Living With a Computer

He disfrutado un montón leyendo este artículo de 1982 sobre un escritor (James Fallows), su primera computadora y la fascinación con muchas cosas que a nosotros nos son naturales.

For six months, I found it awkward to compose first drafts on the computer. Now I can hardly do it any other way. It is faster to type this way than with a normal typewriter, because you don’t need to stop at the end of the line for a carriage return (the computer automatically “wraps” the words onto the next line when you reach the right-hand margin), and you never come to the end of the page, because the material on the screen keeps sliding up to make room for each new line. It is also more satisfying to the soul, because each maimed and misconceived passage can be made to vanish instantly, by the word or by the paragraph, leaving a pristine green field on which to make the next attempt.

Lo que me parece más interesante del artículo son las acertadas observaciones del escritor sobre cómo la computadora ha cambiado su vida. Por ejemplo, acerca del tiempo:

Computers cause another, more insidious problem, by forever distorting your sense of time. When I first saw the system in the back room at Optek, I was so dazzled by the instantaneous deletion of sentences and movement of paragraphs that I thought I could never want anything more. When the scientists at Optek warned me about certain bottlenecks, I had to stifle my laughter. In particular, they warned me that I might grow impatient with tape recorders as a way to store data. You have to understand, they told me, it can take five or ten minutes to load a long draft into the computer from tapes, whereas a disk drive (which would add a thousand dollars to the cost) could do the job in seconds. Typical vulgarians of the machine age, I told myself.

Make Your Email Hacker Proof

Make Your Email Hacker Proof:

The good news, at least if you use GMail, is that you can make your email virtually hacker-proof today, provided you own a cell phone. The fancy geek technical term for this is two factor authentication, but that doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that until you turn this on, your email is vulnerable. So let’s get started. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Right. Freaking. Now.

Lo he activado. Será un poco incómodo pero ese es el precio por la seguridad extra. Quisiera tener lo mismo para mi correo con Joyent.

Demoscene – The Art of the Algorithms

Demoscene – The Art of the Algorithms:

Wired called them, digital graffiti and John Carmack spoke of them at QuakeCon 2011 but they remain little known. A recently released full-length documentary gives a portrait of the creative digital subculture from 80s to the present day.

Hay un montón de enlaces a videos e historia.

¿Sabían que Oliver y yo teníamos un grupo? Se llamaba “Negative Edge,” pero nunca llegamos a terminar ninguna demo. Aah, tiempos aquellos.