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CGI? They Just Do It With Computers, Don't They?
"Software is a spidery, ambiguous apparatus that reaches through society and culture at all levels to shape our behaviours, practices and beliefs. CGI itself is complex, expensive, time-consuming and difficult to master. The impenetrable CG image masks a complex reality of representational bias, human-computer collaboration, software politics, soft power tax incentives, 24/7 render farms, international trade deals, mineral extraction, gender imbalances, bankruptcy and wage fixing. It’s far more than nerds clicking buttons, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry whose influence continues to proliferate." This is fantastic stuff from Alan Warburton.
cg  graphics  computers  imagery  ethics  cgwtf  alanwarburton 
june 2016 by infovore
The remembrance of things parsed •
Rather sweet article about the Usborne programming books from Ed. Equal parts nostalgia, bewilderment, and magic.
usborne  programming  basic  youth  nostalgia  computers 
february 2016 by infovore
Citation Needed – blarg?
...and now you know why array indices start at zero. Blimey.
history  computerprogramming  computers  arrays  justbecause 
october 2013 by infovore
The story of Yugoslavia's DIY computer revolution • Articles •
"Modli warned his listeners to be ready with their cassette recorders, then waited to see the response after he played the screeching and wailing tape into the ether. Soon he began receiving excited calls from his audience, who said they'd been able to load the program - a routine called 'Paginator' - onto their computers. But not everyone was impressed, notably the station heads. "They thought it was a scandalous event!" says Modli. "I had a big problem explaining to them that it was a revolution in radio and they should be proud."" Lovely piece of reporting, with some great tidbits, about Yugoslavia's own little z80 kit-computer from the early 80s.
computing  yugoslavia  z80  computers  technology  kits  diy 
july 2013 by infovore
Under the Stairs (with vintage Apple hardware porn)
"The moment that stopped me in my tracks was when I checked to see if there was anything in the external disk drive." I really want to find out what's on it. Lovely, simple storytelling from Aanand.
aanandprasad  programming  history  computers  data  stories 
september 2012 by infovore
computer time ( 4 Feb., 2011, at Interconnected)
"...your equivalent to a computer looking up data from a chip is remembering a fact from your own brain. Your equivalent to a computer looking up data from a disk is fetching that fact from Pluto. Computers live in a world of commonplace interactions not the size of a house, like us, but the Solar System. On their own terms, they are long, long lived, and vast."
computers  perception  scale  memory  time 
february 2011 by infovore
History Lesson: How Dad Used To Save Files | Cult of Mac
"Yes kids, back in the Dark Ages, before the Coming of the Internet, your mums and dads used to use computers like this. Before your cloud-based storage and your Dropbox accounts and your Evernote applications and your mythical GDrive – before all of that, we used floppy disks." A lovely little video. I remember this well from the Mac Pluses at school, and even at seven or eight, it drove me nuts.
history  mac  video  computers  disks  floppydisks 
september 2009 by infovore
Lookspring » This is why.
"I’ve mentioned before that I get the ’so how come you like games’ question pretty regularly, and don’t have a particularly cogent answer, beyond ‘because they’re awesome’ and some stuff about the funny quizzes my brother used to write for me in Basic. But one key component was an amazing pop-up book about computers that made it perfectly clear that they were the most exotic, powerful and fascinating things ever made and that, if at all possible, I’d quite like to grow up inside one." Turns out Margaret owned *that* pop-up book.
computers  games  popup  reasonswhy 
may 2009 by infovore
"...with that sad note from Sarinee Achavanuntakul, one of the most enduring (if illegal) tributes to gaming history came to an end." Home of the Underdogs is no more; just gone, like that. It wasn't that it had the best games or the worst games, or that they were illegal, or free; it was history, and childhood, and the smell of cardboard and boot disks, all wrapped up in one giant cathedral to Good Old Games. Most things I played on my old DOS machine were there. A shame; I hope they're elsewhere. This is why we need proper game archives.
games  history  computers  archive  nostalgia  abandonware  old 
february 2009 by infovore
Dubious Quality: Fire
"'Why do you build your own computers?' Gloria asked earlier this week. 'Why don't you buy just buy one that's already built?' ... It's because computers are fire... If I was a caveman (I'd be dead, because I can't see clearly two feet in front of myself without glasses, but that's not the point), I wouldn't go to the guy who discovered fire and ask if I get a light off his torch. I might let him explain the process--documentation, as it were--but then I'd go off, hold the torch backwards, cut myself with the flint, and generally do it wrong."
technology  analogy  progress  computers  billharris  fire 
december 2008 by infovore
Fraser Speirs – Two Macs: Fail.
"An experiment I’ve been running for more than two years now is over: running two Macs is more hassle than it’s worth. I write not to praise synchronisation technology, but to bury it." Roughly what I'd always guessed, but Fraser is careful and detailed, and makes some sensible points. I just hope Aperture doesn't chug as much on the new MBPs as it did on the old ones, for his sake.
sync  syncrhonization  mac  hardware  computers  computing  fraserspeirs 
october 2008 by infovore

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