Looking back at 2012

I spent a lot of time helping out my mother last year. A good part of it has been that she’s shifting to doing research online, using my computer. It’s not so much that she wants to do this. She’s been a techno-phobe for as long as I’ve known her. It’s that our society has moved a lot online, so it’s now a requirement for her. She’s been getting used to this, and has even come to like it a little. So I’ve been assisting her with it, and many other things not related to the techie world. She and I have looked into getting her a low-cost laptop of some sort, though she hasn’t settled on anything yet.

In addition, I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around an actual computing artifact (an 8-bit computer and its operating system–starting small), and some concepts of creating a simple virtual machine and a compiled language to go with it.

All of this is explaining why I’ve had less time to write. 🙂 I looked back at my posts for 2012, and was a bit surprised to find I had only written six. I’m definitely slowing down on my writing, though I have no intention of discontinuing it.

Here are the top 5 most read posts for 2012. As I’ve said before, this only reflects what’s been getting attention. None of these are posts I wrote last year:


Exploring the meaning of Tron Legacy, 10 comments


Does computer science have a future?, 13 comments


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


Remembering Steve Jobs and Apple Computer, 0 comments


Great moments in modern computer history, 8 comments