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Thu, 15 Mar 2007
Back in 197x, I played with several Monrobot Mark XI computers at Scotch College Melbourne. The "Computer Club" had a room in an old Army-style building with 2 Monrobot XI computers.
We started with one such computer, but when it broke down, we went looking for spare parts, manuals, expertise etc, and eventually collected 5 computers, another complete set of circuit cards and maintenance manuals.
We had a grand time, writing code in "sexadecimal", typing it in on the electric typewriter, saving programs to/from paper tape, repairing paper tape, playing blackjack and other games.
There was a higher-level language QUIKOMP http://www.mv.com/ipusers/xlisper/MonrobotXI.jpg and a Nmemonic Assembler, but it was generally simpler to just type in the Hex.
The Character set was based around the puched card data format " ",1-9 0 A-I J-R "/",S-Z Sexadecimal I/O used the characters 0-9, S, T, U, V, W, X (easy to map from punced card to 0-15).
Graham ??? tried to "network" two Monrobots together by cross-connecting I/O channels though a interconnect box that recognised certain characters as "push button X on the control pannel".
Our systems had extra half-cabinters on the end holding large 240V to 110V transformers. Internally the 110V AC was rectified and then fed to valves used to drive the parallel output devices.
The electric typewriters had extra mechanical soloenoids and combs underneath, which If you e.g. pressed a key while trying to unjam an electric typewriter, you could get ~150V DC through your fingers!
BRL 1961, MONROBOT XI, start page 0672
Wed, 23 Nov 2005
Article in Melbourne Weelky Magazine recommendation claymation for kids.
http://www.animateclay.com http://library.thinkquest.org/22316/home.html http://www.jlf.com/clay_anm.html http://www.sfsu.edu/~teachers/workshops/clayanimation/stepone.htmlFri, 05 Aug 2005
The DNA of blogging is a complicated matter that touches on being outside voices and taking personal control of the media. But at minimum the DNA of blogging has to do with distributing the conversation. Contrary to that, the DNA of mainstream media to date is all about dominating the conversation.
... in the pure sense a big part of blogging involves the voices of people who don't have a publishing/broadcasting aparatus at their disposal and don't have the institutional restraints of a media company.
Another interesting Paul Graham essay, about blogging, "amateurs" + aggregators v. "professionals" + channels, startup investor-founder relationships v. paternalistic employer-employee relationships.
So these, I think, are the three big lessons open source and blogging have to teach business: (1) that people work harder on stuff they like, (2) that the standard office environment is very unproductive, and (3) that bottom-up often works better than top-down.Thu, 23 Jun 2005
But, why stress your brain, when you have a "mind expanding" computer to help? (Someone wrote a paper/talk on this, but I forget who. Keith?)
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An easy way to send SMS messages from a Web page.
A moderately painless registration process, even if you do have to "Register to become a telstra.com member, then login and register for WebNotes."
Email Alerts says it only SMS's the From: and Subject: headers sent to Telstra WebMail but when tested did also send a small amount of text. Primitive filters for what does get forwarded to SMS.Wed, 08 Jun 2005
Guess what! The ink went straight through onto the polished wood dining room table!
Quick! How does remove 3mm wide Sharpie marks??
The Internet is your Friend!
While the computer was booting we tried:
Windex -- didn't move it.
The Sharpie FAQ wasn't helpful:
1) Treat stains as soon as possible. Fresh stains can be removed more easily than old ones.
* Also try AMODEX STAIN REMOVER for permanent ink: Amodex Products, P.O. Box 3332, Bridgeport, CT 06605, Phone:(203) 335-1255
Does anyone know a safe way to remove permanent black marker (sharpie) from a wooden dining room table? I have read that nail polish remover works but worry that it will destroy the finish on the table. Thanks!
Well, i was watching my little sister and she colored all over her self and my older sisters desk with BLUE permanent marker, and i took it off Easly with TOOTHPASTE and a wash cloth. I'm Not kidding i thought my mom would kill me, but i used the toothpaste and i scrubed hard!! wow i love that! DIDNT RUIN DESK!
