The Care and Feeding of the Sage SmartProbe.

Note: Please read the FAQ!!!
If you cured your Sage SmartProbe of its congenital disease as per the last article on the subject, you may now be wondering what to do with it.
The vendor supplied a massive Java shitware with the thing, which does not merit any discussion whatsoever. Instead, we will use the probe’s very [...]

How to Make Your Own Lamport Parachute from Common Household Materials.

The thought began, as many good things begin, in #trilema.
Users of the WOT, of V, and other systems where your cryptographic identity is wholly in your own hands1 live with a certain risk of “cryptographic death” – i.e. the compromise of one’s signing key. A conscientious user of public key crypto might keep the thought [...]

Phuctor is Back!

Phuctor is back!

Now using Bernstein’s Algorithm (D. J. Bernstein. How to find smooth parts of integers.) The entire set is pairwise-GCD’d hourly.

Practical Blockchain Telegraphy.

Mircea Popescu writes:
‘Now making an irc channel is quite the pleasant experience : you create something out of nothing, get to name it and are now the boss of it. For a generation devoid of proper “empire building” avenues, this is about as cool as it gets. So you can do anything you wish, right [...]

You are Bad at Entropy.

Presenting a very old game, entitled: Man vs. Machine. Or, why Man is not a Particularly Good Source of Entropy.

Moldbug’s Urbit.

Mencius Moldbug’s Urbit system appears to be public!  Take the time to read his introductory materials – you will not regret it.   Any regular reader of this site will probably take some interest in Urbit.
While I disagree with many of Moldbug’s fundamental design decisions, I believe that his is the first modern ab initio redesign [...]

RIP Douglas Engelbart.

Douglas Engelbart – perhaps the last of the great American inventors – is dead. The newspapers are keen to remind everyone that Engelbart invented the computer mouse, but they are largely silent on the matter of his having personally created almost every one of the concepts we think of as part of the standard [...]

MicroWriter Redux.

I have decided to publish some of my “archaeological” work from last year on Cy Endfield’s MicroWriter.  The original objective was to produce a cycle-accurate emulator.  I do not currently have the free time to complete this project, so I will post my results here for anyone who might care to pick up the torch. [...]

Kalman Reti, the Last Symbolics Developer, Speaks of Lisp Machines.

Boston Lisp Meeting; June 28, 2012.
Update: Here’s a mirror of the film. The Google copy appears to have been censored.

Project JMC

The great inventor John McCarthy (1927 – 2011) now has an official posthumous website: Project JMC.
Don’t miss his fascinating (though little-known) political essays!