Presenting the newest part of the overflow.space/Operating Space publishing infrastructure: a forum! Keep an eye on it for new content from me. It'll integrate with the blog in yet-to-be-determined ways. You could also join... it's in beta.
The major cause of the software crisis is that the machines have become several orders of magnitude more powerful! To put it quite bluntly: as long as there were no machines, programming was no problem at all; when we had a few weak computers, programming became a mild problem, and now we have gigantic computers, … Continue reading Software crisis
Project Cybersyn was a Chilean project from 1971–1973 during the presidency of Salvador Allende aimed at constructing a distributed decision support system to aid in the management of the national economy. The project consisted of four modules: an economic simulator, custom software to check factory performance, an operations room, and a national network of telex … Continue reading Computers and socialism
Note: I wanted to get this article finished and published before the protests, and before the vote. Oh well. Last Saturday across Europe there were demonstrations and protests against proposed new EU copyright legislation. The concerning legislation concerns 'online content-sharing service providers', which means sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and regular web hosting companies. Right … Continue reading Draft: Article 13
Computers, to be useful for any particular task, need software. The practice of creating that software, developing it, programming it, happens to be considered as a specialised one. That wasn’t always the case.
Ideas about non-linear ways of representing information [...] precede the invention of the computer. But it was computer technology that enabled a blossoming of competing hypertext projects, various network protocols and commercial software products.
Long ago, as the design of the Unix file system was being worked out, the entries . and .. appeared, to make navigation easier. I'm not sure but I believe .. went in during the Version 2 rewrite, when the file system became hierarchical (it had a very different structure early on).Rob Pike -- https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RobPikeTheHuman/posts/R58WgWwN9jp … Continue reading Non-hierarchical file system
This essay is about how the internet has accelerated aspects of software development. The net is a means for much faster, more widespread propagation of software and software updates than previously available. Before the net, when software was mainly distributed via physical media, updates could only be delivered via similar means: magnetic discs, CD-ROMs, printed … Continue reading Software updates – part I
I don't have a great reason for not having a Facebook account, for deleting mine, as I did, a couple of months ago. But I'm okay with that. I'm not particularly interested in convincing other people to follow my lead, at least not right now. But I do think Facebook is rather bad. Here's some … Continue reading After Facebook
How will the distributed network revolution impact online dating? Services like OKCupid, Tinder and Match.com operate on centralised, client-server models. Daters sign up to a service and give it some personal information: photos, biography text, age, sex, location, and preferences. The service stores the info, and gives the user an interface for checking out profiles … Continue reading Love in the age of decentralised personal computing