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Roy Fielding’s REST dissertation – Ole Begemann
I recently read Roy Fielding’s 2000 PhD thesis, Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures, in which he introduced and described REST. Here’s what I learned.
rest  http  history  HATEOAS  api 
november 2018 by cdzombak
Unbuilt Ann Arbor | DOWN
Over the years a number of projects have been proposed downtown that, for one reason or another, never came to fruition. The clear lens of hindsight shows us that ultimately some of these projects were probably doomed from the start and the city is probably better off without them. Some might have been wonderful additions to the built environment. In most cases we’ll never know. Below is my top 10 list of unbuilt projects in downtown Ann Arbor.
annarbor  architecture  urban_development  history 
march 2018 by cdzombak
SheepShaver [E-Maculation wiki]
SheepShaver is an open source PowerPC Apple Macintosh emulator. Using SheepShaver (along with the appropriate ROM image) it is possible to emulate a PowerPC Macintosh computer capable of running Mac OS 7.5.2 through 9.0.4. Builds of SheepShaver are available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

SheepShaver is considered a good replacement for the Classic Environment which is not available in the most recent versions of Mac OS X.
apple  macos  macintosh  emulator  history  powerpc 
march 2018 by cdzombak
HyperCard Zine
HyperCard Zine

A new collection of HyperCard stacks curated by jae kaplan.

Now accepting submissions!

2018 is the year of HyperCard.

The last version of HyperCard, 2.4.1, was released 20 years ago in 1998. In that time, it's maintained small communities of hobbyists maintaining their stacks and creating new art on old computers. HyperCard has been used by LGBT and other marginalized people to make interactive art representing their experiences.

On the 20th anniversary of HyperCard's discontinuation, I want to pay tribute to the programming tool that started it all.
hypercard  zine  history 
march 2018 by cdzombak
World War Three, by Mistake - The New Yorker
Brzezinski decided not to wake up his wife, preferring that she die in her sleep. As he prepared to call Carter and recommend an American counterattack, the phone rang for a third time. Odom apologized—it was a false alarm. An investigation later found that a defective computer chip in a communications device at norad headquarters had generated the erroneous warning. The chip cost forty-six cents.

A similar false alarm had occurred the previous year, when someone mistakenly inserted a training tape, featuring a highly realistic simulation of an all-out Soviet attack, into one of norad’s computers. During the Cold War, false alarms were also triggered by the moon rising over Norway, the launch of a weather rocket from Norway, a solar storm, sunlight reflecting off high-altitude clouds, and a faulty A.T. & T. telephone switch in Black Forest, Colorado.

I can't recommend highly enough reading Eric Schlosser's book, Command and Control.
history  nuclear_weapons  cold_war 
december 2016 by cdzombak
The Backstory: Water, water everywhere
Ann Arbor founders Elisha Rumsey and John Allen settled near two bodies of water, the Huron River and what was later named Allen's Creek. This surely was not an accident. They needed water for drinking, bathing, cooking, and a trade route. As was always the case, where there was water there was life - or in this case, a brand new town.
annarbor  water  history 
march 2016 by cdzombak
Michigan Today » You can ring my (Pretzel) Bell
A treasured hangout is coming back to downtown Ann Arbor after an absence of 30 years — the Pretzel Bell.

In early January a band of investors announced plans to open a new restaurant under the old name at the northwest corner of Main and Liberty, just a short block from the original, in the property long occupied by the Parthenon restaurant, more recently by a short-lived Latin-American place called Lena & Habana.

How much will it be like the old Bell? The proprietors — a group comprising Michigan alumni and restaurateurs — aren’t saying yet. In any case, they’ll be working with or against a powerful current of nostalgia.

Like any city, Ann Arbor has had its share of favorite haunts that rose and fell with the times —Hangsterfer’s, Joe Parker’s, the Orient, the Wolverine Den, Drake’s, the Village Bell, Bicycle Jim’s. But the joint with the longest legend was the Pretzel Bell.
annarbor  history  umich 
january 2016 by cdzombak
We Are Sorry to Inform You (shortsighted peer reviews of papers from smart people who came up with foundational concepts)
Once upon a time there was a little-known patent clerk in Bern who received a disappointing annual performance review in '05
Structured programming is a nice academic exercise, which works well for small examples, but I doubt that any real-world program will ever be written in such a style.
It seems that the "improvement" proposed by Turing is not an improvement over current technology at all, and I strongly suspect the machine is too simple to be of any use.
IBM has decided to stay out of the electronic computing business, and this journal should probably do the same!
The method assumes that the function of a program can be specified as the final value of certain variables.
According to the (very short) introduction, this paper purports to present a practical implementation of Diffie and Hellman's public-key cryptosystem for applications in the electronic mail realm. If this is indeed the premise, the paper should be rejected both for a failure to live up to it and for its irrelevance.
I doubt that a system such as this one will ever be practical. The paper does a poor job of convincing the reader that practicality is attainable. For one thing, there is the issue of the number n used to factor the message.
The scheme's security relies on the factorization of n in prime factors taking so long as to be impractical.

Found via the Gary Bernhardt presentation, Capability vs Suitability:

BUT, claims this is fictitious. It is unclear from the original article (PDF ) whether this is true.
cs  history  academia  quote  structured_programming  humor  functionalprogramming  rsa  via:andrewsardone 
january 2016 by cdzombak

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