UTF-8 Saved the World… mostly.

via Characters, Symbols and the Unicode Miracle – Computerphile – YouTube via Gizmodo. It’s always wonderful to hear the story behind the technology. This video explains some of the challenges and pitfalls of the burgeoning information era. The American standard ASCII (American Standard Computer Information Interchange) while inventive and easy was not standard outside the US. As a […]

Mechanical Computing

Two recent inspirational posts: the binary clock Most numary systems are base 10, but clocks work on a base 12 system. You count to 12 then start over. This enterprising clock maker took it one step further by using the binary model of computers to display the numbers. 0000 = 0 (or 12) 0001 = […]