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, May 1st, 2017
Monday, January 30th, 2017
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
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
A wonderful presentation by time-traveller Bret Viktor.
Friday, January 11th, 2013
A look at the depiction of computer hardware and peripherals in sci-fi movies over time.
Saturday, January 7th, 2012
Wallow in nerd nostalgia and experience the Proustian rush of rebooting old operating systems.
Friday, August 6th, 2010
This looks like an excellent event: learn about programming without being a programmer.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
The bottom-up appeal of netbooks in all their cheap, crappy glory.
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
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
Judging from the research information collected on Delicious, Flickr and Last.fm, this book proposalâ€”tying together informatics, music and gamesâ€”could blossom into a great read.
Sunday, June 1st, 2008
Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine.