Interesting Links for September 2014

2014-10-03

This months edition happens to be a bit longer than usual:

  • I was exited to learn about a project called Standard Markdown. Tying all those different Markdown implementations and making a proper specification for it is something that should have been done from the start.
  • Unfortunately, the original author of Markdown, John Gruber objected to the name Common Markdown so the project was renamed to Common Markdown. What makes this curious is Gruber knew of the projects existense years before it went public (and was even invited to join it), and was again asked for comments two weeks before the release.
  • Later Gruber contacted the project again saying no form of the work "Markdown" is allowed to be used, so the project was renamed again. Let's home CommonMark will be a name that sticks.
  • Lennart Poettring publish a blog post where he rethough Linux package management right aroud the time Linus complained about the state of package management in Linux.
  • Rasmus Borup Hansen shared his experiance on copying a lot of files.
  • Matthew Garrett did an AMA in Reddit which made for a nice read all around.
  • FSF and Debian started h-node "a database to help users learn and share information about computers that work with free software operating systems."
  • Mike Hearn wrote a nice, long mail about anti-spam techniques and history.
  • Rust 1.0 might happen pretty soon. In the meanwhile, here's an intro to the language.
  • Brian Swichkow played an elaborate prank on his friend using targeted Facebook ads.
  • Joe Armstrong gave a talk on complexity of systems and the Mess We're In.
  • I was looking into benchmarking and stuff, and found this SO question about how-to clear your cache in Linux.