Technology

Why Retrocomputing is Important

‘Retrocomputing’ sounds old. That’s exactly what it is: About systems and software from yesteryear and long before that. And since things change extremely fast in the tech-business, ‘retro’ must mean obsolete – with a scent of museum. But wait. Not everything changes all that fast. Some things hardly change at all – and continue to run the same old stuff forever. Who’s taking care of that?

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Best Practice is your Worst Nightmare

Want to learn from the best? Make sure you don’t repeat their mistakes? Save time and money, collect the glory? Of course. That’s what Best Practices has been about – for ages. And for a long time it worked. Now it doesn’t – for obvious reasons. Why are we still using it?

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Security: Everything is broken

If you’re following the cybersecurity buzz and – at least occasionally – take the time to think for a minute, it’s hard to avoid getting the feeling that everything is broken. And it is. But the show must go on. Here’s how it works.

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Is ‘Going all Electric’ Killing the Planet?

Going all electric – in a hurry – is the solution to our climate challenge, according to both experts and pundits. It sounds reasonable, the goal and the arguments are convincing. They also ignore reality. The climate challenge is not just about energy.

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The Autonomous Nightmare

Humans don’t really like robots and certainly not robots that look like us – unless they’re in a movie or TV show. In short – we don’t like competition. That’s why we don’t want autonomous cars.

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Hybrid Driver? Gimme a brake…

Do you drive a hybrid? I do. It’s good for my economy. And it’s bad for the climate. Actually, just about everything hybrid is bad. And ‘hybrid driver’ is possibly the worst …

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Mars is closer, survival is not …

It’s truly amazing what’s going on on Mars these days. Smart people, great planning and incredible technology is moving cargo from Earth to Mars more or less automatically. Then conducting experiments, even having a helicopter working autonomously – in totally unknown terrain. While here on Earth even the simplest emergency planning seems to be a big challenge – and controversial. Why?

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Sentient AI? Dream on …

It is still true that every cloud has a silver lining. The recent hoopla about sentient AI is a great example. Of course it’s a cloud of baloney. But where is the silver lining?

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‘I got yor password’

Pardon the spelling, but it fits. It has been 35 years since passwords were deemed inadequate for reasonable security. Yet here we are, still using them – and 12345678 is still the world’s favorite. Too bad AI doesn’t exist. We could really need some help on the intelligence side of things.

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