Top posts of 2011

2011 was a slow year for posts on my blog, 15 in all. That’s the smallest number I’ve written in a year since I started this blog 5-1/2 years ago.

In prior years I went through a phase of discovery. I was finding all this material, and just interpreting it helped me learn a new perspective. There was so much to say about it. I think last year I started trying to figure things out, to push the boundaries of my own technical knowledge, and to go more in-depth on prior issues I had covered here. That takes more time and effort. What I was saying before was, “Look at that shiny ball over there! Look how beautiful it is!” I kept getting closer and closer to it. Finally, I approached it. It was in my grasp, but all I saw was the surface. Not what’s inside, and what made it tick. I’ve started to reach inside to see more of this thing. I also had plenty of other non-computer/science issues cross my path last year that demanded my attention for a while.

Here are the top 5 most read posts for 2011. Only one, “Exploring the meaning of Tron Legacy,” was written last year:


Exploring the meaning of Tron Legacy, 8 comments


Does computer science have a future?, 13 comments


Great moments in modern computer history, 8 comments


A history of the Atari ST and Commodore Amiga, 5 comments


The beauty of mathematics denied, 3 comments