Monthly Archives: July 2007

Seven wonders they missed

A Floppy disk still readable from 1987. A laptop multi-booted into three hundred and twenty different operating systems, only five of which are pirated. The spreadsheet written in Atari BASIC that is still running a 100 employee business. An 8008 … Continue reading

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JMF again

Ah, Making Light has another installment of John M. Ford’s “occasional works.”  He’s funny, poetic (in a good way, often hilarious), and worth reading just for his references to other stuff.  Link.  Ford’s book Web of Angels is one of … Continue reading

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A couple of great books

Emma Bull is back from a hiatus of nearly a decade (I guess I don’t count Freedom and Necessity – it was co-written with Steven Brust and I didn’t like it much) with a wonderfully realized western/magic/fantasy that brings the Earpe … Continue reading

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Neat stuff

Just some links: A Google video on Erlang.  Link.  The paper in HOPL III on the history of the development of Erlang is quite good.  I’m looking forward to the proceedings from the Erlang conference later this year (link). Also, … Continue reading

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Snippets of Beautiful Code

Leaving out the obviously pedagogical works; this is for fun.  How much can you learn from a few lines of code? I read Kernighan and Plauger’s book Software Tools nearly 30 years ago; it was a wonderful introduction to clear, … Continue reading

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Youtube scaling

An interesting summary of scaling YouTube.  Link.  (via Reddit)  

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No more fruit

According to this Reg article (link), our favorite produce stand in California has closed.  (The photo of the store differers from what I remember, but according to the map it’s in the right spot). The stand had absolutely wonderful produce … Continue reading

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A heartfelt blog

Here’s a heartfelt blog about the savaging of New Orleans and its environs, various things political, and just plain ranting.  Link.  The signature post is here [Warning: Use of Profanity, Use of Hard Truths]. We’re pretty much in agreement about Texans, except … Continue reading

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Lisp Machine Font

Font from the MIT LISP Machine.  Link.  

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Is it just me, or…?

Is it just me, or Is the ultimate application of whizzy distributed, transactional and provably correct communications technology (that your startup has been sweating blood over for 18 months / that your doctoral thesis is all about / that you … Continue reading

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