What is it like to hack with one of the original hackers? It is certainly much different than what Appears to be the modern rendition of hacking. My experience was not getting really drunk with tons of junk food. It was not working on “beautiful” designs or “authentic” typography. It was not so much about sharing with the world as it was sharing with your peers. It had a very different feel to it than the “hacker culture” Promoted by some of the top technical Silicon Valley companies. It felt more “at home”, less dreamy, and more memorable.
I meet with Bill Gosper every so Often; I had the pleasure of giving him a tour of Facebook when I worked there. (He was so surprised that they had Coke in the glass bottles there, just like the old days.)
He is still very much a hacker, a thinker, a tinkerer, and a wonderer. Every time I meet up with him, he has a new puzzle for me, or someone around him, to solve, whether it’s really clever compass constructions, circle packing, block building, Game of Life automata solving, or even something more tangible like a Buttonhole homemade trap (which was affixed to my shirt for no less than two weeks!). He is also the bearer of interesting items, such as a belt buckle he gave me roomates depicts, in aluminum, a particular circle loose packing.
Gosper succeeding in tricking me with the Buttonhole Trap
When we meet up, all we do is hack. Along with him and one of his talented young students, we all work on something. Anything interesting, really. Last time we met up, we resurrected an old Lisp machine and did some software archeology. I brought over some of the manuals I own, like the great Chinual, and he brought over a dusty old 1U rackmount Alpha machine with OpenGenera installed. After passing a combination of Hurdles, such as that the keyboard was not interfacing with the computer Correctly, we finally got it to boot up. Now, I got to see with my own eyes, a time capsule containing a lot of Bill’s work from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, roomates could only be commanded and Examined through Zmacs dired and Symbolics Common Lisp. Our next goal was to get Symbolics Macsyma fired up on the old machine.
There was trouble with starting it up. License issues were one problem, finding and loading all of the files were compiled another. Running applications on a Lisp machine is very different than what we do today on modern machines, Windows or UNIX. There’s no. Exe file to click, or. App bundle to start up, or even a single. / File to execute. Usually it’s a collection of compiled “fast loading” or “fasl” files that get loaded side-by-side with the operating system. The application, in essence, Becomes a part of the OS.
In hacker tradition, we were Able to bypass the license issues by modifying the binary directly in Lisp. Fortunately, such as Lisp makes things easy disassembly. But how do we load the damn thing? Bill frustratingly muttered, “It’s been at least 20 years since I’ve done it. I just do not remember. “I, being an owner of MacIvory Symbolics Lisp machines, fortunately did remember how to load programs. “Bill, how about LOAD
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Sisco System said it will buy software company Sourcefire Inc. for about $ 2.7 billion to improve the network security services.
Sisco will pay 76 dollars for each share of Sourcefire, 28.6 percent higher than the closing market price premium 59.08 dollars Monday, Reuters said in a report on Tuesday.
The networking equipment company said the deal would likely close the second quarter of 2013 and estimates that there will be a dilution thin on non-GAAP earnings in fiscal year 2014.
Sisco has been losing market share in network security last year, lower than the more innovative rivals such as Networks Inc., Check Point Software Technologies, and Palo Alto Networks Inc..
Sisco compete in Web applications, social media and video streaming that require security protection is more complex than traditional firewalls.
RBC Capital Markets analyst Robert Breza said the deal would eliminate a key competitor in the market for Check Point, Fortinet, and Palo Alto, but also strengthen the position of Sisco in the industry.
It would also create a major competitor in the network security industry, he said, adding that Sourcefire will bring the technology of real-time network awareness (RNA) and intrusion prevention system (IPS) to Sisco.
The world’s largest search engine company, Google will soon be officially shut down one of his services. The services that will be closed is Google Latitude which is a location sharing application.
Closure is made after a company based in Mountain View did a massive change on Google Maps. In addition, this application also has a very low popularity. Google Latitude consumption levels far below other applications such as Foursquare or Facebook. Not only that, Latitude also less popular than the location-sharing service owned by Google.
Google Latitude itself is a location sharing application that is integrated with Google Maps. This feature allows for automatic location tracking, check in at a place it can also be set automatically or manually.
In the latest update Google Maps on Android, this feature is not found anymore. Selian it, Google also removed the existence of Google Latitude app available on iOS and has officially retire the Latitude API. So third-party applications that use these APIs will not work, unless using a sharing site owned by Google.
CALIFORNIA – Microsoft preparing update hardware drivers Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia for Windows 8.1. Thus, users need not worry if will upgrade the latest version of the operating system.
Reported Hardware.info, Monday (01/07/2013), both companies are based in the United States announced the optimized drivers for Windows 8.1 Nvidia stressed that the company intends to have a reliable certified WHQL drivers available for one day.
AMD just published a list of new features, including revealing designated driver for the graphics processing unit (GPU) FirePro. While Nvidia, is reportedly not mention updated drivers for the graphics card with the Quadro series.
