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motion and rest · Nick Sweeney
"The mobile internet is the internet of motion, defined by mapping and directions, activity tracking, travel schedules, GoPro, Passbook and Uber. We have been given GPS receivers and three-axis accelerometers and proximity sensors for our pockets and purses, and the things we build for them urge us to keep moving. They are optimised to tell us that we’re not where we want to be: miles from our destination, steps from our daily goal, seconds from our personal best, an immeasurable distance from our rose-gold aspirations.

What, then, does the internet of rest look like?" Double thumbs-up for Nick Sweeney
nicksweeney  writing  iot  mobile  computing  quietcomputing  calm  holgate 
march 2015 by infovore
Metacademy - Level-Up Your Machine Learning
Some useful reference points in here - bookmarking for when I actually have time to reutrn to it.
books  machinelearning  computing 
august 2014 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
Magic: the Gathering is Turing Complete
"We always knew Magic: the Gathering was a complex game. But now it's proven: you could assemble a computer out of Magic cards." Oh lordy. Via Aanand, this proof that you can make a Turing Machine out of Magic The Gathering.
mtg  turingmachine  computerscience  computing  computation  wat 
september 2012 by infovore
An Essay on the New Aesthetic | Beyond The Beyond |
"Modern creatives who want to work in good faith will have to fully disengage from the older generation’s mythos of phantoms, and masterfully grasp the genuine nature of their own creative tools and platforms. Otherwise, they will lack comprehension and command of what they are doing and creating, and they will remain reduced to the freak-show position of most twentieth century tech art. That’s what is at stake." Loads of good stuff in this Sterling essay, but this is the leaper-out for me: the reminder - as I fervently behave - about truly understanding the things you work in. And in this case: the reminder that all the old metaphors of computation are rarely true. Computers are not intelligent; they do not see or hear. But nor are they stupid, blind, or deaf. They are just other.
newaesthetic  brucesterling  metaphor  computing  technology 
april 2012 by infovore
FtpMustDie - Greg's Wiki
"But this would be a sad and pitiful rant indeed if I focused solely on the age of the protocol... No, my reasons for disparaging FTP are more substantive." A good reference to point at the next time I lose my rag at having to use insecure FTP.
ftp  security  protocols  computing  obsolescence 
january 2012 by infovore
The Making of Knowledge Navigator
"A short while into the process of making these videos, Alan Kay said, “The main question here is not is this technology probable but is this the way we want to use technology?” One effect of the video was engendering a discussion (both inside Apple and outside) about what computers should be like." On video not needing to be realistic to be useful.
probable  possible  apple  computing  marketing  concept 
november 2011 by infovore
Fraser Speirs - Blog - How the iPad Wants to be Used
"The iPad is an intensely personal device. In its design intent it is, truly, much more like a "big iPhone" than a "small laptop". The iPad isn't something you pass around. It's not really designed to be a "resource" that many people take advantage of. It's designed to be owned, configured to your taste, invested in and curated." On the assumptions built into devices, and what understanding them requires.
ipad  assumptions  computing  use  fraserspeirs 
january 2011 by infovore
unix-jun72 - Project Hosting on Google Code
"The unix-jun72 project has scanned in a printout of 1st Edition UNIX from June 1972, and restored it to an incomplete but running system. Userland binaries and a C compiler have been recovered from other surviving DECtapes." Blimey, etcetera.
unix  history  computing 
may 2010 by infovore
A Turing Machine Overview
Just beautiful: an implementation of a Turing Machine, as described by Turing; not only is it ingenious - reading characters written on tape with pen via OCR - but it's also a beautiful piece of hardware; it feels as elegant as the point it is illustrating.
turingmachine  computing  computer  computerscience  hardware  mechanics  machine  beautiful 
march 2010 by infovore
Mule Design Studio's Blog: The Failure of Empathy
"As an industry, we need to understand that not wanting root access doesn’t make you stupid. It simply means you do not want root access. Failing to comprehend this is not only a failure of empathy, but a failure of service."
