01.18.21

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Adding Images as Characters to the Daily Bulletins of Techrights

Posted in Site News at 9:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Our daily bulletins now have inside them coarse graphics, depicted using characters alone, and the tool used to generate them announced a new release earlier today; we showcase some of its features (in a new video)

SLOWLY but surely, behind the scenes at times, we’ve been enhancing the experience or the layout of the daily bulletins, which are served either over HTTP or over IPFS. This is the general direction we hope to embrace, seeing that the World Wide Web rapidly becomes unbearably bloated, so people rightly demand practical and lightweight alternatives.

“Chafa itself is Free software, unlike GitHub.”Over the weekend we began experimenting with image conversions into text, knowing we can use neither colour nor more than 79 columns (in width). Here’s some of the sorts of stuff we’re able to produce in the terminal:

Video download link

The tool in question is called Chafa; sadly enough it’s hosted and controlled by Microsoft servers (GitHub), but this new announcement was made outside that monopolistic platform which is proprietary software. Chafa itself is Free software, unlike GitHub.

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