Category: Technology


OspreyForth Update, March 9

I feel like I’ve fiddled with pForth long enough. There are basically three Forth interpreters I’ve tried so far. The first is FICl, which I was successful in using many years ago. GForth showed promise as well, but I don’t like how the interpreter incorporated extensions. I also didn’t like that GForth didn’t support callbacks, something I knew I’d need down the road. pForth certainly looked promising, but the fact that I was having such a hard time incorporating C strings kind of deflated me. Since I am looking for Objective-C integration, I need reliable C string integration as well.

This leads me to think that I should go back to FICL. It was meant to be embedded in C-like software, so the C string issue isn’t a problem. Plus, I got OspreyForth working before using FICL. My great concern is that the FICL software has not seen much work since 2004. That may be because it’s already in its optimal state, but I’m still concerned I’m going to be attaching myself to an obsolete system. GForth and pForth are at least receiving regular updates.

I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet on this one and hope for the best…

OspreyForth Update, November 13

It’s been some time since I delivered an update on OspreyForth, so here it is. View full article »

Inferno OS and its failure to catch on

Inferno OS had some great ideas, but it just wasn’t market-ready. View full article »

Progress on OspreyForth, Aug. 30

A project update on OspreyForth. View full article »

New (old) project: Osprey Forth, an OpenStep Forth

Announcing a revival of an old Forth project: OspreyForth! View full article »

News in Tech: Virtual Reality and Robots

Pokémon GO is the new AR craze, but there’s a lot of other technology out there that is worth looking at. View full article »

Pokémon GO: Death, Drugs and Accidents

Pokémon GO has hit the world by storm, but like any new technology it’s a little… disruptive. View full article »

Facebook and Google Own You

The future is now.

In Blade Runner, the dystopian future was heavily influenced by the Tyrell Corporation, which provided artificial humans for almost any purpose.

In Robocop the Omni Consumer Products megacorporation planned on buying the entire city of Detroit and make all the citizens shareholders and employees.

In Elysium, the future was ruled by a wealthy social elite that existed above Earth in a technological Eden.

The problem is that these are not just stories. These are issues that we’re facing today. While the world watches Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battle for the American throne, Google, Facebook and the tech community in general are in the trenches affecting our lives right now. Read on for more. View full article »

Poker VR and Entertainment

There’s been a certain amount of hype recently about Poker VR. Essentially, it is online virtual reality poker. Of all the places for VR to take hold, poker VR is not what I would have expected. This is not a poker blog, though, so we have to leave the intricacies of online poker for someone else. The interesting thing for us, however, is the motivation behind poker VR.

In essence, poker is a boring thing to watch. Having seen a few Youtube videos in preparation for this article, I can say that poker appears to be more interesting to play than to observe. For the most part, everyone is quietly staring at the table, some covering their faces with hoodies and sunglasses. They sit around for a while, then one makes a move. Then a bunch of chips get pushed around. That’s about it from a spectator perspective. No one is really interesting and things move slowly.

Oddly enough, this boredom isn’t just restricted to poker. Many people watch hockey for the fights. I myself spoke to a boxing trainer who pointed out that the best boxers are also the least interesting. They spend a lot of time and effort evading hits when it is simply more entertaining to barge in swinging. In that last sentences is the purpose behind poker VR; it’s not about poker, but entertainment.

Entertainment consumes everything

Consider some activity of interest. It could be arranging matchsticks, for all that it matters. Now consider a web series on arranging matchsticks. The former is an activity that some people do for some reason. The other is entertainment. The idea of arranging matchsticks is just the flavor with which the entertainment is presented.

It’s like this for a lot of things. When ESPN airs the World Series of Poker, they’re not really airing poker games. They’re airing entertainment that uses poker games at the distinguishing flavor (for lack of a better term). Sports are like this as well. Football has to be entertaining or no one would watch it. Boxing, Tennis, even Chess. There has to be something to hook people or else the entertainment stops working as a product and goes away. When was the last time you watched a chess tournament on ESPN?

Thinking in these terms, poker VR isn’t an evolution of poker in the Internet Age. It’s a gimmick. One that the entertainment community grasped for because poker itself is not very interesting to watch. Thanks to tournaments like the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour, there is a huge amount of money in the poker world. It’s worth the investment of coming up with this kind of gimmickry. It gets people into the gaming who might not otherwise be interested. What does it do for the veterans? Maybe nothing. I don’t think hardcore poker players would care. Perhaps it will get more people in to take money from.

One thing is for sure, however. This isn’t real poker. It’s just entertainment.

#AppleVsFBI Talking Points

By this point, most people in the tech world know about Apple’s fight against the FBI on hacking an iPhone used in a terrorist attack. Most in the tech world are siding with Apple, while many outside the tech world side with the FBI. Because of the controversy, we though it would be useful to present a summary of what is going on. View full article »