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Ruins of forgotten empires: APL languages

“There is a reason I use ‘old’ languages like J or Lush. It’s not a retro affectation; I save that for my suits. These languages are designed better than modern ones. There is some survivor bias here; nobody slings PL/1 or Cobol willingly, but modern language and package designers don’t seem to learn much from the masters. Modern code monkeys ... Read More »

Microsoft’s Windows NT turns 20

Windows NT turned 20 years old today. From a 1998 story about NT, written by Mark Russinovich, “I’ll take you on a short tour of NT’s lineage, which leads back to Digital and its VMS OS. Most of NT’s lead developers, including VMS’s chief architect, came from Digital, and their background heavily influenced NT’s development. After I talk about NT’s ... Read More »

Samsung passes Apple’s iPhone in smartphone web usage

“StatCounter’s latest Internet Wars Report found that, in the month of June, Samsung devices accounted for 25.43 percent of smartphone Internet usage, compared to 25.09 for Apple’s iPhone devices. Samsung has moved into the leadership position in smartphone web use over the course of the last year, which has seen the South Korean tech giant’s share grow from 19.46 percent ... Read More »