Daily Archives: 2009-02-20

20 Feb 2009
The first Twitter?

Long ago, on a VAX cluster far away, I was systems manager. phone was among the many utilities available, and was quite handy for chatting with other users on the cluster. Students seemed to enjoy it a lot, so much so that some would randomly phone other users just to say “hi”. Unfortunately, college faculty […]

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20 Feb 2009
Broken Windows

This isn’t about Microsoft Windows. The Parable of the Broken Window describes a shopkeeper whose window is broken by a little boy. Everyone sympathizes with the man whose window was broken, but pretty soon they start to suggest that the broken window makes work for the glazier, who will then buy bread, benefiting the baker, […]

Category: Life-Society, programming
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