Notes from the Mystery Machine Bus
I've spent the past eight years (starting back in June 2004) writing elaborate rants about a bunch of vaguely related software engineering issues. I was doing all that ranting because I've been genuinely perplexed by a set of "bizarre" world-views held dear by -- as far as I can tell -- about half of all programmers I encounter, whether online or in person.
19 hours ago
NPR When Women Stopped Coding in 1980’s: As we repeat the same mistakes
I am a member of the last group of “women who coded” – I graduated with my BS in 1982. Around 40% of the kids in my major were women. I was in grad school from 1983-1988 so I saw the transition. This show got it wrong, in my opinion. Back in the 70’s, lots of schools had computer science, including my high school. And our programming classes were harder than the ones today, not easier. I can’t imagine my current students completing the projects we had to complete. We also had more math requirements than today.
What changed was the advent of the PC, and the transition from computer-as-useful-tool to computer as toy. Once computers became toys for gaming, they became cult objects rather than tools. They also became isolating. When I majored in computer science, it was an extremely social major because we all did our work in the big computer lab on campus. The atmosphere at 3am before the big projects were due was wild, with everyone joking around while frantically debugging. Once the PC took over, it became accepted that you would curl up with it all night in your dorm room, never talking to anyone else.
And finally, the rise of gaming culture, which happened in the late 80’s, really drove women out. While I know there are female gamers, and lots of women play Angry Birds, I think the relationship of women to gaming is inherently different. Most women play games as a diversion. Men often start seeing games as the main point of their lives. Gaming developed into an increasingly hostile world for women and contributed immensely to the sense among girls that computers were not for them. I wonder if today’s more light weight Facebook and mobile games, which a lot of women do play, may help change that perception.
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2 days ago
Papers I like (part 1)
This started out on Twitter and I expected having to write up maybe 50 or so, but then it made the rounds. I don’t think I have 1200 papers that I’d recommend reading, and even if I did, I don’t think a reading list of that length is actually useful to anyone.
Programming  Work  Longreads 
6 days ago
Ho Chi Minh Road: Motorbike Guide
The Ho Chi Minh Road is fast becoming famous as one of the most scenic routes for a motorbike road trip in Asia. Although it will eventually stretch from the southern-most tip of the country to its northern border with China, to date (2016) the Ho Chi Minh Road has been fully paved from Saigon in the south to Hanoi in the north: nearly 2,000km of unbroken road, cutting through some of the most spectacular landscape in Vietnam.
7 days ago
INTRODUCTION Let us start with the following exchange which happened between some guy and Reddit lead sysadmin: Stevenger
Productivity  Work 
14 days ago
Ops School Curriculum
Welcome to the Ops School curriculum documentation site. Ops School is a comprehensive program that will help you learn to be an operations engineer. Operations engineers are highly skilled people who manage the computer systems of businesses big and small.
14 days ago
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