Monday, October 24, 2011


Last year, shortly after I rebooted this site, Instagram was released for the iPhone. It seemed like a good opportunity to start up a project 365... project. A year has gone by and I now have 365 pictures to show for it, so show them I have.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thank you Dennis...

Text is not the forté of this site, but there are special occasions that call for recognition that goes beyond what I can accomplish with my camera. We have had two very unfortunate reasons to break the silence of this site in the past week.

News broke early yesterday that the computing world lost another giant, Dennis Ritchie, co-developer of the UNIX operating system and lead developer of the C programming language. His legacy now rests with the software developers of the world. Most people will never know his name, and yet without his groundbreaking work, the technology we use today would look decidedly different. Most of the programs out there are written in C or a variant of it, and UNIX powers computers, businesses, servers and every computer running Mac OS X (and to a certain degree iOS). You may not have known it, but we've all been reaping the benefits of Ritchie's work.

It is worth taking a step back to think about this: 52 years ago there was no Google, no Apple, no Microsoft, no personal computer and no internet. 52 years ago UNIX was released, it is still active and incredibly relevant today. In the future, when we're using chips implanted in our brains, we'll still be talking about UNIX and C.

Simply put, Dennis Ritchie is responsible for making computer programming accessible to the masses, paving the way for the amazing proliferation of computer systems over the past 50 years and beyond.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thank you Steve...

In 1994, My parents bought a Macintosh Performa 550. During the next 17 years, Apple products would help to shape how I view the world as well as myself. I teach computer science at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, and I use my MacBook Air to do everything from taking attendance to developing a 3D renderer; The first time, and only, time I waited on line for a product was to get my hands on the iPhone 3G; The first computer I purchased on my own was a Power Macintosh G5; The first time I realized that packaging could be (almost) as beautiful as the product itself, was while unboxing my iPod (3rd generation); The first time I ever looked into the guts of a computer, both the hardware and software, was on a PowerBook 1400; As for that Performa 550, my most vivid, early memory of using a computer is sitting in front of the 14 inch screen and using the included CD-ROM encyclopedia to watch a video first Moon landing, over and over. I can still see the grainy images framed by the black and white borders of a system 7 window. It was the first time I realized that the computer was more than just a device to play Oregon Trail, that it was a gateway to a whole new world of possibilities.

Steve Jobs' vision for technology, or at least what I have perceived that vision as, centered around the following core ideas: It should be put in the homes (and now hands and pockets), of everyone, it should allow people to experience and impact the world around them, and it should never get in the way. The Performa showed me a world beyond my own, and now the Air helps me inspire the next generation of innovators to, as was stated in that famous ad campaign, "Think Different".

Thank you Steve, for everything.