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Category archive: Computers

RIP, Steven L. Inness

When I was in 7th and 8th grade, at Wilbur Middle School, the school's computer lab had a couple of... (More...)

Pournelle on ebooks, from 1980

Late in 2015, I read an issue of Destinies (a “paperback magazine”) from 1980; it included a piece by Jerry... (More...)

Living in the future: Floppies

In one of the boxes I pulled out of the garage a couple weeks ago, there were 100+ 3.5" floppy... (More...)

That syncing feeling

The problem with doing one little minor computer task late at night (like, say, "sync my new books to my... (More...)

Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

I just picked up the printed book of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, and so far it's regularly... (More...)

Some pros and cons of Glass

Mat Honan wore Google Glass for much of 2013; in an article for Wired, he talks about what it's like... (More...)

When the Internet of Things fails

For the past three or four weeks, I've had a blizzard of technological failures. There was a period when my... (More...)

Star Trek science

I've seen a couple of people complain about the new Trek movies not being very scientific, which led me to... (More...)

Backup day

I hereby declare today to be Back Up Your Data Day. Today, I recommend doing a backup that you don't... (More...)

Computer-player gender?

When you're playing an abstract computer game against one or more computerized opponents (chess, say, or checkers, or Dicewar--any game... (More...)

Belief and bias confirmation

I've observed for a while now (or perhaps I should say "believed") that people generally tend to notice evidence that... (More...)

PEBKAC

Sometimes, customer service and/or tech support are the problem. But sometimes, I'm the problem. I have to reconfigure my work... (More...)

Futurism now! (Singularity, non-Singularity, and Rapture)

Just happened across a Vernor Vinge piece from early 2007 called "What If the Singularity Does NOT Happen?", presenting three... (More...)

Technology delays

Last week was a week of waiting for certain items of technology to appear. (Wrote this on Saturday but didn't... (More...)

One Laptop per Child: last day for Give One, Get One

I've been meaning to post about this for weeks, and now today's the last day: One Laptop per Child is... (More...)

How's that Singularity coming along?

In Vernor Vinge's seminal 1993 article on the Singularity, he wrote: Within thirty years, we will have the technological means... (More...)

Video roundup, part 1

It's been a while since I've posted a collection of videos, and the links keep rolling in. So here's a... (More...)

Ones and zeroes and copies

It's fairly common in science fiction these days to see sentient beings in electronic form--whether artificial intelligences or uploaded human... (More...)

Curly quotes

There continues to be tremendous confusion among some SH submitters over the distinction between curved (or slanted) quotation marks and... (More...)

Backup time

Go do a backup of all your important data. I mean it. Go do it now. Don't even finish reading... (More...)

Word-processor paragraphing

I've had occasion recently to see a couple of authors' word-processor documents, and I've noticed that some authors are using... (More...)

Some quick updates

A few quick life updates before I head off to work: Thanksgiving was good; ate with Arthur E's family. Enjoying... (More...)

Items: Robot fish and zombie worms, and other tech toys

This set is somewhat miscellaneous, but a lot of it has to do with cool toys: hardware, software, and other.... (More...)