culture  service  design  ipad  products  computing  generalpurpose 
february 2010 by infovore
From Nand to Tetris in 12 steps
"Building a working computer from Nand gates alone is a thrilling intellectual exercise. It demonstrates the supreme power of recursive ascent, and teaches the students that building computer systems is -- more than anything else -- a triumph of human reasoning." Ooh, that could be good, when I have an hour spare. (Another Google TechTalk).
google  techtalk  programming  computing  games  logic  recursion  hardware 
january 2010 by infovore
Imagining Ruricomp « Neuromantics
"What data can we wring out of the rural environment that might prove of use to it’s residents and visitors? What embedded processes should have APIs opened up to the wider community?" Lovely lovely lovely design of little bits of Ruricomp and what they might look like from the lovely lovely Paul Pod (who was in the studio a week or two ago, and a joy to work with and around). The twitterbots are especially good.
ruricomp  ubicomp  rural  countryside  country  computing  ambient  awareness  messaging 
october 2009 by infovore
Atari 800XL/XE - a set on Flickr
"Archiving my very 1st teenage steps with the Atari 800XL in the form of a folder full of code, sketches & references" Toxi's been archiving his early coding notes and experiments and, you know, it's making me feel a little inadequate. Some beautiful hand-drawn pixel typefaces and graphics here
computing  programming  6502  atari  800xl  development  toxi  pixelart 
may 2009 by infovore
Teaching Kids Programming - O'Reilly Radar
"I think there's a lesson here: doing something in hardware isn't automatically cool, particularly for kids. It's harder to make things happen, so we veteran geeks get a thrill from it. We think that because it's physical, real, and a Robot, kids will automatically be excited. But for kids who are learning, and who don't appreciate the significance of the challenge, it's just hard and unrewarding."
programming  computing  education  teaching  children  physicalcomputing  hardware  electronics 
march 2009 by infovore
The Nun and the Archimedes - Reprocessed
"After she left, the school began to switch away from Acorn computers to Windows PCs, and computing at school became less and less about actually wrangling the machines for their own sake: programming went away, to be replaced by word processing and the other kinds of useful activities which I'm sure helped a lot of pupils gain the kind of computer literacy they needed for the real world, but it wasn't the kind of computer literacy I needed. I needed the more abstract, joyful, engagement with computers that Sister Celsus provided, and which could only have been provided at the end of the 80s." A lovely post for Ada Lovelace Day from Matt.
design  education  learning  computing  bbc  dtp  mattpatterson  adalovelaceday  archimedes 
march 2009 by infovore
Orange Cone: ETech 2009: The Dotted-Line World
Lots of great stuff in this talk from Mike Kuniavsiky from this year's ETech. I like this explanation of (the confusingly-titled) "avatar", and some of his points on service design are excellent. Lots of meat in here; make sure you get the PDF.
design  ubicomp  product  computing  service  mikekuniavsky  etech09 
march 2009 by infovore
How the Computer gets the answer
"It is a commonplace that if it weren’t for computers we couldn’t fly to the moon, or even keep an accurate record of the national debt. On the question of how it does what it does, however, the computer has always remained essentially mysterious—unfathomable to all but a small handful of initiates. An officer of one major computer concern guessed recently that not more than 2% of his employees really know how it works." 2% seems awfully high these days. Detailed, technical article from Life in 1967.
technology  engineering  journalism  life  computing  magazine  computer  logic 
january 2009 by infovore
BBC NEWS | Technology | The end of an era - Windows 3.x
Microsoft no longer offer Windows 3.x licenses (and obviously haven't offered support for the product for a while). Program Manager, File Manager, come in; your time is up.
