An Excerpt from Mechanisms [2]: 'Professor RAMAC'

Among the attractions at the 1958 World‘sFair in Brussels, Belgium, visitors would have beheld ?Professor RAMAC,? a four-ton IBM machine capable of offering up responses to users? queries on a two thousand year historical span… [T]he Professor offered the general public its first encounter with the magnetic disk storage technology today called the hard drive…. In 1950 Edmund C. Berkeley had published a book entitled Giant Brains: or Machines That…

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Weblog Tweaking

Weblog TweakingJerz’s Literacy Weblog) I’ve made a few very minor tweaks to the blog, as I re-familiarize myself with JSP. Will is planning on making some changes to the site soon, and I want to be up to speed so I can more fully understand what he’s accomplished for me. The underlying code that he created for me is beyond my fathoming at this point, but Will has very wisely…

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Blurring the Borders of Rhetoric and Hypertextuality in Weblogs

Early, link-heavy blogs were, for the most part, a method of sharing links. They usually contained entries that consisted of one or two hyperlinks, the blogger’s commentary on the link’s content, and a place for other bloggers to make comments about the entry. These early blogs often focused on what <a href=”htttp://www.rebeccaspocket.net/essays/weblog_history.html”>Blood calls “the dissemination and interpretation of the news.” By linking to news articles from “lesser-known sources” that might…