OK, the title is a bit of an exaggeration, but I just spent over two hours without an Internet connection and some idiot rear-ended my car, so please bear with me.
Monthly Archives: April 2011
Real-time does not mean real fast
Before working on my PhD dissertation, I was under the impression that real-time meant real fast. In my mind, the term real-time was associated with programs that dealt with real world phenomena and therefore had to respond quickly to their inputs in order to be of any use.
The Art of Computer Programming
Yes, I know that the title of this blog is the same as the title of Donald Knuth’s book, and no, this is not a review of that book. In this blog entry, I try to argue for my view of computer programming as a creative process — more of an art than a science.
Email security 101
Most of us use our email accounts without second thoughts about security. We choose a password that, we think, is secure and then forget about it entirely. Human beings have a habit of taking things for granted, and most of us assume that our account is safe and secure and will never be compromised.