nelson + computing   41

PLATO computer system
Excellent MeFi post about the 1960s-era distributed computing system
computing  history  plato 
5 weeks ago by nelson
Women in astronomy
Reflection on the power of role models
women  feminism  computing  astronomy 
february 2017 by nelson
Quantum computing skepticism
Some counterbalance, not convinced though
google  dwave  quantum  computing 
december 2015 by nelson
Quantum computing works
The D-Wave machine seems to actually be doing something faster than classical computing
computing  quantum  via:metafilter  annealing  science 
december 2015 by nelson
Character codes 1874–1968
Thoroughly researched article about the history of Baudot, ASCII, etc
ascii  computing  history  character  unicode 
march 2015 by nelson
ASCII history
Some very fiddly little details on the history of character encodings for computers
ascii  unicode  history  computing  fidonet 
march 2015 by nelson
Unix Hater's Handbook
Much ancient wisdom from our greybearded elders
unix  funny  computing 
december 2014 by nelson
Computing with encrypted RAM
Security mechanism for using sensitive data on untrusted hardware
computing  cpu  ram  encryption  popularpower 
september 2013 by nelson
Cloud computing for compute intensive jobs, buy CPU by the millisecond
cpu  computing  performance  cloud  amazing  aws  ec2 
july 2012 by nelson
Yours in distress, Alan
Heartbreaking letter from Turing just before being convicted of homosexuality
gay  turing  alanturing  history  computing 
june 2012 by nelson
Alan Turing statue
Lovely little gay pride thing in Manchester
turing  alanturing  gay  computing 
june 2012 by nelson
IBM buys Platform Computing
Old-school grid (er, cloud) computing company gets acquired
platform  computing  ibm  acquisition  popularpower 
october 2011 by nelson
Introducing Unix
Charming video from the early 70s?
Unix  Computing  Belllabs 
april 2011 by nelson
Steam software survey
New version of popular game system survey includes software info. 63% of computers have Firefox, 12% have Chrome. 30% have uTorrent!
performance  computing  statistics  steam  games  software  survey 
february 2010 by nelson
EC2 CPU open for bid
Great idea: put unused EC2 power up for auction. Dying to see where the price settles
amazon  cloud  auction  computing  cpu 
december 2009 by nelson
Plura Processing
Idle compute cycles, just like my failed startup. Friend says it's useful!
computing  crawler  popularpower 
september 2009 by nelson
Gruber on Chrome OS
I love that he waited several days to think and write this
google  chrome  via:metafilter  operatingsystems  computing 
july 2009 by nelson
Warehouse scale computers
Long paper from Google about datacenters
tldr  google  systems  datacenter  computing 
may 2009 by nelson
Infosec pissing contests
Al3x reflects on why the computer security business is so stupid
security  culture  computing  hacking 
december 2008 by nelson
Choosing BOINC projects
Very thoughtful collection of distributed computing projects
boinc  computing  seti@home  distributed  internet  distributedcomputing 
june 2008 by nelson
P2P cycle sharing. Why didn't I think of that? Note the open order book with the lack of buy orders
computing  popularpower  distributed  internet 
june 2008 by nelson
Commodity cloud hosting
Doug Cutting, one of the smartest engineers I've ever met, argues for the importance of non-proprietary cloud computing technologies
lucene  dougcutting  computing  grid 
april 2008 by nelson
Not your computer
Schneier breaks down all the people trying to control your machine
rights  secutiry  computing  economics  legal  drm  ownership  lore  security  schneier  issues  nelson:autotagged 
may 2006 by nelson
Thunderbird folders
By default it only checks inbox for new mail; this is dumb
web  computing  tricks  mozilla  thunderbird  read_later  email  tips  imap  tutorial  software  nelson:autotagged 
november 2005 by nelson
WorldTime WinXP
Too many features, but a reasonable way to display multiple timezones on your desktop
computing  windows  clock  utilities  daily  desktop  freeware  clocks  time  timezone  software  nelson:autotagged 
august 2005 by nelson
BF2 hardware guide
Battlefield 2 sets a new high bar for system performance
gaming  computing  nelson:autotagged 
june 2005 by nelson
Comair: 2^15
Whole airline shuts down because of a 15 bit counter
logistics  devzero  computing  programming  travel  computers  #geeks  airlines  computer  anecdote  bug  nelson:autotagged 
december 2004 by nelson
Stories from the OS with a lot of heart
computing  computers  unix  geek  tl  computer  retro  multics  software  os  history  nelson:autotagged 
december 2003 by nelson

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