Friday, November 14, 2014

Coming soon: "The GNU Make Book" from No Starch Press

In July I withdrew from sale my self-published book "GNU Make Unleashed" because I was working on a new edition. That book is to be published by No Starch Press with the title "The GNU Make Book".

Details are not online yet but the text has been revised, edited, had a professional technical review and brought up to date with GNU make 4.1.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Some talks about the history of computing

Over the last few years I've done a number of talks that fall broadly under the umbrella of "History of Computing". Here are some videos for your enjoyment.

TEDxImperialCollege 2012: The Greatest Machine That Never Was

Computer science began in the '30s ... the 1830s. John Graham-Cumming tells the story of Charles Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered "analytical engine" and how Ada Lovelace, mathematician and daughter of Lord Byron, saw beyond its simple computational abilities to imagine the future of computers.

StrataConf 2012: The Great Railway Caper

The Great Railway Caper: Big Data in 1955

OSCON 2013: Turing's Curse

Looking back on 30 years of programming: there's nothing new since 1983. Examples and implications.

Wired 2014

Fear your subconscious, not tech