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We suggest that the conventional course on operating systems, based --- apparently --- on folk memory of an archetypal operating system, could usefully be reorganised to emphasise the importance of the people who use the system, and comment on our experience in designing and presenting such a course.
It is mid-1973: microprocessors exist, but only in control systems. Punched cards dominate. Bill Gates is getting ready for Harvard, where he will eventually produce a version of Basic for the new Altair "microcomputer". Fortran, Cobol, and PL/I are the languages, unless you're doing something pretty specialised, or still using assembly language. It is less… (More)
FORTRAN -"the infantile disorder"-, by now nearly 20 years old, is hopelessly inadequate for whatever computer application you have in mind today: it is now too clumsy, too risky, and too expensive to use. PL/I -" the fatal disease"belongs more to the problem set than to the solution set. It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students… (More)
I describe an approach to specifying computing systems which shows promise as an aid in the design of systems for rehabilitation purposes. This approach has been developed as part of a continuing programme of investigation into the use of multiple communication channels in rehabilitation computing systems. When the work began ( 1988 ) there was little… (More)
When teaching artificial intelligence, it is not always easy to find convincing illustrations. I have sometimes found it quite hard to provide illuminating examples of fundamental topics which I wish to introduce early in the course - such as learning, heuristics, search spaces, and the like.
In Stephen Pinker’s book The Language Instinct, the author argues convincingly that the remarkable human facility for managing language depends on our being equipped from birth with machinery to do just that : “Language is ... a distinct piece of the biological makeup of our brains”. Because of this machinery, he suggests, any signs of linguistic… (More)
in the course of which I have attempted to follow the implied course of the garbage in question. My analysis has shown that there is a serious dearth of information on the state of the garbage between the input and output phases implied by P1, and this has naturally led me to under',ake an investigation of storage structures with particular reference to… (More)
This topic was brought to mind by the title of a recentish publication, where "a tiny virtual machine" was mentioned. I have told you about our virtual machine for Basic which ran in 16 kilobytes; the smallest of the processors used for the "tiny virtual machine" provided 32 kilobytes of non-volatile storage, with an additional 0.5 or 1 kilobyte of… (More)