Sometimes at work I have to refer to "big-S Software" or "little-s software", and now I will force you all to learn why


@andrewjbtw ooooooh thank you, this is about spot on (I'm assembling resources that elaborate on Emulation as a Service's semantic + technical distinction between "Software" and "Content/Objects")

also reminds me that there might be a relevant portion in the Preserving.exe report

do any of the lovely digital preservation and CS educators on here have a favorite resource that explains or begins the question of "what is software?"

Hopefully of interest to and the fediverse - Software Preservation Network is recruiting new members for working groups!

(You don't need to be or work for a SPN member to join! Just an interest in software + digital preservation)

I'll be co-coordinating the new Community Engagement Collaborative, which is a working group aimed particularly at outreach, events, and welcoming new members/folks into the SPN circle. Happy to answer questions!


I was hoping we would get this out before the winter break so as not to be trying to promote new resources during *all this*, but oh well:

This was a super fun Case Study to work on, Annie's the best, and I learned a bunch about early Macintosh and Lisa development that we couldn't really squeeze in here but that I would be happy to rant about at any time


@vickysteeves where are you hosting? (curious both for this question and a "hosting options that aren't AWS" piece that I'm working on

@vickysteeves what's your RAM + swap configuration like? when I first installed Collabora I think I was stingy on swap (there's so many different + conflicting recommendations for servers and I didn't totally understand what it was for really) so I was at 1/2 of RAM and it was slow. Bumping to equivalent of RAM helped (i assume b/c it left more memory for Collabora, so maybe just "more RAM" one way or another)

now *this* is the kind of commitment to Yale's "go-slow" week that I can appreciate

Help, fediverse - a little while back I saw a post about a self-hosted Twitch-like streaming platform, and now I can't find it again (might've been on the birdsite). It wasn't Open Streaming Platform.What am I thinking of?

It seems like The Storygraph is actually gaining some buzz/traction as a Goodreads alt so just putting my profile out there, curious if there are any fedi friends to follow!

A strong and definitive legal precedent for emulating/virtualizing Apple hardware as fair use makes it waaaaay more likely that, say, a certain academic/research grant-funded program could directly sponsor open source development in that direction 😇

Oh now this Corellium news is VERY interesting

@sam so good!!! I'm even more annoyed in retrospect that they made her share the Booker with Atwood last year

In particular I did feel like I got in a lot of good reading this year

A rhetorical question I've been mulling over since reading Lathe of Heaven in July: *was* Ursula K. Le Guin the best English-language writer of the 20th century??

I don't *think* I'm going to squeeze in any more new books/movies/shows into 2020 (we just started rewatching Peep Show for the ~fourth time, so), meaning I can post my year-end recommendations:

@axfelix ooohh that's an excellent sabbatical choice - good luck!!!

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