Computing – Everything


I did not write a program to generate this book; I am that program.

Aug 112023

Processing power is often said to be a poor substitute for understanding; in fact it is understanding that turns out to be the poor substitute for processing power.

Nov 052021

We are apt to imagine software as scaling indefinitely, which it does not, because we think of it as a form of writing, which does.

Aug 262020

It is a world of men who look like Unix system administrators, without the Unix system administration skills.

Jul 232020

Dr. Seuss names his creatures Thing 1 and Thing 2 to signify that they are not distinct in any important way; statistics names its errors Type 1 and Type 2 to signify that they are.

May 252020

My father’s two fundamental rules for computer programming were Optimize Later and Optimize Never; and this, like so much advice about programming, also goes for life.