Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

A TypeScript Tour of the Internet

Date and Time

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm


Online at Jitsi
Brian DeLacey - CryptographicHistory gmail com
Bob Frankston


Nostr - A decentralized social network with a chance of working


A pre-Thanksgiving Typescript tour of the internet with Linux, Go, Open Source, artificial intelligence, crypto and Tailwind CSS as your travel companions.

The meeting will show / share working code. People will be able to type-along and contribute to the meeting in real-time using NOSTR - "A simple, open protocol that enables a truly censorship-resistant and global social network.

Agenda / Draft for November 15

Programming in the 21st Century

  • TypeScript (approx 30 minutes)
  • Open Source
  • Artificial Intelligence (friend or foe?)
  • Messaging in a censorship-resistant way
  • Type along with BLU at theURL to be provided

Putting it all together

  • web sockets, various databases, various libraries
  • Client (TypeScript)
  • Layout / Styling (Tailwind CSS / Lightning CSS - Rust-based)
  • Relay Messaging Server (Khatru, Golang)
  • Access via a web-browse (nJump, Golang)
  • Debugging (NAK, Golang/Scala)
  • File Server Access (and issues)


To help us set the meeting flow, please fill out a short survey prior to the meeting at []


Bob Frankston is probably best known as co-creator of the original spreadsheet application, VisiCalc. His detailed bio is at []


  1. Bob Frankston's writings
  2. ChatGPT and advice on how to use it for programming
  3. Site Insites (Bob Frankston)
  4. The JavaScript Ecosystem (Bob Frankson)
  5. Programming in the 21st Century? (TypeScript/JavaScript)
  6. "Devices as Webhosts" and NOSTR Relays as the future of IoT?

BLU is a member of BostonUserGroups
BLU is a member of BostonUserGroups
We also thank MIT for the use of their facilities.

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