I’ve just started work at a new company that’s got a lot of old hardware stored around the building and was chatting about the first PC I ever started working on back at Hampshire Country Council in 1993 when I tripped over the very thing. An old IBM P70 with a mind-blowing array of specs :
- 386DX running at 20MHz
- 60MB ESDI hard disk
- 8Mb of RAM
- A built-in 16 gray level gas-plasma screen running at 640×480
Have you ever wondered what those strange icons were that appeared next to blog posts such as the example on the right? Well it’s called an Identicon and it’s an icon that uniquely identifies the source of a post whilst maintaining the privacy of the user – technically it’s a MD5 hash of the users IP address and converted to a 9-block graphic.
But wait, there’s more. If you’d like a specific icon (a picture of you for example) to follow you around wherever you post then you can sign up for a Gravatar – a globally recognized avatar.
I really need to spend some time to read Microsofts Globalization Step-by-Step article as a quick refresher!!
I came across something called Cosmos and just thought it was very cool. It’s an operating system completely implemented in CIL compliant languages but especially focuses on C#. It seems like quite a cool idea to run this on especially small embedded devices but I’m left wondering what applications will be available that are compatible with the OS. I guess if they’ve implemented the .Net Base Libraries then they’ll be a fair amount already that will work but I haven’t looked at all at how this OS supports GUIs.