Friday, February 26


Daily News Stuff 26 February 2021

Desert Topping Floor Wax Edition

Tech News

  • Redbean is a small (200k) extremely fast (1 million requests per second) web server for static files and applications.  (

    It runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Net and Open BSD.

    Without recompiling.  The same binary runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Net and Open BSD.  Not currently for Arm-based Macs but that is coming - still in a single binary.

    To deploy your content, you change the name of the file from to, add your files to the zip archive - because yes, it is also a valid zip archive, because why the hell not - change the name back to, and run it.

    You can also apparently boot directly into it from BIOS, but that's only useful on a virtual machine; on actual hardware you'd have no drivers.

  • INTERCAL, YAML, and other horrible programming languages.  (Earthly)

    It's all fun and games until someone loses their mind.

  • Demand for semiconductors is currently as much as 30% higher than supply.  (AnandTech)

    Not memory, which is what usually gets bitten by supply crunches, but logic.

    It may be 12 to 18 months before things get back to normal.

  • The RTX 3060 is not actually bad.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's faster than a 2060 Super and close to a standard 2070 or the older 1080 Ti, and reasonably priced at $329, particularly with its 12GB of RAM.

    I couldn't find any available on Amazon or Newegg, but there are some listed in stock here in Australia, starting at A$869, which US$691 including tax, or US$628 before tax.

    So the cheapest available model is selling at a 90% markup over MSRP.

  • Lenovo's Thinkpad Fold X1 is the world's first foldable laptop except for all the others.  (

    It's essentially a 13" tablet that folds into a roughly 9" mini-laptop with an optional Bluetooth keyboard that snaps into place magnetically.

    It's about the same size as my HP Spectre x2 except that it folds in half.

  • Twitter will now let you pay to follow people.  (ZDNet)

  • Australia's stupid link tax law has passed through Parliament.  (AP)

    It had strong bipartisan support so you know it's bad.

  • Nvidia's dedicated mining cards are worse at mining than their gaming cards.  (Tom's Hardware)

    And the reason appears to be that they are using last-generation Turing chips - from the 1660 up to the 2080 Ti - and not current-generation chips.

    Turing was (is?) made on TSMC's 12nm process while Ampere is made on Samsung's 8nm process, so cranking out the older chips doesn't affect production capacity for the newer ones - except, as we noted, that demand is running at 130% of capacity anyway.

  • The language of technical difficulties is universal.

    I can't understand what Pekora is saying.  I can't understand what her chat is saying.  I can't even read her Minecraft setup screen, apart from the words "Hololive server" and "LAN".  But everyone knows what red text on a login page means.

Disclaimer: If we had some ham and eggs, we could have some ham and eggs, if we had some ham and eggs.

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1 I've long had a suspicion that it might be possible to design a language more systemically annoying and useless than INTERCAL.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Saturday, February 27 2021 01:19 AM (6y7dz)

2 Pat--have you seen Malbolge?  Nobody has ever successfully written a real program in it--the first functional one was computer-generated.  It took 9 years to write a "99 bottles of beer" program.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, February 27 2021 01:49 AM (eqaFC)

3 Redbean was just updated so that it works again on Windows and Mac after you add files to it with zip. With the new version, I was able to pack my entire blog into it, but it doesn't quite work, because it doesn't have content handlers or know to look for index.html when fed a directory.

Still quite impressive (and I could easily tweak Hugo to generate a site that would work with it). When I linked to it on of our work Slack channels, the immediate response was "Can we hire her?".


Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, February 28 2021 08:35 AM (ZlYZd)

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