Tag: computing

Oct 24 2013

Laser-mediated broadband from lunar orbit

[NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer has]…a series of lasers on the outer hull designed to shoot back data to three base stations here on Earth much faster than traditional radio data links – and the agency reports the first tests have been a roaring success    So this is probably faster than my broadband …

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Jun 22 2013

ZFS: some day my prince will come…

Lost Many of us believe that filesystem integrity is the single most important component of computer systems. Disk drives fail, computer systems are upgraded, networks improve and and morph from wired to wireless – but the data files that represent the accumulated work and knowledge of users remain. It’s bad enough that, as applications become …

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Jun 18 2013

1990 WWDC swag

Found this buried in a storage cabinet. Blast from the past. When WWDC was in San José, and Mac programmers were Real Men, not wimpy iOS code monkeys. Does anyone remember HyperCard? MacApp? MPW?      

Jun 13 2013

Remember the old Mac Pro?

Well, just in case you’ve forgotten how cool it was then, here‘s the intro commercial for the G5.

Feb 16 2013

Steve + Steve + blue box = …

This is beyond funny. The phone phreak subculture of the 1970s ended up changing the entire world, much like the model railroad club at MIT did. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s “eureka!” moment @ Salon.com

Oct 13 2012

Fun with webfonts.

At last, real typography for the web… kern.js | fun with webfonts

Apr 06 2012

Scientists create quantum computer in a diamond

“The team at USC was able to prove that they had indeed built a solid-state quantum computer by supplying it with a simple data set, and applying Grover’s algorithm, which is a mathematical proof demonstrating the potential power of quantum computers…. …This diamond-encrusted computer was able to find the correct choice on the first try …

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Mar 18 2012

List of “hello world” programs in 200 programming languages

“Hello world” is the basic test program to teach the elemental syntax of a programming language. It’s like learning to say “hello, my name is …” in a foreign language.  

Mar 07 2012

Siri’s big brother from Google

There are stories popping-up about Google doing its own Siri-like app. But I expect Google to go significantly beyond Siri capability and I base that belief on the fact that Google has been working in this area since at least 2008, when they hired one of the scientists who did the basic research behind this category-shaping product.

Jan 01 2012

Mathematica and ringtones

WolframTones works by taking simple programs from Wolfram’s computational universe, and using music theory andMathematica algorithms to render them as music. Each program in effect defines a virtual world, …

Jan 01 2012

Multi-touch interaction research

Research in touch and gesture-based computing, released just before the iPhone and iPad rocked the world.

Jan 01 2012

Wayback Machine

If you don’t know about this, it’s rather cool. Apparently, Google’s archive of web pages is based on a technology called Alexa. One of its features is the ability to look at previous versions of the same page, known as the "wayback machine&quo…

Jun 04 2010

Apple’s HTML5 demo page

Flash? We don’t need no stinkin’ Flash. – Steve Jobs (more or less)

Apr 29 2009

Google’s tracking of search queries on flu in Mexico

Using Google search activity in Mexico to help track human swine flu levels.

Apr 27 2009

The world’s most super-designed data center

We can dream, can’t we?

Apr 19 2009

Apple’s new weapon

iPods on the battlefield. Making sense of the reams of data from satellites, drones and ground sensors cries out for a handheld device that is both versatile and easy to use. With their intuitive interfaces, Apple devices—the iPod Touch and, to a lesser extent, the iPhone—are becoming the handhelds of choice.  

Sep 13 2008

Could there be more to Google, Android, Chrome, & Gears than meets the eye?

By offering mobile developers an alternative way for making their mobile applications run on handsets, even when no wireless connection exists, Google is paving the way for developers to build browser-based applications that can run on any mobile platform, as opposed to having to build separate versions of their applications in order to support those …

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Sep 08 2008

Apple looks to take multi-touch beyond the touch-screen

Apple’s got more up its sleeve than touch alone. How about “gaze vector fusion”?

Aug 04 2005

How prices have changed

Came across this old receipt, which nearly gave me a stroke to look at. Thought you might like to have a stroke, too…. ;-)