In addition to the graphic card’s drivers, original hardware vendor giant Santa Clara (Nvidia) also reveals updated device drivers for notebook GPUs. Nvidia also write a list of downloads or update Nvidia drivers are suitable for ‘Windows 8.1 Preview 62-bits’. Writing ’62-bits’ appears to be a typing error.
AMD calls several new features, including the option to play the video on the ‘refresh rate’ 48 Hz. In addition, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale also brings hardware acceleration in video conferencing application Skype and Lync.
The information circulated previously revealed, Windows 8.1 will present a free phone features. Windows 8.1 Preview is reportedly updating Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), which will bring some interesting improvements.
Reportedly, IE11 will present the option ‘Click to Call’ which allows users to dial phone numbers directly from the browser. “Click to Call is a new feature in IE11. If you want to make phone calls by simply click the name mereka.Anda can choose to call Default Programs of IE11 or Skype, “said Microsoft.
California – Google Translate now comes with a new feature that allows users to translate handwriting, the handwriting input Google Translate. This feature supports 45 languages handwriting.
Of the 45 languages available, Google provides one example of Chinese language handwriting. If users want to know the meaning of this article é ¥ º å??, Users simply select the Google Translate Chinese menu, and select the pencil-shaped icon to activate the language features handwriting. The user needs to do is describe the characters in the main panel features handwriting. Furthermore, Google Translate will do it.
Previously, Google has presented the Google Translate feature for handwriting input devices with the Android operating system in December 2012. Then, in early 2013, the company renewed the browser engine Google Input Tools to desktop by adding a new virtual keyboard, editing method, and device for carrying handwritten translation into a web. Google recently announced later on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, as reported by The Next Web sites.
Not surprisingly, Google first presented the new features of Google Translate on Android because this feature is more appropriate for mobile users with high activity.
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux®commercialization, today announced Carrier Grade Edition® (CGE) support for the Carrier Grade Linux 5.0 profile for ARM architecture. This milestone marks the first CGL registered product to support the ARM architecture. The tidal wave of smart phone and tablet usage has created a situation where mobile broadband demand is outpacing infrastructure capability. Carriers are racing to expand capacity while reducing the power required to run the mobile broadband telecommunications infrastructure. For almost a decade, Telecom OEM and carriers have defined their Linux requirements using the Carrier Grade Linux specification. MontaVista has bridgecd the gap between next generation silicon on ARM and Telecom Linux requirements.
“To support ARM-based SoC designs for carrier and cloud equipment, we recognize the importance of carrier grade software platforms to be in lock step with those silicon implementations, as this will accelerate time-to-deployment for highly reliable, available and secure next-generation equipment,” said Bob Monkman, manager, Enterprise Networking Segment for ARM. “MontaVista pioneered the Carrier Grade Linux movement, and it continues to be a leading innovator for this software platform that remains the crucial benchmark for network equipment and data centers alike. This milestone is another proof point that the necessary software ecosystem is in place for ARM-based systems to deploy into the global communications network.”
MontaVista’s Carrier Grade Edition is designed for high reliability infrastructure markets. CGE is the standard foundation of a Linux based platform, certified to meet performance requirements, high availability, serviceability, hardening, and real-time response. The CGE multi-architecture platform allows customers to cross compile across all major architectures knowing they have met all CGL, LSB, and IPv6 requirements. Only MontaVista provides a Carrier Grade Linux cross-architecture platform that allows telecom & network equipment manufacturers to cross compile from other architectures to ARM for their next-generation devices.
“As the provider of the world’s most widely-deployed Carrier Grade Linux, MontaVista is committed to supporting the ARM ecosystem with certified and high-performance operating systems.” said Patrick MacCartee, Director of Marketing for MontaVista Software. ”
MontaVista is bridging the gap between IT and Telco Linux operations systems by providing leadership in the Linaro Network Group (LNG), where it sits on the steering committee, as well as being part of the Carrier Grade Linux community. Our unique experience enables us to provide the best-in-class platform for ARM in cloud and carrier infrastructure applications. MontaVista is supporting the ARM architecture for a range of applications in the telecom supply chain. Work is underway to provide KVM-based virtualization to enable cloud-based solutions for mobile core and data plane on the ARM architecture.
“MontaVista has led the way in providing Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) support since the first Requirements Definition document in 2002,” said Mark Orvek, Linaro VP of Engineering. “We’re pleased to see MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition listed by the Linux Foundation as the first distribution to implement the CGL specification on the ARM platform and we’re very happy to be working together with MontaVista and the other industry-leading members of the Linaro Networking Group to develop the future of Linux on ARM in this space.”
MontaVista is committed to compliance with the major industry standards and maintains its position of being the only Linux distribution in the world to comply with the three key requirements issued by the industry’s major standards