Assembly language Forth for Linux

I’m working on an assembly language implementation of a code-threaded Forth for Linux. I’m using fasm (flat assembler) and will use no external code whatsoever (i.e., Linux system calls only). Honestly, this feel a little like coming home to me; programming like it used to be. The Linux system call mechanism interfaces the same way […]

The ugly face of technology

Technology has changed our world. No doubt about it. Starting with the Industrial Revolution, and moving by fits and starts but never idle for long, technology has come to define our economies, our cultures, and our day-to-day lives. We tend to think of this as a good thing, and in many respects it is. Standards […]


Recently my day job has brought Matplotlib to my attention. I’m quite impressed with this package – it offers a very straightforward way to deploy graphical information via the browser. For quite a few years I’ve wished I could write my own web-based electronics design suite (schematic capture, printed circuit board layout, etc.), but never […]

Privacy – the time has come

Enough of the fear – the technology exists to establish completely private communication channels laid right on top of the existing internet. I will be talking here about how, and I will be constructing such a system and making it freely available to anyone who wants to use it. There are two essential components: A […]

Can we have it all?

I prowl randomly around the net quite a lot. Recently I ran across an essay built around a radical idea – the notion that our modern “techno-industrial” economy is, to state it bluntly, the root of all evil. Interesting idea. I work in “techno-industry” (that’s the essay author’s term, not mine). I’m going to leave […]

Review: Wacom Bamboo Solo Stylus

I’ve recently taken a sudden, rather strong interest in drawing. Not really sure where that came from, but… here it is. I won’t be posting anything for a while, because I suck, but I’m working on it. I’m primarily interested in digital drawing, so I bought some stuff to help out with that. For drawing […]


I had to deep-six the previous virtual server vendor, and did I manage to get the blog archived before doing so?  Of course not…  So – here we go again.  Just about ready to give Facebook the heave-ho; I really want to control my own social outlet.  Maybe this time’s the charm…