(It also had a few othe suggestions like M30 Stain Remover, hair spray, Goo Gone, and anti-bacterial hand gel that we didn't try.)
Anyway, Toothpaste, on a damp paper napkin removed the marks from the table just fine. Didn't scratch the surface. There must be a fine abrasive in toothpaste.Mon, 16 May 2005
I was surfing the netdimes forum when I came across a message with an interesting signature.
It was actually
<img src="http://www.infosharkz.com/IS/sig.png" border="0" />
which returned an image/png, captured here statically as:
Thu, 12 May 2005
WrongPlanet.net is a web community designed for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, and other PDDs. ...
Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger's Syndrome usually have normal or above normal IQ's. It is described as an inability to understand how to interact socially.
Discovered due to a social not technical interview of Bram Cohen: Creator of BitTorrentSat, 26 Mar 2005
Using BlogMap you can geo-code your blog, browse already geo-coded blogs and search for blogs. Once geo-coded, you can get your own BlogMap location using a simple url!
GeoURL is a location-to-URL reverse directory. This will allow you to find URLs by their proximity to a given location. Find your neighbor's blog, perhaps, or the web page of the restaurants near you. GeoURL is listing 162,831 sites.
http://geotags.com/ geotags Search the world -- "The system is too busy to complete this request at this time"
Found my decimal Latitude and Longitude using maporama.
Next I added the GeoURL and My BlogMap! links to the left column (near the bottom of blosxom's head.html).Tue, 15 Mar 2005
"You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible."
Lots of good advice here about software projects, innovation etc.
"This article explains why much of the next generation of software may be server-based, what that will mean for programmers, and why this new kind of software is a great opportunity for startups."
The history of Viaweb / Yahoo Store. Lots of interesting ideas about Web-based software, rapid releases, listening and reacting to customers etc.
Topics: The Next Thing?, The Win for Users, City of Code, Releases, Bugs, Support, Morale, Brooks in Reverse, Watching Users, Money, Customers, Son of Server, Microsoft, Startups but More So, Just Good Enough, Why Not?, Notes, Thanks,Sun, 21 Nov 2004
Actually hiding at
Needed to tweak a little bit to remove carriage-returns from saved file.
Also tweaked to pre-calculate password prompt field in plugin for passing on to footer for display.
Also, if creating new page, set remembered last-modified time to 'now'.Fri, 12 Nov 2004
NOTE: This version is NOT compatible with Static rendering due to the use of self_url() (which will lead to 'http://localhost/its/user8/j/johnm/WWW/cgi-bin/weblog?-password=xxx' in the generated html).
NOTE: Use the Blosxom v2 categorytree version rather than the Blosxom v3 CategoryTree.pm version.
Our www-cgi server doesn't have Storable installed, so no caching of calendar information.Mon, 08 Nov 2004
Plug in the address and search or drill down from LEO (zoom function on tool bar). Coordinates are on the browser status bar.
Wireless link http://www.melbournewireless.org.au/maps/view?id=GURTue, 28 Sep 2004
O'Reilly Make magazine
Each episode is furthermore in the extremely photocopyable -- and hence mass deployable -- 8.5" x 11" or A4 formats with supporting web links for more information, including translations into a growing number of world-languages, step-by-step photos, action-videos, and other relevant info.Thu, 16 Sep 2004
Using find - Provides search capabilities for your web site
Installed magiclink - Featureful HTML link generator, based on a simple/natural syntax. Useful for easily linking to sites, searches (google, terms), and online store items (amazon with pics). Several targets are pre-configured, and others can be added. Unfortunately, this swallows up blank lines / paragraph breaks.
Hand-drawn, rendered, modified, ... download or buy prints.Sat, 11 Sep 2004
Perhaps you need an e-mail address that will work just long enough to be sent a password so you can read some site.
Welcome to Mailinator(tm) - Its no signup, instant anti-spam service.
http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.htmlWed, 16 Jun 2004
Your typical Blosxom post consists of a required title on the first line and any manner of text and HTML markup in the body.