One last note on this: I’m entirely unsurprised that a description of whimsical software comes from New York, not San Francisco. The other place I’ve seen people talking about whimsy is London, usually from people connected to the BERG/RIG axis.
SF needs to be more whimsical.
We should think ourselves very lucky that Alan Turing didn’t patent “a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence”
— jasongorman (@jasongorman) March 13, 2012
It’s is an amusing point, but at least patents expire after twenty years (for example, the LZW/GIF patent held by Unisys). What would have been terrible was if he (or one of the other early computing pioneers) had been granted copyright on the idea.
I recently switched from a single 15” 1440×800 MacBook Pro display to three screens: the MBP and two external 1920×1080 monitors (whose diagonal sizes I’m uncertain of, but let’s say 21”). I think it’s helped, especially with having editor, browser, and dev tools on screen at once, with less important stuff glanceable at one side.
I suspect my next home setup will be an Air with a 27” Thunderbolt display acting as a hub. I’m looking forward to it.
Having said all that, 10 seconds for every five minutes of work? That seems like a micro-optimisation.
Or: you can just fucking deal!
Battle between ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro to be BBC4 comedy drama, reports the Guardian.
THE RIVALRY between Sir Clive Sinclair and former employee Chris Curry, now head of Acorn Computers, developed into open warfare over the Christmas period.
Having commissioned a survey on the reliability of micros which appeared to demonstrate the superiority of the BBC over the Spectrum, advertisements were placed in two national newspapers on behalf of Acorn, implying that Spectrums bought as Christmas presents would soon be taken back to the shops, and their owners would do better to buy BBC computers instead.
The advertisement so angered Sir Clive that he attacked Curry in the Baron of Beef, a Cambridge pub where both are regular customers. Sir Clive walked up to Curry and slapped him about the head, then argued with him about the advertisement. There was some shoving and jostling, and the two men later began fighting again in Shades, an upmarket Cambridge wine bar.