Jul 4, 2013
Dear OpenBSD developers and users:
Regretfully, I have decided to abandon OpenBSD and thought I would share my reasoning with this list. I thought the 4th of July was a good date to do so since my reasons address national security implications. As a group of people who take development, security, and privacy seriously, I know you will want to know why I made the drastic decision to abandon OpenBSD and never look back.
Jul 1, 2013
I’m a civil engineer by day and use OpenBSD at night, but I’m trying to do high-end CAD on my home PC and OpenBSD doesn’t support 64-bit Intel chips.
Don't believe me? It says so very clearly at the OpenBSD/amd64 page: “All versions of the AMD Athlon 64 processors and their clones are supported.” But does not mention or list any Intel chips. Not one.
Wtf? I can do CAD on my i7-980X under Windows 7 SP 1, but I’d rather use something secure and responsibly coded like OpenBSD. Except that I can't.
Why for the life of this platform are we not on the only future direction for the platform? And I mean that literally. Neither AMD nor Intel sells 32-bit chips anymore. If OpenBSD remains stuck at 32 bits, people will stop using and developing for it.
Who makes the decision to keep OpenBSD off of 64-bit Intel? And why the hell are they doing so?
Dec 13, 2012
It seems that there's some confusion around the Berkeley Software Distributions and where they came from. It's a bit difficult to keep track amidst all of the infighting and forking caused by various personal, political, and legal issues. I've covered the BSD family quite a bit, but never its history. I'll do so now so that we can all get on the same page.
The history of the Berkeley Software Distributions all starts with 386BSD…
Nov 12, 2012
Recent talk about the Wii U has been buzzing in the ramp-up to the new console's release on November 18. Technical details, however, have been few and far between—until now. Information about Espresso, the new IBM chip for Wii U, are finally spilling forth.
Espresso bridges the performance gap that Nintendo’s competitors, Microsoft and Sony, have held since the sixth-generation of consoles. With Espresso in the Wii U, Nintendo is clearly playing hardball to win back the demographic that other consoles have held for about a decade: hardcore gamers.
Nov 1, 2012
I finally found disk images of The Legacy of Darkgold, a roleplaying game released in 1989 for Commodore 64. It’s another Questron-type game that is surprisingly complex for its day and takes a good 24-36 hours to beat.
Fortunately, this game is actually worth spending that much time playing.