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As an anthropologist, I find the interface between technology and the larger culture in which it is embedded fascinating. You all know the old story of the family cook who habitually cuts the ends off the roast before slipping it in the oven. One day her child, hoping some day to be the family cook,…

The Queen of Code

From FiveThirtyEight: You probably don’t know the name Grace Hopper, but you should. As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that by the year…

Hedy Lamarr

Just a note to celebrate the life and times of Hedy Lamarr, who died on this day, 2000, at the age of 85. Lamarr had a very interesting career that involved major acting accomplishments, milestone acting events, and direct involvement in the invention of the technology that now forms the basis of WiFi, BlueTooth and…

How to write a computer book

I’ve designed an outline, which can be used as a table of contents, for a computer book about anything. In this case, about foo bar. Preface Forward Introduction Overview What is foo bar? Before you start A brief history of foo bar A longer history of foo bar Why you want to use foo bar…

Designing a new Turing Test

OK, so the Turing Test is fraught with problems. First and most annoying is the apparent fact, though I will not stick up for this fact if challenged, that whatever you think the Turing test is, it isn’t. See Wikipedia for more on this. Aside from that, though, it’s totally dumb. The test, as most…

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Intelligent Design Sort

The following is an entry from the Esoteric Programming Language project (see link below): HERE is the site. If you go check it out, don’t miss the programming langauge designed for Orang Utans, called Ook! Hat Tip: Ryan Jean

Dropbox for iPhone

I know you probably already knew this, but I just discovered it and it works so well I wanted to pass it on. I installed Dropbox on my iPhone. Dropbox (in its current incarnation) more or less assumes that you are doing this to handle photographs. You have the option of forcing Dropbox to only…

Short answer: You don’t. More interesting answer: You only think you want to do that, what are you, some kind of a Microsoft Windows user or something? Actual answer: You probably don’t, but if you do, it is a rather fun and interesting thing to try. But really, mostly, don’t. I recently discovered a nifty…