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This is an old project, but by some miracle it's still working and I woke up this morning wanting to celebrate the things I love more.

This Inkplate e-ink screen shows Conway's Game of Life, seeded from tarpits I have on the Internet. The tarpits are programs on my computer that superficially look like insecure Telnet and Remote Desktop services, but actually exist to respond super slowly and make bots scanning the Internet 'get stuck'.

When a bot connects to the tarpit, the data it sends gets squished into a 5x5 grid and 'stamped' onto a Game of Life board. Data from a bot at the IP address 1.1.x.x will get stamped on the top left corner, data from a bot at 254.254.x.x will get stamped on the bottom right corner.

Conway's Game of Life, a set of simple rules that govern whether cells should turn on or off, updates the display once per second. The result is that bot attacks end up appearing as distinct 'creatures', that get bigger and more angry looking over time (as their centre is updated with new data). After the attack finishes, the 'creature' eventually burns itself out.

Despite that description, it's a really chill piece of art that doesn't draw too much attention but I can happily watch for a long time.

Credit for the idea goes to @_mattata, I had been wanting to make a real-life version of XKCD #350 for years before seeing his Botnet Fishbowl project.

#projects #inkplate #esp32 #eink #infosec #tarpit
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As an open source maintainer, I will say this. Probably the easiest thing you can contribute to an open source project is appreciation and encouragement.

After maintaining even a relatively successful project for a while, positive feedback becomes an invaluable source of motivation.

Especially now, as I'm heading into another winter in complete darkness, I thank you for all the kind words! ❤️

These are 12 mm tall labels, cut down to ~10 mm, because the place to put them is not tall enough. I think that is because this vase-printing version of a bin has this dimension wrong. I believe the original bins support 12 mm labels, but haven't had the need to print them yet. These are sturdy enough for me.

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Recently found out about and decided to make some containers, since I own a 3D printer and it seemed like a neat thing to try out. I got a label printer for it, as well. Actually making and printing the labels from Linux is quite the headache, though. Currently using to create the labels, but even it struggles with bitmap fonts, for some reason. Vector editors are out of the question because the fonts become ugly when converted to the low-resolution bitmap used in printing.

Unfortunately, because is shutting down, I was forced to migrate my account. However, I see no option to migrate my posts. What is up with that? Is all of my post history gone? I only have the archive.

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