General Computing

No Software is Hamster-proof
Alternate Title: Software Licenses and implicit trust It is interesting to note that in many circles proprietary software is inherently considered [...]
Why did the Microsoft Engineer Tweet about an Open Web? Because they are now on the other side.
Recently, a Microsoft engineer had this to say with regards to Mozilla and Firefox: Thought: It’s time for @mozilla to get down from their [...]
The self-perpetuating monoculture of Software Development
There has been a lot of recent noise regarding the demographic makeup of typical software developers and people working in CS. There is a lot of “pushback” [...]
How HDD Manufacturer’s Shaped the Metric System
Nowadays, we’ve got two official ways of measuring memory and storage. They can be measured via standard Metric Prefixes, such as Megabytes (MB) or [...]
Programming Languages (2)
I have a feeling this will be a topic I will cover at length repeatedly, and each time I will have learned things since my previous installments. The [...]
Would Apple have done better with the Mac OS on the IBM PC?
I’ve seen, unusually, a few discussions revolving around Apple products which seem to go forward with an assumption that the original 128K Macintosh [...]
MIDI Madness
Nowadays, game music is all digitized. For the most part, it sounds identical between different systems- with only small variations, and the speakers are [...]
The Various Acts of the Security Circus
Software and computer security has always been a rather important topic. As our systems become more interdependent and connected- and we expose ourselves [...]
Music Applications, CD Burning, and the BSOD
Winamp is a rather old program, and to some people it represents a bygone era- the late 90’s and early 2000’s in particular. However I’ve not found any [...]
The 286 that isn’t
A couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be neat to get a computer similar to my first PC; which was a 286. I’d actually been considering the prospect for [...]