rfunk: (Full of cars!)
posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 06:13pm on 25/03/2008 under ,
November 18, 2008 (as predicted in 1968)

Hmm, we have a lot of this stuff.... I'm actually impressed at how accurate it is, and amused at the 1968 prejudices and assumptions seeping through. Can I have a 250mph air-cushion car for my birthday? No? How about a 4-hour workday?
Mood:: 'amused' amused
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Lately I've been noticing a lot of cases where the successor to a given instance of web technology (specifically within the so-called "LAMP" stack of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python) isn't necessarily the next version of that instance, but rather something different. "Say what?" Let me explain with the specifics:

Web Server: Apache 1.3 -> LightTPD )
Programming Language: PHP4/Perl5 -> Ruby (On Rails) )
Database Server: MySQL4 -> PostgreSQL ? )
Operating System: Linux 2.4 -> FreeBSD ? Not much. )
Mood:: 'geeky' geeky
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Linux news site LXer has dug up a 1989 article predicting technology in 2001. It's interesting to see where they got things right and where they got things wrong; they seem to overestimate the importance of fax and ISDN, but the ISDN predictions aren't too far from what happened with the Internet.

Turns out that article is on a site (www.AtariMagazines.com) archiving "classic" computer magazines (for Ataris and other 80s computers) such as Antic, Compute!, and Creative Computing, though they don't have my favorite, A.N.A.L.O.G. They're also connected to www.AtariArchives.org, a site archiving the full text of some old Atari books and other resources, many of which I have in my basement along with my 256K Atari 1200XL.

In more current news, the BBC has an article and half-hour RealVideo programme about Google's history and the changes and challenges facing it today.

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