cpio is an archive file format, similar in concept to ZIP or tar. It combines multiple files (which I’ll call the “member files”) together in a single .cpio archive file. It is an old format, designed to be useful with magnetic tape drives. Here’s a demonstration, using a Unix shell, and the GNU cpio utility.…… Continue reading The cpio trailer problem
Small caps is really just a text display style, and as such it should be outside the scope of Unicode. But what if you want to Bᴇ Cᴏᴏʟ and use small caps in a post on an internet forum that supports Unicode, but not small caps styling? You could do that if Unicode had a special…… Continue reading The curious case of small caps in Unicode
I study a lot of file formats, and sometimes I come across a quirk in a format, or its documentation, that isn’t worth making a fuss about, but which might still be interesting to two or three people in the world. I suppose this one doesn’t even meet that criteria, though it is in a…… Continue reading An insignificant GIF specification error
I didn’t want my first real post here to be about file formats, so I’ll go with the next best thing: space aliens. I don’t know whether extraterrestrial intelligent life (ETI) exists in the observable universe. A lot of very smart people think it does. But based on humanity’s current observational and theoretical knowledge, it…… Continue reading We’re probably alone
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