/random'
    apple2 -text -fast -program 'xemacs -nw -q -f life'
    apple2 -text -fast -program 'xemacs -nw -q --eval "(hanoi 5)"'

Update: riffraff updated GLTerminal to work on 10.5.

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"What hath God wrought"

Western Union Stops Sending Telegrams:
"Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage."

The world's first telegram was sent on May 24, 1844 by inventor Samuel Morse. The message, "What hath God wrought," was transmitted from Washington to Baltimore. [...] Western Union goes back to 1851 as the Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company. In 1856 it became the Western Union Telegraph Company after acquisition of competing telegraph systems. By 1861, during the Civil War, it had created a coast-to-coast network of lines.