Sometimes a gift just falls in your lap. This month, it came in the form of an
e-mail out of the blue from Jared Nielsen, one of two brothers (the other
is J.R. Nielsen) who created The
Hello World Program, "an educational web series making computer science fun and
accessible to all". more>>
I'm writing this in a hotel room entered through two doors. The hall door
is the normal kind: you stick a card in a slot, a light turns green, and the
door unlocks. The inner one is three inches thick, has no lock and serves a
single purpose: protection from an explosion. more>>
A friend who works in one of the big banks recently told me that any
new-fangled approach to identity and payments is going to have a hard time
getting traction while credit cards continue to work as well as they do.
"Using credit cards is too easy, too normal, too entrenched in Business As
Usual", he said. They used to say the same thing about Windows.
Maybe the biggest thing that ever happened to Linux — at least scale-wise — is virtualization. As I recall, virtualization first materialized in a big commercial way with IBM, which started by putting many Linux instances on System z mainframes. more>>
Linux doesn't lie, any more than gravity lies, or geology lies, or atmosphere
lies. Like those other natural things, Linux has no guile, no agenda beyond
supporting the entirety of use-space. In rough words, there's no bullshit about
it, and that's one reason it gets used. Let me explain.
Bob Frankston says connectivity will eventually become
"ambient"—something we just assume, much as we assume electricity, water,
sewage treatment and other infrastructural conveniences. None of those
conveniences are free of cost, of course, and we pay for them one way or
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