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  • Please make Ctrl+C to actually stop a batch file, to avoid potential data losses
    reddit.com/r/Windows10 | 2021-10-10
  • AMD: Windows 11 Slows CPUs Up To 15%, Patch Coming
    reddit.com/r/hardware | 2021-10-08
    I\m not aware of any, but it all started here.
  • The best part of Windows 11 is a revamped Windows Subsystem for Linux
    Having Windows and all the Unix utilities you need. If your workflow or your preferences demand that you jump in the CLI ever so often, then it's a good setup. It's especially true now that Windows has a great terminal emulator.
  • What ~/.bashrc am I supposed to be editing?
    I’d grab this program. It’s the new terminal from Microsoft.
  • QUAKE MODE for the Windows Terminal is in the stock WT app in Windows 11 :)
    reddit.com/r/Windows11 | 2021-10-05
    iirc its this one: https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/issues/9996
  • Microsoft: Extremely slow performance when processing virtual terminal sequences
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-05
    Apparently not just Microsoft. Quoting from TFA <https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/issues/10362#issuecomm...>

    skyline75489 commented on Jun 8

    Here’s something interesting. I tried to port the benchmark to Linux and I’m seeing a even larger performance gap between colored and non-colored text on Linux (roughly 60x - 80x). The overall rendering performance is better on Windows, of course.

    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-05
  • Show HN: Sixel-tmux displays graphics even if your terminal has no Sixel support
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-05
    > unfortunately it's way too slow to get anywhere near 'realtime' output (30fps or better).

    That's not due to sixels. Check out the sixel nyan cat: https://github.com/hackerb9/sixvid

    Look at the FPS indicator in the bottom. It was pointed to me in https://github.com/microsoft/Terminal/issues/448#issuecommen...

    The issue may be in your code.

    I think I have similar performance issues, as the glyph selection process could be more optimized.

    Derasterized is mostly Jart work (who is best known here for her work on Cosmopolitan), we were mostly interested in quality.

    Reducing the set of glyph to something that could benefit from optimizations could help.

    > I really wish there was a decent pixel-framebuffer standard for terminals (with at least the same performance as ncurses)

    Sixel performance is quite decent: personally, I can play videos in my terminal.

    Try MPV on mintty: https://github.com/mpv-player/mpv/issues/2183

    I have also played with a X server rendering over sixel, no performance issue: https://github.com/saitoha/xserver-SIXEL

    When sixel support is added to Windows Terminal, I may update it, because it would be fun to have one tab to run stuff!

  • It takes a PhD to develop that
    It's not closed source.
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-04
    And see, even you've done it here. Command Prompt is `cmd.exe`, which is different from PowerShell (`powershell.exe`), and both of those are different still from `conhost.exe`, which is the actual console window itself. cmd and powershell are "shells", which both need to run in a console, and conhost.exe is that console (which is the "terminal window" for these applications). More reading: https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/blob/main/doc/Niksa.md...

    Conhost is the window that's had updates all throughout Windows 10. It's responsible for both the console subsystem, and the console UI. The UI though is the part that's largely being replaced by the Terminal. Conhost will never go away, but the Terminal is where all the action is these days.

    (It's also shipping with Windows 11 by default)

    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-04
    Maybe, yeah. I don't have everything ready at hand but maybe take a look at:

    https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/releases/tag/v1.11.242... (Latest release, check the PRs linked under performance)

    https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/issues/10461 (Issue discussing rendering from a glyph atlas)

    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-04
    Possibly the thread has been edited, but I see the original poster claiming that, just after saying that terminals and it seems a popular view around here, but I don't actually see the evidence that it actually happened in the thread itself.


    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-04
    Screen reader support[0] may have a noticeable performance cost.

    [0] https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/issues/10528#issuecomm...

    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-04
    Some people prefer to communicate with less words? This is an issue that crops up often with different cultures working on a single issue.

    As for difficult, the context is very much set from it being a Github Issue on their own repo, meaning there is a certain assumption of skill.

    You're cutting Microsoft a lot of slack here, and it feels like you're forgetting that out of this whole transaction MS end up with free labour and bug-fixes? They choose for the setting to be very public, and they choose to let their employee's directly reply to customers with quotes like[1]: ["I will take your terse response as accepting the summary.", "somewhat combatively", "peppering your comments with clauses like", "impugning the reader."]. All of which are corporate-passive-aggression and (in my mind) are vastly more antagonistic than Casey ever was?

    1. https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/issues/10362


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