Tag Archive: programming

Dec 05 2016

Command Prompting

The soul of your computer lies under it’s flesh. Nay, not the bones beneath the windows and icons–for those are just the scaffolding of the Graphical User Interface. Nor is it the circulatory system of wires and drives pumping data about. Nor even the CPU and memory making up the brain and nervous system. I’m …

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Sep 15 2013

Taking back the Internet by going back to basics

Bruce Schnier, all around security guru and hero of the revolution, says we should ‘Take back the Internet‘. If you haven’t read that link, follow it and read it now. Go ahead, I’ll wait… Now, let’s laser-in on one of Bruce’s points: Dismantling the surveillance state won’t be easy. Has any country that engaged in …

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Mar 17 2013

Object Oriented Programming is actually simple

Go to the Wikipedia page for Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and you might be forgiven for thinking it is a complex subject. Read any of the criticisms of OOP and you might think it engenders both overly complex designs and overly simplistic designs. Paul Graham not only has it both ways, he once famously described OOP as …

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Mar 16 2013

RSS is dead. Long live RSS!

It’s rather obvious isn’t it? For the social media companies any open and well supported standard way of sharing information streams between individuals is rather antithetical to a business built around a walled garden. RSS was such a standard and thus they avoided using it in preference to their own, controlled, streams. Two years ago …

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May 09 2007

Heroic Programmer Stories: Pathfinder

Although generally successful, the Mars Pathfinder rover experienced several glitches, which could have ended the mission prematurely. These glitches caused system resets, resulting in data loss. Each time there was concern that the software would not reboot properly and the rover would be reduced to so much metal and plastic stranded on the Martian surface. …

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Jul 09 2006

Not to mention how it feels when you push a button and it works

Peter Harkins has some reasons why programming is like sex.

Jun 20 2006


Hey, wanna make a simulated brain?

Feb 03 2006

India is beginning to get expensive

I predicted this back in 1995! Once the source of cheap IT labor, India is now getting too expensive. So companies like SAP are moving on: Asia was one of the major growth markets for SAP, the paper observes. The persistent boom of the Indian IT industry had, however, led to Indian specialists in the …

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Feb 01 2006

Another stupid Javascript hack

BASIC in your browser. This is way dumber than a browser-based OS. 10 PRINT “THIS IS STUPID” 20 GOTO 10 RUN

Jan 25 2006

Web server on a cell phone

This guy has the Apache web server running on a Nokia cell phone. Hey, that’s my idea!

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