Yorick Phoenix

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Chief WriteTogether Bug Finder & character stringer. Generally to create computer code, but sometimes actual words and paragraphs. Listens to lots of music, takes lots of photos, & invests in stocks for the long haul.

Joined 31 December 2018.

Total writing: 432 days.

Current streak: 552 days.

Total word count: 203743 words (471 words on average per post)


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9 months ago, for day 271 by Yorick Phoenix 🏆

The idea that we have any sense of privacy outside our own homes has long gone, or if you still feel you have privacy when out in public you should abandon that idea forthwith no matter how much you desperately want to cling on to it. It maybe unnerving but...


Languages 25/31 (PHP)

9 months ago, for day 270 by Yorick Phoenix 🏆

Part 24 is here I started using the web around 1998 and as an engineer immediately learnt HTML and used it to create some static web pages. A few of years later I needed to create dynamic web sites. Ones that allowed users to login and the page displayed would...


Languages 24/31 (PowerPC Assembler)

9 months ago, for day 269 by Yorick Phoenix 🏆

Part 23 is here Anytime I am involved with computer software, no matter the high-level language being used; eventually I end up writing assembler. It happened with BASIC and Z80, BASIC and 6502, Algol and MACRO-10, C and 680x0. Programming on the new PowerPC Macintoshes wasn't going to be an...


Languages 23/31 (Shell Scripts)

9 months ago, for day 268 by Yorick Phoenix 🏆

Part 22 is here Shortly after I was exposed to Unix (first on a Dec Vax 11/750, then a Sun Workstation, then many more *nix based machines) of the many many tools you learn... 23. Shell Script The Unix Shell (or shells) have their own language, generally referred to...


We need more Power

9 months ago, for day 267 by Yorick Phoenix 🏆

""Американская фирма Transceptor Technology приступила к производству компьютеров «Персональный спутник." - intro to "The Power" by Snap! Whether Petrol / Gear heads like it or not, Electric cars are here and they are going to take over the world. Many countries - mostly European - have challenged themselves to...


Languages 22/31 (68x00 Assembler)

9 months ago, for day 266 by Yorick Phoenix 🏆

Part 21 is here Almost everything I was writing at this point was in an Object Oriented style using C++ on macOS. A couple of things however meant that I needed to go back down to a lower-level. Son't get me wrong, optimizing C compilers by this point were very...


Languages 21/31 (C+-)

9 months ago, for day 265 by Yorick Phoenix 🏆

Part 20 is here After leaving the research center I went to work for AM Technology (later renamed to VicomSoft, now probably defunct). I worked on their Terminal emulator / modem drivers / file transfer software. I had been using Lightspeed C for my personal projects - a shareware offline...


Languages 20/31 (6502 Assembler)

9 months ago, for day 264 by Yorick Phoenix 🏆

Parts 17-19 are here During the time I was working in the Knowledge-Based Research Centre (KBSC) at the London South Bank University I did a couple of side projects, both written in BASIC. One was the educational software that I wrote for Addison-Wesley. The majority of it was written in...


Save the Planet America

9 months ago, for day 262 by Yorick Phoenix 🏆

This is a rehash of an old rant I wrote six years ago, seems nothing has changed How to save the planet America, turn the thermostat up. I checked into my hotel room last night, or should I say large fridge. It was caused by the air conditioning (A/C). I...


Languages 17-19/31 (ADA, BLISS & BCPL)

9 months ago, for day 261 by Yorick Phoenix 🏆

Part 16 is here I don't know why I learnt - or at least investigated - the following languages, but somehow I did. Not in any great depth but I did have exposure to them, their structures, syntax and what made them different. In engineering you often pick the best...