Here’s a wonderful intro to a collection of videos and instructional materials from the 1970s on how to program and operate a DEC PDP-11. First, toggle in your loader, then boot from paper tape…. Very cool, in a retro way. I did a lot of PDP-11 stuff back in the mid-70s. [The videos are accessible…Read More Programming your PDP-11
From Bruce Williams, a longtime member of the FS development team at Microsoft, comes sobering news: The cuts announced at Microsoft yesterday include closing the entire ACES studio, the group that produced Flight Simulator and related products. […] I don’t know yet if there’s any hope that the code could be spun off to a…Read More Flight Simulator. RIP
I’m in the middle of planning for my next visit to Amazon global development centres. This time I’m going to Beijing and Hyderabad, departing March 8. It’ll be my second time in China, and my fourth trip to Hyderabad. (I was there in 2005 and 2006 for Sun, and 2008 and now 2009 for Amazon.)…Read More Round we go again…
There are lots (thousands) of layoffs happening today, at Sun, IBM, and Microsoft, and just I realized that I only have work email addresses for many of my friends and blog readers. If you’ve been affected by this, please add a comment here (I’ll see your email address, but others won’t) and remember to update…Read More RIF time
909sickle.com gives us the definitive account of the Origins of Atheism. (Oh, wait: swb claims to be working on a condensed version…)Read More Origins of Atheism
Is this the answer to the question on everyone’s lips:who is The StigRead More The Stig
From the American Humanist Association: As PZ said, let’s all hope he lives up to these values.Read More "I was not raised in a religious household…."
George H. W. Bush, August 27, 1987: I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God. Barack Obama, January 20, 2009: For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims,…Read More Finally!
Last Friday, I checked the Seattle weather forecast to see what the prospects for the weekend were. Morning fog, cloudy skies, damp, low 40s. Sigh. It was going to be typical Seattle winter, just as I’d been promised when I moved here. Except that it wasn’t. On Saturday the fog and most of the clouds…Read More A sparkling winter day
British MP Gerald Kaufman, speaking in Parliament: (Via Juan Cole.)Read More "They're not simply war criminals; they're fools."