microsoft  computing  windows 
november 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
Near Future Laboratory » Blog Archive » *-computing
"There's a weird conceit in here, that the activities and practices of normal human beings will involve data processing and algorithms of some sort, which is an awfully big assumption. So big, in fact, that it has distilled down to a way of seeing the world as consisting of bits of data that can be processed into information that then will naturally yield some value to people... Design for people, practices and interaction rituals before the assumptions about computation, data structures and algorithms get bolted onto normal human interaction rituals."
computing  data  ubicomp  julianbleecker  social  software  socialsoftware  design 
september 2008 by infovore
GameSetWatch - AGDC: Sterling Keynote: A Creative Call To Arms
"...then, after destroying his nano-network, as an admonition to the audience, extended [Arthur C Clarke's metaphor]: 'Any truly advanced technology is indistinguishable from garbage.'" Excellent summary of what sounds like a wonderful GDC Austin keynote from Bruce Sterling.
brucesterling  gdc  gdcaustin  games  ubicomp  pervasive  computing  play  futurism  entertainment 
september 2008 by infovore
thisplacement » Adventures in Urban Computing
"This is a write-up of my diploma project in interaction design from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. The project is entitled ‘Adventures in Urban Computing’ and this weblog post contains a brief project description and a pdf of the diploma report." Well worth a read, and beautifully presented. I need to chew over this more.
ubicomp  urban  computing  behaviour  change  interactiondesign  design  project 
august 2008 by infovore
IBM Slides
"It's 1975 And This Man Is About To Show You The Future. (Scenes From An IBM Slide Presentation)" Such typefaces; such hair.
advertising  art  brand  computing  business  corporate  presentation  slideshow  ibm 
july 2008 by infovore
Process Perfection
"The bottom line is, there are laws on the books in the EU that stand in direct conflict with the needs of Google's architecture, and no amount of hand waving will make that fact go away." Smart artcile about the legal issues of cloud computing.
architecture  google  privacy  law  cloudcomputing  distributed  computing  hosting 
july 2008 by infovore
"Funnel is a toolkit to sketch your idea physically, and consists of software libraries and hardware. By using Funnel, the user can handle sensors and/or actuators with various programming languages such as ActionScript 3, Processing, and Ruby."
sketching  ruby  actionscript  processing  hardware  physical  computing  design  arduino 
april 2008 by infovore
"Mommy, why is there a Server in the House?" A lovely book to explain the "stay-at-home server" to kids, snapped by the gang at Gizmodo. Well, it made me laugh
humour  computing  server  illustration  children  bookmarking 
january 2008 by infovore
Big O (
"...the discipline is entirely about cheapness. The glory goes to parsimony, to the algorithms that invest the fewest CPU cycles for the greatest return... What scientists saved programmers squander." Paul Ford is a man after my own heart.
programming  software  development  computerscience  computing 
january 2008 by infovore
Comments on 13606 | MetaTalk
"The issue is, shall we now together proceed to create a universe of unbelievable facility and magnitude from the universe skeleton that lies before us, with the universe wrenches and universe screwdrivers that fall so easily into our hands?" Great line.
technology  mefi  history  computing  future 
february 2007 by infovore
Raph’s Website » Project Horseshoe: Influences
"I actually went and looked up on the Web a list of NP-hard problems, and they sure as hell sound like our games." Raph Koster hitting lots of nerves with me. Lots, and lots, of nerves.
design  play  games  influence  mechanics  math  computing 
january 2007 by infovore
The Perils of JavaSchools - Joel on Software
Pointers tripped me up when I was 13 and trying to learn C. Flummoxed, I tell you - and put off programming for a while. Now, though, I appreciate Joel's point (even if I'm a lousy coder and not worthy of the title "programmer"). I think it's the fact I k
programming  learning  essay  language  c  java  computing 
january 2006 by infovore
The Goldfish Online
Mechanical logic gates executed in lego. beautiful.
computing  gates  lego  logic  logicgates  mechanical 
december 2004 by infovore

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