Monday, August 2, 2021

Why do we need a database-based filesystem.

Note 1: there is a small TLMC-based demo at the end of this post, I recommend to check it out.
Note 2: these ideas are neither original nor new. I'm fairly sure there exist similar thoughts in written form from 20 years ago and at least three abandoned prototypes of this kind.

Monday, June 28, 2021

There are no good browsers left.

I actually intended to make this post a year or two ago, but then kept putting it off. Now I stopped doing that, so here you are.
What is this about? I don't mean to criticize how bloated the browsers have became, even if it's true. I don't mean to write about how Firefox always shuffles UI elements around or how Chrome spies on its users. Just the very simple, most basic thing. Fonts and font rendering.
Make sure to set your browser page zoom to 100% to avoid browser scaling image distortions.

Here's a tiny piece of html for this test.

Friday, June 11, 2021


The bad news: v.20 is still several months away.
The good news: v.20 is only several months away.
This is NOT YET a release, but we are fairly close. Here's how you can help:

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 corrupts your downloads.

If you ever bought direct downloads from them make sure to check that your files are error-free, especially if your downloads were slow.

Today I noticed that half of the files in four free albums by "クロネコラウンジ" did not decode properly. I redownloaded them all and one of the new files was still broken, but another attempt got me a good version. It was the only file that took about two minutes to get (today's first attempt), compared to several seconds for the rest, which suggests that under heavy load the file-serving part of their webmonkey code hiccups and starts sending you wrong file parts. Looking at the broken files in hexeditor you would notice content starts repeating in some random place (the starting position of the first part that gets repeated is aligned at 1 MiB boundary).