The Radiator

Sending out some gentle cheer into the cold world of Computing, Technology and beyond.  A somewhat off-the-wall look at various aspects of Computer Science and IT (call it what you will) and wider technology in academia, industry and politics.  A balance between history and current affairs.  Dedicated to the father of computer science and the first computational philosopher; a man far, far ahead of his time in so many ways …

“He had a laugh so irritating that it could make people leave the room, and he would cycle through the countryside wearing a gas mask. He kept his tea mug chained to his radiator (a radical answer to mug thieves), and had a cat that would accompany him on walks.  As befits the image of the preoccupied academic, Turing was prone to absent-mindedness: at one point early in the war, he buried several silver ingots in remote rural locations as insurance against a Nazi takeover but then forgot where they were.”  ‘How Alan Turing’s secret papers were saved for the nation’, The Telegraph, 30th July 2011

The basic idea behind these pages is to offer, or at least attempt, an accessible view on a range of relevant and/or significant Computing and Computer Science topics.  Posts will range from the daft – but hopefully entertaining – to something close to serious.  It’s not just aimed at Computing folk; it would be nice if there was general appeal as well but we’ll see.  It won’t always be easy striking a balance between readability and giving a subject a fair hearing but that’s the idea.  It’s almost inevitable that some pieces may seem too lightweight or shallow while others come across as turgid to the point of being unreadable.  Particularly distressing is that it’s likely that the same article may well attract both forms of criticism from different sources.

Nor is it intended to limit the discussions to weighty technical and academic concepts and arguments, although there’s plenty of material to work with there.  There are other important Computing issues in relation to politics, society, education, ethics, the environment, etc. and these all deserve an airing too.  Hopefully, in the fullness of time, they’ll get it.

The style throughout is intended to be informal but literate; references to other sites included.  Links will be offered to any relevant sources with interest being the overriding criterion for inclusion.  Even Wikipedia will be used without shame for background reading; after all, none of us are entirely sure what we’re talking about, are we?

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