A 1961 episode of Route 66 has a fascinating side detail.
Milner's character Tod is taking a UCLA course in programming
"It's the latest thing," says his driving partner Buzz sardonically,
though Tod worries that he's not cut out for "business machines." And on
the very day I was studying the history of Java, I heard this 1961
dialogue from Tod's
computer science instructor.
"Segmentation is the partitioning of the object program into memory
in those cases where the memory is too small to contain all of the
object coding. Now fully automatic segmentation occurs only when the
compiler itself determines the size of each memory load without
indication by the user. Semi-automatic segmentation occurs when the
compiler uses programmer-supplied information to determine memory loads
and provides for automatic reloading when necessary. Any questions...?
Tomorrow we'll start on segment points and work on the preservation
loops and tack. In the meantime, remember today's lesson.
Each implementer has the option of providing some type of segmentation
for files and for working storage...
At last! I found a Firefox search keyword that actually works
I'd loved typing "map" and then a real-world address (instead of a URL)
into Firefox's address bar. Boom! Firefox would instantly pull up a map
of that location. But for some reason, that stopped working with later
versions of Firefox. Fortunately, a Google search turned up a blogger
a way to fix it.
Firefox will automatically create a bookmark for the search keyword, but
its URL "will not work and returns a blank
page," the blogger notes.
if you edit the
bookmark manually and change it to the following URL, then your keyword
search will return a useful result:
I never expected the kind of attention the web site got.
In fact, if I had known when I started, I probably
would've screamed and unplugged it.
She also describes her boyfriend as "really less than
enthusiastic" about appearing on camera. (And PayPal
had also made it more difficult for her to accept
payments from her subscribers.)
"For this and other reasons," Jenni pulled the plug in 2003. She
works in Sacramento as a computer programmer now.
After being so overexposed for some many years,
I really am enjoying my privacy now.... It's a completely different
feeling, and I think I'm enjoying it.
My CPU would freeze periodically. And it's all Google's fault...
When I installed Google's Chrome browser, Google snuck onto my hard drive
and installed a stealth program that runs in the background and calls
back to the "mother ship."
Seriously! Without me knowing it!
The program is called "Google Update," and it's only checking for updates
software. "This is becoming standard fare with much software these days,"
wrote a C|Net
reporter, warning that it's "worth noting." If you've installed
Google's Chrome browser, you've agreed to let it run a secret second
"updater" program on your hard drive on their own schedule.
I finally got a check from Google AdSense -- after three and a
See, Google has a minimum payout of $100. So until your blog reaches
that magical threshhold, Google keeps all the money. (Unless you close
your account in frustration -- in which case Google gives you what you've
earned.) I'm talking about my other blog, which has never been hugely
popular. But one geek estimates Google has amassed $400
million in unpaid Google AdSense money.
If his assumptions are
correct, that's nearly half a billion dollars in advertising money from
bloggers that still sitting cozily at Google's headquarters.
How did I do it?
By adding my AdSense code to another site that's
even more popular...
OurSignal.com is a really cool
"aggregator" for the top URLs on voting sites. (Digg, Reddit, and
It measures the "velocity" of
their popularity (which you can see when
mousing over the headlines). And they display this visually, with
size of the headlines and the background color for each box.
The bigger the box, the more relative votes a story has.
The warmer the color, the quicker the story is on the rise. Cooler colors
denote negative velocity.
For those of you who don't speak geek,
today Cuil sent it's robots to ping one site 72 times today. (The second
line shows that filtering out the robot leaves no organic traffic
from the actual Cuil search engine.)
That's the log for my friends at 10 Zen Monkeys. But here at AOL Watch,
the logs tell a similar story.
AOL remained an albatross around the neck of Time Warner during the first
quarter as profits from the Internet-access business plummeted a
73 percent versus the same quarter a year ago
The company's decision to drop its subscription model and provide AOL free
in the hope of expanding the user base and thereby attract more advertiser
dollars appeared doomed. AOL's advertising dollars did rise in the
quarter -- but by only one percent, while much of its subscription revenue