Abbreviation: hypertext markup language A file format for text documents. As you use the web, your browser downloads content in this format, interprets it, and presents you with a web page. What’s hypertext? Basically, text with links to other text. As can be seen by opening it in a text editor, the HTML of aContinue reading “HTML”
…is not easy. But it’s possible. At least, at the time of writing, and the handful of ebooks I tried so far. There are many such guides online, often incomplete. Or more accurately, out of date, because Amazon subsequently added more stumbling blocks. I shall document what worked for me, a combination of steps fromContinue reading “Converting Kindle books to EPUB format”
I’m setting up a lightweight wiki for dumping notes on miscellaneous topics up to a website as a set of arbitrarily-linked pages. Here’s my first pass solution, using the Eleventy/11ty static site generator. https://github.com/sackeyjason/mcwiki 11ty converts the markdown into HTML files (in folders too). It also does templating, which I’ve yet to get my headContinue reading “Simple static wiki [WIP]”
I wrote about my impressions with this software development platform: View at Medium.com I expressed some confusion about certain obstacles and described some workarounds. Ryan from the project replied on Twitter and helped me towards figuring out the issues, and I’m quite satisfied with proper solutions. I amended my post with the answers. But IContinue reading “Beginning development with function and a DB on Begin”
Presenting the newest part of the overflow.space/Operating Space publishing infrastructure: a forum! Keep an eye on it for new content from me. It’ll integrate with the blog in yet-to-be-determined ways. You could also join… it’s in beta.
The major cause of the software crisis is that the machines have become several orders of magnitude more powerful! To put it quite bluntly: as long as there were no machines, programming was no problem at all; when we had a few weak computers, programming became a mild problem, and now we have gigantic computers,Continue reading “Software crisis”
Project Cybersyn was a Chilean project from 1971–1973 during the presidency of Salvador Allende aimed at constructing a distributed decision support system to aid in the management of the national economy. The project consisted of four modules: an economic simulator, custom software to check factory performance, an operations room, and a national network of telexContinue reading “Computers and socialism”
Note: I wanted to get this article finished and published before the protests, and before the vote. Oh well. Last Saturday across Europe there were demonstrations and protests against proposed new EU copyright legislation. The concerning legislation concerns ‘online content-sharing service providers’, which means sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and regular web hosting companies. RightContinue reading “Draft: Article 13”
Computers, to be useful for any particular task, need software. The practice of creating that software, developing it, programming it, happens to be considered as a specialised one. That wasn’t always the case.
Ideas about non-linear ways of representing information […] precede the invention of the computer. But it was computer technology that enabled a blossoming of competing hypertext projects, various network protocols and commercial software products.