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Patriot’s Day

Today is the biggest holiday of the year here in Lexington. Peter marched in the first parade this morning. It was sunny, but it was kind of chilly. After the parade, we went to...

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Dwarf Fortress Computer

Earlier this year my friend showed me the game dwarf fortress. Dwarf Fortress is like nethack but you control multiple dwarves. You create a dwarven colony. My dad showed me this. It is a...

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The iPad controversy

You’ve probably heard some of the noise about how riled up programmers are getting about the iPad (link1, link2, link3). The basic issue has to do with with the tension between hardware vendors and...

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A4 Teardown

Because Apple didn’t use an off the shelf processor for the iPad, there’s been a lot of speculation about exactly what’s inside it. The guys at iFixit, with some help from Chipworks, have posted...

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History of Multi-Touch UIs

Now that everyone is starting to get lawyered up about multi-touch UIs, it’s good to take a look at Bill Buxton’s excellent history of multi-touch systems.  This sort of thing happens pretty regularly. It’s...

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ICZN Case 3407

Have you heard of the recent debate that has been roiling the biology world? There has been an application pending with the ICZN to reclassify the fruit fly genus. The famous Drosophila melanogaster, subject...

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Elms

We have had a number of elms in our yard. But every time they get to a decent size, they die. The cause, of course, is Dutch Elm disease. This weekend we planted two...

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More Stardent Junk

To follow up that previous post, here’s some more Stardent Vistra 800 stuff from that box in the attic. After we finished getting the first prototype built, it posed for its media photos. Here...

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Intel i860

I was going through some old boxes in the attic the other day, and I ran into a tray full of these.   That’s a chip called the i860. Intel made them from about...

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Laundry Robots

I can’t get very excited about robots that vacuum or clean gutters, but robots that fold laundry. Now you’re talking! via BoingBoing It’s fun to watch, isn’t it? Now if they can just teach...