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GPS and time

What time is it? and Where am I? – two seemingly simple questions but just look what happens when you start to explore the depths of the questions. Mario Corchero is doing a talk on It’s time for datetime at PyCon coming up in May. “We will also speak about different standards of time, time […]

The persistence of technological creativity explored

What makes Western Culture to nest for the wealth of modern society and the path for getting out of the mire of human misery? Joel Mokyr has some ideas: The persistence of technological creativity and the Great Enrichment: Reflections on the ‘Rise of Europe’ [Editor’s note: This column first appeared as a chapter in the Vox […]

NTP via GPS on an ESP8266 using MicroPython: design issues

It’s been done before, lots of times. Sort of. But maybe not just this way. The collection of parts and pieces provides for a broad curriculum of learning possibilities. Here are some of the issues that have come up so far. SNTP vs NTP. NTP has a long history and it is intended for always […]

Tools and how they corrupt the mind. Programming languages, thinking, and doing

Keep in mind that it is the craftsman and not the tools that solve problems and create solutions and that tools are the product of craftsman, too. Tools not only enable and facilitate, they also communicate. They are one craftsman sharing ideas with another. How you can do something influences how you think about doing […]

Federico Faggin on his early work

A YouTube presentation: Federico Faggin at UC Berkeley 2-19-2014 “Microelectronics & Microprocessors: The Early Years” (1:21) This is one of those guys at the very top of the ‘been there, built it’ pyramid telling his story. He was the right engineer in the right place at the right time and the result was the modern microcomputer […]

Linux reinstalled: samples from 1993 – 2003

How Linux got to be Linux: Test driving 1993-2003 distros — “Enjoy a trip down Linux memory lane as we take early distros for a spin.” Posted 20 Dec 2016 Seth Kenlon. By the early 2000s, it’s clear that Linux has well and truly hit its stride. The desktop is more polished than ever, the […]

History of the 8008 (caution: pictures of a naked cpu!)

“As you can see, the 1970s were a time of large changes in semiconductor chip technology. The 4004 and 8008 were created when the technological capability intersected with the right market.” Ken Shirriff shows how he got Die photos and analysis of the revolutionary 8008 microprocessor, 45 years old. This chip, Intel’s first 8-bit microprocessor, […]

Vox on the lost: by then it is too late.

Chronic unemployment and a life that degrades from something to nothing is a tragedy that is individual and social. It can be top down, as is being shown right now in Venezuela or it can be bottom up as seen in a series of personal essays in Vox Trending Topics. In thinking about these experiences, […]

Cultures for idea development

Ever wonder why English has such a rich written tradition? Why Tolstoy was Russian? The expression of ideas depends upon culture and software is no different. This is what Adam Michael Wood is arguing in choosing between Python and Django vs. Ruby and Rails. tl;dr – Python … I have a particular app I’m trying […]

Birth of BASIC – early systems development for the sake of computing

On YouTube is the story of an early project in computing, the Birth of BASIC. The timeframe is 1960 +/- a few years. The story isn’t just the development of BASIC but also that of interactive computing on a time sharing operating system. The 38 minute video also shows the struggles in funding and in […]