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Monday, May 1st, 2017

The Orrery at The Interval: An Invitation to Long-Term Thinking — Blog of the Long Now

The Long Now Foundation has been posting some great stuff on their blog lately. The latest is a look at orreries, clocks, and computers throughout history …and into the future.

Monday, January 30th, 2017

What Is the Oldest Computer Program Still in Use?

A fascinating bit of technological archeology tracing some of the oldest still-running software, from a COBOL program at the Pentagon to the firmware on the Voyager probes.

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Seeing Like a Network — The Message — Medium

How computers work:

One day, a man name Alan Turing found a magic lamp, and rubbed it. Out popped a genie, and Turing wished for infinite wishes. Then we killed him for being gay, but we still have the wishes.

Then we networked computers together:

The network is ultimately not doing a favor for those in power, even if they think they’ve mastered it for now. It increases their power a bit, it increases the power of individuals immeasurably. We just have to learn to live in the age of networks.

We are all nodes in many networks. This is a beautiful description of how one of those networks operates.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The Future of Programming

A wonderful presentation by time-traveller Bret Viktor.

Friday, January 11th, 2013

The changing face of computers on screen

A look at the depiction of computer hardware and peripherals in sci-fi movies over time.

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

The Restart Page - Free unlimited rebooting experience from vintage operating systems

Wallow in nerd nostalgia and experience the Proustian rush of rebooting old operating systems.

Friday, August 6th, 2010

CS404

This looks like an excellent event: learn about programming without being a programmer.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

A Democracy of Netbooks

The bottom-up appeal of netbooks in all their cheap, crappy glory.

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

The entire text of this seminal work is online in HTML, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Ethan Hein | Player1Ready

Judging from the research information collected on Delicious, Flickr and Last.fm, this book proposal—tying together informatics, music and games—could blossom into a great read.

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

The Long Now Foundation - Essays

Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine.