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The Technocartographer's Journal

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:06 am
by Misanthropydotexe
This is my attempt to express, for no particular reason, what the terminal feels like to me. While it make appear that I'm attempting to take something as mundane as directory navigation and spice it up with a fictional sense of mysticism, this genuinely what it feels like to me. This is why I'm attracted to this field. To me, the terminal is the world of "The Matrix" with the arcane magic of "Harry Potter".

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Today I return to the digital forest.
I will start where I always start.
Ctrl-D

cd /


I stand now where I always stand when starting my explorative journey. I stand in a large opening, surrounded by many paths. I check my surroundings.

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bin   boot   dev   etc   home   lib   lib64   lost+found   media   mnt   opt   proc   read-write   root   run   sbin   selinux      srv   sys   tmp   usr   var


These surroundings are familiar, but no less majestic than when I first stepped into this forest of zeroes and ones. Some of the paths I have taken. Some of them I have taken more than once. Some of them I have yet to take. I examine my surroundings in more detail with a sense I can only equate to touch. After a moment of using this touch-like sense, I choose a path that is unfamiliar, then look down that path.

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ls -a selinux
.   ..


It is bad luck that this path goes nowhere at this time. With that being said, I will choose my favorite path to walk.

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I will now take the path that I have trodden so often before.
Into the sbin.
Ctrl-D

cd sbin
ls


I step into a large cavern. There are stalactites and stalagmites everywhere, as well as several paths. I admire a few of the mineral formations.

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The mineral formations clearly tell a story of their formation.
At this time, however, I do not understand it.
I will return several times later, and try to decipher that story.
Ctrl-D


It is unfortunate that I don't fully grasp what I'm admiring, but it ensures a continued sense of majesty and mystery for this place. I then look at many of the paths in this cavern that mimics the Mammoth Caves.

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ls showconsole

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Many of the exits are little more than alcoves.
Ctrl-D


It is now time for me to go. I am, by necessity, forced to leave the forest of electrons. The fauna and flora of executables and files must be temporarily abandoned. My extra sensory touch must regress back into my mind while I return to a world of only five senses.

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For now I leave this world. 
I will return.
Soon.
Ctrl-D

cd
/sbin/poweroff

Re: The Technocartographer's Journal

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:17 am
by Dagrzinthesmile
Technocart, I hope to hear another one of your rousing adventures through the Terminal and i hope you're able to continue and decipher the story in the mineral formations :D

Re: The Technocartographer's Journal

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:01 am
by parakkafaith
When does episode 2 come out?

Re: The Technocartographer's Journal

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:04 am
by cyberdrain
This journal is a very interesting view and definitely worth reading through, even though nothing much happened yet. Wait till Misanthropydotexe gets to /dev/random.
parakkafaith wrote:When does episode 2 come out?

Re: The Technocartographer's Journal

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:48 pm
by Misanthropydotexe
Dev is full of a new color! The drop-down terminal program-thing I use color codes everything so you can see what it is at a glance (directory, exec, etc). There is now... GOLD! Random is gold.

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Tells me that it's "character special". There's also dark gold. xconsole is dark gold. The "file" utility tells me that's "fifo: named pipe". I'm all giddy now!

As for chapter two, it was my intent only to express my childlike awe at the terminal. However, the apparent interest has given me an idea. Perhaps I'll turn my 'nix textbook into a children's book. You know, for kids that want to learn some 'nix. I'll call it "The Technocartographer's Journal". That'd be fun. I really do kind of enjoy writing it. A coworker told me their son is into computers. Perhaps once they get a new computer and I put SuSe on it, I'll give him some chapters. He's a big Harry Potter fan, some maybe I'll call the utilities "magic words" or some such. Or maybe I just have delusions of grandeur.

Anyway, thanks for the interest. It was kind of a pick-me-up.

Re: The Technocartographer's Journal

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:12 pm
by cyberdrain
Wow, there really is gold everywhere, I like it. It's the first time I ventured in there, usually I just /dev/<letter>{tab}{tab} my way through it. Thanks for that and this basically:
Misanthropydotexe wrote:I'm all giddy now!

I'm still waiting for someone who will point me to a good cave-like 3D version of the shell. It would be cool if you could walk through mazes instead. :)

Re: The Technocartographer's Journal

PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:44 pm
by Misanthropydotexe
cyberdrain wrote:Wow, there really is gold everywhere, I like it. It's the first time I ventured in there, usually I just /dev/<letter>{tab}{tab} my way through it. Thanks for that and this basically:
Misanthropydotexe wrote:I'm all giddy now!

I'm still waiting for someone who will point me to a good cave-like 3D version of the shell. It would be cool if you could walk through mazes instead. :)


Make one! That would be AWESOME! And on paths that you can't go down, there'd be a door, or guard, or something that requires the root password. That'd be slick.

Re: The Technocartographer's Journal

PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:25 pm
by cyberdrain
Misanthropydotexe wrote:Make one! That would be AWESOME! And on paths that you can't go down, there'd be a door, or guard, or something that requires the root password. That'd be slick.

If only I could... I have neither the required programming experience (yet) nor the graphical skills to make something like that. Besides, I think Awesome already exists :P