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Source code in TV and Films, Nvidia crop circle and other stories

Catching up on more of my new year reading, especially with technology stories that are cool, strange, odd and more. I read a tweet by Grady Booch and almost at the same time was reading a BBC article (the BBC used the title "dodgy program code explosed") about a cool web site that has screen [...]

Computer Science Education Week and Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday

We celebrate what would have been Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday.  Today, Google’s cool doodle celebrates Grace Hopper. Grace Hopper, also known as "the first lady of software" was one of the earliest programmers (she was the first to coin the term "computer bug" , when she found a moth in Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator), [...]

The ACM A.M. Turing Award - my thoughts for next year’s selection

On June 15 and 16 of 2012 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing (June 23, 1912) in San Francisco (http://turing100.acm.org/final_program/tcc_final_program.pdf) with 33 living ACM A.M. Turing Award winners!  It was especially great to see Nicklaus Wirth on the "Programming Languages: Past Achievements and Future Challenges" panel along with Susan Graham, [...]

Want more…Exploration

The Space Shuttle Atlantis landed this morning on Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida at 5:57am EDT.  The landing marked the end of 30 years of the Space Shuttle program.  I want more explorations both robotic and manned spacecraft.  In Star Trek we were told over and over again "To boldly [...]

25 years here - today - development tools are even better

On June 18, 1985 I joined Borland International in Scotts Valley California.  It was great to come to a developer tools and software company.  It is a special treat to be able to work on developer tools and be a developer.  25 years have passed and they have all been great years.   There have been [...]

What makes a good (tech) book read?

Michael Swaine, of Dr. Dobb’s Journal Swaine’s Flames fame (say that fast 10 times), recently blogged with a list of the most commonly mentioned top technical books - "What Makes a (Tech) Book a Classic?".  he also goes on to discuss what makes a technical book a good read.  In one of my past Sip from [...]

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