Full show notes for the Carpet Bomberz Inc. podcast episode #21
Lisp Machines – The Best Computer Ever!
- From the wikipedia article on Symbolics and LMI
- LISt Processing Language (LISP)
- John McCarthy created it for Artificial Intelligence research
- Developed on an IBM 704 mainframe eventually was ported
- Very resource intensive
- Slowed shared machines to a crawl, making research very expensive in clock cycles
- Slow performance led to the idea of a dedicated machine for LISP
- The Dedicated LISP machine ’73
- Tom Knight and Richard Greenblatt create CONS
- Hardwired to run basic LISP operations, speeding things up because they were in hardware not software
- CONS is further refined and becomes CADR
- Eventually 25 machines of this design are built and sold around MIT and outside MIT
- Russ Noftsker steps in when it’s obvious there’s a market for LISP
- Symbolics – February ’79
- Russ Noftsker & the largest contingent of AI hackers leave
- Most successful of the Lisp Machine companies
- Most innovative designs (higher performance, graphics division)
- Dedicated graphics were adopted by Hollywood led to further use of graphics in movies
- Lisp Machines Inc. (LMI) – October ’79
- Richard Greenblatt
- Smallest contingent of the AI Lab hackers followed
- Orders were provided through Control Data Corp project trying to do AI research
- Richard Stallman – GNU Project
- Richard and Marvin Minsky were the only staff left after the parting of the ways
- Saw the culture get killed by the forming of the Lisp Machine
- GNU project formed as a response to decimation of MIT hacker ranks
One of my favorite passtimes is to listen to a podcast called the Dawn and Drew Show. And let me tell you when you join their message board you begin the understand the value of Listener Generated Content. Adam Curry has benefited from this too with his podcast Daily Source Code. I’ve sent a few emails at different times to Adam, one of which got a mention on his show. Sometimes, I fall so far behind in listening to the shows I don’t feel I can make a legitimate contribution. I’ve been doing a lot better recently keeping up with Dawn and Drew episodes so I threw together this little ditty in Photoshop:
Hopefully, the next step would be a good phone line comment about something happening recently in one of the episodes. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Little steps, little baby steps.
I’m recommitting myself to my podcast, Carpet Bomberz Inc. I’ve been too timid in publishing regular podcasts due to worries over whether or not I had waited long enough for interesting things to happen in my life in order to report on them. I have been reading Michael Geoghagen’s book Podcast Solutions in the early chapters where Geoghagen says to follow your bliss when it comes to the topic of the podcast. While I admit to being somewhat vain, and like reporting one what’s been going on, something more topic driven might prove to be a better vehicle for me podcasting-wise. I ran through about 20 topics, some of them related to musings about how certain inventions could have been improved, some of them comedic attempts at story telling, and others just straight discoveries of some obscure techno logia (technology and nostalgia). This list will now be the driving force for this next phase of the podcast. I’m going to also follow some other pointers like registering a domain name and putting a WordPress blog into production to support the Podcast. Blogposts, podcasts, Flickr galleries, del.icio.us tags will all combine into what will be a base for some Google Adsense banner ads for the Blog. If Adam Curry, Dawn and Drew can do it so can I. All I’m looking to do is support the cost of the website, domain registration and pay for the audio equipment I’ve already amassed, and nothing more. Fame is not an option.
I just wanted to see if this would work. It appears that Contribute 4 from Adobe has three main pre-configured blog authentications setup in in it. Blogger, Typepad, and WordPress. Since I’m testing this WordPress blog, I thought I would devote a few entries to interoperability of the new Contribute and WordPress. So far so good. It seems pretty seamless, but it duplicates a lot of the web interface within WordPress. So I don’t know if it’s easier or not. It may be the case that hardcore Contribute users would easily move between blogs and websites due to the integration. But I doubt you’re going to get one to start using a blog simply because it supposed to be easier to use Contribute. It doesn’t hide the forms heavy interface of just about every templating/blogging/content management software out on the Internets.
And to my New Media Centers compatriot on Prince Edward Island: Can’t Stop the Back Channel! Link-tribution you all!
Since I first fired up this Blog to tryout WP2.0 I haven't tried very hard to put it through its paces. Some things like plug-ins are what I find most facinating about WP2.0. I know some big bloggin websites that have relied heavily on plug-ins for their functionality. What plug-ins do you think are the most valuable for folks running blogs off of WP2.0?
I’ve felt like a lost and forgotten orphan sitting over on Bloglines, I just wish someone could combine all the development and openness of WP with Bloglines and combine the RSS reading along with RSS reading/commenting. So now is the time to try out a hosted version of wordpress and see what it’s got.