“Although crashes caused by hardware are possible, most computer crashes are caused by errors in the OS software.” —Scientific American
From Michael Corballis: Recursion (rĭ-kûr’-zhən) noun. If you still don’t get it see recursion.
One of my favorite pieces by Bob Lefsetz is the one written shortly after George Michael passed away. It’s a letter that is raw in the same, patent way that Lefsetz usually writes, but to me it is also expressed in a way that a computer would have an extremely difficult time understanding what’s being […]
In a terrific article by Colin Morris in The Pudding he talks about the similarity of songs in the pop music sphere.
excerpts via Wired in 1995 Wired (1995): How has living on airplanes – being in the clouds all day – changed your perspective on the world? Negroponte (1995): When you go around the world a half dozen times each year it reinforces the fact that this planet is one complex place, with many perspectives, the least attractive […]
via PC World “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. Thomas Watson, CEO IBM (1943) [Time]
“The transistor was probably the most important invention of the 20th Century, and the story behind the invention is one of clashing egos and top secret research….” via PBS.org [Shockley’s] device, the junction (sandwich) transistor, was developed in a burst of creativity and anger, mostly in a hotel room in Chicago.
From computing pioneer Brad Meyers: A motivation for this article is to overcome the mistaken impression that much of the important work in Human-Computer Interaction occurred in industry, and if university research in Human-Computer Interaction is not supported, then industry will just carry on anyway. This is simply not true.
According to the 1960s timeline from the Smithsonian: “In 1964, the number of computers in the United States has grown to seventeen thousand (up from fifteen in 1954).”
The Computer History Museum’s online exhibition “Memory & Storage” does a terrific job. But if you prefer to just watch, the two videos below are pretty awesome, too. AT&T Archives (1962)