Hi! I'm Amos. I make long articles and videos about how computers work — well, how they sometimes work. My content is long-form, didactic and exploratory, and I often find a way to talk about Rust.

I owe a debt of gratitude to every one of my patrons, without whom none of this content would exist. Y'all are the best. Let's keep learning stuff together.

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A descent into madness.

You wouldn't remux a movie. Or would you?

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Recent articles

July 2022

Proc macro support in rust-analyzer for nightly rustc versions

I don't mean to complain. Doing software engineering for a living is a situation of extreme privilege. But there's something to be said about how alienating it can be at times.

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When rustc explodes

One could say I have a bit of an obsession with build times.

I believe having a "tight feedback loop" is extremely valuable: when I work on a large codebase, I want to be able to make small incremental changes and check very often that things are going as expected.

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June 2022

Remote development with Rust on fly.io
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I benefit from the fly.io "Employee Free Tier". I don't pay for side projects hosted there "within reasonable limits". The project discussed here qualifies for that.

Why you might want a remote dev environment

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Latest series

December 2021

Don't shell out!

In this series, I change a critical component of this website's asset pipeline from "just calling a bunch of external tools" to statically linking with everything I need to process assets. It involves autoconf, CMake, Meson, CI, pkg-config, and some code crimes.

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February 2021

Making our own executable packer

In this series, we'll attempt to understand how Linux executables are organized, how they are executed, and how to make a program that takes an executable fresh off the linker and compresses it - just because we can.

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