Technology Writing

A few recently posted stories:

Flux, Helm Top Cloud Native User Recommendations for Continuous Delivery Technologies The Helm package manager and the Flux GitOps operator are the two most highly-recommended technologies for supporting cloud native continuous delivery operations, as identified by the Cloud Native Com (The New Stack), 2020-07-01.

Untrusted Docker Hub Images Found with Monero Cryptojacking Malware A security team from Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 has unearthed six containers that were housed on Docker Hub that, once instantiated, were activated by unknown parties to mine the Monero cryptocurre (The New Stack), 2020-06-25.

Microsoft: Rust Is the Industry Best Chance at Safe Systems Programming No matter how much investment software companies may put into tooling and training their developers, C++, at its core, is not a safe language, said Ryan Levick, Microsoft cloud developer advocate. (The New Stack), 2020-06-10.

Features Through the Ages

The Day Vehicles Started Driving Themselves

Fri, 19 Mar 2004

Behind By 2020, it has been estimated, as many as 10 million self-driving cars will be on the road. Though optimistic, the prediction seems plausible enough: Google is making amazing strides in its self-driving prototype, and BMW, Mercedes, and Tesla are already adding self-driving features into their autos.

Remember, if you will, that not all that long ago the very idea of a self-navigating vehicle was mostly the stuff of SciFi. It certainly seemed fairly preposterous in 2004, when I had the opportunity to witness the first-ever autonomous vehicle race, held in the Mojave Desert, by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA). So it was remarkable then that the winning vehicle had managed to travel was 7.4 miles on its own, just as it is remarkable today how quickly these robot vehicles have evolved since then. Here is my account of that day. Click to Read More...

		
		
		

The Long Running Feud Between vi and EMACS users

Tue, 04 Dec 2001

EMACS Like fight-fatigued battalions who come to a temporary truce but refuse to give up the war, vi and EMACS users keep an uneasy standoff in many Linux communities. When pressed, most people familiar with both editors will say the difference between the two is primarily one of speed vs. flexibility. But why has this difference of views remained a divisor of programmer culture for more than four decades now? Click to Read More...

		
		
		

Compendiums

  • Tutorials, and notes on programming, system administration, etc.
  • Miscellaneous technology notes (compiled from Twitter)
  • Chronological listing of recent articles: Largely concerning computers, for the IDG News Service most recently
  • More writing about computers and software: PostNewsweek Tech Media, 2001-2009
  • Cyberpunk column: Column for the Baltimore City Paper, 1995-2001
  • Technologies from the Pentagon: National Technology Transfer Center