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#1 Andrew

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 01:15 AM

http://artlung.com/smorgasborg/C_R_Y_P_T_O...M_I_C_O_N.shtml

This is, without question, the best essay -- indeed the best anything -- I have ever read on the internet.

It's basically a trip through the development of the computer industry along with arguments around what will, or will not, still be around in fiftenn years. The whole thing is anchored in a discussion about User Interfaces specifically, and operating systems in general. It's not written from a tech perspective, per se, so even lay people can understand it.

It's very long; it took me around three hours to read it all. So long that I'm sure few people ever read the whole thing. When discussing online documents, very rarely does one think of anything larger than 10 pages. This one works out to around 75 pages.

It's also a little anachronistic. It was written in January of '99. In those days, Windows 98SE was new and 1GHz was unheard in microprocessors. Yet it still reads very clearly and is very relevant in this day and age.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 03:55 AM

LOL thanks. I didnt read as far as the 75 pages statement and went to print it with the thought "well you can read it on the twenty minute train ride later today." When I saw the number of pages, I cancelled the print job lol. I made it save as a pdf, so will read it later I suppose. Thanks.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 08:40 PM

LOL thanks. I didnt read as far as the 75 pages statement and went to print it with the thought "well you can read it on the twenty minute train ride later today." When I saw the number of pages, I cancelled the print job lol. I made it save as a pdf, so will read it later I suppose. Thanks.


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Posted 02 December 2007 - 10:58 PM

I had a crack at it yesterday and it is interesting but I didn't make it to the end. Brought it up in OPERA and had it read to me. Lazy @%$#%.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 11:38 PM

Nothing quite like robot voice reading to you...ha ha

No thanks, I just hope this person got paid. It must have taken a year to write. I cant read that much I get bored.




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