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March 15, 2013
The End of the Hangup
Why the physical form of smartphones and the unreliable operation of cellular networks has made hanging up the telephone impossible.
April 23, 2012
The Future Was Here
Jimmy Maher's Platform Study of the Commodore Amiga
I'm very happy to announce the publication of the latest book in the Platform Studies series, Jimmy Maher's The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga. It's a terrific book about this influential multimedia microcomputer. As someone who never had an Amiga in the 80s and 90s, but who was often ...
April 16, 2011
A terminal of yore
As someone who has worked on simulated television effects for Atari games, I was happy to learn about Cathode, a "vintage terminal emulator" for Mac. It simulates phosphor burn, screen curvature, glare, refresh rates, beam desyncrhonization, jitter, and other effects common to mini-computer terminals of yore. It's a functioning terminal ...
December 14, 2009
Platform Studies: Frequently Questioned Answers
Paper written with Nick Montfort for Digital Arts and Cultures 2009
September 11, 2009
In the War on Ideas, War Always Wins
On the British Government's neglect of Alan Turing's role in the history of computation
In the winter of 1952, Alan Turing called on the Manchester police to investigate a break-in at his house. He suspected an estranged lover was responsible and, being the earnest man that he was, reported his suspicion to the police. The problem was, Turing's lover was Arnold Murray. Homosexuality was ...