Friday, July 18, 2008

Quote...

"I think that it's extraordinarily important that we in computer science keep fun in computing. When it started out, it was an awful lot of fun. Of course, the paying customers got shafted every now and then, and after a while we began to take their complaints seriously. We began to feel as if we really were responsible for the successful, error-free perfect use of these machines. I don't think we are. I think we're responsible for stretching them, setting them off in new directions, and keeping fun in the house. I hope the field of computer science never loses its sense of fun. Above all, I hope we don't become missionaries. Don't feel as if you're Bible salesmen. The world has too many of those already. What you know about computing other people will learn. Don't feel as if the key to successful computing is only in your hands. What's in your hands, I think and hope, is intelligence: the ability to see the machine as more than when you were first led up to it, that you can make it more.''

Alan J. Perlis (April 1, 1922-February 7, 1990)


From the dedication of the book: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, second edition (MIT Press).

I'm Back! maybe...

I know, I know... It's been ages since my last post! Actually, I hope this extended period of idleness hasn't driven all of my subscribers and faithful readers (yeah, right! :-P) away, though I'm sure it most probably did. I'm gonna do my best to go back to posting, though, and hope I can get it back to a steady stream.

Naturally, lots of things have been going on with my life... I'm counting down the days to the end of my service year, which technically ends by December 1st; sadly still seems so far away (yet much closer than it used to be, of course). Days pass, and work makes them pass faster, for the most part. I've also made a bunch of personal targets and goals for the mostly-near future, which is to say the rest of 2008, and I hope I can keep up with them as much as possible.

Actually, getting back to this blog was one of these targets. Technology is moving faster than ever, and of course I've been too busy to keep up. That's why I'll try to follow up more, and naturally blog about it! I also think it's a good idea to blog about how much progress I'm making on my current projects/goals, so I plan on doing that too...

So, for the time being, let's say that I'm back! I just hope I can keep up, seeing how hectic my daily schedule is :-/.